(a) Monuments set shall be sufficient in number and durability and efficiently placed so as not to be readily disturbed and to assure, together with monuments already existing, the perpetuation of facile reestablishment of any points or lines of the survey. Any monument set by a registered professional surveyor to mark or reference a point on a property line or land line shall be permanently and visibly marked or tagged with the certificate number of the surveyor setting it, the numbers to be preceded by the letters ,”R.P.S.” if the monument is set by a public agency, it shall be marked with the recognized initials of the agency.
(b) All surveys for record shall be made using, as minimum equipment, steel tape graduated to one-hundredth of a foot (0.01 ft.) or I millimeter and angle-measuring instruments with verniers having a least count of I minute of arc. All measurements shall be made in accordance with standard survey practice. Minimum precision, as computed by latitudes and departures, acceptable for recording of the survey shall be as follows:
(1) Land which is generally clear or which has an elevation difference of less than 50 feet between the highest and lowest points on the boundary shall be surveyed to an error of closure of not less than I part in 5,000.
(2) Land which is more than 50% bush or has an elevation difference of more than 50 feet between the highest and lowest points on the boundary shall be surveyed to an error of closure not less than I part in 3,500.
(3) Land which has an elevation difference of more than 200 feet between the highest and the lowest points on the boundary shall be surveyed to an error of closure of not less than I part in 2,000.
(4) Vertical closures shall not exceed .05 feet times the square root of the traverse distance in miles.
(c) All surveys shall be connected to the American Samoa Datum. A record of survey may not be registered unless it also shows, or is accompanied by, a map showing the control scheme through which the coordinates were determined from points of known coordinates, and contains within the map or along the margin thereof, grid ticks showing the orientation of the map to the American Samoa Datum.
(d) A record of survey shall be a map, or copy thereof, filed as provided in 31.0207, legibly drawn on plastic drafting film or other dimensionally stable media, with outside dimensions of 18 and 24 inches ( 450 and 600 mm) or 12 and 18 inches (300 and 450). The left edge shall have a margin of I-I/2 inches (40mm), with a margin of one-half inch ( 15 mm) on the other 3 sides. A record of survey is not required of any survey which is preliminary in nature.
(e) The record of survey shall show the following:
(1) All monuments found, set, reset, replaced, or removed, describing their kind, size, and location, and giving other data relating thereto;
(2) Length and direction of lines and witness monuments, and both a graphic and written scale of the map (when azimuths are used, the origin shall be grid south);
(3) Name of land in which the parcel is located or of which it is a part, together with ties to adjoining tracts or parcels;
(4) Certificates required by subsection (f) and (g) of this section;
(5) Coordinate ticks American Samoa Datum;
(6) An arrow showing the north direction; and
(7) Any other data necessary for the intelligent interpretation of the various items and locations of points, lines, and areas shown.
(f) The surveyor shall affix to the map a statement or stamp in the general form of the following:
This map correctly represents a survey, having a precision of 1 in __________ as computed by latitudes and departures, and was made by me or under my direction in conformance with the Code and Rules of the Territory of American Samoa at the request of __________________________________ in ______________________ 19___.
Signed and Sealed______________________________
Registered Professional Surveyor No ___________________”
(g) In the case of survey prepared for registration of title to land pursuant to 37.0 1.01 through 37.0104 ASCA, the surveyor shall submit to the territorial registrar a certificate signed by the pulenu ‘u of the village in. which or nearest to which the land is located to the effect that he gave public oral notice to provide other interested landowners opportunity to be present at the survey said statement to be in the general form of the following:
I, as Pulenu’u of the village of _____________________ in which or nearest to which the land shown on this map is located, certify that I gave public oral notice in the village at a meeting of the chiefs of the village of the time and place of the intended survey and that other interested landowners were entitled to be present during the survey, or any part thereof.
Pulenu’u”History: Rule 9-76, eff 24 Aug 76, Bd. of Reg. for Prof. Surv. Rules and Regs. § 6.