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What Is The Difference Between a Topographic Survey and a Boundary Survey?

A Boundary Survey is usually ordered in anticipation of a real estate closing. The purchaser, generally at the lender’s request, stipulates if the survey is required to meet ALTA (American Land Title Association) / NSPS  (National Society of Professional Surveyors) specifications or State of Florida Standards of Practice.  The standards specified determine the level of detail and accuracy that the surveyor will be required to obtain and reflect on the survey drawings.

A Boundary Survey is utilized to clearly mark property lines and define the improvements on the land to be purchased.  Property lines and improvements situated on the property are located and depicted on the survey drawing.  Improvements that witness the property lines are located and tied by dimension to the property lines, to determine if the improvements encroach onto an adjoining property or government setbacks. 

A Topographic Survey locates all improvements and topographical features such as elevations of the land, embankments, contours, trees, watercourses, roads, ditches, utilities, etc.  A Topographic Survey is commissioned to define the natural and man-made objects situated on a parcel of land.  A Topographic Survey can be combined with a Boundary Survey to reflect property lines in addition to the physical features.

Topographic Surveys generally reflect the elevations of the land, when measured at a specified interval.  The elevation data can be combined with the location of physical features to determine drainage patterns and spatial relationships for objects located on the land being surveyed.

If you are considering purchasing a commercial parcel of land for your business, call the professional surveyors at Stoner to discuss your project at 954-585-0997.  We will be able to guide you through what surveys you will need and assist you in making a sound financial decision for your business.

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