This type of survey is designed to establish or recover boundary lines of a parcel of land and to set or replace the property corner markers. A Boundary Survey is required when there is a property boundary dispute, a subdivision of land, constructing an addition to a home, installing a fence along property lines or simply marking the extent of your property. If a situation of trespass or encroachment is to be proven a boundary survey of the property line(s) involved is often called for.
Boundary surveys may also be required to discover easements, rights of way, title conflicts and gaps or overlaps in title. The surveyor often works in conjunction with land title insurance companies to determine the written evidence of title prior to performing a boundary survey. Boundary surveys are a product of research of the public records, fieldwork to establish the location of any physical evidence and office calculations of the written record to determine the proper location of the property lines.
In the State of California land surveyors are required to file a Record of Survey Map in the local County Recorders office for most boundary surveys. This Record of Survey Map is a public record of the property lines established and the nature of property corner markers recovered or set by the surveyor.