What is Land Surveying?

Surveying or land surveying is the art and science of determining terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points and the distances and angles between them. Surveyors use mathematics, physics, and engineering to determine and establish land boundaries by precisely determining measurements such as dimensions, lengths, and boundary lines. Surveyors often use technicians to assist in operating instruments, taking measurements, and processing the gathered data into computer-aided design (CAD) drawings.

When is a Land Surveyor needed?

When buying or selling property

Before land is divided

When a lending institution requires a survey 

Before building improvements close to a property line

When local authorities require a land survey 

When purchasing Title Insurance

For drainage planning and improvements 

When you believe someone is encroaching on your property

Before land is conveyed from a larger tract

What is a Professional Land Surveyor?

Individuals may only practice land surveying if they are licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) in their state. A Professional Land Surveyor is a person who is qualified by education, experience and has passed an examination required by the state department overseeing licensing regulation.