Subdivision Plat Surveys


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Complete Platting & Re-Platting Services

We prepare “turn-key” platting services for city and county entities in the Houston Metropolitan Area. This includes preparation of the plats, submittal to the appropriate entity, and meetings/follow-ups throughout the platting process until the plat is recorded.

What is Platting and When is it Required?

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If you’ve recently purchased or acquired a tract of land and plan on dividing it, adding to it, or otherwise developing it, you will come across the phrase “property plat.” Plats are important because they give an accurate description of the land as well as the owner's easement restrictions, things, and access ways on to the property.  Lots comply with restrictions and the city ordinances, and ensure all property owners have access to utilities.

Property plats are necessary during the land development process – particularly when properties are being subdivided.

In Texas, the platting process and the regulations that govern it are generally overseen at the local level by the city or jurisdiction that pertains to the property. Owners of property in unincorporated areas must report to the pertinent county, and landowners in incorporated cities and towns must file plats with the appropriate municipality's planning department.  Virtually every jurisdiction requires plats for any property that stands to be improved with the utility company.

Platting Process

Platting is the way in which property is divided, through laying out on paper or mapping each piece of land. A recorded plat indicates owners lots, reserves building lines, easements and rights-of-way, flood areas, boundary markers, and other permanent attachments to land. Platting generally takes three to four months each for the preliminary and final plat stages and involves:

Plat Preparation: Many cities and counties have their own set of requirements needed to submit a subdivision platting application.  Therefore, it is necessary to coordinate with engineers, architects, and owners, while simultaneously obtaining legal information, title reports, deeds, lienholder information, and other relevant information.

Plat Representation: To represent a subdivision plat, you may need to attend several meetings in accordance to your city or county's governmental platting regulations.  Representing a subdivision plat ranges in attending preliminary meetings, subdivision platting application preparation, and obtaining the necessary signatures.

Variances:  A variance is an additional necessary application or documentation when requesting to deviate or waiver from a specific development requirement within the city or county.

Public Hearing:  This is process is necessary when replatting if single-family restrictions existed within the original plat boundary.  Nearby residences will be notified of the public hearing and are open to voice input at the hearing on how the variance could potentially affect their neighborhood or property.

Plat Submission:  Submission of surveyed land platting and compiled necessary documents to local government agencies.

Recordation:  If the subdivision plat application is approved, the local government agency will finalize and record the final plat.

Surveying Texas Property for Over 40 Years

Bonded and insured, we offer all phases of land surveying, including but not limited to ALTA/NSPS land title surveys, Category 1A Condition II surveys, residential surveys, topographic surveys, construction surveys, platting services and elevation certificates.

We have extensive experience all property types including small and large acreage vacant tracts, multifamily properties, apartment complexes, shopping centers, hospitals, office buildings, industrial sites, cell towers, and much more.

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The South Texas Surveying family is dedicated to our clients because we understand the importance of each and every project we undertake. It is our family’s name that we take pride in, therefore it is our mission to make sure that every time we take on a survey project, we give it our all.

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