ALTA / NSPS Land Title Survey   (American Land Title Association and National Society of Professional Surveyors)


Purpose - Members of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) have specific needs, unique
to title insurance matters, when asked to insure title to land without exception as to the many matters
which might be discoverable from survey and inspection, and which are not evidenced by the public

Boundary Survey (Property Lines)

A survey made for the purpose of locating the corners, boundary lines and/or easements of a given parcel of land.  This involves record and field research, measurements, and computations to establish boundary lines.

Construction Staking

A survey to layout the correct location of structures shown on improvement plans for construction.

Deformation Survey (Monitoring) is the systematic measurement and tracking of the alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stresses induced by applied loads.

Easement Survey

A survey of an existing or proposed easement.

Elevation Certificate

A survey used by the National Flood Insurance Program to assess flood risk.

Site Survey  (a.k.a. Topographic Survey)  

A combination of boundary and topographic surveys for preparation of a site plan to be used for designing improvements or developments, and obtaining government building permits.

Story Poles

Staking of proposed building roof heights

Subdivision Survey

The subdivision of land into smaller parcels, showing monumentation and survey data on a map, in conformance with local ordinances and the Subdivision Map Act

Tentative Maps


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