The Notice of Survey
After two years of preparing this column I am very grateful for your continued support, and this week I want to tell you about the surveyor's notice and its relevance in the land surveying practice.
When a commissioned land surveyor is conducting any cadastral survey (boundary) or any survey where the possibility exists that he has to place, remove or establish a boundary mark then a notice of survey should be served.
A notice of survey is served on you by a commissioned land surveyor to notify you of his intention to conduct a survey on a property to which you have a common boundary or is separated by a reserved road. The notice of survey has to be served not less than 10 days before the start of the survey. Note that 10 days commence at the date of the issuance of the notice and not when the notice is received by you.
The notice may be served in several different methods; (a) by personal service by the surveyor or his agent; or (b) by prepaid registered post; or (c) where the owner or occupier of the adjoining land cannot be found, by causing the notice to be- (i) affixed to some conspicuous object on such land; or (ii) exhibited at the nearest post office.
Where a notice of survey is served by prepaid registered post, such notice shall be deemed to be properly addressed if it is addressed to the last known p1ace of abode of the person to be served.
It must be noted that the fact that you have been served with a notice it shall not affect, nor be deemed to be an acknowledgement of, the right of that person or of any other person to any interest in or over any land.
protect your interest
This notice is just to advise you so that you can be present on the day of the survey to represent and protect your interest and boundary. You are required to either help to adjudicate the boundary position or if the boundary position has to change from what obtained before then you should be there in case you need to lodge an objection.
We will continue with this topic of notice of surveys next week.
Keep sending your questions and comments and let's continue to explore A Matter Land. Until next time, traverse well.
- Craig Francis is a commissioned land surveyor and managing director of Precision Surveying Services Ltd. He can be contacted for questions or queries at firstname.lastname@example.org or hi s Facebook page Precision Surveying Services