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Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors

Complainant, below please find the official complaint form of the Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors.  Before you file with our office, the Board requests that you read the following information which explains its function, responsibilities and powers :

  1. The Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors was created to enforce State licensing laws. The Board’s power and authority exist only within the area authorized by the legislature. In order to protect the public welfare, only those who meet the requirements for licensure are licensed; furthermore, licensees who fail to follow the laws of the profession are subject to disciplinary action.
  2. Any person may file a complaint against any land surveyor licensed or for unlicensed activity where such activity requires licensure by law. Such charges shall be in writing, notarized, and specifically state the factual basis for such charges pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-18-116(a)(2).  Attach legible copies of all pertinent documents, etc.   If you use the on-line complaint form, please mail in a copy of any plats, deeds, descriptions or other supporting documentation you may have. You may also e-mail that information to Land.Surveyors@TN.Gov.
  3. This Board is not equipped for duplicating large documents such as deeds, plats, maps, etc. that exceed legal sized (8 ½ x 14 inch) paper.  We respectfully request that all such large documents that will support your allegations be sent in triplicate (3 copies).
  4. The Board’s jurisdiction is limited to seeking and obtaining professional discipline against a Respondent’s license.  Types of discipline include revocation, suspension and probation of licenses, imposition of civil monetary penalties and/or required additional education to address violations of applicable standards.  Similarly, those found guilty of practicing land surveying without first holding a license to do so may be disciplined by the imposition of civil penalties and/or the filing of an injunction the terminate such activity pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-18-115.
  5. The Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors cannot recover or order the refund of any money or property to which you may be entitled. You should consult with your own attorney about a lawsuit for such matters. The Board represents the interests of the general public of the State of Tennessee and has no authority to order a licensee to perform additional professional services on behalf of a private citizen, pay damages or refund fees. That authority is found only in the judicial branch of government and may be ordered or assessed only by court of competent jurisdiction.  Similarly, only such a court may establish boundary lines in any dispute relative to such boundaries.
  6. A plat produced by a licensed land surveyor represents a professional opinion as to where boundaries may lie, and two competent land surveyors may come to different conclusions and arrive at those conclusions using acceptable surveying methodology.  Ultimately, the plat filed at the courthouse is the only plat that establishes legal rights to property.  To alter such rights requires an order of the court.
  7. Upon receiving your notarized complaint form and any supporting documentation, we will send a copy to the respondent/land surveyor asking for his/her response within 14 days.  We will also send you a notification of our receipt of the complaint. If a response has not been received within 14 days the matter will be forwarded to legal counsel without benefit of response.
  8. The complaint and response will be reviewed to determine if additional information is necessary. The legal staff will present the complaint information to the Board, which has the sole authority to determine the appropriate action. You will be notified of the Board's determination.  This process may take a number of months because the Board does not meet every month.
  9. If the board votes to hold a formal hearing, you may be subpoenaed to testify.
  10. You may mail your complaint information to:
    State of Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors
    500 James Robertson Pkwy
    Nashville, TN 37243-1146
    Phone: 615-741-3611
  11. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. CST, at (615) 741-3611.

To file a complaint online, please visit CORE and click "File a Complaint" near the top right corner of the page.