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Peg in surveying: a beginner’s guide

Before you buy or sell a block of land or start construction on your dream home, make sure you know how much of the land you actually own.

Surveyors use peg in surveying to accurately determine the boundary of a piece of land. On an average suburban block, in most cases that will be four pegs (one in each corner) but on a more complex parcel of land there could be numerous.

Coming in a variety of sizes and colours, survey pegs are usually made from timber and are used by professional surveyors to determine land title boundaries for official records.

Why are survey pegs used?

You can find the survey pegs by walking around the corners of your block on the boundary between your property and your neighbour’s. They look like a small, square piece of wood in the ground but they play a very important role in land ownership. Whilst many jurisdictions differ, for rural or large blocks, survey pegs are generally required to be made of durable wood at least 35cm long and no less than 7.5 x 7.5cm at the top section. In urban areas, they tend to be no smaller than 25cm long and 4 x 7.5cm at the top.

They play an important role when needing to change the boundaries of your land, separating assets, building a fence or ensuring that the land dimensions are correct before construction begins. If the pegs have been in the ground for years, they may take a little time to find as they could be covered with dirt. Survey pegs are convenient because they can be easily installed and are an affordable option.

How do surveyors work?

Surveyors make precise measurements that determine the boundaries of a property. They use those measurements to provide map data relevant to the shape and size of the land while documenting the legal boundaries. They measure distances and angles between points, research land and survey records, prepare plots, maps and document official land, road and water boundaries for deeds and leases.

Finding the boundary in a dispute

A surveyor can use peg in surveying to find the boundary between your property and your neighbour’s. If there is an issue with the report or a reason to doubt a boundary it can be escalated to regulatory bodies to determine the boundary.

So, before any construction begins on land or a new development it is essential that peg in surveying is completed so an official report can be submitted for approval. You should not risk a large investment without first knowing what you actually own before the sale progresses or you start planning construction.

Queensland Survey Pegs is an environmentally friendly company that uses sustainable timber to produce survey pegs. Give us a call on 1300 650 832 to discuss all of your peg in surveying needs.

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