List of 282+ Survey Abbreviations


I have found myself in the past looking at a site survey and couldn’t for the life of me figured out what an abbreviation meant and the surveyor didn’t provide a legend. Below is a extensive list of some common survey abbreviations. Not every surveyor will use all the same abbreviations but I hope this guide can help if you are stuck in a similar situation. If this abbreviation chart is helpful to you, go ahead and bookmark it for future reference.

ABBREVIATIONDESCRIPTION
ACAIR CONDITIONER
AGABOVE GROUND
AIFANGLE IRON FOUND
AISANGLE IRON SET
ASTOP OF ASPHALT
ASHASH TREE
ASPASPHALT
AXLFOUND AXLE
AZAZIMUTH
BBEGIN
BARBARRICADE
BCBACK OF CURB OR BEGINNING OF CURVE
B/CBACK OF CURB
BDRYBOUNDARY
BHBORE HOLE
BKBANK
BLDGBUILDING OR BUILDING CORNER
BMBENCHMARK
BOBASIN OUTLET
BOLBOLLARD
BOSBEGINNING OF SURVEY
BOVBLOW OFF VALVE
BOXFOUND BOX CUT
BPSBLUE PAINT STRIPE
BRTOP OF BRICK OR BRIDGE
BRDGBRIDGE
BRGBRIDGE
BRLBUILDING RESTRICTION LINE
BSCKBACKSITE CHECK
BSNBUSINESS SIGN
BTBURIED TELEPHONE CABLE OR DUCT
BXCBOX CULVERT
BWBARBED WIRE
CCUT OR CONTINUE
CAPCORRUGATED ALUMINUM PIPE
CBCABLE BOX, CURB, OR CATCH BASIN
CBCCONCRETE BOX CULVERT
CEDARCEDAR TREE
CSFCOTTON SPIKE FOUND
CSSCOTTON SPIKE SET
CHINACHINABERRY
CICURB INLET OR CAST IRON
CIPCORRUGATED IRON PIPE OR CAST IRON PIPE
CIRFOUND CAPPED IRON ROD
CIRCIRCLE
CKCHECK POINT
CLCENTER-LINE OF ROAD
C/LCENTER-LINE OF ROAD
CLFCHAIN LINK FENCE
CLSCLOSE
CMCONCRETE MONUMENT OR CABLE MARKER
CMBCONCRETE MEDIAN BARRIER
CMFCONCRETE MONUMENT FOUND
CMPCORRUGATED METAL PIPE
CMSCONCRETE MONUMENT SET
CNTOP OF CONCRETE
COCLEAN-OUT
CONCCONCRETE
CPCONNECT POINT
COLCOLUMN
CORCORNER
CPCONTROL POINT
CPEDCABLE PEDESTAL
CRCURB RETURN
CRMCRAPE MYRTLES
CSGCASING
CSPCORRUGATED STEEL PIPE
CTFCRIMPED TOP PIPE FOUND
CULVCULVERT
DEGDEGREE
DESTDESTROYED
DIADIAMETER
DISTDISTANCE
DSKFOUND DISK
EEAST OR END
EAEDGE OF ASPHALT
EBELECTRICAL BOX
EBREDGE OF BRICK
ECEND OF CURVE
ECREND OF CURB RETURN
EGEDGE OF GRAVEL
EIE-INLET
ELEVELEVATION
ELMELM
ENGRENGINEERING
E/OEAST OF
EOPEDGE OF PAVEMENT
EWTREDGE OF WATER
EXFOUND “X” CUT
FCFACE OF CURB
FDFOUND
FFFINISHED FLOOR
FHFIRE HYDRANT
FIRFIR TREE
FLFLOWLOINE
FLPFLAGPOLE
FNFENCE
FNCFENCE
FSCKFORESIGHT CHECK
FVFLUSH VALVE
GGATE OR GAS LINE
GAGUY ANCHOR
GBGRADE BREAK
GDGUTTER DRAIN
GDRGUARD RAIL
GIGRATE INLET
GIPGALVANIZED IRON PIPE
GMGAS METER
GPSGREEN PAINT STRIPE
GRGRADE, GUARDRAIL, GRATE, OR TOP OF GRAVEL
GTGUTTER
GTEGATE POST
GUMSWEETGUM
GUTGUTTER
GUTTRGUTTER
GVGAS VALVE
HACKHACKBERRY TREE
HBHIGHBANK
HDPHIGH DENSITY POLY PIPE
HOLLYHOLLY TREE
HDWLHEADWALL
HNDRLHANDRAIL
HWLHEADWALL
HWYHIGHWAY
HYDHYDRANT
IFIRON FENCE
INVINVERT
IPFOUND IRON PIN/ PIPE
IPEIRON PIN/ PIPE EXISTING
IPFFOUND IRON PIN/ PIPE
IPSIRON PIN/ PIPE SET
IRFOUND IRON ROD
IRFFOUND IRON ROD
JCTJUNCTION
JUNCJUNCTION
LODLIMIT OF DISTURBANCE
LLEFT
LDNGLEADING
L/OLEFT OF
LTLEFT OR LIGHT STANDARD
MAGMAGNOLIA
MBSMETRO BUS STOP
MBXMAILBOX
MHMANHOLE
MHELECELECTRIC MANHOLE
MHSANSANITARY MANHOLE
MHSTMSTORM MANHOLE
MHTMEAN HIGH TIDE
MHTELTELECOM MANHOLE
MHWWATER MANHOLE
MIMISCELANEOUS POINT
MKMARK
MMMILE MARKER
MOCMIDDLE OF CURVE
MONMONUMENT
MPMILE POST OR MAP
MSLMEAN SEA LEVEL
MWMONITORING WELL
NNORTH
N&CNAIL AND CAP
N&DNAIL AND DISK
NENORTHEAST
NGNATURAL GROUND
NLFOUND NAIL
N/ONORTH OF
NPPNAIL IN POWER POLE
NTCFPNAIL ON TOP OF CORNER FENCE POST
NTFPNAIL ON TOP OF FENCE POST
NTSNOT TO SCALE
NWNORTHWEST
OAKOAK TREE
OCPOINT ON CURVE
OEOVERHEAD ELECTRIC
OHOVERHEAD
OHEOVERHEAD ELECTRIC
OHGOVERHANG
OHTOVERHEAD TELEPHONE
OPASSOVERPASS
OTOVERHEAD TELEPHONE
OTPFOPEN TOP PIPE FOUND
OTPSOPEN TOP PIPE SET
OUOVERHEAD UTILITIES
PALMPALM TREE
PAVPAVEMENT
PBMPRECISE BENCHMARK
PCBEGIN CURVE
PECANPECAN TREE
PFPINFLAG
PFCPINFLAG CENTERPOINT
PFSPINFLAG SWBT
PIPOINT OF INTERSECTION
PINEPINE TREE
PKPOINT KNOWN
PK NAILPOINT KNOWN NAIL
PLTPLANTER
PMPIPELIME MARKER
PNTPAINT STRIPE
PPPOWER POLE
PSTPOST
PTPOINT OR END CURVE
PTPFOUND PINCH TOP PIPE
PVPIPE VENT
PVCPVC PIPE
PVMTPAVEMENT
RBFREBAR FOUND
RBSREBAR SET
RCPREINFORCED CONCRETE PIPE
RDROAD
RDWYROADWAY
RECTRECTANGLE
RET WALLRETAINING WALL
RGERANGE
RMPRAMP
R/ORIGHT OF
ROWRIGHT OF WAY
RPRECALL POINT
RPSRED PAINT STRIPES
RRRIP RAP OR RAILROAD
RRTRAILROAD
R/WRIGHT OF WAY
RWLRETAINING WALL
SSOUTH OR SANITARY SEWER LINE
SESOUTHEAST
SHLDRSHOULDER
SNSIGN
S/OSOUTH OF
SPSERVICE POLE
SPDLFOUND SPINDLE
SPKFOUND SPIKE
SPVSPRINKLER
SQSQUARE
SQIFSQUARE IRON FOUND
SQISSQUARE IRON SET
SRSTEEL REBAR
SSSANITARY SEWER
SRSSTEEL ROD SET
SSMSTANDARD SURVEY MONUMENT
STSTREET OR STORM LINE
STASTATION
STDSTANDARD
STKSTAKE
STPSTAND PIPE
STRUCTSTRUCTURE
SWSOUTHWEST
S/WSIDEWALK
TALTALLOW TREE
TBMTEMPORARY BENCH MARK
TCTOP CURB
TELTELEPHONE
TEL PHTELEPHONE POLE
TKTACK
TLTREE LINE
TNKTANK
TPEDTELEPHONE PEDISTAL
TREEUNKNOWN TREE
TSTOW
TSBTRAFFIC SIGNAL BOX
TSNTRAFFIC SIGNAL
TSPTRAFFIC SIGNAL POLE
TTTRUCK TRAIL
TWRTOWER
UPASSUNDERPASS
UGUNDERGROUND
UGEUNDERGROUND ELECTRIC
UGTUNDERGROUND TELEPHONE
VLTWATER VAULT
WWEST OR WATER LINE
WALWALL
WILWILLOW TREE
WCWITNESS CORNER
WDWOOD DECK
WMWATER METER OR WATER MAIN
W/OWEST OF
W/PWITNESS POST
WRWIRE
WVWATER VALVE
WWWATER WELL
W WLWINGWALL
XINGCROSSING
X-RDCROSS ROAD
X-SECCROSS SECTION
YPSYELLOW PAINT STRIPE

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