HIRING A LAND SURVEYOR

AMLS maintains the Annual Register of Licensed Surveyors in Manitoba.

For a listing of surveyors in Manitoba.

2018 Annual Register

HOW MUCH DOES A TYPICAL SURVEY COST?

There are many variables or unknown factors which contribute significantly to the cost of a survey of land. Fees charged by a land surveyor often may be based on the amount of time needed to perform this service.

WHAT DOES A LAND SURVEYOR PROVIDE FOR THE FEE CHARGED?

BLC costs can include:

  • actual time spent on the survey site and travel time
  • searching and obtaining plans and documents at the Land Titles Office
  • searching records in other offices
  • engaging third party professional expertise as required
  • preparing and submitting applications and reports as required
  • searching for and locating monuments and other evidence of previous surveys
  • analyzing and assessing survey evidence
  • surveying boundary lines over potentially difficult terrain
  • supervising all phases of the survey project
  • performing office computations and preparing survey plans
  • processing final plans and documents towards registration at the Land Titles Office
  • cross referencing and filing information for future retrieval

Without prior investigation of the site to be surveyed and a thorough examination of relevant property and survey records, it is often impossible to accurately estimate all the time that will ultimately be required to complete the work and determine the exact amount of the appropriate professional charges.
In many instances, the size and location of the property does not lend itself to this preliminary investigation and examination.

COMMON SURVEY TERMINOLOGY

Like every profession, Land Surveyors use specific terminology for the services they provide.

Following is a listing of common terms:

STAKING CERTIFICATES

A staking certificate, prepared by a Manitoba Land Surveyor, documents the placing of survey monuments on the limits of a particular parcel of land. It indicates the dimensions of the property and reports any building encroachments from or onto adjacent lands.

BUILDING LOCATION CERTIFICATES

A Building Location Certificate (BLC) is a legal document prepared by a Manitoba Land Surveyor which shows the exact dimensions and positions of the land and buildings on a particular property. It reports any encroachments onto or from adjoining properties. No survey monuments are placed on the limits of the property, unless specifically requested.