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Title 27 — Chapter 17: Filing of Land Plats

§ 1401. Acceptance of survey plats; definition

(a) Each town clerk shall accept survey plats for filing and maintain files and indices to files of survey plats in accordance with this chapter.

(b) For purposes of this chapter, "survey plat" shall mean a map or plan drawn to scale of one or more parcels, tracts or subdivisions of land, showing, but not limited to, boundaries, corners, markers, monuments, easements and other rights. (Added 1969, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 1991, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)

§ 1402. Storage

Survey plats shall be filed, stored and maintained in a manner determined by the commissioner of buildings and general services. (Added 1969, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 1991, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1995, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 4(c)(2), eff. May 6, 1996.) 

§ 1403. Composition of survey plats

(a) Plats filed in accordance with this chapter shall be on sheets 11 inches by 17 inches or 18 inches by 24 inches in size or 24 inches by 36 inches if the town or city has appropriate storage facilities as determined by the town or city clerk.

(b) Plats filed in accordance with this chapter shall also conform with the following further requirements:

(1) Plat sheet materials and the inscriptions and drawings thereon shall conform with material specifications determined by the commissioner of buildings and general services, and shall be chosen for their permanence and clarity.

(2) Each survey plat shall contain an inset locus map clearly indicating the location of the land depicted and a legend of symbols used.

(3) All lettering and data shall be clearly legible.

(4) Plat scale ratios shall be sufficient to allow all pertinent survey data to be shown, and each plat shall contain a graphic scale graduated in units of measure used in the body of the plat.

(5) Each plat sheet shall have a minimum one-half inch margin, except the binder side, which shall have a minimum one and one-half inch margin.

(6) Each plat sheet shall contain a title area in the lower right-hand corner of the sheet stating the location of the land, scale expressed in engineering units, date of compilation, the name of the record owner as of that date, the land surveyor's certification as outlined in section 2596 of Title 26 and a certification that the plat conforms with requirements of this section. These certifications shall be accompanied by the responsible land surveyor's seal, name and number, and signature.

(7) Each survey plat shall contain a graphical indication of the reference meridian used on the survey plat and a statement describing the basis of bearings referenced on the survey plat.

(8) When the plat sheet is produced by a reproduction process, the process shall be identified and certified to by the producer in the margin of the plat sheet. The methods of reproduction and certification shall be determined by the commissioner of buildings and general services. Original plat sheets shall be so identified and certified to by the same process.

(c) Survey plats prepared and dated before July 1, 1992, shall be exempt from the requirements of subdivisions (b)(2)-(7) of this section, but shall comply with requirements in state law in effect when the plats were prepared and dated.

(d) Survey plats prepared and dated before any statutory regulation of land plats shall comply with subsections (a) and (b)(1) and (b)(8) of this section.

(e) Any survey plat exempted by subsection (c) or (d) of this section and revised after July 1, 1992, shall meet all the requirements of sections 1401-1406 of this title. (Added 1969, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 1991, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1993, No. 62, §§ 1-3; 1995, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 4(c)(2), eff. May 6, 1996.) 

§ 1404. Exceptions

(a) Survey plats prepared and filed by municipal and state government agencies shall be exempt from subdivision 1403(b)(6) of this title. Each plat sheet filed under this exemption shall contain a title area in the lower right-hand corner of the sheet stating the location of the land, the scale expressed in engineering units and date of compilation. Highway plats or plans filed under this exemption shall also include right-of-way detail sheets and a title sheet.

(b) Survey plats prepared and filed in accordance with section 4416 of Title 24 shall be exempt from subdivision 1403(b)(6) of this title. Survey plats or plans filed under this exemption shall contain a title area, the location of the land and scale expressed in engineering units. In addition, they shall include inscriptions and data required by zoning and planning boards.

(c) Survey plats prepared and filed in accordance with chapter 15 of this title shall be exempt from subdivision 1403(b)(6) of this title. Each plat sheet filed under this exemption shall contain a title area stating the location of the land, the scale expressed in engineering or architectural units and the date of compilation. (Added 1969, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 1991, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.) 

§ 1405. Applicability

This chapter does not apply to layout plats of highways or other transportation facilities prepared by or for the agency of transportation, other than plats of individual parcels, before that agency issues a right-of-way clearance certificate for a transportation project. When the agency of transportation issues a right-of-way clearance certificate for a transportation project, it also shall file with the appropriate municipal clerk one set of plans that conforms to the requirements of this chapter, with instructions to the clerk to dispose of all previously filed plats for that particular project. (Added 1969, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 1993, No. 61, § 29, eff. June 3, 1993; 1997, No. 150 (Adj. Sess.), § 18.) 

§ 1406. Prohibition

A town clerk shall not accept any survey plat for filing unless it is in compliance with the requirements of this chapter. (Added 1969, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 1991, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.)