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Right of Way and Land Surveys
In support of delivering capital projects on our State Highway system, the Office of Land Surveys provides management and coordination of the California Department of Transportation's Surveys function. The Office of Land Surveys manages the California Department of Transportation's major surveying equipment inventory,
develops and procures cost-effective, new-technology surveying systems, and maintains surveying standards and procedures that foster quality surveying projects.
Right of Way Maps, including Appraisal and Record Maps, are available in each district. These maps depict land acquisitions for transportation facility projects. District Surveys also maintains survey project information including survey control and associated mapping.
Right of Way Maps & Survey Records Public Counter Contacts
R/W Engineering represents the boundary determination phase of the Surveys function. They are responsible for the preparation of maps, documents and legal descriptions for the acquisition and disposal of rights of way, and prepares, maintains and updates record maps of the right of way and other Caltrans properties.
Section 4 of the Plans Preparation Manual establishes uniform standards and procedures to use when preparing R/W Engineering mapping for all state transportation projects involving Caltrans.
Between 1993 and 2006, Caltrans had policies in place to adopt and use the metric system (see Deputy Directive DD-12-R1. Projects using the metric system must have prior approval from the Division of Design. The samples referred to in the Metric Guidelines are limited only to the Appraisal and Record Maps. Contact the local District R/W Engineering office for copies.
Chapter 6 of the R/W Manual establishes policies, procedures, and information for the R/W Engineering function. Districts may have a defined procedure to perform essential tasks associated with a Survey function. Any agency or contractor working with a District is responsible for following current local District procedures, as long as they do not conflict with those addressed in the R/W Manual or Surveys Manual.
California Department of Transportation
Office of Land Surveys
1727 30th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816-8041