Oregon Land Surveyor Right of Entry
ORS 672.047 Right of entry by land surveyor; compensation for damages caused; notice; removal of survey markers. (1) Subject to subsection (4) of this section, a registered professional land surveyor, or any employee or agent of the surveyor, may enter on foot, where practicable, upon any land for the purpose of surveying or performing any survey work and may establish permanent survey monuments as allowed by rule of the State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying.
(2) Any person exercising the right of entry granted under subsection (1) of this section shall do so with no unnecessary damage to the land entered upon. Damages to trees, shrubs and other vegetation intentionally caused by the surveyor shall be subject to compensation and penalties as provided in ORS 105.810. The surveyor shall compensate the landowner for all other actual monetary damages, or $100, whichever is greater. Actual monetary damages may include but are not limited to all costs in time, labor and materials incurred by the property owner to return the property to the condition it was in prior to the damage.
(3) If a request is made in writing in a timely manner, a copy of the survey shall be provided in a timely manner to any landowner who owns property that is outside an urban growth boundary and is affected by subsection (4) of this section.
(4) A registered professional land surveyor, or any employee or agent of the surveyor, shall not enter upon or establish any permanent survey monument upon any land without first attempting to provide notice to the landowner or occupant of the property in person. When the landowner or occupant is not available, written notice shall be posted in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to be seen. The posted notice shall give the professional land surveyor’s name, address, telephone number, purpose, availability of the survey and the presence of any temporary or permanent monuments or other markers left on the property.
(5) A registered professional land surveyor, or any employee or agent of the surveyor, who enters land as allowed under this section is owed no greater duty of care than that owed by a landowner to a trespasser.
(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, a registered professional land surveyor, or any employee or agent of the surveyor, may use a vehicle to enter upon land provided that the vehicle remains on existing roadways where practicable.
(7) The surveyor shall remove all flagging, stakes and other temporary materials that are above ground if leaving them in place creates an unreasonable risk of harm to persons or property. Except for forestland as defined in ORS 527.620, the surveyor shall remove all temporary above ground materials within 60 days of placement unless written authorization to leave the materials in place is received from the landowner or occupant. [1995 c.382 §13; 1997 c.743 §1]
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