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A Matter of Land | Surveyor's report vs boundary reopening

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Craig Francis

Good day, readers. This week, and for the next few weeks, I will be looking at some surveying terms and principles that may have always had you wondering.

This week, I will look at the difference between a surveyor's identification report and the reopening of a boundary.

I have many colleagues who, upon providing their clients with their surveyor's report, they proceed to tell my colleagues that they did not see all of their boundary pegs and ask why they didn't replace them when doing the surveyor's report.

This confusion is common as many persons who deal with land surveyors are oblivious to the difference.

First, a surveyor's identification report means that the physical boundary is checked on the ground against the registered boundary on the plan and the results are stated in a report.

Also, are the restrictive covenants, (f any, endorsed on the registered title are checked and if there are any breaches, those are stated.

Some registered titles do not have restrictive covenants, and that is also stated on the report. If there are breaches, the information stated in the report can be used to modify the covenants in court.

The surveyor's report also speaks to if there is any encroachment by the subject's property on another property or by another property upon the subject's property. The report also addresses any easements on the property.

Therefore, a surveyor's identification report can be likened to an x-ray of a property. The surveyor's report provides a diagnosis of the property for anyone to use it.

Also very important, the surveyor's report is not prepared in accordance with the Land Surveyor's Regulations but in accordance with a set of guidelines on the reverse side of the report. That will be looked at in another column.

The opening of the boundaries means that the land surveyor, in accordance with the title plan or diagram for a property, re-establishes or identifies the boundary lines and clears them of vegetation.

The boundary marks for the property are replaced using the title plan or diagram similar to how as they were placed originally on the plan.

The marks are set within an accuracy determined by the Land Surveyor's Regulations. This will allow the property owner to know where his or her property boundaries are and be able to erect fences or any activity that requires exact knowledge of these marks.

So they are two separate activities, and I hope that I have been able to clarify the difference.

Keep sending your questions and comments, and let's continue to explore A Matter of 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 or Precision Surveying Services