Monument Conservation

“Land is one of California’s most precious assets, the ownership of land, and consequently the ability to define boundaries is dependent of monuments and their perpetuation.”
2 DEC 1985 letter from Board to all County Surveyors and City Engineers

Survey Monuments are Protected by the Law

The law protects monuments which are critical to the protection of private property rights and public infrastructure of California. Below are relevant sections of law pertaining to survey monuments. Click the links below to review the laws or visit:

Business & Professions Code §8771
Streets & Highways §732 & §732.5, §1492.5, §1810.5
Penal Code §605
1985 BPELSG Opinion
2011 BPELSG Opinion

Responsibilities for Land Surveyors (Public Agency)

Below is an outline of your professional responsibilities as a public surveyor


Education is key to ensuring preservation of monuments. Below are some resources to assist you in educating your staff.

Sample contract language
Sample Educational Letter (CEAC)
Sample Monument Preservation Guideline (San Bernardino)
Monument Conservation Brochure
Sample Handout for Inspectors & Contractors (City of San Diego)
Sample Agency Procedure (San Diego)
Sample In-House Training PowerPoint
BPELSG Webinar - Stop Monument Destruction Before it is too Late!
Sample handout for Contractors (City of Anaheim)

For More Information

For more information or assistance regarding monument conservation, please contact CLSA Monument Conservation Chair, Ron Nelms

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (BPELSG) has designated staff for any Monument Conservation issues.
Please contact BPELSG at: