February 01, 2013

Commercial Real Estate: Survey Requirements

James P. McAndrews

From The Commercial Real Estate Practice Manual With Forms, Chapter 13

  • Learn the different types of surveys.
  • Learn the ALTA/ACSM Survey Requirements.

There are many different survey requirements. The requirements can be based on the type of survey needed, the American Land Title Association/National Society of Professional Surveyors (a member of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ACSM)) (ALTA/ACSM) Survey Requirements, or a mortgageeā€™s survey requirements, all of which will be discussed later in this chapter. Some states, including Ohio, have enacted laws establishing minimum requirements that a surveyor must meet when preparing certain types of surveys.1 However, the surveyor may have some slight flexibility with respect to the measurements depending on the size and location of the parcel.2 Finally, the client may have additional requirements that the client will want to be shown on the survey.

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