Please visit our Order A Survey page and tell us about your request or read through the services pages that describe the different types of surveys. If you have a specific question regarding the type of survey you need please feel free to give us a call at (284)543-6975.
The most important rule is that only a locally licensed surveyor is legally allowed to conduct any survey concerning your property boundaries. If you are unsure whether a surveyor is licensed simply ask them to provide you with their license certificate. A land surveyor should never be chosen on price alone. Licensed land surveyors vary in knowledge, experience and ability so choose a reputable firm that you can put your trust into - competency should be the number one factor.
Every property is identified by a Block and Parcel number which is a unique identifying number. The Land Registry is responsible for storing and recording all properties in the BVI. It is a simple process to search the Registry to get the full history and information on any property. The Survey Department is responsible for holding and storing all survey plans in the BVI and they have all the registered plans that define every property in the BVI. Therefore, obtaining the records for any parcel involves searches at both departments.
This depends on the type of survey you need, its size and requirements. If for example you require a topographic survey, the surveyor can start that as soon as possible but if you require a subdivision then planning approval must be obtained before any survey work can be done. If you require a setting out survey then plans need to be obtained from the architect before the buildings can be marked out. We can advise you on the timeframe for any survey once we know what is involved and they type of survey you need
Boundaries in the BVI are no longer described by deeds. The purpose of the Cadastral Registration of the 1970's was to adjudicate all boundaries and register them rather than relying on written descriptions via deeds. Therefore the cadastral registration supersedes the deed system. In a very small number of instances the boundaries of some properties at the time of the cadastral registration could not be resolved and so they were left as 'undemarcated' and these boundaries are indicated by a dashed line on the Index Sheets. These boundaries can only be resolved by the Registrar of Lands.