The term 'survey' means 'marking out the boundary of a plot of land'.
It is important that a survey is carried out to show the legal boundary of a plot of land.
A survey can be carried out solely by a person who has trained for and is registered as surveyor Such a person is called a 'Land Surveyor'. In Vanuatu, there are:
A land surveyor can only carry out a survey on a land when a person, community or family wishes to register the land. When a person requests a Government or private surveyor to carry out a survey, they must have a Certificate of Negotiation on the plot of land they want surveyed.
The Government cannot survey a disputed land. Any person, community or family may request the Government to carry out a survey, but before this is done, all parties must first agree.
The Government carries out Land Surveys through the Land Survey Section, under the Department of Lands. They carry out:
An invidual or company may ask the Government to carry out a survey for them.
Remember that a surveyor is innocent. He is just carrying out work as requested by the party concerned.
Any dispute on the land should be resolved between you and the parties concerned in your area and has nothing to do with the surveyor.
If you wish to have your land surveyed it is important that:
1. The land is not under dispute.
2. The land is not part of a Court case (Land Tribunal or Supreme Court).
3. All parties must consent to it occurring.
4. You have a Certificate of Negotiation.
The Lease Survey Unit of the Land Survey Section can help you out with more information concerning surveys.