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Texas Laws | Natural Resources Code
NATURAL RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 2. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Sec. 23.011. ELECTION. (481)(Text)

(a) A county surveyor is elected to a four-year term as provided by Article XVI, Sections 64 and 65, of the Texas Constitution. (482)

(b) To be eligible to serve as a county surveyor, a person must be a registered professional land surveyor. (483)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2367, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1091, Sec. 29, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. (484)

Sec. 23.012. RESIDENCE. (485)(Text)

The county surveyor shall reside in the county. (486)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2367, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (487)

Sec. 23.013. BOND. (488)(Text)

The county surveyor shall execute a bond conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of the office. The amount of the bond shall be fixed by the commissioners court and shall be not less than $500 nor more than $10,000. (489)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2368, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (490)

Sec. 23.014. DEPUTY SURVEYOR. (491)(Text)

(a) A county surveyor may appoint a deputy surveyor as he considers necessary. (492)

(b) The county surveyor shall administer the deputy surveyor's official oath and take his bond in the sum of not less than $500 nor more than $10,000, conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of the office. (493)

(c) The deputy may perform all acts authorized or required by law to be done by the county surveyor. (494)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2368, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (495)

Sec. 23.015. CHAIN CARRIERS AND MARKERS. (496)(Text)

(a) A county surveyor may employ persons 16 years of age or older as chain carriers or markers. (497)

(b) The county surveyor shall administer an oath to each of these employees to faithfully perform his duties in accordance with the instructions given him. (498)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2368, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (499)

Sec. 23.016. OFFICE LOCATION. (500)(Text)

(a) The county surveyor's office shall be located in the courthouse or in a suitable building at the county seat. (501)

(b) Rent for an office outside the courthouse shall be paid by the commissioners court on showing that: (502)

(1) the rent is reasonable; (503)

(2) the office is necessary; and (504)

(3) an office is not available at the courthouse. (505)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2368, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (506)

Sec. 23.017. ABOLITION OF OFFICE IN CERTAIN COUNTIES. (507)(Text)

In a county in which the office of county surveyor was abolished by Chapter 315, Acts of the 61st Legislature, Regular Session, 1969 (Article 5298a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), the commissioners court may, when the court considers it necessary, employ a qualified person to perform a function formerly performed by the county surveyor. (508)

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, Sec. 25, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. (509)

SUBCHAPTER C. POWERS AND DUTIES (510)(Text)
Sec. 23.051. IN GENERAL. (511)(Text)

The county surveyor shall perform the duties required of him by law. (512)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2368, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (513)

Sec. 23.0515. FIELD NOTES, PLATS, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS. (514)(Text)

(a) In a county in which there is a county surveyor, only the county surveyor may: (515)

(1) file and record field notes and plats of surveys made in the county and other documents required by law to be recorded in the county surveyor's records; and (516)

(2) issue a certificate of fact and certify the correctness of a copy of any document, record, or entry shown by the records of the county surveyor. (517)

(b) If the county surveyor and each authorized deputy of the county surveyor are absent from the county surveyor's office, the county clerk of the county has unrestricted access to the county surveyor's office and public records and may: (518)

(1) record field notes, plats, and other documents required to be recorded in the county surveyor's records; and (519)

(2) issue a certificate of fact and certify the correctness of a copy of any document, record, or entry shown by the official records of the county surveyor. (520)

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1421, Sec. 7, eff. June 1, 2003. (521)

Sec. 23.052. SURVEYS ON WHICH PATENTS ARE TO BE OBTAINED. (522)(Text)

The county surveyor shall: (523)

(1) receive and examine all field notes of surveys made in the county on which patents are to be obtained; (524)

(2) certify to the same according to law; and (525)

(3) record the field notes in a book to be kept by him for that purpose. (526)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2368, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (527)

Sec. 23.053. RECORD OF FIELD NOTES. (528)(Text)

(a) The commissioners court shall furnish the county surveyor all necessary books of record. (529)

(b) The county surveyor shall record in a well-bound book all the surveys in his county, with the plats that he may make, whether private or official. (530)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2368, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (531)

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