Emerald Mountain Land Survey Incorporated
Alta / ACSM Surveys

An ALTA Survey has the same features as an ILC (Improvement Location Survey) and Improvement Survey, and the certificate is to a specific entity, person or company. It contains the highest quality of survey standards determined by American Land Title Association/American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.

ALTA/ACSM surveys may include items as shown on Table A below.


NOTE: The items of Table A must be negotiated between the surveyor and client. It may be necessary for the surveyor to qualify or expand upon the description of these items, e.g. in reference to Item 6, there may be a need for an interpretation of a restriction. The surveyor cannot make a certification on the basis of an interpretation.

If checked, the following optional items are to be included in the ALTA/ACSM LAND TITLE SURVEY:

1._____ Monuments placed (or a reference monument or witness to the corner) at all major corners of the boundary of the property, unless already marked or referenced by an existing monument or witness to the corner.

2._____ Vicinity map showing the property surveyed in reference to nearby highway(s) or major street intersection(s).

3._____ Flood zone designation (with proper annotation based on Federal Flood Insurance Rate Maps or the state or local equivalent, by scaled map location and graphic plotting only.)

4._____ Land area as specified by the client.

5._____ Contours and the datum of the elevations.

6._____ Identify, and show if possible, setback, height, and floor space area restrictions of record or disclosed by applicable zoning or building codes (in addition to those recorded in subdivision maps). If none, so state.

7._____ (a) Exterior dimensions of all buildings at ground level
(b) Square footage of:
_____ (1) exterior footprint of all buildings at ground level;

_____ (2) gross floor area of all buildings; or

_____ (3) other areas to be defined by the client

_____ (c) Measured height of all buildings above grade at a defined location. If no defined location is provided, the point of measurement shall be shown.

8._____ Substantial, visible improvements (in addition to buildings) such as signs, parking areas or structures, swimming pools, etc.

9._____ Parking areas and, if striped, the striping and the type (e.g. handicapped, motorcycle, regular, etc.) and number of parking spaces.

10._____ Indication of access to a public way such as curb cuts and driveways.

11. Location of utilities (representative examples of which are shown below) existing on or serving the surveyed property as determined by:
_____(a) Observed evidence

_____(b) Observed evidence together with plans and markings provided by client, utility companies, and other appropriate sources (with reference as to the source of information)
  1. railroad tracks and sidings;
  2. manholes, catch basins, valve vaults or other surface indications of subterranean uses;
  3. wires and cables (including their function) crossing the surveyed premises, all poles on or within ten feet of the surveyed premises, and the dimensions of all crosswires or overhangs affecting the surveyed premises; and
  4. utility company installations on the surveyed premises.

12._____ Governmental Agency survey-related requirements as specified by the client.

13._____ Names of adjoining owners of platted lands.

14._____ Observable evidence of earth moving work, building construction or building additions within recent months.

15._____ Any changes in street right of way lines either completed or proposed, and available from the controlling jurisdiction. Observable evidence of recent street or sidewalk construction or repairs.

16._____ Observable evidence of site use as a solid waste dump, sump or sanitary landfill.

Sample ALTA/ACSM Survey
Sample ALTA/ACSM Survey


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PO Box 774812
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Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
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