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Surveying the lands of California since 1982

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What Sets Bell Land Surveying Apart
On your project

  - A Licensed Land Surveyor working on your project
  - Personal attention from the principal land surveyor, Douglas Bell, owner
  - A clear, concise plain-language plan of action

​Highly qualified

​  - CFedS designation - rigorous federal certification by the BLM
  - Strong educational qualifications in professional land surveying
  - Licensed in four western states

Experience & expertise you can count on

  - We've been in business since 1983 - 3 decades of high-quality work in California
  - Our track record: 30 claim-free years of professional liability insurance coverage
  - 90% of our work is for repeat clients


+  What's distinctive about Bell Land Surveying
+  How our unique qualifications benefit you

On Your Project

A PLS will personally conduct the work on your project

At Bell Land Surveying, your boundary survey or topographic survey will be conducted by a licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS). You won't be handed off to an unlicensed party chief, junior associate or land surveyor-in-training. That's an important distinction - high quality land surveying often requires analytical decision making in real time in the field.

You can rest easy knowing that you've received the highest level of professional judgment on your land surveying project - both in the field and in the office.

Personal attention from the owner, Douglas Bell, PLS, CFedS

We're a small family-owned business. Bell Land Surveying is a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE). As hands-on owners, we know the nitty-gritty details of clients' ALTA surveys, easements and encroachments. You'll be impressed at the level of detail we can recall from surveys conducted decades ago. We'll talk with you at each phase of your land survey and return your phone calls and emails promptly. You'll be kept well informed of the current status of your project.

​​A clear plan​ of action

​We'll listen carefully to your needs and craft a customized plan of action for your project. You'll know precisely how we intend to proceed; we'll enter into an industry standard contract, a well-defined scope of work free of jargon, a clearly spelled out fee schedule, and a reasonable timeline for performance.


Highly Qualified

Professional qualifications

Douglas Bell, PLS, is licensed to practice land surveying in four western states California, Washington, Oregon & Arizona. You can rest assured knowing that four professional licensing boards with high professional standards declared Mr. Bell qualified to practice in their respective states.

Douglas Bell is also a CFedS, a Certified Federal Land Surveyor, as certified by the Bureau of Land Management. The CFedS certification program was developed by the BLM to enhance professional knowledge of the public land survey system, and to elevate the level of expertise for those conducting work on public lands.

Mr. Bell was the 285th land surveyor in the United States to be awarded this distinctive recognition. Fewer than 100 California Professional Land Surveyors gained certification in the first six years of the program. CFedS certification is rigorous, and is a good gauge of the land surveyor’s ongoing commitment to excellence.

Educational training

Doug is a graduate of the Land Surveying Technology program at Red River College, Winnipeg, Canada and the GPS Certificate program at UC Riverside. You will profit from the diligent work of a skilled land surveyor who is educated in advanced subjects such as geodesy, photogrammetry, complex survey data analysis, and the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). Your project will be in the hands of a well trained professional.

We're up to date

The land surveying profession is continually evolving. While there is no state license mandate to do so in California, Mr. Bell regularly attends professional development seminars and educational conferences. You'll benefit by working with a practitioner who embraces lifelong learning and is current with the latest regulations, techniques and best practices.
Experience & Expertise You Can Count On

Seasoned experience

We've surveyed a lot of challenging California terrain in our thirty years of business and have confronted and solved many unique boundary and topographic problems. You'll reap the benefit of our experience and long-term perspective.

Professional E&O liability insurance

Bell Land Surveying is fully insured against professional liability with the Victor O. Schinnerer Company, a highly regarded coverage provider to architects, engineers and land surveyors. We’ve never filed a liability claim in three decades of surveying land in California. We’re proud of that unique record; you can be confident that we are meticulous in our work.

Peace of mind

Land in California can be fraught with perils lurking to trip up the unwary. Retaining the services of a competent, careful land surveyor will help you assess your risks and make informed business decisions based upon a careful analysis of the facts.

Worthy of your trust

Our clients return to us because they know we have their long-term interests at heart. We care about land owner's property rights and our precious land in California. We stake our reputation on every survey, and will never compromise the integrity of our work. At Bell Land Surveying, we understand that nothing is more important than the trust you place in us. We won't let you down.
   What Clients Say     

"I've been opening and reviewing your survey. It's always such a pleasure to see the graphic discipline and clarity of your work - a lost art revived. Thank you."

David L. Goodale, AIA 
Principal/Director of Design 
Gonzalez Goodale Architects
​Pasadena, California

Our Story
Our Clients
Selecting a Surveyor
Land Survey Info
When You Retain Us
Property Line Surveys

​About the Author:

Douglas Bell, PLS, is a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in four western states, and is a CFedS, a BLM Certified Federal Land Surveyor. He provides a range of property line, ALTA, boundary survey, topographic mapping, easement determination, encroachment investigation, and utility location services.

Mr. Bell provides land surveying services to engineers, architects, attorneys, and other land professionals in the private and public sectors in Southern California, primarily in Los Angeles County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County. He can be reached via email:

25 year member of the California Land Surveyors Association
Doug Bell is a CFedS - a Certified Federal Surveyor
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