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Standard Scope of Survey Services
Effective July 1, 2013

Thank you for your interest in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Green Acres Program. This Scope of Survey Services, effective July 1, 2013, provides the standard detail requirements for all NJDEP Green Acres Surveys. Please note that deliverables have changed slightly since the 2011 edition of this document, primarily in relation to Section 8.5, due to repeal of the Map Filing Law and enactment of the Recordation Law.

Changes in requirements for NJ DEP Green Acres Surveys over the years assure a more consistent format and presentation of information as to the many matters which might be discoverable from survey and inspection of real property, and which may or not be evidenced by the public records.

The survey plan serves as the compiled record of field conditions at the time of the survey and the corresponding metes and bounds deed description that calls for the survey, following recordation of the deed, removes the parcel from development pressure by assuring that it is preserved as public open space. Since the specific content and format needs of the Green Acres Program and others who are acquiring lands for a for the same purpose are not fully met by other published standards such as the minimum land survey standards and requirements by NJSA 45:8–27 et seq. and NJAC 13:40-1.1 et seq., even when supplemented by the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements of ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, specific standards were necessary to insure that a similar work product would be produced no matter which surveyor completed the work. .

The earliest standards were written in 1980, updated several times over the years that followed. Essentially, the requirements were expanded to address issues as they were encountered so that the State of New Jersey, the seller of the property, the title insurer, and any acquisition partners who rely on surveyors to conduct surveys and prepare corresponding but separate metes and bounds deed descriptions could be assured that the work would be of professional quality and appropriately uniform, complete, and accurate.

To that end, and in the interests of the general public, the surveying profession, and title insurers, the State of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program has now further enhanced previous versions of their Green Acres Scope of Work for Professional Land Surveying Services by incorporating the efforts of ALTA and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, Inc. (who jointly promulgated minimum standard of performance for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys). .

The Minimum Standard Detail Requirements of ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys (effective February 23, 2011, and used by permission) served as the model for this rewrite of the Green Acres Scope of Work, primarily in a effort to provide a broader base of reference for the many surveyors already familiar with the format of the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys. New Jersey statutory and regulatory survey requirements, applicable sections of ALTA/ACSM detail requirements and agency-specific requirements are incorporated herein to more fully address NJDEP/ Green Acres Program survey needs.


Scope of Survey Services
with supplemental Policies and Procedures

The Green Acres Scope of Survey Services includes information about content, format, and final deliverables. This is the document to which all surveys for State land acquisitions (either fee or easement) must conform, and which any surveys that will involve Green Acres funding or participation must conform, including surveys for local units and non–profit organizations.

The entire Scope is downloadable as a single file, and is supplemented by a more frequently updated Policies and Procedures document addressing specific circumstances and questions presented by surveyors performing Green Acres surveys.

We have provided the following Sample Forms from Section 10 of the Scope of Survey Services as Word documents to simplify their use:

For surveys for State land acquisitions: For surveys for nonprofit or local unit land acquisitions:

For a summary of minimum requirements for all NJDEP surveys, please click here. (PDF)


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