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NO. 23]Friday, August 2 [1991

The following Act was passed by Parliament on 28th June 1991 and assented to by the President on 24th July 1991:—
Land Surveyors Act 1991

(No. 24 of 1991)

I assent.

Person appointed
to exercise
the functions of the President.
24th July 1991.
Date of Commencement: 30th August 1991
An Act to establish the Land Surveyors Board, to provide for the registration of land surveyors, to regulate the qualifications and practice of land surveyors, to regulate corporations which supply title survey services in Singapore and to repeal the Land Surveyors Act (Chapter 156 of the 1985 Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Land Surveyors Act 1991 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“appointed day” means the date of commencement of this Act;
“allied professional” means —
(a)an architect who is registered under the Architects Act 1991; or
(b)a professional engineer who is registered under the Professional Engineers Act 1991;
“assurance plan” means any plan showing approximate boundaries or dimensions and areas for the purpose of identifying land which has not been surveyed to the satisfaction of the Chief Surveyor but is required to be surveyed under the provisions of any written law;
“Board” means the Land Surveyors Board established under section 4;
“certificate of registration” means the certificate of registration issued under section 14;
“Chief Surveyor” means the officer for the time being performing the duties of the head of the Survey Department;
“Government surveyor” means a surveyor who is employed by the Government, whether or not registered under section 12;
“Investigation Committee” means an Investigation Committee appointed under section 24(1);
“licence” means a licence to supply title survey services in Singapore granted under section 17;
“licensed”, in relation to a corporation or partnership means a corporation or partnership which has in force a licence;
“manager”, in relation to a corporation or partnership means the principal executive officer of the corporation or partnership for the time being by whatever name called and whether or not he is a director or partner thereof;
“nominee”, in relation to any person, means a person who is accustomed or under an obligation (whether formal or informal) to act in accordance with the directions, instructions or wishes of the first-mentioned person, except that a person shall not be regarded as a nominee of another person by reason only that he acts on advice given by that other person in a professional capacity;
“practising certificate” means an annual practising certificate issued under section 15 authorising the holder thereof to engage in title survey work in Singapore;
“President” means the President of the Board;
“previous Board” means the Land Surveyors Board constituted by section 3 of the repealed Act;
“register of licensees” means the annual register of licensed corporations and partnerships kept by the Board under section 9(1)(c);
“register of practitioners” means the annual register of practitioners kept by the Board under section 9(1)(b);
“register of surveyors” means the register of surveyors kept by the Board under section 9(1)(a);
“registered surveyor” means a person registered as a land surveyor under section 12;
“Registrar” means the Registrar of the Board appointed under section 8;
“repealed Act” means the Land Surveyors Act (Cap. 156, 1985 Ed) repealed by this Act;
“rules” means rules made by the Board under section 40;
“title survey” means any survey which by any written law is required for the purpose of or in connection with the registration of any title to land or building or any assurance or instrument affecting or purporting to affect title to land or building, and includes in connection therewith —
(a)the delimitation of the boundaries of any land whether privately owned or not;
(b)the emplacement, replacement and removal of boundary or survey marks;
(c)surveys required for the correct interrelation of boundaries or of boundary or survey marks; and
(d)the making and recording of all measurements and calculations relevant thereto and the drawing and reproduction of plans therefrom;
“title survey services” means the supply for gain or reward of any services, or any plan, certificate or other document, relating to any title survey;
“title survey work” means any work which is part of or related to a title survey;
“unlimited corporation” means a corporation formed on the principle of having no limit placed on the liability of its members.
Act not to apply to Government, etc
3.—(1)  Nothing in this Act shall apply to anything done or omitted to be done by the Government.
(2)  This Act shall not be construed as requiring any public authority which supplies title survey services in Singapore under the provisions of any written law to obtain a licence; and in this subsection, “public authority” means any body established by or under any written law and exercising powers vested therein by written law for a public purpose.