SECTION 663.18. Certification  

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  • (a) The Registered Professional Land Surveyor shall personally apply his/her seal and signature to final documents released to the public representing professional land surveying as defined in the Act. The professional land surveyor shall maintain control and possession over his/her seal at all times.

    (b) If the land surveyor certifies, or otherwise indicates, that his/her product or service meets a standard of practice in addition to that promulgated by the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying, then the failure to so meet both standards may be considered by the Board, for disciplinary purposes, to be misleading the public.

    (c) Preliminary documents released from a land surveyor's control shall identify the purpose of the document, the land surveyor of record and the land surveyor's registration number, and the release date. Such preliminary documents shall not be signed or sealed and shall bear the following statement in the signature space or upon the face of the document: "Preliminary, this document shall not be recorded for any purpose and shall not be used or viewed or relied upon as a final survey document". Preliminary documents released from the land surveyor's control which include this text in place of the land surveyor's signature need not comply with the other minimum standards promulgated in this chapter.

    (d) A land surveyor shall certify only to factual information that the land surveyor has knowledge of or to information within his professional expertise as a land surveyor unless otherwise qualified.

    (e) Registered professional land surveyors may certify, using the registrant's signature and official seal, services which are not within the definition of professional land surveying as defined in the Act, provided that such certification does not violate any Texas or federal law.

Source Note: The provisions of this §663.18 adopted to be effective September 1, 1992, 17 TexReg 5544; amended to be effective March 13, 2002, 27 TexReg 1789; amended to be effective July 16, 2006, 31 TexReg 5622; amended to be effective September 14, 2008, 33 TexReg 7519; amended to be effective August 28, 2013, 38 TexReg 5503; amended to be effective May 20, 2015, 40 TexReg 2669