On February 23, 2016, the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys will become effective (superseding the 2011 ALTA/ACSM standards).
An overview of the changes (courtesy of Chicago Title Insurance Company) can be found at this LINK, and include (among others):
- Clarifying the precision with which features are to be located on the ground and depicted on the survey.
- Providing better guidance with respect to locating and depicting abutting streets and roads.
- Requiring that observed utility features be shown (rather than being a Table A option).
- If the surveyor prepares a new description, requiring an explanation regarding why it was prepared and how the land described in the new description relates to the land described in the record description.
- Removing the mandatory requirement that the names of adjoining owners be shown on the survey (and adding it to optional Table A, item 13).
- Requiring an explanation for any Table A items that were negotiated in a manner different from how they are described in the Standards.
- Requiring a zoning letter or report before they can address the zoning issues of Table A, item 6.
- Revising Table A, item 18, with respect to requirements for wetlands delineation.