The standards were first adopted in and have been revised seven times — in , , , , and The current version was the first complete rewrite and reformatting of the standards since their adoption. It became effective on February 23, The version is anticipated to become effective on February 23,
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The standards were first adopted in and have been revised seven times — in , , , , and The current version was the first complete rewrite and reformatting of the standards since their adoption. It became effective on February 23, The version is anticipated to become effective on February 23, The ALTA and NSPS committees have addressed about 14 pages of suggested revisions and additions to the standards and have developed a working draft addressing many of them.
This is not as radical of a change as some might believe since for the last few versions of the standards, ACSM had turned over responsibility for the standards over to NSPS anyway. The version will address a number of issues that have arisen since Providing better guidance as to locating and depicting abutting streets and roads.
Making it mandatory that observed utility features be shown, rather than as an option in Table A. If the surveyor prepares a new description, there must be a note explaining why it was prepared, and how the land described in the new description relates to the land described in the record description.
Providing an explanation for any Table A items that were negotiated in a manner different from how they are written in the Standards. Clarifying the numbering of any Table A items that were negotiated in addition to the specific 19 items listed. Providing that a zoning letter or report must be provided to surveyors before they can address the zoning issues of Table A item 6. Removing Table A item 18 on use of the property as a solid waste dump, sump or sanitary landfill.
Removing Table A item 20b regarding the monumentation of appurtenant easements because parties requesting this item do not understand the potential ramifications and because of surveyor liability issues. Watch for more information later in the year!
The New 2016 ALTA/ACSM (NSPS) Survey Standards
There are two distinct macro areas of concern that are often confused when it comes to ALTA Survey standards. First, are the standards themselves that make up the requirements that must be adhered to for a survey to be considered an ALTA Survey. Next, are the Table A items, which are optional. The important distinction to remember is the difference between requirements and options or Table A Items.
2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey (2016 Standards)