FAQ'S & GENERAL INFORMATION
surveying is a profession that requires technical skills,
legal knowledge, and specialized equipment. You may employ
a land surveyor only once or twice in a lifetime and not
be aware of the steps necessary to select a land surveyor.
surveyor creates maps for architects, engineers, landscapers,
and urban planners for use in designing houses, shopping
centers, recreational areas, etc.
licensed land surveyor should be employed:
• Prior to construction of a structure
• Prior to any improvements on property
• When subdividing parcels of land
• When purchasing real estate
services of a land surveyor can prevent the worry and expense
of moving a structure or defending a lawsuit. The land surveyor
and lawyer work as a team in resolving property disputes
can perform a land survey?
All 50 states have laws requiring a licensed
land surveyor (LS) to assume the legal responsibility of
a land survey. The licensed surveyor is a highly specialized
individual, whose education, experience, and competence
have been formally examined and licensed by the state of
South Carolina. Their conduct and the quality of their work
are subject to a defined code of ethics.
Can an engineer do a land survey?
NO. An engineer cannot perform boundary survey
work unless he/she is also licensed as a land surveyor (LS).
a contractor do land survey work?
NO. A contractor cannot perform land survey work unless
he/she is licensed as a land surveyor (LS).
How do I locate a licensed land surveyor?
Recommendations by attorneys, real estate companies, and
title companies are good sources.
Is a survey required by State Law when property
NO. South Carolina State Law does not require a survey to
Should I employ a surveyor on the basis of
NO. Competency and responsibility are more
important. Low cost and high quality are frequently inconsistent.
Uncertainties are involved in judging the amount of work
necessary to produce a quality product. It is not in your
best interest to have the surveyor "bid" on a
How does a surveyor prepare my bill? Is a written
Many surveys have been requested over the
phone. However, it is more effective for the client to visit
the surveyor's office, discuss requirements of the survey,
and enter into a written contract to assure a better understanding
between the client and the surveyor.
Can I determine in advance what the charge will
Not usually. The final cost will depend on
the work required to research records, survey existing field
evidence, perform the required office computations, generate
a plat, and monument your corners.
Should I employ a surveyor to subdivide my
YES. A surveyor is qualified by law to prepare
descriptions for newly created parcels of land, and may
also prepare individual lot descriptions. When two or more
lots are created, your surveyor will prepare a plat with
lot or parcel numbers for recording. Your surveyor will
know the specific platting rules and procedures for each
Can the surveyor layout streets, waterlines,
and sewer systems for my subdivision?
YES. A surveyor can layout streets, sanitary
sewers and storm sewers within a subdivision. The surveyor
can recommend an engineer to design the water supply system
and perform all other engineering services that will be
required. A professional surveyor will not attempt any aspects
of engineering which he/she is not qualified to perform.
Can the surveyor provide proof of ownership?
NO. Surveyors do not prove ownership, but
make a professional judgement of what the records and facts
indicate your ownership to be. The surveyor acts as a fact
finder and assists the legal profession in making the final
judgement of ownership.
other services does a surveyor provide?
They are equipped to provide topographic surveys,
supply control for aerial photography, layout construction
projects, and survey rights-of-way for power lines, roadways,
What information should I furnish the surveyor?
You should provide an explanation of the purpose
of the survey. Confidentiality will be maintained if requested.
You should supply a deed, mortgage description, or abstract
of title. If you are aware of a stone, iron pipe, fence
post, etc., assumed to be a property corner, supply that
information also. Your surveyor will make the professional
judgement as to what evidence should be used.
Where can I get a copy of my property description?
Your yearly tax notice will provide you with
the book and page number of your recorded deed. A copy can
be obtained from the County Recorder's Office. Your tax
notice has an abbreviated property description and must
be compared to your record document.
What will the surveyor furnish me?
The surveyors final product may vary with
each survey. Generally, you will be furnished with a certified
plat or map showing what the surveyor has done and the corners
monumented or otherwise identified. A description of the
tract will be prepared and shown on the plat.