ALTA Survey

One of Southwest Survey’s popular services is the American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey. This survey may be required by a title insurance company or lending institution generally for commercial real estate. These surveys provide commercial properties with a detailed description of improvements, and help ensure their ability to uphold the insured title. A current title is required for an ALTA survey to take place.


ALTA Survey

A More Detailed Survey

Although a boundary survey seems like a less costly alternative, an ALTA survey is more detailed and comprehensive. Southwest Survey works diligently to provide great customer care, starting with our honest practice and affordable prices.


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ALTA surveys include a detailed list of requirements developed and set forth by the American Land Title Association and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping. The current minimum standard requirements are complete on-site fieldwork, either a plat or a detailed map showing the results of the fieldwork and its relationship to any additional client documents, any items selected from Table A, and a complete certification. Items not covered under the standard list of requirements can be included on table A of the standards.

Property Features Included

In addition to the features mentioned above, these surveys also provide information on property access, trails, zoning classifications, and other distinctive property features. When requesting this type of survey, there are 5 additional measures for clients to consider when applying for an ALTA survey:
  1. Think about requesting a legal description of the property to ensure that the description does not differ from the title commitment.
  2. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the terms and conditions of easements and rights of way to verify that they will not interfere with the intended use for the property. 
  3. Be sure to identify any encroachments that may appear and talk to us about any you may have to help avoid any inconveniences later in the process.
  4. Verify any potential setbacks or improvements that could possibly violate various codes or city zoning ordinances.
  5. Make arrangements to ensure that the property has a valid and legal access area. 


Table A

In an official ALTA Survey, a section labeled ‘Table A’ details optional survey responsibilities and specifications. These services are up to the client to decide if they are wanted or relevant to the project. If the items are checked, the surveyor will provide the necessary work and include them in the official ALTA survey. These optional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Monuments located within the property
  • Property address
  • Official flood zone classification
  • Gross land area
  • Vertical land surfaces with verified source
  • Exact building dimensions
  • Substantial features such as pools of parking lots
  • Number of parking spaces in applicable parking lots
  • Location of property divisions
  • Location of utilities
  • Government Agency survey-related requirements 
  • Names of official owners 
  • Distance to nearest intersecting street 
  • Electronic survey options such as photogrammetric mapping and laser scanning
  • Evidence of earth movement
  • Proposed street line changes
  • Delineation of wetlands
  • Plottable offside easement 
  • Professional Liability Insurance policy
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