Property Surveys

ALTA/ACSM Survey
A survey made for the purpose of supplying a title company and lender with survey and location data necessary for the issuing of title and/or mortgage insurance. A detailed map is required to be done to “ALTA” specifications. The acronym “ALTA” stands for American Land Title Association. Specifications of this type of Survey include (but are not limited to) determining property lines, location of improvements, identifying all easements, utilities and other conditions affecting the property. ALTA surveys are very comprehensive surveys and typically cost thousands of dollars and take weeks to complete. Any ALTA Land Survey must meet the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys” as adopted by the American Land Title Association, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors. The Alta Survey is most often performed on commercial properties.

Boundary Survey
A boundary survey establishes the true property corners and property lines of a parcel of land. Boundary surveys are typically performed to obtain building permits, to resolve property disputes, and for erecting fences. Easement lines may also be located, if requested, with this type of survey.

Certified Survey Maps
Designed and mapped in accordance with Wisconsin State Statute chapter 236.34, this is Wisconsin’s ‘minor subdivision’. Often confused with a Survey Map with a certification on it, this instrument is very different. This instrument is truly a Subdivision, which allows the creation of “not more than four parcels of land.”

Preliminary Plat/Final Plat
Designed and mapped in accordance with Wisconsin State Statute chapter 236, it is the subdivision of a tract of land into more than 4 smaller parcels, showing monumentation and mathematical survey data on a map, conforming to local Government (usually County) ordinances.

Condominimum Plat
A map drafted in accordance with Wisconsin State Statue chapter 703 submitted to the appropriate authorities along with the Declaration of the Condominium.

Topographic Surveys
A Land Survey locating natural and man made features such as buildings, improvements, fences, elevations, land contours, trees, streams, etc. This type of survey may be required by a government agency, or may be used by Engineers or Architects for the design of improvements or developments on a site.