Land surveyors are allowed to trespass
This legal guide explains why and when land surveyors are allowed on private property.
Property owners have the right to no trespassingAll of us know someone who is completely obsessed with keeping people off of their property. They do not want anyone under any circumstances coming on their property for any reason or under any circumstances. And usually, that*s okay. If property owners do not want people to come on their property, then they are almost always able to do so.
There are a few exceptions to this, however, and one of those exceptions is when land surveyors are doing surveying work.
Exception for professional land surveyorsPursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 62-18-124 a professional land surveyor, *may go on, over and upon the lands of others when necessary to perform surveys for the location of property corners, boundary lines, rights-of-way and easements, and, in so doing, may carry with them their customary equipment and vehicles.*
And really, if a land surveyor has to go on to someone*s property to do their job, there is nothing that the landowner can do to prevent the land surveyor coming on to their property. The statute even says that the surveyor can go to court and require that a landowner allow access to their property in order for the land surveyor to complete their job.
Responsible for damagesOne small glint of sunshine for the landowners under this statute, they are entitled to recovery against the surveyor for any damages that are incurred while the surveyor is on their property.