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Different Types of Land Surveying Surveys

Land surveying is a vast field involving surveying of different types of land, properties, sites for government constructions, roads, bridges, and more. Different type of surveying is required for a different type of units. Here we will be discussing the different types of land surveying surveys and what they involve.

Types of Land Surveys

  • Detail Survey
  • Identification Report
  • Boundary Marking
  • Building Set Out
  • Redefinition plans
  • Subdivision
  • Lot Consolidation

surveyor doing a survey on street

Detail Survey

A ‘Detail Survey’ is required in case of construction, property extension, valuation, or to determine the plot flood levels. The survey includes marking of the existing structure, nearby structures such as trees, buildings, pools, roads, etc. The council of Newcastle city requires a detailed survey report if you are planning for new construction or extension.

Identification Report

Identification survey is one step ahead of the boundary marking survey. Along with boundary marking, it involves locating significant structures around the legal boundaries. The structures can be fences, corners of other buildings, gutters, sheds, retaining walls, etc. The report also identifies any encroachment to and from the property. Identifications reports are requested in case of buying or selling a property.

Boundary Marking

A boundary marking survey involves measuring, marking, and mapping the boundary lines of a piece of land. The surveyor then refers to the previous records related to the property and its surroundings. This ensures additional evidence in support of the marked boundaries. The conclusions of the survey then presented in a survey report.

Building Set Out Survey

A building set-out survey involves showing the exact locations and measurements of the proposed structures on the land. The survey will also outline the legal boundaries on the land for development/ construction purposes. A set-out survey help in ensuring that what will get built is exactly as per the papers. In the set-out survey, each line is clearly labelled (using nails or paling fences) before construction.

Redefinition Plans

Lots marked on old plans often need to be resurveyed to clarify any uncertainty in context with boundaries and dimensions before starting the construction. Also, pegs marked in old properties might go missing over time. Thus, in such situations, a redefinition plan/ survey is required. A redefinition plan helps in updating the property information. Redefinition plans become the base plan for any new developments.


Subdivision means dividing a piece of land into two or more lots. But the division cannot be done randomly. A survey is to be conducted for the same and a certified subdivision plan is to be made. The plan is then sent to the council or local authorities for approval along with an application for a subdivision.

A subdivision survey involves identifying the existing boundaries of land and proposing new boundaries for the subdivision. Thus, a subdivision plan will have both existing boundaries and new boundaries marked. We have experience in the subdivision of different types of property viz. land, buildings, multi-level constructions, etc.

Lot Consolidation

Lot consolidation is exactly opposite of the subdivision. If a property owner wants to consolidate two or more lots into a single lot, he is required to get a lot consolidation plan. The same can be achieved by conducting a lot-consolidation survey. The consolidated plan is done sent for approval to the council. Lot consolidation can be of any type be it residential, commercial, or industrial.

If you have been asked to provide one of the above surveys, or any other type of land survey for that matter, contact us now for a no-obligation Quote.


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