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The typical land owner may require the services of a Professional Land Surveyor only once in their lifetime.

Only a Professional Land Surveyor licensed by the State Board of Registration is legally permitted to perform land surveys in the State of Oregon.

While there is currently no laws requiring a boundary survey, it is very wise to survey land before purchasing.  There are current laws pertaining to dividing any parcel of land or when adjusting tract boundaries, and prior to the construction of any improvements on property.

The services of All County Surveyors and Planners, Inc. will cost less in time, worry, and money than the cost of moving improvements or defending a boundary line later!

Our staff is licensed and skilled in current land laws.  A surveyor should be selected after you are sure that the professional firm you have chosen is aware of your survey needs and the requirements of the jurisdiction.

The experiences expressed by our clients have shown that the All County Surveyors and Planners, Inc. provides competent work for a reasonable fee.


The cost for most land surveying work is based on the following variables:

  1. Type of survey: Costs may increase as the required precision and scope of the survey increases.
  2. Research of Records: This varies by the number of parcels involved; and the number of past transactions. (This necessary step is complicated by past documents adding contradictions to land transactions, resulting in vague or incomplete legal descriptions).
  3. Size and shape of property: An irregularly shaped tract has more corners to monument than a rectangular tract containing the same area.
  4. Section Breakdown: This could require the survey of the entire section (1 square mile) in which the land being surveyed lies, regardless of the area of the parcel. In some cases, a survey of more than one section is required.
  5. Terrain: A flat tract of land is easier to access than a hillside.
  6. Vegetation: Brush may need to bee cleared to allow surveyor access. Shrubs and flowers can be avoided without additional cost.
  7. Time of Year:  Summer foliage can decrease visibility and increase cost. We work 12 month out of the year with only a few winter storms slowing progress.

Even with the above variables, All County Surveyors & Planners, Inc. has provided clients with acurate project cost. We will gladly provide you with a free proposal for the work requested. Give us a call at (503) 668-3151 or email us at info@allcountysurveyors.com.


Our staff uses the most recent land surveying equipment and GPS (Global Positioning Satilies).  We locate corners and determine boundaries using the latest computer hardware and software.


A.L.T.A. Survey or Extended Title Insurance Coverage Survey
A survey made for the purpose of supplying a title company and lender with survey and location data necessary for issuing American Land Title Association or Extended Coverage Title Insurance.

Boundary Survey:
A survey for the express purpose of locating the corners and boundary lines of a given parcel of land. This involves record and field research, measurements, and computations to establish boundary lines in conformance with Oregon State Law. Easement lines may also be located with this type of survey.

Topographic Survey:
A survey locating topographic features--natural and man made--such as buildings, improvements, fences, elevations, trees, streams, contours of the land, etc. This type of survey may be required by a governmental agency, or may be used by engineers and/or architects for design of improvements or developments on a site.

Site Planning Survey:
A combination of boundary and topographic surveys for preparation of a site plan to be used for designing improvements or developments.

Subdivision or Partition Survey:
The subdivision or partitioning of a tract of land into smaller parcels, showing monumentation and survey data on a map, in conformance with local ordinances and Oregon State Law.

Control Survey:
Precise location of horizontal and vertical positions of points for use in boundary determination, mapping from aerial photographs, construction staking, and other related purposes.

Construction Survey:
Construction staking of improvements shown on improvement plans for control of construction on developments for roads, building, pipelines., etc.


DID YOU KNOW? ... that to correctly survey a 40 acre tract such as the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 (fig. 1) requires a survey of almost the entire section?

Consider the steps that are necessary:

  1. Recover original government corners 1,2, 4, 6 and 8 (these are corners set by the General Land Office, usually in the 1800's).
  2. Establish the center of the section (point A) which is the intersection of a straight line between points 4 and 8, and 6 and 2
  3. Establish 1/16 corners B, C, D and E; for example: B being exactly midway between A and 2, etc.
  4. Establish SE 1/16 corner (F) which is the intersection of straight lines between point B and D, and C and E.

The above steps are necessary to locate the four corners of the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4. Since most sections have dimensions such as in figure 2 (exaggerated to show that the lines are not straight nor parallel, due to difficulties encountered in the "1800s" surveys) it follows that the distances around a "40" will not always be 1320' nor will the sides be at right angles to each other.

A Typical Section: 1 square mile

Section Diagram


7.92 inches are 1 link.
25 links are 1 rod.
4 rods or 100 links are 1 chain.
A rod is 16 1/2 feet.
A chain is 66 feet or four rods.
A mile is 320 rods, 80 chains or 5,280 feet.
An acre contains 43,560 square feet.
An acre contains 160 square rods.
An acre is 208.7 (plus) feet square.
Square chains x 0.10=acres.
40 chains equal 160 rods or 2,640 feet.


Some of the above information was obtained from the PLSO website and is referenced herein. The PLSO website contains additional information on selecting a land surveyor.