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Plan of Survey

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Plan of Survey

Any survey plan that illustrates a boundary is called a Plan of Survey. There are some specific kinds of survey plans, such as Reference Plans (Plans that are filed as public documents at the Land Registry Office) and Surveyor’s Real Property Reports, but these are just specific categories of a Plan of Survey. Basically every plan that shows a legal boundary is a Plan of Survey.

Often a Plan of Survey is prepared to meet the specific needs of our clients. Some homeowners may require a plan to show the relationship of a fence line to a property boundary, or to illustrate the dimensions and area of their property, or to show that a new garage was built in compliance with zoning setbacks. A Plan of Survey can take on many forms and can be used for many purposes, but they will all show one or more boundary lines, and usually the relationship of physical features (ditches, buildings, fences, trees, retaining walls) to the surveyed boundary lines.

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Plan of Survey Process


Step 1

Request a Quote

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Step 2

We will help determine the product that best meets your needs.


Step 3

A dedicated Project Manager will take your project from start to finish:

  • A dedicated Project Manager (PM) is assigned
  • File proceeds to Research
  • PM reaches out to you for any special requests
  • Field Work
  • Calculations and drafting of the survey plan
  • Ontario Land Survey reviews field work and draft plan
  • Ontario Land Surveyor signs the final Plan

Step 4

An Ontario Land Surveyor reviews and signs the plan, Project Manager arranges delivery.

Plan of Survey Report Example

Below you will find an example of what a complete Plan of Survey Report will resemble.

Plan of Survey Report Example

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I get with my Plan of Survey project?
Once your project is completed you will receive a pdf and/or hard copy of your completed survey, as well as a written survey report.
Is a Plan of Survey admissible in court?
Yes. A Plan of Survey is a legal document signed by an Ontario Land Surveyor. The plan will be completed in compliance with a number of statutes and regulations governing the preparation of survey plans and the boundary reflected on the plan will have undergone an in-depth review by the signing Ontario Land Surveyor.
How long is my Plan of Survey valid for?
A Plan of Survey does not have a specific expiration period, but it does become less current as time passes. Changes occur on properties, such as easements may be registered through the property, a portion of the land may be severed from the parent parcel, a road widening may have been taken across the frontage, new structures may be built on the property and the title or ownership may change. Any of these changes could make the survey invalid or at least out of date.

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