Only a professional Land Surveyor (or Civil Engineer registered prior to 1982), licensed by the State Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, is legally authorized to practice land surveying in the State of California.
These professionals are required by State Law to make a permanent county record of certain surveys that they perform for their clients. Their clients might be private land owners, developers, and local state or federal agencies.
The County Surveyor checks and processes many maps, documents and applications that these professionals prepare. These may include items such as: Subdivision and Parcel Maps, Record of Surveys, Corner Records, Lot Line Adjustments, Property Merges, Summary Abandonment of Easements, boundary exhibit maps and documents for local jurisdictions including school fire, utility and community service districts.
When an application for development is submitted to Development Services, it is forwarded to the Surveyor's Office.
Our staff reviews the project to help identify any concerns that might affect the project and to help ensure that the owner/developer is aware of any mapping or recording process that might be required.
Using GIS data, our survey staff can prepare simple aerial exhibits showing approximate parcel lines. If you need a more complex map, our GIS staff can assist you.
Although the County Surveyor is not in the business of surveying privately held lands, we are here to try and answer any questions the public may have regarding land surveying. Please give us a call if you should have a surveying question or need help locating recorded maps of your property.
The Surveyor's Office also process applications for Summary Abandonment of Easements and most Irrevocable Offers of Dedication. For questions on these issues, please call our front desk, 530-621-5440.
WHEN DOES A LAND OWNER NEED TO HIRE A PRIVATE SURVEYOR?
On privately owned property a private licensed surveyor or engineer is required in order to:
Survey your boundary
Set missing corners
Create Parcel Maps and Records of Survey maps
Establish setbacks from property lines or easements
Conduct topographic or construction surveys
Determine flood plain information for FEMA
Write property or easement descriptions
Process Boundary Line Adjustments
Process Abandonments of Easements
Process Irrevocable offers of Dedication
Research complicated parcel history