Surveying

A.L.T.A. SURVEY
A survey made for the purpose of supplying a title company and lender with survey and location data necessary for issuing American Land Title Association or Extended Coverage Title Insurance.

CADASTRAL SURVEYS
The rectangular survey system, which was first proposed by Thomas Jefferson and enacted into law by the Land Ordinance of 1785, forms the backbone of the Nation's land surveys.

CONSTRUCTION STAKING
This is the staking of improvements shown on an improvement, site, or grading plan for construction.

EASEMENTS
Upon providing a current title report or title policy with all recorded documents to use for this purpose, the Surveyor can produce a map, plat, or exhibit showing this information of record.

GPS SURVEYS
SDE performs, as appropriate, surveys utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS).

HEIGHT CERTIFICATIONS
Certain jurisdictions have zoning ordinance regulations relative to the height of a structure. Surveyors can perform height certifications to the local jurisdiction to demonstrate ordinance compliance or non-compliance.

LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS
This is a description of a piece of land either by meets and bounds, a recorded Subdivision Map, a Division of Land Plat, or by a recorded Certificate of Compliance.

PARCEL MAP
This is the subdivision of a tract of land into smaller parcels, showing monumentation and survey data on a map, in conformance with local ordinances and the Subdivision Map Act. Once the local authority/jurisdiction has approved a Tentative Parcel Map (please refer to our “Planning Services” link for more information), a Parcel Map is prepared and recorded with the county recorder’s office.

PHOTOGRAMMETRIC SURVEYS
This is an aerial survey which depicts existing on & off-site structures, infrastructures, and vegetation where visible (please also refer to Topographical Surveys below).

PROPERTY SURVEYS
This is a survey for the express purpose of locating the corners and boundary lines of a given parcel of land. This involves record and field research, measurements, and computations to establish boundary lines in conformance with Professional Land Surveyors Act. Easement lines may also be located and/or established with this type of survey.

RECORD OF SURVEY (ROS) OR CORNER RECORD (CR)
These maps or record are often required by state law if matters addressed by the land Surveyors Act are encountered while surveying your property. Corners of the property will be marked with stakes, pipes, or other such monuments with the Professional Land Surveyor’s license number indicated thereon. A ROS or CR will be filed when these monuments are set, indicating dimensions of property lines, monuments, and other relative data as required by the California Land Surveyor’s Act.

SUBDIVISION MAPS
This is the subdivision of a tract of land into smaller parcels, showing monumentation and survey data on a map, in conformance with local ordinances and the Subdivision Map Act. Once the local authority/jurisdiction has approved a Tentative Parcel Map (please refer to our “Planning Services” link for more information), a Parcel Map is prepared and recorded with the county recorder’s office. Once the local authority/jurisdiction has approved a Tentative Map (please refer to our “Planning Services” link for more information), a Final Map is prepared and recorded with the county recorder’s office.

TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS
A survey (either by field or aerial photography methodology) which locates topographic features, natural and improved conditions including structures, buildings, improvements, fences, elevations, trees, streams, and contours of the land, etc. This type of survey may be required by a governmental agency, or may be used by engineers and/or architects for the design of subdivisions, improvements, or grading and site development.