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Identification Survey?
7 Important Points to Consider

An Identification Survey is an important legal document  that has a bearing on other people, not just yourself, regardless of who is paying for it. So, when ordering an Identification Survey it's best if you read and aquaint yourself with the following 7 important points.

7 Important Considerations when getting an ID Survey


Talk to your neighbours and let them know that you’re having survey done and that we might knock on their door if we need to place marks over the fence.


Tidy up your yard before we attend site (trim tree/shrubs near fence corners and make sure grass isn’t ridiculously high) – If you can’t see the corner, then we can’t mark the corner, please make sure we can see and access all fence corners.


Legislation requires us to mark the boundary corners (monument). If a corner falls on an object other than the ground, such as concrete, a wall, fence or building, then this will require us to do one of the following, drill a hole in the object, place a screw or nail in the object, or dent the object (punch mark). Where possible we try to select a mark type that minimises damage, but still allows the boundary corner to be readily identifiable.


Be honest with us about what you are intending to do. The more you let use know about your intentions, the better be can cater the survey (and marks we place) to your needs. E.g. refencing, building retaining walls, dispute with the neighbour, location of a tree or other object relative to boundary.


When you engage a surveyor to complete a boundary survey, they are required under regulations to notify ALL affected parties when they believe someone may be adversely affected by a boundary reinstatement (e.g. when encroachments are found). This means if we find something over the boundary, regardless of who may have built the encroachment, we must notify both you and the neighbour of what we found in writing. This often means a brief letter is sent outlining what was found and includes a copy of the plan showing the location of the item of note.


The surveyor’s role in the public interest poses several ethical obligations with regard to the exercise of professional duties. A surveyor’s ethical responsibilities are not just to our clients but also extend to the public and other stake holders (government & neighbours). Accordingly, while we are carrying out your instruction, we must still act with integrity and independence towards ALL concerned parties.


When a surveyor completes any cadastral survey, they are required under regulation to complete a plan of the survey and deposit a copy with the Department of Resources for survey information. The plan becomes part of a publicly searchable record, which means should your neighbour or any other interested party wish, they may buy a copy of the plan showing the survey of your property. Note this does NOT apply to Site Plans (Detail & Contour Surveys) or other non-cadastral surveys (3D scans, etc).

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