What is an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey?
An ALTA/NSPS Survey is a detailed survey performed by a registered licensed surveyor and prepared in accordance with the standards specified by the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors.
ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys are a comprehensive boundary survey specifically designed to satisfy the needs of lenders, corporations and title companies for the development of commercial properties. ALTA surveys impose a more stringent set of requirements than typical boundary surveys.
The ALTA standards govern the content of all ALTA surveys and are denoted in the “2021 MINIMUM STANDARD DETAIL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALTA/NSPS LAND TITLE SURVEYS” as adopted by American Land Title Association and National Society of Professional Surveyors.
2021 ALTA/NSPS Standards redline illustrating changes to the Table A requirements
- Created by the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors
- The most complete type of survey
- Incorporates thorough title search & land survey boundary; can include topography & aerial mapping
- Critical for assessing feasibility during project development and for protecting financial investments
- Known as: ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
- Latest version effective as of February 23, 2021
Items Included on an ALTA Survey
- Property boundaries
- Legal property description along with easements and encumbrances
- Evidence of use by other parties
- Names of neighboring property owners
- Land improvements including existence of cemeteries
- Roads and property features
- Access and legal routes to the property
- Zoning classification and floodplain designation
- Water boundaries