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Plat Checking

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Douglas County Plat Checking

Before any Subdivision Plat, Common Interest Community Plat, or Registered Land Survey can be recorded in the County Recorder’s Office, it must be checked and approved by the County Surveyor for compliance with appropriate state statues and ordinances. The Land Surveyor who prepares the plat is responsible for submitting check prints of the proposed plat and copies of required documents. The initial checking process usually takes 10 to 15 working days. The County Surveyor’s Office has published two manuals to aid in the checking and review process as listed to the right.
Plat Manual
The Plat Manual of Minimum Guidelines prepared by the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors and the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors is used by the Douglas County Surveyor’s Office in reviewing subdivision plats and Registered Land Surveys. In addition to the Plat Manual, the Douglas County Surveyor’s Office has created an Addendum to address platting requirements specific to Douglas County.
CIC Manual
The objective of the Douglas County Public Works, County Surveyor CIC Manual is to produce an area wide standard, by outlining policies and procedures to assist private surveyors in the preparation of, and a guide to county surveyors in the checking of Common Interest Community Plats (CIC Plat). This manual should only be used as an aid for checking (CIC) Plats in Douglas County, Minnesota and is a supplemental guide to Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 515B. The information contained in this manual is based on the CIC Manual of Minimum Guidelines prepared by the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors and the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors and the Hennepin County CIC Manual, which should also be referred to for examples.
Plat Checking Fees
 Plat checking fees for Plats, CIC and RLS are $150.00 a Plat plus $15.00 Lot/Outlot/Unit/Tract.