Property Plats and How to Obtain Yours

published: December 3rd, 2020 by in ADT

What is a property plat?

A plat map, also known as a “plat”, “property plat”, or “house location plan or survey”, is used to show how a tract of surveyed land is divided into lots within a county or municipality. The plat map is drawn to scale and records the land size, boundary locations, nearby streets, and any easements or rights of way. When you purchase a home or property, you will receive a plat map.

Why do I need a plat map?

It is important to locate your property plat because it contains the property divisions to consult when selling or transferring ownership of a property. In addition, it can be useful if there are any questions regarding access to city sewer and water supplies and to double-check other land documents for accuracy.  Lastly, if you have a home improvement project or simply need to know where your property line and easements are, you need a plat map. If you decide to make any non-routine exterior changes to your lot, you will need to include a copy of your plat when you submit a design review application (DRA) to the Architectural Design Trust (ADT) committee.

If I cannot locate my plat, how can I obtain another copy?

If you are unsure of where your property plat is, double-check your settlement documents first. Most homeowners received a copy of their property plat when they went to settlement on their home. If you still cannot locate your plat, there are a few ways you can obtain another copy.

  1. Contact the surveyor/land planner for your individual lot.
    • Many of the lots in the community were surveyed by Soltesz.

  1. Hire a Surveyor to provide a new land survey for you.

  1. Contact the Land Records Department, County Clerk’s Office, Rockville
    • Copies of subdivision record plats can be purchased at the M-NCPPC headquarters building (map and directions).

  1. Info Counter, Montgomery County Planning Department, Silver Spring
    • *If you are looking for a land survey that includes your house in the survey please inquire with the Department of Permitting Services about a house location survey for the property. They may have one on file.

Sample Individual House Property Plat

Sample of a subdivision – block property plat. This is NOT an acceptable plat to submit with a design review application.