May 13, 2016

Route Survey


A Route Survey is defined as being the required service and product that adequately locates the planned path of a linear project or right of way which crosses a prescribed area of real estate, extending from at least one known point and turning or terminating at another known point. Adequate location shall mean substantial compliance with the conditions and tolerances expressed in this standard. A route survey which defines new or proposed boundaries shall be conducted as a boundary survey and must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying (TBPLS).


A Route Survey is usually required for the planning of a right of way, the acquisition of fee or easement property and for eventual construction layout work. The location of the facilities within the right of way are often held in respect to the center line or a right of way line. A Route Survey is made on the ground to provide for the location of right of way lines, a centerline, or reference lines in relation to property lines and terrain features.

Route Surveys shall include but are not limited to the proper location, monumentation, description or platting of the following routes:

  • Roadways, highways and railroads.
  • Transmission lines for communications, fuel, chemical, water and electrical needs.
  • Canals, waterways, drainage ditches and sewers.
  • View easements, air space easements, ingress and egress easements such as approach routes.