Do you need a Right of Way Survey?
At RW Engineering & Surveying our surveyors can order and review land title documents to determine current ownership interest, identify encumbrances, work with design engineers to determine the necessity of easements, determine the portion of property to acquire for additional right of way, prepare legal descriptions, and plan exhibits necessary to negotiate with property owners in order to acquire parcels.
What is a Right of Way Survey?
A Right Of Way Survey is a boundary survey depicting the limits of private ownership including that of the entity/agency that has the interest or jurisdiction of the subject property. Depending on the location of the site, the entity/agency may be the State, County, or City government. Right Of Way is usually considered as being owned by the entity, unlike an easement which is the right of use over the property of others. Title to the Right of Way may exist by different sources that include Dedication, Acquisition, Eminent Domain, and Maintenance. Many times it is a combination of these that make the total parcel. The professional team at RW Engineering conducts extensive research to make a determination of the position of the deeded right of way.
If there appears to be additional Right-Of- Way by maintenance that has been uninterrupted for more than 4 years, an updated maintained map may be filed. A Right Of Way survey does not include above or below ground improvements, features, or encroachments. A right-of-way is basically land owned by a municipality or company for the transportation of goods or people. Our streets, roads, highways, railroads and navigable waterways are all located within a right-of-way and the municipality or company has the right to maintain these rights-of-way as long as reasonable access is provided to the adjacent property owners.
An easement is a restriction placed on the use of the property allowing another party use of the property for certain purposes. A property owner still owns the land within the easement and is responsible for the property. The easement functions as a restriction which limits your use of your property.
If you need an As-Built survey or have any questions please contact the professionals at RW Engineering & Surveying.