If you are familiar with real estate or engineering design, you may have heard the word “plat” thrown around quite often. Now, if you have been wondering what plat maps are and who uses them, you’re in luck — just keep reading to discover the answers.
What Is a Plat Map?
Simply put, a plat map is a map showing how a tract of surveyed land is divided into lots. Plat maps contain property details such as:
- Size of the land
- Orientation of the tract of land
- Flood zones
- Among others
Due to the sheer amount of information they contain, and the many symbols displayed, the average person may need help from an expert to make sense of a plat map.
However, as we’ll see in the net section, plat maps are extremely useful tools, so it’s a good idea to learn at least some basic facts about them.
Who Needs a Plat Map?
Anyone who deals with land in one way or another can benefit from gaining at least some familiarity with plat maps. This includes:
- Land developers
Plat maps contain vital information such as land easements. A land easement is a situation where you own a tract of land, but another organization has permission to use it for certain purposes. For example, some properties include easements for laying railroad tracks or electrical wires.
If you are a homeowner or a land developer, you definitely want to know if a tract of land you own has easements. A plat map helps you find this and other important details.
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