Should you wish to request a survey or cost proposal, please review the following provided by the “Florida Surveying and Mapping Society” to assist you in understanding the need for a survey and the information required when ordering a survey.
When do you need a Survey?
Frequently people need the services of a Professional Surveyor and Mapper, although many only require this service once or twice in their lifetime. This is usually in connection with the acquisition of real estate, primarily the purchase of a home. Some examples of when a survey would be needed are:
Who is Qualified?
By Florida Law, only those persons licensed by the State of Florida pursuant to Chapter 472 Florida Statutes, may practice Surveying and Mapping.
The Legislature deems it necessary to regulate surveyors and mappers as provided in ss.472.001-472.037
History – ss.20,42,ch.79-243; ss.2,3ch.81-318; ss.5,7,ch.89-137; s.4,ch.91-429; s.83,ch.94-119; s.6,ch.2000-332; s.3,ch.2001-63.
(4)(a) “Practice of surveying and mapping” means, among other things, any professional service or work, the adequate performance of which involves the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, the related physical and applied sciences, and the relevant requirements of law for adequate evidence of the act of measuring, locating, establishing, or reestablished lines, angles, elevations, natural and manmade features in the air, on the surface and immediate subsurface of the earth, within underground workings, and on the beds or surface of bodies of water, for the purpose of determining, establishing, describing, displaying, or interpreting the facts of size, shape, topography, tidal datum planes, legal or geodetic location or relocation, and orientation of improved or unimproved real property and appurtenances thereto, including acreage and condominiums.
(b) The practice of surveying and mapping also includes, but is not limited to, photogrammetric control; the monumentation and remonumentation of property boundaries and subdivisions; the measurement of and preparation of plans showing existing improvements after construction; the layout of proposed improvements; the preparation of descriptions for use in legal instruments of conveyance of real property and property rights; the preparation of subdivision planning maps and record plats, as provided for in chapter 177; the determination of, but not the design of, grades and elevations of roads and land in connection with subdivisions or divisions of land; and the creation and perpetuation of alignments related to maps, record plats, field note records, reports, property descriptions, and plans and drawings that represent them.
How Much Will A Survey Cost?
Professional surveying and mapping costs are dependent upon many factors such as the type of survey required, availability of existing records and monuments, the type of terrain and location of the work to be performed.
Competitive bidding for the lowest cost does not necessarily assure the best interest of the client of the professional surveyor and mapper.
In addition to salary costs, surveying and mapping fees include allowance for business overhead, such as taxes, office rent, telephone, postage, electricity and other items of cost essential for the conduct of a professional surveying and mapping business. The costs for monuments, travel time, copying and recording fees and other direct expenses must be calculated and are often charges in addition to the normal per diem fee.
Because of these variables, it is often difficult to determine an exact fee; however, based on general experience, the professional surveyor and mapper you contact can usually furnish an approximate estimate of cost.
Minimum Technical Standards
Effective September 1, 1981, under the authority of Chapter 472.027, Florida Statutes, the Department of Professional Regulation, Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers adopted the Minimum Technical Standards for Survey and Mapping in Florida.
Chapter 5J-17, Florida Administrative Code
Surveying and Mapping must be performed in accordance to the minimum technical standards as defined in Chapter 5J-17 F.A.C. Survey Drawings, maps or reports prepared under these minimum requirements are “not valid without the signature and original raised seal of a Florida licensed surveyor and mappers.”
Types of Surveys
Selecting a Surveyor & Mapper
Only a professional surveyor and mapper licensed by the Department of Professional Regulation is legally permitted to offer and provide surveying and mapping services in the State of Florida.
Surveyors are listed in the yellow pages of the telephone book or a listing may be obtained from the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society.
Protect Your Interest
Enlisting the services of the professional surveyor and mapper will cost you much less than the time, worry and expense of moving a building, relocation improvements or defending a lawsuit in court due to a land boundary controversy. Retain a professional surveyor and mapper before planning your development and investing your funds as a protection of your interest.
The Professional Surveyor and Mapper renders a highly technical and complex service. No one other than he or she can assume responsibility for the correctness and accuracy of his or her work.
The best protection a property owner can have is knowledge, enabling you to know your rights. When you purchase your home or property, make certain that a survey is performed by a licensed Professional Surveyor and Mapper. Don’t be afraid to ask questions bout your property or what will be provided. Whenever possible provide our surveyor with all information at your disposal (i.e.; previous surveys, deeds, title opinions, etc.)
Members of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society subscribe to the laws of Florida and a code of ethics which sets forth standards of responsibility for the protection of the public welfare.