ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys

ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey refers to an original survey or retracement survey conducted in accordance with the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys” as the requirements are adopted by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM)

  • nationally recognized standards

  • ütypically required for commercial real estate transactions

  • üthis specific type of survey is required when title insurance companies are asked to insure land without exception to survey related matters

  • ünegotiate the “Table A – Optional Survey Responsibilities and Specifications” requirements with the land surveyor and client

  • ürequires a written authorization to proceed from the person responsible for paying for the survey

  • ürequires the record description of the parcel to be surveyed or the record description of the parent tract for the parcel to be created be provided to the land surveyor prior to starting the survey  

  • ürequires that complete copies of any record easements benefiting the parcel; the record easements or servitudes and covenants burdening the parcel; documents of record referred to in the record documents; and any other documents containing desired appropriate information affecting the parcel being surveyed shall be provided to the land surveyor prior to starting the survey

  • üa current title commitment and complete copies of all documentation mentioned in Schedule B – Section II of said title commitment are provided to the land surveyor prior to starting the survey

  • üa specific certification by the land surveyor is required by “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys” (does not include “long form” certifications sometimes requested by the client and/or their legal counsel)

  • üan ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey must also be performed in accordance with the minimum survey requirements defined in Title 865, Article 1, Rule 12, Sections 1 through 30 of the Indiana Administrative Code.