The type of boundary survey you need is determined by the purpose and the content of the survey. The selection of a type of survey is made based on the reason for conducting the surveying services and/or for developing the final mapping products or reports.

A boundary survey is defined as the process of investigating, collecting and evaluating real property evidence from recorded, field, and other relevant sources, in order to formulate a professional opinion regarding the location of property boundaries. That opinion may be reported or published in different formats. The quality of the data and analysis sufficient to render the opinion, as well as to prepare any plan or report, meets minimum standards set forth in the RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYING IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND Effective Date: November 25, 2015.

Our Professional Land Surveying services include the following boundary survey types:

Comprehensive Boundary Survey (includes a survey plan/map).

  • A Comprehensive Boundary Survey is a type of survey that formulates a professional opinion and reports the position of boundaries with respect to:
    • substantial physical improvements and features, including buildings;
    • recorded easements and observed evidence of their use;
    • recorded and observed means of ingress and egress; and
    • lines of physical occupation, including fences, walls, hedges and other such features;
  • A plan which summarizes the results of a comprehensive boundary survey shall depict or note:
    • conflicts with recorded deed descriptions and/or plans;
    • observed encroachments; and
    • monuments recovered and/or set.
  • Monuments shall be established at not less than seventy percent (70%) of all corners in the boundary which define a deflection angle that exceeds sixty degrees (60°), and no point on a boundary shall be located more than five hundred (500) feet from a monument.

Limited Content Boundary Surveys:

A Limited Content Boundary Survey, as with a Comprehensive Boundary Survey described above, involves the process of investigating, collecting and evaluating real property evidence from recorded, field and other relevant sources in order to formulate a professional opinion regarding the location of boundaries. It differs from a Comprehensive Boundary Survey in that its scope is designed to meet a specific need of a client or regulating authority. That need can be met by a plan, report or field outcome that is less all-inclusive than would result from a Comprehensive Boundary Survey.

  • The density of monuments shall be consistent with the purpose of the Limited Content Boundary Survey.
  • A sufficient number of monuments must be provided to enable the reproduction of the surveyed lines on the ground. Such monumentation shall not consist of fewer than two (2) monuments.

Perimeter Survey (includes a survey plan/map)

  • A survey that maps only a strip of land along the boundaries. Within such limited area, this survey documents the boundary location and the evidence of occupation on the subject parcel (and where practical on adjoining parcels) by depicting and noting the boundary position with respect to:
    • substantial physical improvements and features;
    • easements and visible evidence of the use thereof;
    • record and apparent means of ingress and egress;
    • lines of occupation, including fences, walls, hedges and other such features;
    • conflicts with record deed descriptions and plans;
    • apparent boundary encroachments, and
    • monumentation recovered and/or set.

Boundary Stake-Out Survey (doesn’t include a survey plan/map)

  • A survey that marks or monuments a parcel’s boundary corners or lines.

Building Location Survey

  • A survey that depicts or notes the position of existing or proposed buildings on the property with respect to boundaries, record easement lines and pertinent municipal setback requirements and deed restrictions. No other improvements or features need be depicted.

Dimensional Conformance Survey

  • A survey that depicts or notes the position of existing or proposed improvements with respect to boundary lines. The purpose of this survey is to enable a determination as to the conformity with municipal dimensional requirements. Only those portions of the boundaries pertinent to the issues being addressed must be depicted. No other improvements need be depicted.

Feature Location Survey

  • A survey that depicts or notes the position, horizontally and/or vertically, between existing and proposed improvements. No other improvements or features need be depicted.

Easement Survey

A survey that depicts and notes the position of an existing or proposed easement with respect to:

  • boundary monumentation found or set;
  • physical improvements and features;
  • other record easements and visible evidence of the use thereof; and
  • unresolved conflicts with record deed descriptions and maps.
  • all visible encroachments.
  • where boundaries are intersected by the easement lines, a statement of their type and class shall be made.

ALTA Surveys

  • ALTA Surveys are often required with the transfer of commercial properties. Call us at  401-647-9240 or Contact Us for pricing.