Frequently Asked Questions
Platting A Property FAQs
What is a plat?
What is a Minor Plat?
A minor plat is used to simplify divisions of land under certain circumstances by authorizing administrative approval of a plat and is applicable when:
- the division results in four or fewer lots
- all lots front onto an existing public street, and does not require the creation of a new street or extension of any existing street
- the plat does not require the extension of any municipal facilities to serve any lot within the subdivision except for the installation of service lines to the individual lots from existing mains of adequate capacity
What is an Amending Plat?
Amending plat means to amend a previously approved and recorded plat and is not to be considered as a replat or re-subdivision, but is intended to correct errors or miscalculations. An amending plat is used to correct scrivener, omission or clerical errors and does not remove recorded covenants or restrictions nor increase the number of lots.
What is a replat?
Replats are necessary when a property is already platted, but the owner wishes to change or redraw the lot lines, remove easements, or remove building lines.
What types of plats are there?
- Final Plats – Once a preliminary plat has been approved, the final plat is recorded and must be consistent with the preliminary plat.
- Replats – A replat replaces an existing plat and may be a replat of all or only a section of a previously recorded plat.
- Preliminary Plats – As part of the platting process, the preliminary plat is initial plat prepared by a land surveyor for a landowner and submitted for preliminary approval. A preliminary plat serves as the guideline for the preparation of the final plat.
Why is a plat important?
Where can I find a copy of a recorded plat?
Recorded plats are public information and can be ordered from your local County Clerk’s office.
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