2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards & Changes

By Walter Hurlbutt

2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards & Changes

February 23, 2016 marked the effective date for the 2016 revision of the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Minimum Standard Detail Requirements. The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) has been replaced by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). NSPS is now the organization representing surveyors on the standards committee. The committee also includes members from the American Land Title Association (ALTA).

This update addresses many issues brought about since the 2011 update and helps further define the roles of both the surveyor and client. Here is a brief summary of notable changes:

Section 4 - Records Research

The revision specifies what documents are to be provided to the surveyor. If those documents are not provided, explains how the surveyor is to proceed.

Section 6 - Plat or Map

If a new description is written for the subject property, it is now a requirement to include a statement explaining why the new description was made and how that new description relates to the record description.

Table A – Optional Survey Responsibilities and Specifications

  • Item 6 – clears up the responsibilities of the client and the surveyor in regards to zoning information to be provided and how those items are to be shown on the survey.
  • Item 11 – spells out the surveyors’ responsibility in mapping the location of utilities./li>
These are only a few of the many changes that have occurred with the 2016 revision of the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.”

For more information:

New 2016 ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements in a redline version to highlight the changes from the 2011 ALTA/ASCM Land Title Survey Minimum Standard Detail Requirements Shive-Hattery ALTA/NSPS Survey services

Shive-Hattery ALTA/NSPS survey services

Video: Overview of 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Changes by Gary Kent, chair of the NSPS ALTA-NSPS committee

Article: Overview by American Surveyor Magazine

 Walter Hurlbutt, PLS, Land Surveyor   As a Professional Land Surveyor I work with a wide range of people. From architects and engineers to contractors and home owners. When working with clients I use my experience to advise them on how to reach their specific needs.

I pay attention to the details to see potential problems before they become an issue and disrupt the flow of a project. The end result of seeing a project grow from a concept or set of plans into a finished product that satisfies all of the stakeholders involved is the reward I enjoy most in my work.

Walter Hurlbutt, PLS
800.798.3040 | whurlbutt@shive-hattery.com

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