A plat is a drawing made from a survey that shows the property lines and the total amount of acreage of a particular piece of land. Although it is not a law to do so, recording plats in the Clerk of Court's office is a good idea:
Many banks require owners to have a plat before lending money against a property.
Potential buyers may be more interested in a property if a plat is available.
A registered surveyor makes up a plat and then gives a copy of it to the property owner. It is the owner's responsibility to see that the plat is recorded, unless an agreement exists between the owner and surveyor that the surveyor will record the plat. To be eligible for recording, the plat must:
The property owner should bring two copies of the plat to the Clerk of Court's office. The recording fee is $8 (as of October 2004).
- Have the surveyor's registered seal and his/her original signature on it
- Be approved by the city manager (if the property is within a city's limits) or by the Building and Planning Department (for property outside all city limits)