• Surveying Our Communities

    Land surveyors are out in the field nearly every day. Chances are you’ve seen us at work in your neighborhood.

  • Part of Vermont’s Landscape

    As improvements are made to roadways and buildings, surveyors have become an integral part of the development process.

  • Preserving Vermont’s History

    Our members are actively involved in preserving historic maps, surveys, and documents as an investment in the state’s future.

  • A Career for All Seasons

    Land surveyors conduct their work year-round, a testament to the profession’s commitment to the outdoors.


We have all seen land surveyors at work at one time or another, on the roadside, at a new construction site, or simply out in the field. But what exactly is land surveying, and how do you find a reputable land surveyor? Read on.

What is surveying?

Surveying or land surveying is the technique and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them. These points are usually on the surface of the Earth, and are often used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership or governmental purposes.

What does a land surveyor do?

Land surveyors measure properties and pieces of land to determine boundaries. Information about boundaries is necessary for many reasons: it helps determine where roads or buildings will be constructed, settles property line disputes, and leads to the creation of maps. The maps and land descriptions created by a land surveyor are usually considered legally binding, and surveyors are sometimes called on to present their findings in a courtroom setting. Because of the legal and precise nature of the work, surveyors must be licensed by the states in which they work.

Why do I need a survey?

The largest investment most people make is their home or land. Each landowner should have a survey completed of their property to insure they are buying and getting what they believe they are. Each landowner should also know where their property boundaries lie in order to protect their property from encroachments and trespassing. Too many times people opt out of the option for a survey and end up with legal and or personal issues.

How do I choose a surveyor?

As with all other professionals you should hire a surveyor based on their qualifications and their track record. You can begin by searching our map of Vermont surveyors to find surveyors who work in your region of the state. Then hire someone you are comfortable talking to and that you want to do business with. Always ask for references and examples of their work. Word of mouth is the best indication that you are choosing the right surveyor.

What are the qualifications to become a surveyor?

Surveyors complete a rigorous two-year academic program from an accredited college or university, and then meet ongoing continuing education standards set by the Vermont Board of Land Surveying.

How much will my survey cost?

There are many factors that come into play during the process of a survey, including the terrain, foliage, old recorded documents, date of last survey, disturbed or missing property corners, size of tract to be surveyed and the scope of services required to name a few. Be upfront with your surveyor and let them know what you expect as a final product and the services you expect to receive during the survey process. Each surveyor will price or quote a job differently but should be able to advise clients in regards to expense.

How can I find out if a parcel of land has been surveyed?

You can start by checking with the town clerk’s office in which the parcel is located. If the town clerk doesn’t have documentation for a survey, you may need to conduct a title search on the property to see whether a survey has been conducted at any point in its history.

What if I disagree with a survey or a surveyor?

The first thing you should do is contact the surveyor who did the survey. Many times a misunderstanding can be resolved by addressing your concerns with the surveyor, seeing the evidence the surveyor found, and hearing an explanation of the survey. If you believe the surveyor is acting unethically, you should contact the Vermont Board of Land Surveying, and they will investigate the complaint.

What if I want to file a complaint against a surveyor?

The Vermont Board of Land Surveying is responsible for investigating complaints of unprofessional conduct and taking disciplinary actions against licensees when necessary to protect the public. Look here for more information and to file a complaint.

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Surveying Our Communities

Land surveyors are out in the field nearly every day. Chances are you’ve seen us at work in your neighborhood.

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