Land surveyors in Idaho need to make sure they understand all of the rules and regulations, as well as the changes to them, to avoid stiff fines. Using an Idaho land surveyor seal is an integral part of doing business in the state, and making sure to follow all usage requirements is more important than ever – especially since the most recent changes include adding fines of up to $5,000. Keep reading to find out what your seal should look like and how it should be used.
Size and Design Standards
Your Idaho land surveyor seal must be 1-9/16” in diameter. Both rubber stamps, which require ink, and embossing seals are acceptable for use providing they meet this size requirement. Additionally, digital images of the seal are accepted as well. Any seals that were previously approved before July 1, 2008 are considered acceptable and valid.
Idaho land surveyor seals must adhere to specific design guidelines as well. Like other states, the seal must contain two concentric circles, with the outer one making up the edge of the seal. The second circle is smaller, and leaves a space between it and the larger one. In this space, the words “Professional Land Surveyor” must appear in the top arc, while the surveyor’s name appears in the bottom portion. Inside the smaller circle, the word “Licensed” is situated at the top of the arc, and the words “State of Idaho” appears along the bottom arc. The license number is centered in a straight line between these sets of words. For those who have dual licensing, the Idaho land surveyor seal will also include the professional engineer designation.
Proper Use of Idaho Land Surveyor Seals
The use of an Idaho land surveyor seal indicates that the information contained in the documents is accurate, correct and meets code and other requirements. Due to this, you must ensure that you are the one who prepared the report, plat, specifications, drawings or other document, or that you directly oversaw the preparation of them by an employee directly under your supervision. It is unlawful for any person to use their Idaho land surveyor seal on any documents on which he or she did not work.
Each time a seal is affixed, licensed surveyors are required to include both their signature and the date the Idaho land surveyor seal was added to the documents. You must also make sure that any official documents are sealed, regardless of whether the client requests it.
There are many rules and regulations governing the use of an Idaho land surveyor seal. If you have questions or need additional information, the Idaho Board of Licensure of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors website provides a wealth of information, including links to the statutes and other resources.