What to Do with Trespassers After Oklahoma Land Surveying?

May 31, 2022 | Land Surveying

While Oklahoma land surveying, a technician collects information on a piece of land and then measures the distance, direction, and elevation between predetermined points on that property. This information is then utilized to create a plan or map, which provides highly useful information to property owners or potential buyers.

To gain the most useful data possible, a surveyor technician in Tulsa Oklahoma will directly visit a property to accurately define and describe its boundaries, corners, and topography. As such, there is a risk that a technician may trespass on a neighboring property. Although we do not intend to share legal advice, we believe that the following information can be useful for property owners.


Entry Laws to Consider

Whether you are a technician or are looking to work with a land surveying Tulsa firm to review your property, it is recommended to have an understanding of any state and local laws or ordinances regarding permissions to enter properties. For example, in Oklahoma, according to House Bill No. 1135, which amended parts of Section 1835 in 21 O.S. 2011,  registered land surveyors or professional engineers can enter a property for the purpose of land surveying in the performance of their professional duties. This is allowed unless the property’s owner or lawful occupier forbids them to do so, either in writing or orally.

It is also recommended to research whether your state has a “surveyor right of entry,” which gives professional surveying technicians the right to access a property. Keep in mind that, depending on the specific state, the technician may require written permission to enter the property, even if they have the right to enter.

Please keep in mind that this is not intended to be taken as legal advice. However, at Sisemore & Associates, we recognize that it is important to share information that is useful to our clients and the owners of neighboring properties.


What to Know for Land Surveying Tulsa

In general, if you are going to have your property surveyed and there is a chance that the technician will have to enter a neighboring property, it is recommended to tell the property owner before the survey begins. In addition to being polite and preventing potential issues regarding trespassing, it can be useful for both of you. For example, if the survey is for a project in which you have a shared interest, such as a fence between your properties, the access to both properties can help provide accurate information more efficiently.

By reaching out to the owners of neighboring properties and doing preliminary research on the laws and ordinances regarding Oklahoma land surveying, you can reduce the likelihood of trespassing issues occurring during the project.


Surveyor Technician in Tulsa Oklahoma

At Sisemore & Associates, our team of technicians has the experience and equipment to provide useful and accurate surveying information in a timely manner. In addition to this, we know the best practices and procedures to use for any property type, so our services will not interfere with any normal activities. To learn more about our surveying services, please get in touch. Sisemore & Associates is ready to help make your next project a success.