BLB has a survey unit under the physical planning and surveying department. This is responsible for all surveys done on all land under BLB jurisdiction.
Surveying is a technological process of taking measurements on whole or portion of the earth’s surface for the purpose of producing a map.
BLB executes surveys under the discipline of cadastral surveying which establishes property ownership. This is done with total stations and differential GPS devices. There are different steps involved as follows;
1. BLB allocates a registered surveyor the request for instruction to survey (RFI) upon tenancy verification mile stoned by file opening. With the RFI, the surveyor officially writes to the commissioner surveys and mapping or district staff surveyor and seeks an instruction to survey (I/S) .
2. Upon receipt of the I/S surveyor appoints the client a day for execution of field work which is done in the presence of client’s neighbors’ and Kabaka’s chiefs.
3. On the appointed day, boundaries are agreed on and mark stones are planted to demarcate boundaries proceeded by survey measurements.
4. Measurements are then recorded onto file and through and endorsement forwarded to the district land office. The files goes particularly to the district staff surveyor (DSS) with the job record jacket (JRJ) containing I/S computations and drawing.
The DSS receives the JRJ and checks consistency, accuracy and validity of computations and presentations. In case of inconsistencies, JRJ may return to the field.
5. Upon passing the file, the DSS forwards the file to cartographer who then plots the computations with guidance of the drawings.
The cartographer then assigns the plot number, issues the area schedule and makes deed plans or blueprints. He authenticates them with a signature and forwards them to the DSS for signing.
6.The surveyor receives certified prints and presents them to BLB for fling and further processing ie leasing.