Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

R.I. Gen. Laws 5-8.1-20

Summary Title

Liability: Land Surveyor


When an emergency declaration is in effect, a land surveyor who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides land surveying services will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Land surveyors rendering assistance during disaster emergency -- Immunity from civil liability

Full Text

(a) A land surveyor, duly licensed to practice in Rhode Island under this chapter, who voluntarily and without compensation provides land surveying services at the scene of a disaster emergency, shall not be liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss or damages caused by an act or omission of the land surveyor in performing the services. (b) As used in this section, "disaster emergency" means a disaster emergency declared by executive order or proclamation of the governor pursuant to chapter 15 of title 30. (c) The immunity provided in subsection (a) of this section applies only to the practice of land surveying as defined in this chapter regarding a land surveying service that: (1) Concerns a land, air, space, or water resource, whether publicly or privately owned that is identified pursuant to a disaster emergency executive order or proclamation; (2) Relates to the integrity of the entire land, air, space, or water resource or any portion of that resource and affects public safety; and (3) Is rendered during the time in which a state of disaster emergency exists, as provided in chapter 15 of title 30. (d) The immunity granted by this section does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful misconduct.