A stakeout survey, also known as a “layout survey,” is a type of land survey that is used to mark the precise location of a building or other structure on a piece of property. The purpose of a stakeout survey is to provide the builder, contractor, or other professionals with the exact location and orientation of the structure, as well as the locations of any other features such as property lines, utility lines, or drainage systems, that are relevant to the construction project.
A stakeout survey is typically performed by a licensed land surveyor, who uses a combination of traditional survey methods and modern technology, such as GPS and total stations, to take precise measurements of the property and the proposed location of the structure. The surveyor will then mark the corners and other key points of the building with wooden stakes or other markers, which can be used by the construction team as a reference when they are building the structure.
In New York, According to the New York State Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (PELS) Board regulations, Only a licensed professional land surveyor, who has passed a rigorous exam, meet the education and experience requirements, and agreed to adhere to the PELS Code of Ethics, is qualified to perform a stakeout survey or any other land surveying services. The surveyor must also be familiar with and follow the applicable laws and regulations that pertain to land surveying in New York State.
The surveyor will then prepare a survey report which is typically marked with the location of the building on the property, building corners and any other important information related to the construction project such as building lines, property lines, and other features. This report is usually used by the builders as a reference during the construction process.
Overall, a stakeout survey is an important part of the construction process and ensures that the building is constructed in the correct location and to the correct dimensions, and also protects the property rights of all parties involved.