Whenever a Seller does not have a copy of a survey, the Buyer runs into the situation of having to order a new survey. Surveys are costly and sometimes time consuming, especially during certain times of the year. If the premises is located in the Town of Brookhaven an owner of real property or a purchaser in contract to buy real property, may obtain a copy of a survey from the Town of Brookhaven Assessor's Office at no cost. While there is no guarantee that they will have a survey on file, nor that the survey will be guaranteed to a Title Company (required to insure the boundary lines of the premises), nonetheless it is well worth the attempt. A third party can also request a copy of a survey for a fee. The catch is that the fee is paid upfront and not returned should they not have a survey on file. Either way if a survey is on file it will cost the Buyer much less than ordering a new one.