ALTA/NSPS Survey Request Form

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2016 Optional Survey Responsibilities and Specifications

  • observed evidence collected pursuant Section 5.E.iv.
  • evidence from plans requested by the surveyor and obtained from utility companies, or provided by client (with reference as to the sources of information), and
  • markings requested by the surveyor pursuant to an 811 utility locate or similar request.

Representative examples of such utilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manholes, catch basins, valve vaults and other surface indications of subterranean uses;
  • Wires and cables (including their function, if readily identifiable) crossing the surveyed property, and all poles on or within ten feet of the surveyed property. Without expressing a legal opinion as to the ownership or nature of the potential encroachment, the dimensions of all encroaching utility pole crossmembers or overhangs; and
  • Utility company installations on the surveyed property.

Note to the client, insurer, and lender – With regards to Table A, item 11, source information from plans and marking will be combined with observed evidence of utilities pursuant to Section 5.E.iv to develop a view of the underground utilities. However, lacking excavation, the exact location of underground features cannot be accurately, completely, and reliably depicted. In addition, in some jurisdictions, 811 or other similar utility locate requests from surveyors may be ignored or result in an incomplete response, in which case the surveyor shall note on the plat or map how this affected the surveyor’s assessment of the location of the utilities. Where additional or more detailed information is required, the client is advised that excavation and/or a private utility locate request may be necessary.

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