Retaining Wall Disputes

Retaining Wall Disputes
Retaining Wall Disputes

It’s not uncommon to hear about retaining wall disputes among neighbours. One of the biggest difficulties lies in determining who has responsibility for the wall.

There are many ways to go about understanding ownership of a retaining wall but one of them includes engaging a surveyor, such as Queensland Surveying Solutions, to carry out an identification survey.

To find out more about how this process can assist you, please us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

Who is Responsible for a Retaining Wall on the Boundary? 

Retaining walls are not classed as fences under the Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011. Retaining walls are built to support built up or excavated earth. They are normally not a matter of joint responsibility for neighbours as they are usually benefit one neighbour more than the other.

This means that the person responsible for maintaining the retaining wall is usually the person who owns the property the retaining wall is located on.

How do you Know if the Retaining Wall is in Your Property?

An identification survey will help determine if the retaining wall resides on your property. Also known as a boundary survey, an identification survey is one of the most common and frequent type of surveys that we do at Queensland Surveying Solutions.

This survey needs to be completed by a registered cadastral surveyor. Its purpose is to identify exact property boundary lines and corners.

Do I Really Need an Identification Survey?

While it is a choice to have one done, an identification survey will assist homeowners or purchasers who are wanting to establish the exact location of their boundaries to assist with:

  • Erecting new fences, building new houses or extensions to existing houses
  • Erecting a new or maintaining an existing retaining wall
  • Need to see if building or other structures encroach onto their lot or vice versa
  • Resolving boundary position disputes with neighbours
  • Investigation of easements, restrictions or covenants over the land that are noted on the Title

Further information about your responsibility as a fence owner in Queensland can be found here.

Retaining Wall Disputes

If you need to engage our surveying services, please get in touch with the team at Queensland Surveying Solutions today. You can reach us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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How Do I Find My Property Boundary Line QLD?

How Do I Find My Property Boundary Line QLD?
How Do I Find My Property Boundary Line QLD?

Whether you’re putting up a fence or trying to work out where your land sits, one question you’ll be looking to answer is how do I find my property boundary line QLD?

Queensland Surveying Solutions is a surveying consultancy working in the civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We can provide you with a surveyor from our expert team to help you determine your legal property boundary.

To find out how we can help you locate your property boundary line please call us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

Why You Need a Professional Identification Survey

An Identification Survey, also known as a Boundary Survey, is one of the most common and frequent type of surveys that we do.

This particular survey needs to be completed by a Registered Cadastral Surveyor. Its purpose is to identify exact property boundary lines and corners.

An Identification Survey Plan will also identify any encroachments. These will be marked on the Identification Survey Plan and all relevant homeowners will be notified.

A professional Identification Survey will provide you with a number of benefits including:

  • Accuracy of property description – Avoid legal disputes with tenants or home buyers.
  • Building permits – Surveyors provide Form 16 Certificates to assist with building/renovation approvals. It must be stated that the building/renovation is wholly contained within the property boundaries. It is important to complete an Identification Survey for this purpose, prior to any building works.
  • Dispute prevention – Prevents/assists in neighbours disputes regarding fences, trees, retaining walls and other structures.

When It’s Needed

Homeowners or purchasers will need a Boundary Survey if they are wanting to establish the exact location of their boundaries to assist with:

  • Erecting new fences, building new houses, extensions to existing houses.
  • Erecting a new or maintaining an existing retaining wall.
  • Need to see if building or other structures encroach onto their lot or vice versa.
  • Resolving boundary position disputes with neighbours.
  • Investigation of easements, restrictions or covenants over the land that are noted on the Title.

How We Mark the Boundary

The first step involved in an Identification Survey is a search for all relevant previous survey plans from the Department of Resources, Mines and Energy. We purchase the most relevant/useful plans to assist us with our survey.

All plans purchased from the department have information pertaining to reference marks that were placed or recorded at the time that particular survey took place. The surveyor uses these to measure and confirm the exact location of the boundary.

Corners are generally marked with a white painted wooden peg (5cm x 5cm width, 45 length). This peg is put most of the way into the ground and a longer narrower white stake with a red painted top is put beside it as a ‘finder stake’.

Generally, pegs and/or marks are placed on the property corners only. If the property boundaries are long in length, or if building/renovations are being carried out close to the boundary, line pegs can be placed along the length of the boundary.

How Do I Find My Property Boundary Line QLD?

If you’re looking to locate your property boundary line, get in touch with Queensland Surveying Solutions today. Please call us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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