Boundary Survey - An Important Non-excavation Ticket


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According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the construction industry added 6,600 jobs in the month of April. Over the last year, the construction trade has increased employment by 5%, the largest yearly increase of all the industry segments reported by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. This increase in the number of construction workers is evident by the building projects and road construction most of us see every day.

            Did you know that for almost every commercial building site, multiple occupancy property and multi-family community that the architects, engineers and design professionals working on those projects require licensed land surveyors to have existing underground facilities shown in boundary and topographical surveys? This is according to Connie Villari, Licensed Surveyor in Minnesota and President of the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors. For example, as schools and businesses develop plans for additions, the location of underground facilities provides the opportunity to identify what adjustments to the plan may have to be made to minimize the expense and difficulty of relocating underground facilities.


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            Road construction also requires extensive preplanning.  Highway and round-about construction may require the relocation of underground facilities such as pipelines, gas lines, electrical lines and sewer lines.  The existing and proposed locations of these underground facilities are considered by the designers and engineers at an early stage in order to reduce cost due to identification of underground lines late in the project. According to Julie Greene, Transportation Generalist Senior and Utility Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) District 7, Mn/DOT has increased its scrutiny of these issues and desires utility location information even on preliminary design documents.





            For these reasons, Minnesota law requires operators to respond to a surveyor’s notice. The Minnesota One Call Excavation Notice System, Minnesota Statutes, 216D.04, Subdivision 3(b) specifies what is required of facility operators for Boundary Survey notices. The statute states that within 96 hours or the time specified in the notice, whichever is later, after receiving a notice for a Boundary Survey from Gopher State One Call, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the underground facility operator is required, unless otherwise agreed to between the land surveyor and facility operator, to locate and mark or otherwise provide the approximate horizontal location of the underground facilities of the operator.

            Licensed surveyors request Boundary Survey non-excavation tickets as an important part of their work in the preplanning and design of buildings and roads in Minnesota.  As the construction industry continues to add jobs, it is the designers, architects and engineers of these construction projects who will request that underground facilities be shown in boundary and topographical surveys. The Boundary Survey Ticket is an important step to effectively optimize the expenditure of construction costs in Minnesota. Underground facility operators are reminded to give these notification requests appropriate priority and to respond in accordance with state law requirements.

Remember - no excavation can be done on a Boundary Survey Ticket.  A standard excavation notice request must be made prior to any actual excavation.


Barbara M. Cederberg

Chief Operations Officer

Gopher State One Call