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How to read a survey plan - SRPR


Survey plans are prepared by professional land surveyors, who identify and record each and every feature and measurement that contributes to the definition of a property.

Your land survey plan may look daunting at first glance, but understanding it is very important. We’ll help you understand the basics of a survey plan and how to use it.

Filter by category and click a survey element below to learn more about it.

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The Property Boundary

These boundary lines depict the extent of ownership.

Boundary Dimensions

Each Boundary has a Bearing and Distance.

Setbacks and Building Ties

Distance between building structures and surveyed boundaries.

(S)-Set a Boundary Corner

Set a corner using information that is already known.

(M)-Measure Between Corners

(M) - confirms what is already known by measuring the distance or direction.

(RP)-The Subdivision Plan

The underlying subdivision plan shows important information.

(P1)-Reference Plan

Identifies an additional plan source of boundary information.

(MTR) Metro Toronto Roads

“ Metro Toronto Roads and Traffic Department". Forerunner of the City of Toronto Survey and Mapping Division.

BA - Boundaries Act

The official surveyed and confirmed location of the street line.

■/□ Found or Planted Monuments

Official symbols of legal survey monuments existing on the property.

SIB / IB / CC

Types of legal survey monuments that are on the property.

(1222) - The Surveyor's Bar

Identification number of the land surveying firm responsible for placing the monument.

OU - Denotes Origin Unknown

Denotes found but unidentified legal survey monuments.

WIT - Offset Monument

Denotes legal monument set by surveyor to "witness" a corner, angle, curve or bend where the true location is obstucted.

Part of Lots

The property being surveyed is part of the Summary listing of underlying Lots shown on the subdivision plan.

PIN - Property Identification Number

The "PIN", is a unique 9-digit identifier assigned by the land registry office to uniquely identify each property in Ontario.

Easement over the Land

Identifies existence of an easement and provides its location on the survey plan.

House Number

Property address and house characteristics at time of survey plan preparation.

Structures

Outlines of structures on property and adjoining land.

Ground Features

Denotes physical site features potentially indicating easements, neighbour encroachments or other problems such as catch basin (CB); manhole (MH).; edge of pavement (EOP)

Fences

Details of permieter fencing and enclosures at the time of field survey. specifically board fence (BF); chain link fence (CLF); gate (G); iron fence (IF); no fence

Location of Physical Features

The measured location of a physical feature relative to the boundary.

SRPR

Type of regulated survey plan usually prepared for residential properties.

Reports Parts 1 and 2

An SRPR must have two components. Part 1 is the plan and the written report set out in Part 2.

Survey Firm

Originating survey firm and project details.

Surveyor's Certificate

The Surveyor's "sea of approval" assurance compliance with specifications.

Copyright

Unauthorized use of the plan is prohibited by law.

Plan Submission Form

The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors can review any plan for adherence to standards.

Client

Client for whom the survey plan was originally prepared.

Reference Plan

A previous survey plan that redivided the Lots on the M-Plan into new Parcels.

Lot Lines

Shows the location of lots lines on the underlying subdivision plan.

The Roads

Each street has a name and a legal origin.

Lot Corner Tie

Surveyors must show how the survey plan fits in with the underlying lot fabric.

EYS

This refers to the original Township (farm) Lots laid out “ East of Yonge Street“ .

North Arrow

Geographic orientation of the survey plan.

Scale

Survey Plans are legal maps drawn to a specified scale.

Legend

Legend for technical plan details.

Metric

Metric units have been used on this survey plan.

Reference Bearing

This plan is oriented to north by a bearing angle derived from a line defined by survey monuments.