Easements are the legal right for a person to use another’s property for a specific purpose, while the owner of the land retains all the control and ownership of the land. Easments can be in the form of
An easement survey is a type of survey conducted to identify and map easements on a property. An easement is a legal right that allows someone (typically a person or entity) to use a portion of another person’s property for a specific purpose. It grants the holder of the easement certain rights, while the property owner retains ownership and control of the land.
There are different types of Easements that include:
Right-of-Way Easement: this grants a person the right to pass through a specific part of another person’s property for access. This easement can be for pedestrian, vehicular, or utility access.
Utility Easement: This allows utility companies to install and maintain their pipelines, power lines, or cables.
Drainage Easement: A drainage easement allows the flow of water and ensures proper drainage by allowing water to be channeled.
Conservation Easement: This easement is for the protection and preservation of natural resources, wildlife habitats, or historical features on a property. It restricts activities or development that could bring harm to these aspects of the land.
Solar Access Easement: This protects access to sunlight for solar energy systems by preventing neighboring structures or vegetation from blocking the sunlight.
View Easement: A view easement preserves scenery where it restricts the height or location of structures on neighboring properties to maintain the visual appeal of the view from the property.
Agricultural Easement: Agricultural easements protect and support agricultural activities on a property including restrictions on development.
Beach Access Easement: this easement ensures public enjoyment of the beach while respecting the rights of the property owner by allowing the public to access the beach by being able to pass through private property.
The purpose of Easement Surveys
Geo Point Surveyors carry out Easement Surveys for multiple reasons that include:
The survey can identify the location and demarcate the boundary of easements on a property. This allows the buyer of the land or the developer to have a clear understanding of where the easements are located and the areas that can be used and those that cant be used.
Easement surveys clarify the rights and responsibilities of property owners and those that hold the easement. Easement surveys allow the use of the easement area and specify the restrictions associated with it.
Compliance with legal requirements is assured through these surveys and they help property owners and easement beneficiaries adhere to the terms and conditions in the easement agreement.
Conflicts can arise when there are easements, especially when the property changes hands. These surveys can help resolve disputes or conflicts and give accurate and reliable information.
What happens during an easement survey?
A licensed surveyor carries out fieldwork to locate and measure easement boundaries. This includes using total stations, GPS receivers, or laser scanning devices, to ensure accurate measurements.
Once the measurements have been taken, then the surveyor prepares a detailed map that depicts the location and boundaries of the easement.
In addition to the measurements, the plan also includes information about the purpose of the easement, the restrictions that This plan may also include additional information such as the purpose of the easement, any restrictions or limitations, and relevant dimensions or distances.
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