Throughout BC and worldwide, a land surveyor provides expertise within all areas of land, water and space measurement, including:

  • Subdivisions
  • Strata
  • Tree Surveys
  • House
  • Stakeouts
  • GPS Surveys
  • Topographics
  • Cross Sections
  • Air Space
  • Blast Volume Surveys
  • Legal Surveys
  • Contours
  • Earth Volumes
  • Lease Surveys
  • Monitoring
  • Right of Way
  • Easements
  • Construction
  • And more…

Buying property? 6 reasons to have it surveyed

  1. Confirm what you are purchasing
    Are you really getting what you’re paying for? Only a BC Land Surveyor knows your boundaries.
  2. Check the position of existing fences and structures
    To ensure that buildings and improvements are within the property lines.
  3. See where the property corners are
    Where does your property begin and end? Where does the municipal or highway property begin and end?
  4. To obtain a building permit
    Most municipalities require a professional survey to verify property lines and setbacks.
  5. Settle disputes with neighbours
    Only a BC Land Surveyor can provide a legal definition of your property boundaries.
  6. Ensure there are no encroachments
    If a neighbour isn’t aware of property lines (or has chosen to ignore boundaries) issues can arise that often require legal recourse.

What is a land surveyor?

British Columbia Land Surveyors are charged with the responsibility of carrying out all cadastral surveys within the Province of British Columbia, which include surveys of land, water and airspace, rights of way, condominiums, leases and mining claims. Under the Land Surveyors Act, only a BC Land Surveyor may establish or re-establish property boundaries or corners and only a BC Land Surveyor may provide an opinion as to the location of an improvement or feature relative to a parcel boundary or corner.

Find a BC Land Surveyor near you!

A career in land surveying

Land Surveyors enter the profession through a rigorous pre-professional educational and article training period, either as graduate geomatic engineers or by achieving a certificate of completion through the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors. A stipulated time of legal survey experience within the province is required before taking professional examinations to qualify as a commissioned BCLS. A British Columbia Land Surveyor may practice as an employee, as an affiliate, as a sole proprietor, or as a partner in a rm with other Land Surveyors. There are opportunities to expand and to advance within most firms.