Steps to prepare an IMPROVEMENT SURVEY PLAT are as if the Land Survey Plat was combined with the ILC; a title commitment is preferred as a prerequisite, supplied by the client or realtor, but is not absolutely necessary. This type of survey requires strict adherence to specific laws and standards. These are defined by the Colorado Revised Statues, the State Board of Registration and the accepted standards of practice.
- Initial but basic research is based on City or County websites such as Assessor, GIS mapping or Clerk and Recorder. A title commitment is always preferable to provide detailed information that affects the property.
- Survey crew does initial site measurements to determine the boundary, along with structures, fences, retaining walls and all built improvements on the property. Colorado State statute requires that any structures, fences or built improvements within 2 feet on BOTH sides of the property lines must be shown on the drawing.
- Professional Land Surveyor calculates boundary and sifts any additional data; all measurements of structures and the setbacks to property lines are shown on the drawing.
- Crew makes a second site visit, if needed, to set any missing property corners.
- Survey drawing is required to be either an 18″ by 24″ or 24″ by 36″ size. If, due to the age of the subdivision, it has to be recorded in the County Clerk’s office – it is reproduced on a mylar plastic sheet for archival purposes and is filed with the Clerk and Recorder in the county in which survey was performed.
- Surveyor’s certificate includes the legal description, references to title (Schedule B – Easements and Exceptions), the surveyor’s seal and signature as well as notes discussing bearings and other evidence found . If the survey is completed without a title commitment, that is noted on the Plat drawing.