Yeah, there are some survey outfits that make a habit of showing all the improvements on their boundary surveys,
That’s the legal requirement (all improvements located thereon) of a boundary survey in FL. including subsurface and aerial encroachments. Our liability is 2-4 years subsequent discovery, which could be interpreted as forever.
I just requested $500 & signature acknowledging the old survey is old...& got this response (he has a point):
Do you really anticipate it costing $500.00 to get me an electronic copy of a survey you already did?
So if your clients only want to know where their exterior boundary is, you have to survey all the improvements
No, that's why it's called a specific purpose survey as Andy J has previously described.
Florida standards of practice for boundary surveys
Our Board of Land Surveyors interprets this rule to include interior improvements. Period.
You can look up all the changes made by the Board for the past 30 years on their site for further verification.
Recording your survey doesn't necessarily mean giving away future work. If I am asked to do a survey and find a record of survey on the site by Brand A or B then I refer the client to them. Just did that last month on a commercial site. The client had no idea there was a previous survey and was most grateful, as was Brand A.
This is the little paragraph in our minimum standards that is applied very far and wide.
"Any data which is excluded from the survey by agreement with the client, such as
easements, setbacks, or other encumbrances shall be noted on the survey as “not shown
by agreement with client.”
This opens the door to focusing on the boundaries only. And, with the exception of ALTA surveys, this describes 99.5 percent of all surveys I have viewed in the past more than four decades. Some list every exception they can think of, such as the presence or absence of underground utilities, overhead lines, etc., etc., etc.
Normally the statement of what has been excluded is left off the drawing because it is clearly evident that only the boundaries were to be found or established.