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Types of Surveys

Boundary Survey with Drawing

Physically locate the permanent monuments that mark the corners.  Calculate and measure to determine boundary lines.  Stake all corners of the property with wooden stakes decorated with dark pink flags.  Fence posts can be requested in lieu of stakes for an additional fee.

Often required by Lending Institutions and Title Companies.  After Data is recorded from the Boundary Survey, it is downloaded, calculated, and drawn.  Drawings contain the necessary Legal Description which can either be in the form of Aliquot or Meets & Bounds, depending on your deed.  Client will receive all copies needed for a recording.  We DO NOT record surveys unless requested for an additional fee.

Boundary Survey w/Drawing and Spotting Improvements

Same description as above, while including the accurate location of structures, roads, driveways, and/or utilities.  Client needs to be specific on what they want to have spotted on their survey.  If marking the utilities is necessary, you must have OneCall mark the locations prior to our arrival.  We will record what they marked. 

Line Staking

After locating property corners, stakes will be placed approximately every 50’-100’ along the property line.  This is helpful when building a fence or needing to mark encroachments.


Legal situation where the Title to a specific piece of land remains with the landowner, but another person or organization is given the right to use that specific piece of land for a distinct purpose.  i.e., Utility companies, roads or driveways

Amended Lot

Changes the lot lines or combines lots/parcels into one.  This will change the Legal Description of the property. 

New Parcel

When one or more parcels are taken off a singular piece of property.  This results in a new Legal Description for each new parcel as well as the original property.

FEMA Flood Elevation Certificate

A document that states the flood zone status of real property. 

Topographical Survey

Also referred to as a TOPO.  This survey shows the elevation at locations of any manmade or natural features on a parcel of land.  Changes/Contours in elevation throughout the property will be shown on the drawing.

Foundation Survey

A survey to determine where on a lot the form boards, block/concrete walls, posts, or structures are located.

Commercial & Residential Construction Staking

Interpreting construction plans and marking the location of proposed new structures such as roads or buildings.  Construction staking is performed to ensure a project is built according to engineering design plans.

ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys (formerly ALTA/ACSM)

A Complex survey designed to assist all parties involved in a commercial real estate transaction.  These survey requirements and standards must be accepted and followed.  This detailed land parcel map will show all existing improvements of the property, utilities, and significant observations within the insured estate.  The survey also details the licensed surveyor’s findings concerning the property boundaries and how they relate to the title.

Subdivision Survey (Subdivision Platting)

The process of splitting a tract of land into smaller parcels.  This shows monumentation and survey data on a map in conformance with local subdivision ordinance and the Subdivision Map Act.

Condominium Survey

Establishes individual condominium units and is used when converting building into condominiums with private unit ownership.  The survey typically will indicate unit identification, commonly shared spaces and parking lot locations.

Owners and Encumbrance Report also called an O&E Report

A title search that identifies the current owners of a property, as well as all mortgage and lien holder.  This includes easements over the property.

What Do I Do With My Survey?
  1. If your survey comes with a notary block, be sure that all parties involved sign and notarize all copies of the survey.

  2. Check with your county to see if approval is needed from Planning and Zoning.  If so, take it to them to be approved and stamped.

  3. Take your survey to the Recorders office. 

  4. If the survey changes your Legal Description due to amending a lot or parceling off a section, you will need to have your deed revised/updated.  Therefore, you will need to either take the survey to a deed attorney, or your title company, to have your deed revised to show the updated Legal Description.

      *Note: if you must notarize your survey, there was a change to the Legal Description

Through each step of this process we have found you to be as polite and courteous as you are competent in your efforts. Having browsed through the CFSE website, it is clear that surveying a 0.32 acre parcel is a small job, yet as customers we received attention and service as though we were City Engineers or County Commissioners. It reminds me of the saying that a country is only as good as it treats the least among them. Sure, it’s a small job for CFSE, but it’s a very important parcel of land to us. Your individual efforts reflect that concept and spirit. I sincerely hope that others in CFSE recognize and appreciate your work. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised to find out how many people we will recommend to your surveying and engineering services. You’ve most certainly earned it.

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