Survey Plans and Pins

A Saskatchewan Land Surveyor marks each lot in a new subdivision with an iron pin. These pins, or boundary markers, define where your property ends and where your neighbourʼs property begins (or the municipalityʼs property). These pins mark the legal boundaries of a property and provide measurements for future improvements such as garages, house additions or fences. A Legal Survey Plan provides information that defines the extent of a personʼs ownership or other rights to land. Survey Plans also include information about rights-of-way for utilities such as gas or power lines.

IMPORTANT

It is illegal to remove or tamper with legal survey pins. Unsuspecting landowners may find an iron pin, dig it out and throw it away thinking it is just a piece of metal leftover from construction. Do not disturb or throw away survey pins and land markers. The cost of replacing a survey pin could be as much as the cost of the entire fence, driveway or landscaping work being done. If the survey pin is in a spot where youʼd like to place a fence post, you must build around it.

When considering the construction of a new fence or home addition, make sure you know where your property lines are located prior to selecting the placement of the improvement. People often assume physical features of the property are evidence of boundaries. This includes swales (depressions in the terrain that are a function of the drainage systems and can be shared between properties), power or telephone kiosks (junction boxes placed within an easement), or even fences and sheds. These physical features are not evidence of the boundary lines. Only survey pins can tell you where the actual boundaries are located. Unfortunately, survey pins are sometimes difficult to find – there may be more than one pin in the area or none at all. In addition, some pins may not relate to the homeownerʼs property boundaries at all, but define roads, rights-of-way or other land related measurements. Survey pins may have also been buried, destroyed during construction or moved from their original position. It is recommended that you contact a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor to correctly identify your boundaries so you may avoid mistakes when building on your property.