SharePoint Survey Permissions

See comments below from Rodrigo for the complete steps 🙂

You have a survey that you would like people to fill out but not edit or delete responses. The settings are not obvious so here they are…
Go to your survey settings and click Advanced Settings.
Select “All responses” for Read AND Edit access
Click OK to go back to the Survey Settings page
Select “Permissions for this survey”
If the survey inherits permissions, click Actions – Edit Permissions and click OK on the dialog
Give all of the users Contribute rights

That’s it! Easy but not obvious.
This should remove the “Survey Settings” link on the survey page for users.


19 Responses to “SharePoint Survey Permissions”

  1. Andy Says:

    Hi Kerry,
    I’m attempting to get a survey showing on a publishing site, that allows anonymous browsing. I have followed various instructions to set the anonymous access by using the advanced permissions read access (setting to ‘All responses’), checking the add and view checkboxes on the anonymous settings and then switching the advanced settings read access back to ‘Only their own’. This works fine when on a windows authentication site, but not on my forms site as it redirects me to the login page when clicking on the url for the survey. Have you managed to do this?
    Many Thanks

  2. Kerry Says:

    MOSS surveys don’t support anonymous access. We had to buy a web part that would allow anonymous users access to surveys. You can find the web part on

  3. Kris Says:

    These settings do not appear to prevent people from editing or deleting their responses. Has anyone found a way to allow a user to respond to a survey without being able to edit or delete the response upon completion of the survey?

  4. Rodrigo Says:

    Yes, it’s possible but not very easy as this post says (this article doesn’t work!!!).

    In order to allow users to respond the survey, users must have access to the survey list in a contibute mode. This is the first poing. For checking this point: Go to the Survey list: Settings > Survey Settings > Permissions for this survey.

    – Then, each user must have access to his/her response. If you go to the Survey Settings > Advanced Settings, you can change the “Item Level Permissions” section (as this article says).

    – In order to allow save responses (add) but don’t allow delete, it’s necessary to modify the Permission Levels. By default, the contribute permission includes add, edit and delete, so, if we don’t modify the settings, all users are going to have permissions to add, edit and delete. I think that the best thing is to modify the available Permission Leves for this site or to create a new permission level which the same security settings as the contribute but removing the delete permission. It’s very easy to do it:

    Go to People and groups > Site Permissions. Click in Settings > Permission Levels. You can see all available roles in the site (by default it is inheriting from the parent site). We are able to customize the permissions and for do it, click in “Edit Permission Levels”. Open in a new window the “Contribute” permission levels, I think it is better to create a new permission level definition. So in a new window open the contribute definition and in another one click in the “Add permision level”. You will need to type a name, a description and then select which permissions to include in the permission level definition. Copy the same of contribute one and uncheck the ones with “Delete items” in the List permissions. Once done it, go to the Survey Settings > Permissions for this survey > and click in the Human Resources Members and select the suitable permission level that is going to apply for this group (The new one) unchecking the contribute.


  5. Abhi Says:

    Excellent solution you have given to this. But your case it was working modify, view, edit without delete survey. But my issue is we need to create survey, modify the survey don’t allow to delete the survey how it is possible. Can you give me the solutions please? I tried all the possible solutions. Like creating new permission levels changing advance settings etc. but till now my issue is not resolved. Kindly any one help me out please.

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  10. Ian Says:

    Hi I have a similar query, I have a Sharepoint site accessed by about 40,000 users who all have either contribute or read, I have number of users who have Site Owner permissions, what I want to do is allow a small number of users to create surveys without giving them site owner permssions.

    i.e they can only create a survey without being able to create lists, sites, libraries etc, edits otehr pages etc


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    You need a PhD to get SharePoint surveys to work, to me it is a farce. Save the time, use something like survey monkey, much much more user friendly, easily get the job done. Cheers.

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