Information on Surveying

Only a Registered Professional Surveyor can guarantee that your surveying project will be carried out according to the rigorous theoretical, practice and ethical standards set by the New Zaland Institue of Surveyors.

Registered Professional Surveyors work with the land owners and property developers, and their advisors- lawyers, real estate agents, architects, landscape designers, engineers and planners. They provide accurate, precise and up-to-date information pertaining to location, boundaries, topography and legal descriptions of land and land-based developments.

They are experienced in the recording and communication of this data in accurate and appropriate language for legal as well as 'lay' clients.

Registered Professional Surveyors work in construction, mining, deep sea oil recovery, rural, roading, GIS and remote exploration as well as the more familiar 'cadastral' areas where they manage all aspects of subdivision: gaining consents, lodging plans and gaining titles.

Registered Professional Surveyors must continuously keep up with legislative, business, market and technology changes. They must have:

  • 4 year BSur degree or the equivalent
  • Passed the NZIS Professional Entrance exams (formally Registration) in Spatial Management and at least three other survey related disciplines from the following list, and have advanced competency in at least two from the smae list. These normally require at least two and a half years of post-graduate experience: Cadastral surveying; Photogrammetry; Mining surveying; Remote sensing; Hydrographic surveying; Engineering surveying; Geodetic surveying; Project management; Geographic (spatial); Urban and rural planning; Subdivision engineering; Information systems; Resource management; Other relevant expertise.

  • At least three further years of professional experience
  • In addition, each year they must prove to NZIS that they have completed a minimum level of 'Continuing Professional Development' (CPD) so as to maintain an up-to-date knowledge base.

As a condition of membership and in order to use the title, a Registered Professional Surveyor is obliged by the NZIS to maintaina high standard of professional and ethical behaviour. Under this system, a few problems occur. If a client is dissatified, the Insititute has a thorough and objective systems for reviewing the case and, if necessary, disciplining the member.

If you are selling, buying, subdividing or developing land, or constructing a fence, building or other structure, you need to talk FIRST to a Registered Professional Surveyor.


Why should you call a surveyor first?

 Whether you are buying, selling or developing a property, you will find that an NZIS surveyor can advise you on a wide range of matters and provide services to help you to proceed with confidence.

When you are buying you may need to know the true position of the boundaries of the property, rights of access and whether the property has any physical or legal constraints which may affect the size, shape of location of any proposed buildings.

 When you are selling, you need to verify the size and extent of the property to give the buyer confidence in the purchase.

When you are building, subdividing, developing or making any changes, you will need advice about development options, opportunities and constraints, site information and the complications of your project on the neighbourhood as a whole. Your surveyor can prepare land development and resource consent applications for subdivisions or other projects.

 When you are borrowing money, or insuring, you will need to assure the lender or insurer that the development is being properly managed and that their money is being spent wisely.

 To avoid costly delays, or problems that may lead to a dispute, you will want to know of any potential irregularities or possibilities of a cost overrun. If your project is already delayed, or subject to a dispute, you will want to know your rights and opportunities for resolution.

 A surveyor is the ONLY land professional who, as well as knowing the law of the land, understands the shape of the land and has the comprehensive knowledge to deal with any land related issue. A surveyor is the professional who has the training, the determination, the equipment and the skills needed for the precise and accurate measurement and recording of land location, size and levels. A surveyor has a unique blend of creativity, lateral thinking and knowledge of the locality, together with an understanding of local authority systems and procedures. A surveyor is a practical, yet creative person who can help you to identify the way to get the best out of your land.

 Your surveyor can help you:

  • Manage your land development project through all stages
  •  Maximise the standard and profitability of your development
  • Save time gaining consents
  •  Organise your project and save you money
  •  Increase the salability of your property
  •  Minimise problems and avoid disputes and costly delays


 For further information please visit New Zealand Insititute of Surveyors