Updated: Feb 27, 2019
We see them looking through "telescopes" and using fancy equipment at the side of the road. Many wonder "are they taking pictures of me?"
But what exactly do land surveyors do, and when do we really need them?
What does a Land Surveyor really do?
Land Surveyors are specialist at managing spatial data. They accurately measure and map the surrounding physical environment using specialized technology & equipment.
6 Times You Need One
A land surveyor is not someone you need everyday, but just like a good lawyer, it's great to have one on call. There is a time in everyone's life when you really need one, like when you are:
Buying or Selling Land
Building a New House
Dealing with Encroaching Neighbors
Searching for Land Boundaries
Subdividing Land into smaller lots
Drawing a new plan of your land parcel
Erecting a wall of fence
Why You Need A Good One?
Land surveyors are called upon to provide an understanding of our physical surroundings. They are often the first persons on any site and the measurements and plans they provide are then used by land owners, architects, draftsman, planners, engineers, contractors and even lawyers to make informed decisions. If the information provided by the surveyor is incorrect then the decisions made will also be incorrect. This can lead to challenges such as boundary disputes, encroachments, incorrect land sizes etc.
Barbados Land Surveyor's Association (BLSA).
Why do you need to hire a licensed registered surveyor who is also a member of the BLSA?
The BLSA is a professional association in Barbados responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of competency for licensed surveyors. A licensed surveyor will define your land boundaries and upon request should provide a certified plan that confirms the work has been completed correctly.
Only licensed and registered surveyors in Barbados are legally allowed to conduct land surveys and it is an offence under the Land Boundaries Act Cap. 228B of the laws of Barbados for anyone besides a licensed surveyor to remove or alter the position of a boundary markers. Cadastral surveys conducted by non-licensed surveyors will have no legal standing in the court of law and will not be recognized as evidence in the event of a boundary dispute.
It’s not worth the risk, so make sure you only use a licensed land surveyor who is also an active member of the BLSA to survey your land.
If you want to learn more about land surveying and management in Barbados, give us a call. And Remember, If You Got Land Issues, Advice is Free!