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How much does it cost to hire a land surveyor?

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Last update : 2023-02-03 09:13:37

You are looking to hire a land surveyor for your real estate or home renovation project? Like many, you are probably wondering how much his services will cost. 

In this article, we have compiled the amounts suggested by the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec (OAGQ) for the fees and the services of these professionals. But first, lets take a brief look at the diversified role of this expert.

What services does a land surveyor provide ?

land surveyor at work

In Quebec, a land surveyor is a public officer who is an expert in property boundaries and geomatics. This type of expert has the exclusive right to all surveying operations affecting private or public land ownership as well as related cartography, geodesy and photogrammetry work. Lets take a look.

  • Demarcation: permanently defining the limit between two neighbouring houses;
  • Technical description: describing the boundaries of a parcel of land that is subject to special rights;
  • Cadastral operations: representing a property on a geographical plan (cadastral plan) and identifying it by a distinct lot number;
  • Picketing: giving a professional opinion on the boundaries of a lot;
  • Certification of rental spaces: defining the exact areas for rental spaces in a building;
  • Implantation: locating the location of a future construction on a site;
  • Spatial planning: assisting municipalities in their need for mapping and analysis of geospatial data.

Source: Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec (OAGQ)

How to recognize a good land surveyor ?

Land surveyor creating plans

In Quebec, only one academic program allows you to obtain a license to practice this profession. It is the Bachelor of Science in Geomatics offered by Laval University.

Each land surveyor is required to join the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec (OAGQ). This organization ensures the protection of the public through professional inspection, continuing education and discipline. Most of all, it determines the standards of practice and the regulations which guide the members in their professional activities. Membership also provides mandatory insurance.

Beyond this membership, a good land surveyor must possess many qualities, such as :

  • Have the ability to meet deadlines
  • Have a good knowledge of the territory and the regulations;
  • Propose a clear quote
  • Be curious
  • Be transparent;
  • Be meticulous;
  • Have a good sense of attention to detail.

Before giving you a quote, a good land surveyor will ask you certain questions regarding the location of the property, the size of the property, the presence of natural constraints, etc. It is also very important to discuss with the surveyor the time frame of your project before accepting its quote.

What are the fees of a land surveyor ?

suburban houses

The Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec (OAGQ) has establish a 2023 guide of suggested rates for land surveyors. This guide as been published for informational purposes only and serves as a reference for members in order to define fair and resonable fees.

Depending on the level of experience of the expert you are dealing with, the fees for services rendered under normal conditions are estimated as follows:

  • Junior (0 to 5 years experience): $160.00/hour ;
  • Intermediate (5 to 10 years of experience): $225.00/hour;
  • Senior (more than 10 years experience): $295.00/hour.

The expert may also offer a flat fee for his services, depending on the task performed. Below is a summary table of suggested prices* for the different services offered by a land surveyor:

Type of service Price*
Location certificate (single-family house in an urban environment)


Layout and location certificate (single-family home)


Layout and location certificate (semi-detached houese) including one certificate per unit


Staking and staking certificate (isolated case - investigation excluded)


Serial staking including the staking certificate (investigation excluded): 


First location



Each additonal adjacent location


Registration (if required, land survey excluded)


First lot created


Each additional lot created


Technical description (field survey excluded)


First plot


Each additional plot (same minute)


Source: Suggested fee schedule - Order of land surveyors of Quebec (OAGQ)
* Suggested prices exclude applicable taxes

A minimum of three quotes to choose your surveyor

Before choosing your land surveyor, it is important to solicit at least three quotes. They should be clear, detailed and include a fee schedule for the services requested. This will allow you to compare bidders and select the professional that best suits your needs. 

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