May 13, 2016

Standard Land & Boundary Survey


A Standard Land Survey is defined as a study, investigation and evaluation of major factors affecting and influencing the location of the boundaries, ownership lines, and may include rights of way and easements within or surrounding a certain lot, parcel or quantity of real estate. Such study and evaluation will culminate in the deliberate location or relocation on the ground of the perimeters, division lines or boundaries and the determination of area on the certain lot, parcel or quantity or real estate. A Standard Land Survey is not for title insuring purposes, but is suitable for most any other purpose. This survey will not normally locate improvements, rights of way or easements within the surveyed site unless requested by the client or where such items appear to the surveyor in his professional judgment to indicate an encumbrance on the real estate. The practice of locating land boundaries requires the expert skill of a Registered Professional Land Surveyor well-versed in the science and art of boundary law and long-practiced in the mechanics of measuring and computing values pertaining to such surveys.


The purpose of a Standard Land Survey is to establish or reestablish on the ground the physical or theoretical location and extent of real property lines, political boundaries or lines defining the perimeters of public or private ownership. This includes exteriors or centerlines of record easements and the evidence indicating the possibility of prescriptive or limitation rights. A Standard Land Survey is a means of marking such lines or boundaries for definition and identification. Thereby it uniquely locates each plot, parcel, lot, or other specific land area in relation to well recognized and established points of reference, adjoining properties and rights of way.

Purposes of this specification: This specification shall be used for the location of real property, for determining boundaries, quantity or area, for preparing a written description or for platting or mapping real estate as a professional service for the public where title insurance is not the purpose of the survey.

Standard Land Surveys may include, but are not limited to the proper location, monumentation, description or platting of the following real estate:

  • Residential, commercial and industrial lots, tracts, plots, blocks, sites or subdivisions.
  • Acreage tracts for homesites, farms and ranches.
  • Investment or commercial lands for production of timber, crops, livestock, oil, gas, coal, or quarries, mines or other excavations.
  • Public properties such as parks, beaches, lakes, roads, streets, waterways, highways, and building sites.
  • Leases for commercial, agricultural, or industrial purposes.
  • Improved properties for the purpose of locating buildings, utilities or other facilities in relation to the property lines