County Surveyor’s Office
The Surveyor’s Function
“As has been pointed out heretofore it is not the surveyor’s responsibility to set up new lines except where he is surveying heretofore unplatted land or subdividing a new tract. Where title to land has been established under a previous survey, the surveyor’s duty is to solely locate the lines of the original survey. He cannot establish a new corner, nor can he even correct erroneous surveys of earlier surveyors. He must track the footsteps of the first.” Grimes, James S., LLB., J. D., Clark on Surveying and Boundaries. (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1959), p 12.
The primary function of the Douglas County Surveyor’s office is to protect, maintain, and perpetuate land survey monuments. The County Surveyor represents the county in all boundary disputes originating in the Public Land Survey System. State law requires the County Surveyor to create and maintain a plat records file and indexing system for all survey plats. The County Surveyor may provide professional land surveying services to other County departments. The County Surveyor or the appropriate designee shall index for recording all land survey plats filed in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Statutory Duties of the County Surveyor
Resolution Amending, Clarifying and Restating Relevant Portions of Resolution R-988-021
The Surveyor is considered to be a temporary employee of the County with no benefits other than the salary set by state statutes. The amount of salary is determined by county classification. Douglas County is a Category I. Therefore, the Surveyor is paid a salary of $5,500 annually.
All land survey plats given to the Surveyor’s Office for examination, must be accompanied with appropriate fees, payable to the Douglas County Clerk & Recorder (Recording Fees click here)
At the present time, there is no formal office in county facilities for the Surveyor. Therefore, all plats submitted for filing are to be deposited in the office of the Douglas County Clerk and Recorder’s Office:
301 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For questions please contact the County Surveyor at 303-660-7364.
Land Survey Plat Process
Plats deposited for filing shall include:
- original signatures and seals;
- be made from a dimensionally stable polyester sheet such as cronar or mylar or other product of equal quality
- be at least three mils thick
- use non-fading permanent print
- be at least eighteen inches wide by twenty-four inches long and no more than twenty-four inches wide by thirty-six inches long with
- have a minimum two-inch margin on the left side and a minimum of one-half inch margins at the top, bottom, and right side of the plat.
All plats must conform to Colorado Revised Statute C.R.S. § 38-51-106 and include:
- A scale drawing of the boundaries of the land parcel;
- All recorded and apparent rights-of-way and easements, and, if research for recorded rights-of-way and easements is done by someone other than the professional land surveyor who prepares the plat, the source from which such recorded rights-of-way and easements were obtained;
- If the client wishes not to show rights-of-way and easements on the land survey plat, a statement that such client did not want rights-of-way and easements shown;
- All field-measured dimensions necessary to establish the boundaries on the ground and all dimensions for newly created parcels necessary to establish the boundaries on the ground;
- A statement by the professional land surveyor that the survey was performed by such surveyor or under such surveyor’s responsible charge;
- A statement by the professional land surveyor explaining how bearings, if used, were determined;
- A description of all monuments, both found and set, that mark the boundaries of the property and of all control monuments used in conducting the survey. If any such boundary monument or control monument marks the location of a lost or obliterated public land survey monument that was restored as a part of the survey on which the plat is based, the professional land surveyor shall briefly describe the evidence and the procedure used for such restoration. If any such boundary monument or control monument marks the location of a quarter section corner or sixteenth section corner that was established as a part of the survey, the professional land surveyor shall briefly describe the evidence and procedure used for such establishment, unless the corner location was established by the mathematical procedure as outlined in section C.R.S. 38-51-103.
- A statement of the scale or representative fraction of the drawing, and a bar-type or graphical scale;
- A north arrow;
- A written property description, which shall include but shall not be limited to a reference to the county and state together with the section, township, range, and principal meridian or established subdivision, block and lot number, or any other method of describing the land as established by the general land office or bureau of land management;
- The signature and seal of the professional land surveyor;
- Any conflicting boundary evidence; and
- A statement defining the lineal units used including but not limited to meters, chains, feet, and U.S. survey feet. If it is necessary to define conversion factors, the factors shall be a function of the meter as defined by the United States department of commerce, national institute of standards and technology.
- Contain a signature block for the County Surveyor