ALTA / NSPS Surveys
Many surveys of commercial or industrial properties are required to comply with standards issued by the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, commonly known as ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, or simply “an ALTA”. Recognizing a wildly varying landscape of survey standards nationwide, the ALTA was established in 1962 through the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (“ACSM”, now NSPS). A uniform standard of survey requirements that would meet the stringent needs of lenders and title insurers nationwide was developed. An ALTA survey differs from a typical boundary survey in several ways. The most notable differences include the surveyor reviewing and commenting on a title commitment or title opinion, adding the industry “gold standard” ALTA/NSPS certification, and a higher level of precision measurements. ALTA surveys also have the option of including additional components through Table A, as may be required by lenders or circumstance.