It is best to use the services of a land surveyor experienced in ALTA surveys,
as the survey is based upon very specific survey standards with requirements
put into place by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National
Society for Professional Surveyors (NSPS). These survey requirements and
standards must be accepted and followed. Bock & Clark and its National
Surveyors Network provide such experience.
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What is an ALTA/NSPS Survey? (Formerly ALTA/ACSM Survey)
In 1962, The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the former American
Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) came together for the first time to
develop a survey product that would meet the needs of the title insurer to
delete the standard survey exceptions from their title policy. The product
that was developed was defined as an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey, and the land
surveyor’s responsibilities were outlined in the “Minimum Standard Detail
Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.” Since then, the requirements
have been revised approximately eleven times, to the most current requirements
that took effect on
February 23, 2021, and are now retitled the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS
Land Title Surveys.
Though initially designed for users in the title insurance industry, the ALTA
Survey has grown to become a thorough representation of an existing property
and is now utilized by nearly all involved parties of a commercial
transaction. The ALTA Survey can answer relevant questions, such as:
- The surveyor’s findings about property boundaries.
Any observed easements and exceptions to coverage in the title commitment.
The improvements, utilities, public access and significant observations on
Additionally, it provides the option to select specific
items which can reveal facts about the property relating to
flood hazards, topography,
and more, when negotiated with the land surveyor.
What are ALTA Survey Requirements?
The ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey is designated as such based upon a specific
set of detailed
set forth by ALTA and NSPS to guarantee that the end user is provided with a
professional-quality, appropriately uniform, complete and accurate
representation of a property. The ALTA Survey Requirements give specific
instruction on items such as the Surveying Standards, Field Work, Plats,
Surveyor Certification and Deliverables. The Requirements are reviewed
frequently and updated by a committee to reflect the demands of the industry,
and each new version supersedes the prior version and must be adopted by land
surveyors in their preparation of the survey. Along with these Requirements is
a set of twenty-one Optional Table A Items that can be negotiated with the
surveyor at the time of request. The current
ALTA Survey Standards
took effect on February 23, 2021.
What are ALTA Survey Standards?
Members of ALTA have specific needs unique to title insurance matters, and are
often asked to insure title to land without exception as to the many matters
which might be discoverable from survey and inspection. These are not
evidenced by the public records. In order to meet the needs of clients,
insurers, insureds and lenders, we are entitled to rely on surveyors to
conduct surveys and prepare associated plants or maps that are of professional
quality, appropriately uniform, complete and accurate.
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to providing our customers with superior service, high-quality products and
competitive pricing. For more information on our ALTA surveys,
contact us today.