California Man Fined $1,000 for “Drawing Lines on Maps”
The article is decidedly one-sided and makes no effort to seek an opinion in favor of this enforcement; however the reporting does raise questions I wish this and other state boards would better address. It’s easy to read this and say “Curse those damned surveyors and all their red tape!”
These stories always seem to come from the direction of someone who is trying to take a shortcut or bypass a licensed surveyor to further their own interest. Never from the innocent adjoiner who was encroached and burdened to clean up the mess that could been avoided if their neighbor had just hired a surveyor. Where’s this headline: “Lax Mapping Regulations Permitted Neighbor to Build ADU across property lines, One year and $10k in Legal Fees Later, His home is unmarketable with no resolution in sight”
State boards should feature a public-facing page of their website with an FAQ starting with “Why is land surveying regulated by the state? Why are do land surveyors require a license?” Provide answers in plain language that explains we’re here to protect you from your neighbor.
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