The Purpose of a Land Surveyor 

In general, a survey should be made before purchasing real property, when dividing any parcel of land for sale or when adjusting existing parcel boundaries (in conformance with state laws and local ordinances), and prior to the construction of any improvements on property in which you have an interest. 

Employing the services of a Land Surveyor can help property owners avoid lawsuits or unnecessary expenses relating to land ownership or a potential land purchase. 

A Land Surveyor will not tell you what you own. It is your responsibility to furnish the Surveyor with a legal description, current title report, or policy concerning the parcel that you want surveyed. 

You should explain to the Surveyor why you want the survey made. The Surveyor can then recommend the type of survey required. In a typical Boundary Survey, for example, the Surveyor will then locate the property on the ground, marking the corners with physical monuments, and provide you with a record of the survey map showing the results of the survey. The Surveyor will also disclose any areas that are in conflict so that the title company and/or attorney can resolve any problems.

Surveying is a highly technical field and requires expertise in real property law, public records research, evaluation of historical survey evidence, mathematics, statistics, measurement systems, planning regulations and current computer technologies. 

Only a Professional Land Surveyor licensed by the Oregon State Board of Registration is legally permitted to perform land surveys in the State of Oregon. We are members of the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO), have subscribed to a Code of Ethics and are committed to the highest possible standards in the public's interest.


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