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A land surveyor can mark your property boundaries, and ensure that your new fence is correctly located. We also mark boundaries to confirm that buildings meet the local zoning setback requirements. Additionally, we often survey boundaries for logging purposes, so the logging company, sawmill, and property owner have confidence that the trees were removed from the correct property.
Back in the “good old days”, a landowner could sever their land into parcels with little or no government oversight. Today, the process of subdividing is highly regulated and requires strict government approval. As consulting land surveyors, we help our clients navigate this complicated process by:
preparing the applications
liaising with approving agencies and local government
connecting our clients with other professionals required to complete the necessary conditions
conducting the legal survey and plan
submitting the final application package for approval
A land surveyor is typically employed at the planning and design stage of a project to map the terrain and surface features. During the construction phase, a land surveyor will precisely determine the location of structures and roads. In the final phase, a land surveyor may perform an as-built survey to confirm structures or buildings “as they were built.”
Topographic Plans (maps land features, ground elevations, and contours)
Volume Plans and Reports
Construction layout and as-builts
Grade and road layout
Building Location Certificate
A BLC is an important document for a real estate transaction. A BLC plan will show the precise location of buildings and other structures on a property. A BLC will also map the location of any charges on the property – right-of-ways, easements or covenants. A BLC may also be required by a building inspector to ensure that new construction meets the property line setbacks required by zoning bylaws.
Crown Grants and Leases
In the case of a lease or sale disposition of Crown land, a legal survey under the Land Act is required. The Surveyor General Branch will issue survey instructions that will define the location and extents of the new parcel, as well as address any adjoining or crossing roads or waterbodies.
We survey right-of-ways for governments, First Nations and utility companies. Right of ways are the legal right to pass over a parcel of land, typically, for the purposes of electrical utilities, pipelines, communication or roads.
An easement is a property interest that grants someone the right to use a portion of your property. Easements are commonly used to address access or structure encroachments. A land surveyor prepares a legal plan showing the extents of the easement. Then a lawyer prepares the terms of the easement and adds it as a charge to your certificate of title.
Lease Area Surveys
Typically, for commercial or industrial building parks, Lease Area surveys are carried out to measure the unit area within a building. The certified plan will form the basis from which the rental value of the unit is determined.
A strata development can be building(s) or land, divided into distinct units, called strata lots. Residential building strata include duplexes, townhouses, and condominiums that are defined by walls, floors, and ceilings. Bare land strata or “strata subdivisions”, are similar to conventional subdivisions but include common, shared property, such as roads, clubhouses, parks, or powerlines that require the oversight of a Strata Corporation. In addition to residential strata, there are also commercial, industrial, or mixed-use strata developments.
As land surveyors, we can help describe problems and identify solutions. Our comprehensive understanding of provincial planning legislation combined with working knowledge of the local regional district and municipal bylaws, allows us to guide our clients through the various development processes including:
Rural and municipal subdivisions
Lands within the Agricultural Land Reserve (permits, exclusions, inclusions, subdivisions)
Development Variance Permits