The kind of land survey you need to do depends heavily on the type of project you’re doing. A survey for construction on land with lots of elevation may require a land survey. If you’re having a dispute with boundaries and encroachment, a boundary survey is necessary.
There are many types of land surveys available, and each one focuses on specific land concerns. Our professional land surveyors will help you get started. If you need help deciding what kind of survey you need, our team here at Scalice Land Surveying has answers.
Are Land Surveys Optional?
Land surveys aren’t optional. They are required to ensure that your project complies with state and local regulations. If you’re doing any sort of construction work, environmental restoration, buying property, or settling a land dispute, you’ll need to get a land survey done.
Can I Conduct a Land Survey On My Own?
Even if you have the knowledge and tools to conduct a land survey, you shouldn’t do it on your own. The reason is that professional land surveyors are licensed and certified to carry out the job they do. If you provide your own land survey, it may not even qualify if you lack the proper qualifications.
According to N.Y. Educ. Law § 7209, only licensed surveyors are allowed to conduct land surveys. By law, they must complete training requirements and rigorous education to protect consumers’ best interests.
Types of Land Surveys
There are various types of land surveys you can get done depending on the type of project you have.
ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
This land survey is the most intensive and detailed. An ALTA/NSPS land title survey is necessary for when you buy or sell any commercial or private property. ALTA stands for the American Land Title Association, and NSPS stands for National Society of Professional Surveyors.
This land survey is named after these organizations because it follows ALTA and NSPS standards. An ALTA/NSPS land survey typically includes in-depth surveying for:
- Boundary lines
- Ancillary building locations
- Locations of easements
- Location of the main building and any improvements
This survey will ensure that there are no issues with encroachment or any other legal disputes. It also provides all the necessary information about the land to any seller or a potential buyer.
A boundary survey is very basic. Think of it as a less intensive form of an ALTA/NSPS survey. A surveyor will do basic fieldwork on the land to formally establish where the property lines are, where the building is located, and any structures surrounding it. Usually, you use boundary surveys to prevent any future legal disputes.
If you’re trying to split up a large chunk of land into separate lots, you’ll need to conduct a subdivision survey. A subdivision survey is vital for:
- Zoning regulations
- Setback rules
- Street and drainage design
A subdivision survey is required with your local government. Subdivision surveys typically involve documenting the location, mapping out property lines, and measuring distances. Once the subdivision survey is completed, a comprehensive map and report will be submitted to both you and the city.
A topographic survey involves measuring the elevation of the land. Whereas other surveys typically only provide horizontal measurements, topographic surveys illustrate contour lines. Topographic surveys are important for:
- Road and bridge construction or improvement
- New construction or remodeling projects
- Drainage systems
- Landscaping projects
Using GPS and other high-quality equipment, your surveyor will analyze the terrain and provide a detailed report with digital elevation models that show how the topography of the land will potentially impact your project.
How Much Will a Land Survey Cost Me?
Land surveys, on average, cost several hundred dollars to complete. It can cost around $500 or more to complete a survey for a small to medium-sized area. There are various factors that determine price, including:
- Size of the land
- The number of properties on the land
- What kind of survey you need
- How much time it takes
Remember, these are simply just general estimates. There’s no accurate way to tell how much your land survey will cost unless you first consult with a land surveyor. The experienced land surveyors at Scalice Land Surveying can provide you with a free estimate on your next project.
Get Professional Land Surveying Done Today
Land surveying is mandatory and requires lots of time, effort, and tools. Get your land surveyed by professionals that are licensed, certified, and dedicated. Don’t waste any time getting things done by talking with a land surveyor from Scalice Land Surveying today.