What is an ALTA Survey?
The correct name is, ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey. An “ALTA Survey” is a survey done in accordance with the standards jointly established by the American Land Title Association and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. Surveying practices vary across the country. These two groups came together to publish a nationwide standard for surveys. By requesting an “ALTA Survey”, a lender, buyer or other interested party can be assured of acquiring surveys from across the country that consistently meet the same standards. If your lender or attorney has advised you to obtain an, “ALTA Survey”, you should download the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, complete Table A, which can be found on page 6, and submit it to your surveyor with your survey request.
A. ALTA stands for American Land Title Association. The survey is performed in accordance with the ALTA standards. The surveyor is required to identify the location of all improvements to the property lines along with a summary of how the physical property lines match the existing deed of record or the report contained in the title commitment.