Only one part of surveying has not changed in the over 160 years since the first government surveyors originally surveyed Weber County. That unchanged aspect, is the locations of the undisturbed or properly perpetuated survey monuments. The Weber County Surveyor’s Office has been charged by the State of Utah with maintaining, replacing, and publishing coordinates of survey monuments in Weber County. This duty is our number one priority.
Locations and Tie Sheet information for government maintained survey monuments in Weber County can be found on our Surveyor Interactive GIS Map
Monument Encroachment Permit
A person, company, or agency who finds it necessary to disturb a survey monument for any reason, shall notify the County Surveyor and obtain a Monument Encroachment Permit at least five (5) business days before commencing activities which would disturb the survey monument. In accordance with the terms of the Monument Encroachment Permit, the party responsible for disturbing a survey monument is the liable party which will be responsible for ensuring that a new replacement monument is constructed. New survey monuments, or replacement survey monuments, shall be constructed to the specifications outlined in the Weber County Public Works Standards Plans SRV1-SRV7.
Because survey monuments are the key to accurately locating real property and public infrastructure it is essential that they be preserved in their original location. Federal, State, and County law prohibit the destruction of a survey monument. The penalty for any damage to, disruption, removal, or covering with a hard surface of a monument in Weber County is:
- A $1,000.00 fine per monument. (WCO 45-5-7)
- Any and all costs of reestablishing the survey monument. (Utah Code Ann., § 17-23-15)
- Any cost of legal action required. (Utah Code Ann., § 17-23-15)
- Guilty of an infraction for “negligent” destruction. (Utah Code Ann., § 17-23-15)
- Guilty of a Class B misdemeanor for “willfull” destruction. (Utah Code Ann., § 76-8-415)
Construction Plans and Monuments
County ordinance also requires that any person, company, or agency that produces engineered drawings or construction plans to expressly show any monuments within the plans as have been published on the Surveyor Interactive GIS Map, and place a notification on the plans calling for the contractor to pull a Monument Encroachment Permit. The penalty for not producing the notification on those plans in Weber County is:
- A $500.00 fine per monument. (WCO 45-5-7)
If, in the performance of a survey, a surveyor finds and utilizes a survey monument which is not already a matter of public record, or discovers any changes to a survey monument from what is published, on our Surveyor Interactive GIS Map, the surveyor shall complete and file a Corner Record Sheet to the county surveyor.
State statute requires that the County Surveyor’s Office maintain, replace, and publish coordinates on survey monuments in Weber County. With the advent of the statewide TURN GPS Network provided by the Utah AGRC Office, in January of 2015 the Weber County Surveyor’s Office adopted a policy to collect and publish coordinates on monuments using the TURN GPS Network and meeting the National Geodetic Survey specifications for Collecting and Publishing Coordinates on a Real-Time VRS Network.
In addition to the monument tie sheets published on our Surveyor Interactive GIS Map the Weber County Surveyor’s Office keeps additional records which may pertain to a survey monument in Weber County. Additional information will be provided upon request for monuments where available.