1.  No person, other than a registered land surveyor registered pursuant to chapter 327, shall knowingly move, remove, deface or destroy any corner of the United States Public Land Survey System, property boundary marker, bench mark or horizontal control monument.

 2.  Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 60.355

  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Monument: the physical object which marks the corner point determined by the surveying process. See Missouri Laws 60.301
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 3.  Any person who violates the provisions of this section is liable for the cost of reestablishment of permanent monuments or markers by a registered land surveyor.  This section shall establish a civil cause of action in favor of any owner of real estate the boundaries of which are affected by a violation of subsection 1 of this section.  Venue for such cause of action shall be in the county in which the violation occurs.  Damages shall be limited to reasonable surveying costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.