Record of Survey

The record of survey is the means by which surveys relating to property lines, land boundaries or other subjects are brought to public attention. The Professional Land Surveyors Act (Business and Professions Code, Chapter 15, Division 3, Section 8700 et seq.) provides that a record of any survey made in conformance with the practice of land surveying as defined therein may be filed with the County Surveyor.

The thrust of the law is clear that all property surveys be recorded, that all monuments set to denote property corners or boundary lines between parcel ownership be made a public record, and to clarify discrepancies in recorded surveys.

After making a survey in conformity with the practice and definition of land surveying, a land surveyor shall record with the district recorder a record of the survey within 90 days if the survey discloses:

(1) material evidence or physical change that in whole or in part does not appear on a plat of record previously filed or recorded in the office of the district recorder or in the records of the Bureau of Land Management;

(2) a material discrepancy with a plat of record previously filed or recorded in the office of the district recorder or in the records of the Bureau of Land Management; or

(3) evidence that by reasonable analysis might result in alternate positions of boundaries from those of record.

Governed by California Business and Professions Code Section 8765-8773

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