WHY HAVE YOUR SURVEY RECORDED?
There are several reasons to have your boundary survey recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds:
Like a recorded deed, it doesn’t matter if your original copy is misplaced or lost as the recorded survey will always be available in the Office of the Register of Deeds and is the "official copy." You will always have a place to find your survey drawing and/or report.
Recording constitutes “public notice.”
Recording causes the
professional conduct of your Land Surveyor to be subjected to professional and
public scrutiny. State Law (K.S.A. 19-1434),
requires that "Whenever a land surveyor performs a survey that
results in a new legal description or creates a new tract of land, a survey
plat shall be recorded with the register of deeds in the county where
the survey was located within 90 days after completion of the survey. your
survey be recorded or filed for record."
You can request that your survey not be recorded. Be advised that most governmental units will require that a lot split or new tract be recorded. The licensing board for land surveyors in Kansas (KSBTP) requires that all new tract must be recorded and that would preclude this option.
When seeking the services of a Land Surveyor, do not assume that all surveys are recorded. Sadly, most are not. So insist right up front that your survey be recorded and that you are clear on the associated fees, such as the professional Review before Recordation requirement (KSA 58-2005) fee and the Register of Deeds' filing fee. At GeoTech, Inc., we routinely record all of our Boundary Surveys at no additional cost to our clients. We just think it is the right thing to do!
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