Basically, staking operations determine property lines by installing survey markers.

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What is staking? You plan to build a fence on your property lines? Staking will let you know exactly to build your fence, which will save you time and money by preventing major and costly legal disputes with your neighbours. You would like to have a pool or a shed? Staking will let you know the exact location of your property lines and thus insure that you are compliant with current legal requirements.


In neighbourhood disputes about property lines, a land surveyor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate solution for you and your wallet.

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A staking certificate plan confirming the installation of survey markers will be provided to you.

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What are the different steps of a staking? During a staking, a land surveyor gives his professional opinion on the property lines. In order to complete a new analysis, the land surveyor will look for all pertinent information available, such as property titles at the registry office and cadastral plans. A field survey to control the occupancy marks is also necessary. Following this, survey markers will be placed to indicate the property limits.

A staking certificate plan confirming the installation of survey markers will be provided to you. If some survey markers were not installed or if there are some anomalies , this plan will be accompanied by a report. It is important to note that if one boundary is uncertain, the land surveyor will not install the marker(s). If this is the case, a boundary settlement could be necessary since it would involve the neighbouring land owners.

What is a survey marker? A survey marker is a metal rod that is at least 60 centimetres in length and 15 millimetres in width. This metal rod has a sleeve with a minimum width of 3 centimetres or a cap with a minimum diameter of 5 centimetres. These caps are usually orange and are engraved with the information of the land surveyor assigned to the project.

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The survey markers present or found on properties are often markers used for staking operations and misinterpreted as boundary markers. To determine which operation was conducted on your property, contact your land surveyor.

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