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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Professional Surveyors and Mappers

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1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) 
1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832) — En Español

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers
Terry Lee Rhodes Building
2005 Apalachee Pkwy.
Tallahassee, FL  32399-6500

Laws and Regulations

Florida Statutes
Chapters: 120, 177, 472

Florida Administrative Code and Register
Chapter: 5J-17

Through the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) licenses and regulates professional surveyors and mappers in Florida.

Licensed surveyors and mappers make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. They provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction and other purposes.

The “practice of surveying and mapping" means, among other things, any professional service or work, the adequate performance of which involves the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, the related physical and applied sciences, and the relevant requirements of law for adequate evidence of the act of measuring, locating, establishing, or reestablishing lines, angles, elevations, natural and manmade features in the air, on the surface and immediate subsurface of the earth, within underground workings, and on the beds or surface of bodies of water, for the purpose of determining, establishing, describing, displaying or interpreting the facts of size, shape, topography, tidal datum planes, legal or geodetic location or relocation, and orientation of improved or unimproved real property and appurtenances thereto, including acreage and condominiums.

The practice of surveying and mapping also includes, but is not limited to, photogrammetric control; the monumentation and remonumentation of property boundaries and subdivisions; the measurement of and preparation of plans showing existing improvements after construction; the layout of proposed improvements; the preparation of descriptions for use in legal instruments of conveyance of real property and property rights; the preparation of subdivision planning maps and record plats, as provided for in Chapter 177, Florida Statutes; the determination of, but not the design of, grades and elevations of roads and land in connection with subdivisions or divisions of land; and the creation and perpetuation of alignments related to maps, record plats, field note records, reports, property descriptions, and plans and drawings that represent them.

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