The Surveyor’s Office, which is part of the Executive’s Officeworks, is responsible for and/or aids other various county departments with the following.
- Section corner monumentation and preservation
- Storehouse for surveys
- Right-of-way concerns and roadway issues.
- County road dedications
- Subdivision reviews
- Annexation reviews
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The web map below contains information about records of survey, section corners, city monuments, subdivisions, historical lots/blocks, and parcels. The data contained in this map is updated on a monthly basis. Questions about the map functionality or map data please contact the GIS staff.
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Section Corner Map Symbology Explained
Section corners that are in need of perpetuation or verification are pink. These are corners that usually have a history of data or is new information that needs verification. When a new tie sheet is created, by the County Surveyor, it's considered a perpetuated or verified corner. Section corner color will change from pink to green.
Perpetuated or verified corners are corners that have historical previous tie sheet data. Perpetuated or verified corners are corners set or verified by the County Surveyor and a tie sheet is created by the County. These corners are green.
Missing corners are corners that need to be found or set by a surveyor. These corners have some indication of existence on the ground and can be found on records of survey. No tie sheet data exists for these corners. When corner data or a tie sheet is received the corner is considered unverified and will change from blue to pink. Once the County Surveyor can verify the corner the corner color changes from pink to green.
Calculated section corners are corners found on records of survey and are symbolized yellow. When one of these corners is set by a surveyor and a tie sheet is created, it will be considered an unverified corner. Once the County Surveyor can verify the corner and create a County tie sheet, the corner color changes from yellow to green.
Center of section corners are corners found on records of survey and are symbolized orange. When one of these corners is set by a surveyor and a tie sheet is created, it will be considered an unverified corner. Once the County Surveyor can verify the corner and create a County tie sheet, the corner color changes from orange to green.
Section Corner Dispute Review
If you have a section corner you would like the County to review please fill out and submit the form below.
Property Boundaries/ Surveys
Is my survey on record? or How do I record my survey?
Beginning in April of 1987, Utah Law required that all surveys be filed in the County Surveyor's Office. Your survey should be on file if it was performed by a licensed surveyor.
The word "record" is a loose term used by the Surveyor's Office to describe the act of filing a survey with our office. Surveys on file with the surveyor's office DO NOT automatically update or change your recorded legal decription or legal acreage. Please see Recorder's Office to make an official recordering to begin the legal description or acreage change.
Are section corner files filed with the Surveyor's Office?
Yes. Corner files also know as tie sheets are filed with the Surveyor's Office and made available from the Survey and Section Corner Viewer. See Utah State Code for more information.
My survey is on file with the Surveyor's Office, however my parcel boundary lines haven't change on the GIS parcel viewer?
Your survey is indeed on file and will show up in the Survey and Section Corner Viewer. However any changes the survey made to parcel boundary lines that differ from your original legal description, need to be addressed with the County Recorder. Surveys on file with the Surveyor's Office DO NOT automatically update or change your recorded legal decription or legal acreage. Please see Recorder's Office. If the survey is retracing your current legal boundary we will make every effort to adjust parcel boundary lines to match.
Where can I get a copy of my property description?
Your yearly tax notice will provide you with the book and page number of your recorded deed. A copy can be obtained from the Treasure's Office. Your tax notice has an abbreviated property description which must be compared to your recorded document.
Who can perform a survey?
All 50 states have laws requiring a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) to assume legal responsibility of a land survey. A PLS must be licensed in the state where he/she is performing the land survey. Land Surveyors in Utah must be licensed, according to Utah State Code 17-23-1. The Professional Licensed Surveyor is a highly specialized individual, whose education, experience, and competence have been formally examined and licensed by the State Of Utah. Their conduct and the quality of their work are subject to a defined code of ethics. Visit the DOPL website for more information.
Can an engineer perform a survey?
NO. An engineer cannot perform boundary survey work unless he/she is also licensed as a land surveyor (LS).
Can a contractor perform a survey?
NO. A contractor cannot perform boundary survey work unless he/she is also licensed as a land surveyor (LS).
How do I locate a licensed land surveyor?
Recommendations by attorneys, real estate companies, and title companies are good sources. You may contact the Utah Council of Land Surveyor's, or check the classified section of the telephone directory under "Surveyors-Land".
Is a survey required by State Law when property is sold?
NO. Utah State Law does not require a survey to convey property.
Can the surveyor provide proof of ownership?
NO. Surveyors do not prove ownership, but make a professional judgement of what the records and facts indicate your ownership to be. The surveyor acts as a fact finder and assists the legal profession in making the final judgement of ownership.
The rectangular land survey system established by the congressional land ordinance of May 20, 1785, set into motion a wave of exploration programs to measure, divide, and map public lands in America.
County surveyors, under the direction of territorial surveyors general, laid out townsites to define lots and distribute them to oncoming settlers. All of these surveyors and engineers produced a cartographic legacy as they explored the frontier, described arable regions, and laid the foundation for the orderly disposal of public lands.
The division of farmland outside of the townsites was conducted by the territorial or county surveyor, but these surveyors measured from the corner markers of townships sections established by the earlier federal rectangular survey.
The first Cache Valley surveys were laid out in sixty-seven days by Frederick H. Burr, U.S. deputy surveyor, who ran five miles of line per day under Contract No. 6, dated July 15, 1856. The completed surveys were approved by David H. Burr, then U.S. surveyor general for Utah, at the Salt Lake City branch of the U.S. land office on September 27, 1856—at virtually the same time that Peter Maughan's first colonizing wagons were rolling into Cache Valley at the foot of the Wellsville Range. The subdivision or farm surveys, as they were called, began in Cache Valley on January 21, 1859, when the valley's presiding bishop, Peter Maughan, appointed a committee of three men, John P. Wright, John Nelson, and Israel J. Clark, to see that the first tracts of land were surveyed and distributed equally.
The streets and lots within the boundaries of the first townsites (forts) were also surveyed by these appointed men. While the laying out of streets and lots within the primitive fort pattern was not dictated by a federally prescribed pattern, neither did they conform exactly to the typical grid pattern that has remained characteristic of Mormon settlements, and territorial surveyors later had to adjust the size and direction of lots. Utah Historical Quarterly Fall 2000 Volume 68 Number 4 "Running the Line: James Henry Martineau's Surveys in Northern Utah, 1860-1882 by Noel A. Carmack.
"The surveyor goes in advance of civilization. He traverses the wilderness and the deserts, as the foremost drop of spray of advancing tide, as it encroaches upon the shore. And so his work, of necessity, carries him away from the comforts of home." J. H. Martineau
Click below to enter the History of Land Surveying in Cache County Storymap
Railroad Valuation Maps
The Valuation Act of 1913, passed into law on March 1, 1913, required the Interstate Commerce Commission to organize a Bureau of Valuation and to administer a complete valuation of the real property and assets of every railroad in the United States. The Act was a classic piece of Progressive Era railroad legislation designed to find a scientific basis for setting railroad tariffs (or shipping charges) by determining the real value of each railroad's property and assets. The legislators who drafted the Act assumed that with this information the ICC would be able to set rates according to the principle of a reasonable rate of return on the real value of each railroad and the industry as a whole. The ICC formulated a set of procedural and reporting standards for the valuation and then permitted the individual railroads to complete the valuation under the nominal supervision of an ICC administrator. The valuation process began in 1914 and was substantially complete by 1921. Written by Scott Randolph
These maps may be helpful in locating section corners and other historical information.
Utah State Code 17-23-17 requires a record of survey be filed with the county surveyor or designated office when a land surveyor establishes or re-establishes a boundary line or obtains data for constructing a map or plat showing a boundary line within 90 days of the establishment or reestablishment of the boundary line.
Records of Survey must now be submitted digitally. To file a record of survey please email a request to email@example.com and a survey submittal form will be emailed to you. Or call 435-755-1642 to request the digital form.
The fee for filing a Record of Survey is $40.00 per sheet. Effective January 1, 2022. Ordinance #2021-22
To see records of survey that have been submitted to Cache County you can look through yearly log books.
Log Books Below
Where do your recording fees go?
County Code has set up a Public Land Corner Preservation Fund under Chapter 15.12.
15.12.010: ESTABLISHED; FEES:
A. Pursuant to the provisions of Utah Code Annotated section 17-23-19, the public land corner preservation fund is established. Monies generated for the fund shall be used only to pay expenses incurred in the establishment, reestablishment, and maintenance of corners of government surveys pursuant to the powers and duties provided under title 17, chapter 23, and title 57, chapter 10, of the Utah Code Annotated, 1953.
B. The county shall establish a fee schedule, adopted by resolution, for filing maps, records of survey, road dedication plats, and other property plats in the development services office. All monies collected from these identified fees shall be used for the public land corner preservation fund. (Ord. 2015-12, 10-13-2015, eff. 10-28-2015)
The Ordinance No. 2015-12 also identifies that your filing fees help to create and maintain the Public Land Corner Preservation Fund.
The Ordinance No. 2021-22 identifies the adopting of a consolidated fee schedule, this shows an increase in the survey recordation fee.
Class B Road Maps
The interactive map below contains information about Cache County roads. There are many GIS layers that can be turned on and explored. If you have any questions about the map functionality or map data please contact the GIS staff.
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Historical UDOT/ Class b funding road maps and other road maps click the links below