Boundary surveys are required for many reasons, such as wanting to build a fence between neighbors, to establish setback lines or to accurately determine the perimeter of a development area. A boundary survey is a process that determines and relates the deed lines to physical features on the ground. Parcels of land are created using various methods to describe their position on earth. It is the surveyor's responsibility to re-establish these parcels as they were first created and to expose any discrepancies that may exist between deed lines (what your title says you own) and lines of occupation (what rights you may or may not have). By researching public records, usually provided by a Title Company, previous mapping, and a field survey, we provide resolution drawings to create Record of Surveys, Parcel Maps (minor subdivision) or Final Maps (major subdivision). A boundary survey may also be required for lot line adjustments, locating structures on parcels, or to establish the extent of right of ways and easements.
In general, if a surveyor determines boundary lines for a piece of land that is described by a metes and bounds description, the land has not been previously surveyed, the previous survey is found to have a discrepancy, or corner monumentation such as iron pipes have been set or are not shown on a Record of Survey, Parcel Map or Final Map, a Record of Survey will be required and filed with the County Surveyor per Section 8762 of the Business and Professions Code, State of California.
If corner monumentation is merely replaced per a previous survey and enough original monumentation is found that agrees with the previous mapping, we will be required to file a Corner Record with the County Surveyor per Section 8773 of the Business and Professions Code, State of California.
Cost for boundary surveys vary greatly depending on the style of legal description the created the original parcel and the existing terrain. Hilly, thick wooded areas can be more difficult to survey than open areas due to limited site distances, typically resulting a higher cost. Cinquini & Passarino utilizes state of the art equipment such as electronic distance meters and GPS to reduce the cost to our clients.