ALTA Land Title Survey

What is it?

An ALTA (American Land Title Association) land title survey is a detailed property survey that meets the 2011 minimum standard detail requirements set for ALTA/ACSM land title surveys. At a minimum, the survey includes the location of buildings, utilities, easements, parking, vicinity map, and a written legal description of the property.

Why do I need it?

An ALTA land title survey is used to guarantee that the property is free and clear of survey matters that may affect the ability to insure the property title. An ALTA survey is usually requested for commercial properties as a requirement by lenders and title companies.

How do you do it?

Before performing an ALTA survey, a review of title is performed. A title review requires record research to determine how the items listed in the title affect the property. ALTA surveys often include requirements listed in the manual standard detail requirements that need to be discussed and agreed upon by the client and surveyor. A property survey is performed and a plat is prepared addressing title issues and any optional requirements.