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Certificate of Survey - Page 2

Certificate of Survey – Page 2

Certificate of Survey

Act 132 of 1970 Whenever lands are surveyed into 4 parcels or less, or a greater number when such parcels are of 10 acres or more, or any boundary survey where permanent corners are monumented, a certified copy may be recorded in the office of the register of deeds in the county in which the land is situated, if such survey meets the requirements of this act. If a survey is made for the purposes of describing the parcel in a conveyance of title, a certified copy of that survey shall be recorded at the time of recording the conveyance of title with the register of deeds in the county in which the land is situated. The requirements of this act are in addition to Act No. 288 of the Public Acts of 1967, as amended, being sections 560.101 to 560.923 of the Compiled Laws of 1948. Land platted in accordance with Act No. 288 of the Public Acts of 1967, as amended, or land previously surveyed and recorded and for which no change in boundary description is made from a previously recorded survey need not be recorded. Surveys solely for mortgage certificate purposes need not be recorded.



Act 288 of 1967 Land Division Act / Subdivision Control Act. One or more sheets, 18 inches wide by 24 inches long in size of an approved material. Scale of not more than 100 feet to an inch. Lots shall be numbered consecutively beginning with lot number 1 in the first subdivision bearing the name and continuing in consecutive order throughout the several additions. A north point shall be properly located thereon. There is an extensive process that must be followed to prepare and record a plat / subdivision. Several approvals by different agencies must be obtained during the process.



Act 59 if 1978 A large property complex that is divided into individual units and sold. Ownership usually includes a non-exclusive interest in certain “common properties” controlled by the condominium management. Condominium management is usually made up of a board of unit owners who see to the day to day operation of the complex (lawn maintenance, snow removal, etc).

Condominiums – Pros

  • Condominiums are generally less expensive than single family homes
  • You may be able to afford to live in a more expensive neighborhood
  • Easy lifestyle – the condominium homeowners association often covers roof replacement, exterior maintenance, common area maintenance, and other expenses
  • Good “lock and leave” vacation homes
  • Condominiums often include amenities such as a community pool

Condominiums – Cons

  • Noise from neighbors, including those above and below your unit
  • Homeowners’ association fees and politics, and CC&R restrictions
  • Parking at condominiums is often in a common area not attached to the home
  • No yard
  • Some condo buildings may have stairs

“Condominium project” or “project” means a plan or project consisting of not less than 2 condominium units established in conformance with the act.


Site Sketch - 2Site Sketches

A drawing showing the main man-made features related to horizontally to each other and the boundary of the property. Similar to a Mortgage Survey.


Division Orders

A division order is sent out to mineral owners and working interest owners after a producing well is completed and is basically just a statement reflecting how much interest you have in the drilling and spacing unit it refers to (i.e. the well or wells.) Companies use division orders to verify that everyone is being paid their proportionate share, which is why they ask you to check to make sure they’ve stated your interest correctly. Once you sign it, expect to be paid based on the interest specified in the order, usually you will receive your first check within six months after the well begins production. DpS can prepare these maps for determining the acreage of each owner in the drilling unit.


Riparian Apportionment

Most states east of the Mississippi River are known as a riparian states, in contrast to the western states’ “prior appropriation” systems for water allocation. “Riparian” means “alongside water.” The essence of riparian rights as a water allocation scheme is that a person who owns land on, alongside or crossed by a natural watercourse has a legal right to access and use the water running through the property. Bottomland apportionment is the method by which land area of an inland lake or stream that lies below the historical ordinary high water mark is determined to be connected to the upland riparian owner. DpS has many year’s experience in producing maps showing these connecting riparian lines


Tax Mapping

A map showing the location, dimensions, and other information pertaining to a parcel of land subject to property taxes. Maps are generally bound into books and kept as public records at the local tax office.


Site PlanPlan and Profiles

Plans are often for technical purposes such as architecture, engineering, or planning. Their purpose in these disciplines is to accurately and unambiguously capture all the geometric features of a site, building, product or component. Plans can also be for presentation or orientation purposes, and as such are often less detailed versions of the former. The end goal of plans is either to portray an existing place or object, or to convey enough information to allow a builder or manufacturer to realize a design. The vertical component of a plan view is shown as a profile drawing. These two views together are sometimes combined on one or more drawing to describe the attributes of an alignment.


Site Development

A document / drawing that describes how a parcel of land is to be improved. It includes the outlines of all structures and site improvements, such as driveways, parking lots, landscaping, and utility connections.


David Heydlauff of DpS Surveying & Mapping has been conducting mapping in the Grand Travers area since 1975. DpS has extensive experience mapping Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Wexford, Antrim, Benzie and Manistee County. Call today for more information.