California Land Surveyor License Discipline
“Issues Facing California Land Surveyors”
The California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists licenses and disciplines Land Surveyors. The Board does not possess sufficient resources to investigate complaints. Despite the small number of Land Surveyors in California, there are numerous geographically based committees and organizations that self regulate the profession. The California Land Surveyors Association and the Joint Professional Practices Committee, or JPPC of each geographic region routinely refer complaints to the Board.
Land Surveying is not an exact science. Only a Court of law can legally determine boundaries. All other conclusions are merely opinions. Advances in Land Surveyor technology and education have contributed to younger surveyors filing Board complaints against older surveyors. Liberties taken by older surveyors in mapping and surveying plots of land and boundaries are disfavored among their younger counterparts. The Board does not require continuing education. Therefore, many older Land Surveyors are unfamiliar with current custom and practice. This results in complaints being referred for disciplinary action by the California Attorney General’s Office.
Another area of concern in the Land Surveying industry involves the filing of records of survey, corner records and plat maps. While most requirements are clear as to when a record of survey versus a corner record is required, in some instances they are a matter of opinion. Complicating the matter further is that individual counties are responsible for accepting or rejecting filed documents. What documents must be filed in a given situation and what information the document must contain is subjective.
Acceptance of a filing by a County Land Surveyor’s Office is implicit acceptance of meeting the legal requirements. However, despite the acceptance of the filing, Land Surveyors may still be subject to disciplinary action by the Board. Thus, Land Surveyors must always check that their corner record, plat map and record of survey filings comply with the law.
In many instances, Land Surveyors do not perform the actual field survey. This task is often left to unlicensed individuals working under the direction of the licensed Land Surveyor. A Land Surveyor must exercise supervisory authority over a field survey and direct the activities of the field crew. Failure to exercise supervisory control over a job can result in a Board disciplinary action for aiding and abetting unlicensed land surveying, negligence and incompetence in land surveying.
If you are facing a California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Accusation, contact California Professional License Defense attorney Seth Weinstein at (310) 707-7131.
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