Monument Conservation

“Land is one of California’s most precious assets, the ownership of land, and consequently the ability to define boundaries is dependent of monuments and their perpetuation.”
2 DEC 1985 letter from Board to all County Surveyors and City Engineers

Survey Monument are Protected by the Law

The law protects monuments which are critical to the protection of private property rights and public infrastructure of California. Below are relevant sections of law pertaining to survey monuments. Click the links below to review the laws or visit:

Business & Professions Code §8771
Streets & Highways §732 & §732.5, §1492.5, §1810.5
Penal Code §605
1985 BPELSG Opinion
2011 BPELSG Opinion

Resources for Contractors

Business and Professions Code §8771 requires the perpetuation of survey monuments.

Click here: California Contractors License Board newsletter - June 2012

Click here: California Contractors License Board bulletin - September 2011

Sample Handout for Contractors (City of Anaheim)

Sample Handout for Inspectors & Contractors (City of San Diego)

Contractors & Utilities - Sample Script

Contractors & Utilities - Powerpoint

Contractors & Utilities - Powerpoint (PDF Version)


For More Information

For more information regarding monument conservation, please contact CLSA Monument Conservation Chair, Ron Nelms

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (BPELSG) has designated staff for any Monument Conservation issues.
Please contact BPELSG at: