CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
SURVEYOR AND REGULATOR
This is surveying work at the administrative level directing all surveying activities of, and regulating
property lines within an assigned survey district. Work involves responsibility for planning, coordinating and
maintaining a continuous program of surveying, drafting and assessing activities so that a current and accurate
record of district surveying and regulating activities is available. A significant aspect of the work includes
conferring with contractors and residents in explaining or interpreting applicable surveying and regulating codes
or costs. An employee in this class has prime responsibility for determining lines and grades and regulating
conflicting and indeterminate situations in an assigned district. Work is performed under the direction of a
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Receives work orders from the public or technical superiors; determines priorities according to size of
the job, urgency for completion, availability of survey corps and other factors; plans an on-going coordinated
program of land and construction surveying, drafting, clerical and related activities; discusses problem areas
of drafting layouts, and advises staff on difficult or unusual aspects.
- Directs preparation and reviews plans for opening, widening, narrowing, vacating or striking of streets;
assists with preparation of confirmed City plans or their revision; reviews property descriptions for deeds of
dedication or liens for accuracy; reviews other types of plans and drawings and signs or stamps them as
- Directs survey personnel to determine extent of construction progress; approves or disapproves payment
to contractors on the basis of construction progress.
- Determines the official placement of property lines, subject only to court review when exercising court-
conferred regulating authority.
- Maintains horizontal and vertical survey point control systems.
- Serves as voting member of the board of Surveyors as required by the Home Rule Charter attending
stated and special meetings of the Board to discuss and approve or disapprove changes in the official plans of
the street system.
- Confers with individuals and groups to explain departmental programs and the application of state and
local laws affecting existing and/or proposed buildings, driveways, alleys, property sub-divisions, etc.
- Presents testimony in court on property line matters as expert witness for assigned district.
- Computes assessment charges against real property according to ordinances or applicable regulation;
estimates cost of action related to changes in confirmed City plans; determines cost charges to firms or
members of the general public for architectural plans of work not covered by ordinances.
- Interviews and selects new employees; orients them to the work program and assigns subordinate
personnel to train or otherwise instruct them.
- Orders drafting and office equipment, supplies and materials, as necessary; maintains reports and
records; answers correspondence.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles, practices, techniques and instruments used in surveying.
- the mathematics as it is applied to field surveying and related engineering computations.
- the principles and practices of public administration as they relate to regulating property lines and
directing surveying activities within a survey district.
- the principles, practices, techniques and instruments of engineering drafting as required in surveying.
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- engineering principles and practices used in the preparation of estimates and certification of contract
work performance as related to street, alley and driveway construction and repair.
- the state and local laws pertaining to real estate conveyancing and land title work.
- plan, direct and administer a departmental surveying and regulating program.
- make administrative and operational decisions regarding survey district activities involving the
interpretation and application of acts of General Assembly, Ordinances of Council and municipal
departmental policies, rules and regulations and difficult field survey and regulatory problems.
- read and interpret various construction plans and blueprints.
- explain codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully and impartially.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
- express ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the
minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.
Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience
requirements as approved on 1/86.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Ten years of surveying experience two years of which must have been assisting in the direction of a
district surveying and regulating program or two years of which have been preparing urban street layout and
design which requires technical research.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a
position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Registration as a professional land surveyor as issued by the Pennsylvania State Bureau of professional and Occupational Affairs prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Surveyor and Regulatory.
PAY RANGE: EP23
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 1/1986
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3F16