During geodetic work we frequently use different normative documents and legal regulations. Normative documents usually regulate the geodesist protocols to assure the obligatory accuracy. In this project the normative documents for two types of geodetic measurements are treated – the more precise for dams and other water- retaining structures and less precise for detailed surveying. In the first part – as a common review – the normative documents and their characteristics are presented. In the second part there is a review of normative documents used at geodetic technical surveying of dams – from the projecting the geodetic net, instruments used, measurements, data processing till presenting and interpreting of results. A detailed review of normative documents for a detailed surveying is also included. At the end there is a detailed analysis of situation and usage of normative documents in Slovenia.