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Identification Surveys

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When you are looking at property to purchase, the process usually involves meeting the real estate agent on site, pointing out and examining the features of the site, and imagining what it will be like to occupy, rent out, renovate or develop. But what if there was a mistake? How would you know if the property you were looking at in real life is the property you are legally purchasing?

This is when an identification survey by a Perth land surveyor will ease concerns, confirm boundaries, and identify issues that might impact the property in the future.

What are Identification Surveys?

An identification survey is a legal property service that can only be conducted by a licensed surveyor in Perth. All property is bought, sold and owned not by occupation of the land, but in a legal sense with the purchasing of the Certificate of Title. This is a legal document that describes all easements, or conditions that impact the property. It also relates to an official diagram and folio that identify precisely what piece of land is owned by whom, and where the boundaries exist.

These documents carry absolute legal weight with regard to land ownership law in Western Australia, but sometimes the land you look at with a real estate agent might not perfectly match the Certificate of Title being offered for sale. An identification survey sees a surveyor look up the Certificate of Title, diagram and folio, and from these documents positively identify exactly what land is being transacted, what buildings are on that land, or whether there are any encroachments by or upon the land and any other official matter.

When completed, an identification survey might highlight a number of details, including easements that your property has rights or obligations to, areas where neighbouring buildings are built over your property boundaries, or where your structures exceed boundary lines. This permits you to make the most informed decision possible, and the most accurate purchasing offers.

Identification Surveys (always carried out by Licensed Land Surveyors) determine all improvements (buildings, awnings, garages and brick walls) in relation to the property boundary. Easements – such as; access, sewer, height restrictions – appear as comments in a report stating the legal description of the land and any encroachments by or upon the Land.

Use a Land Surveyor Based Here in Perth For Identification Surveys

To ensure the continuity of Western Australian property rights, and to ensure that expensive mistakes are not made, identification surveys, cadastral surveys and re-establishment surveys are only legal if completed by a licensed surveyor. If you are looking to get an identification survey completed, we recommend thinking about commissioning a re-establishment survey report at the same time. The measurements on site are the same, and having boundaries accurately re-pegged before sale can be useful in truly understanding the property in question.

Registered Survey Professionals

Horizon Surveys has been working with the property sales and development community for over forty years. We have completed work in all parts of Perth and Regional W.A., and are experienced in surveying work from strata titles to mining tenements.

Get in Touch

If you need an identification survey completed before purchasing new land, or are looking for other reliable, reputable surveying work, call Horizons Survey today. Our team are experienced, qualified and absolutely professional, let us satisfy your survey needs efficiently, legally, and for the best possible price.

Whether you’re a homeowner, a landowner, a local council or an engineer, builder or architect – you can rely on us to get the job done efficiently.

From feature surveys to As-constructed and Audit surveys, our team offers a range of survey services for all kinds of projects.

If you’d like to know more about any of our survey services, call us now on (08) 9387 8226 or email 

Feature Surveys

Architects and Design Engineers require feature surveys prior to the initial planning and design phase of a project.

Detailed information about; roads, paths, buildings, retaining walls and vegetation will appear in a plan or digital report. The plans show Contours and levels to AHD (Australian Height Datum). Cadastral info (boundary) information is usually included as an overlay.

Re-pegs / Re-establishment Surveys

Original property boundaries may need to be re-established and marked by pegs. Such surveys can be time-consuming because the original boundaries and associated documentation could be 100 years old. A licensed surveyor needs to state that the work has been undertaken in accordance with current Survey Regulations.

Lease Area Surveys

Commercial areas are often tenanted to third parties, and surveys may be required to calculate the area in question. A lease area survey can help determine the area under lease, using modern equipment and following the lease area guidelines from The Property Council of Australia. Depending on the tenancy, the Survey may be required to measure GLA (Gross Lettable Area) or NLA (Nett Lettable Area).

As-Constructed & Audit Surveys

As-constructed surveys and audit surveys are critical elements in deciding if a structure has been built to design specifications. The surveyor will draw up plans that reveal the dimensions and levels of a particular structure, including; roads, bridges, dams, excavation areas, or landfills. Audit Surveys are performed during the construction stage in order to verify positions for holding-down bolts, plinths, roads and structures.

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Mining Tenement Surveys

A mining tenement survey is required to establish the extent of the actual mining lease area for mining tenements. The pegging on the ground needs to be found and any priorities of prior marking out need to be determined.

The Survey of a Mining tenement occurs after instructions issued by the Department of Mines and Petroleum are handed to Licensed surveyors who can then perform these duties noting the hierarchy of tenements.

Cadastral Surveys

Cadastral land surveying is a branch of land surveying that focuses on establishing your property boundaries. When Horizon Surveys conducts cadastral surveying on your land, we determine the actual Boundaries and place Boundary marks on the corners of your land.

There are several circumstances in which cadastral land surveying becomes a necessity. Many cadastral land surveys happen when boundaries need to be marked to determine new fencing lines or when buildings need to be set out at specific distances from the boundary. (ie a Parapet wall)

Most types of survey reports, any time.

Surveying is a suite of many facets including Contour and Feature Surveys, Subdivision of Land (Green title or Strata), Construction set-out as AsConstructed Surveys, Lease Area surveys, remarking of original boundaries and the Calculation of Volumes.

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