Even if two neighbors are good friends, they likely don’t see eye to eye on every subject. Some disputes are small enough that they can be resolved (or completely ignored) without any issue. But that might not be the case when it comes to disagreements about property lines.
Property line disputes can either be resolved with a boundary line adjustment or a boundary line agreement. While the two terms might sound similar, it’s important to understand that they’re not the same thing. This post from your land planning experts will cover the difference between the two.
What’s a boundary line adjustment?
As the name suggests, getting a boundary line adjustment is the process of adjusting property lines. The jurisdiction for boundary line adjustments lies with the local city or county planning authority.
A boundary line adjustment is often sought when two neighbors have a slight disagreement about exact property lines. To have the line adjusted, the neighbors must file an application with the planning authority and pay a small fee.
Once the application is approved and the fee is processed, a surveyor will come out to the property and re-survey the land with the agreed-upon property line.
What’s a boundary line agreement?
Unlike a boundary line adjustment, a boundary line agreement is a judicial matter. But to keep these disputes out of the courts, citizens have the ability to solve the issue themselves. Neighbors often seek agreements when there are encroachment issues or if there is an outdated deed.
There’s no fee associated with a boundary line agreement. Instead, a professional is brought out to survey the land, and a new document is drawn up based on the new survey and common boundary line.
Why turn to Mason & Associates?
You can’t handle boundary line agreements or adjustments without professional help, but you also can’t afford to work with an unqualified team. These are a few reasons to hire our pros at Mason & Associates:
- Wide range of services: Mason & Associates is your one-stop shop for all of your land planning, civil engineering or surveying needs. We’re capable of doing everything from reviewing your zoning requirements to helping you with new proposals and applications.
- Total engagement: We know the importance of open communication—that’s why we’re committed to being fully engaged during every phase of our clients’ projects. Regardless of the job, you can count on us to be responsive and answer all of your questions throughout.
- Strong relationships: We’ve been in business for over 30 years. In that time, we’ve built valuable relationships with agencies, contractors and consultants. Thanks to our partnerships, we’re able to complete projects faster and at lower costs to our clients.
If you’re in a situation that requires a boundary line agreement or adjustment, be sure to turn to our team at Mason & Associates. As experts in land planning, surveying and civil engineering, you can count on us to tackle any project and get it right the first time. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.