AMLS members have the expertise and authority to assist municipalities in several areas in their daily operations, reducing administrative costs and time requirements on Councils and Community Planning staff. A Manitoba Land Surveyor can help Municipalities and Community Planning to make better subdivision approval decisions by preparing accurate application sketches. (see subdivision requirements below).

Precise Measurements
The land surveyor has the equipment and skills to meet most measuring requirements. Some examples of these services include determining volumes of stockpiles, alignment of bridge supports, and establishing control lines for underground structures.

Right-of-Way Surveys
An interest in land for right-of-way purposes is established on the basis of a legal plan of survey. The land surveyor will perform the survey as required and prepare the necessary plans and legal descriptions.

Additional Services
Retracement surveys, special surveys, condominium surveys, mining claim surveys, treaty land entitlement surveys, road opening/closing plans, construction surveying and geographic information services are other needs which are met by the land surveyor.


Requesting a Surveyor’s Staking Certificate before a building permit is issued can reduce variance applications and limit disputes between adjacent landowners.

Ensuring that building variance applications are accompanied by a current Surveyor’s Building Location Certificate protects you as the variance issuer. Variance issuers cannot assume the applicant’s information is correct.

Do not incur liability and potential legal action by allowing Public Works staff to survey property boundaries, retain the services of a Manitoba Land Surveyor.


Subdividing and Selling Property
The land surveyor is knowledgeable in the fundamentals of subdivision planning, can advise on foreseeable problems and can guide you through all the steps to the registration of the final plan of subdivision. They will ensure that you sell only the property intended to be sold by defining the property on the ground and preparing the proper legal descriptions. Having an up-to-date survey will make your property more marketable to prospective purchasers.

For municipalities outside of the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba Regulation 137/2006 requires that a Subdivision Application Map (SAM) prepared by a Manitoba Land Surveyor accompanies all subdivision applications. Applications that do not have a SAM will be considered incomplete and not processed until a SAM is submitted.

The SAM is required as part of the subdivision application in all urban and rural municipalities outside the City of Winnipeg, including those municipalities that are part of a planning district that has been delegated subdivision approving authority.

The Manitoba Land Surveyor will conduct a field survey to gather all the relevant information to prepare the SAM for their client’s subdivision application, prior to submission of the subdivision application to the approving authority.