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Subdivision Plats


Manuals

Ramsey County's Manual of Minimum Guidelines for Subdivision Plats (2007 draft)

This manual was prepared for the purpose of outlining policies and procedures for platting in Ramsey County. The intent of this manual is to describe the requirements and recommendations of the Ramsey County Surveyor’s Office for the purpose of achieving and maintaining uniformity in subdivision Plats and Registered Land Surveys recorded in Ramsey County.  These standard procedures are intended as a supplement to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 505, 508, 508A and other statutes and ordinances. 

MSPS

Surveyor's Office Subdivision Plat Review Process

Document Tracking And Notices

Subdivision Plat

  • A Plat may subdivide abstract and/or Torrens property.
  • A Plat provides the means to subdivide real property into lots, outlots and parks with dedication of public ways and public drainage and/or utility easements to the public while depicting existing utility easements, drainage easements and wet lands.

Subdivision Plat Process

  • We recommend the local governmental unit give preliminary approval of the proposed Subdivision Plat before the Final Subdivision Plat is submitted to us for review and approval. Please contact the local governmental unit  for information regarding their preliminary and final Plat approval procedure.
  • Submit six prints of the Preliminary Plat as approved by State, County, City or Township to the Ramsey County Surveyor.
  • Submit four prints of the proposed Final Subdivision Plat for our review.  See MS 505.021 subd. 1 for sheet size, border and other requirements. 
  • Review Fees shall be paid to the Ramsey County Surveyor’s Office when the Subdivision Plat is presented to the Surveyor’s Office for review.
  • Photocopies of the relevant certificate(s) of title, proposed public way vacation resolutions, directives and other relevant documents must be submitted in addition to the proposed Final Subdivision Plat.
  • Allow us up to 30 days to complete our initial review of the proposed Final Subdivision Plat.  When we are finished with our review, we will send comments to the surveyor who prepared the proposed Final Subdivision Plat. After the surveyor has revised the proposed Final Subdivision Plat, copies should be sent to us for further review. When revisions are no longer necessary, we will notify the surveyor that the proposed Final Subdivision Plat is ready to be photographically reproduced as film transparencies (see Ramsey County Plat Manual page 3 for details).
  • After the transparencies have been signed by all parties with an interest in the plat and acknowledged by Notarial Act, the preparing surveyor also acknowledged by Notarial Act, the local governmental unit and Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue, submit them to us for the Ramsey County Surveyor’s approval and signature.
  • The platted land's boundary monuments will be field verified prior to the County Surveyor approving and executing the Final Plat.  The surveyor will notify the County Surveyor's Office when the plat boundary monuments have been set per MS 505.021 subd. 10.  The existence of plat monuments depicted as set will be field verified as well.
  • We will deliver the approved Final Subdivision Plat and other pertinent documents to Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue for filing.

For more details of our Review Process, please refer to our Ramsey County Plat Manual.

Procedures for filing a "505" Plat in Ramsey County (not CIC Plats)

  • Materials required for filing a Subdivision Plat:
    • 3 sets of photographically reproduced film transparencies;
    • 1 set of paper prints to scale;
    • 1 film transparency reduction when the plat is not drawn to the following scales: 
      • scale of 1 inch = 200 feet, if outside city limits of Saint Paul;
      • scale of 1 inch = 100 feet, if inside city limits of Saint Paul.
  • All film transparencies must be signed by all parties with an interest in the plat, exactly as they appear in the plat dedication, with acknowledgement by Notarial Act (see Ramsey County Plat Manual page 37 for Notarial Act requirements).
  • Obtain official signatures and raised seal of the local governmental unit or of an authorized official designated by the local governmental unit per MS 505.03 subd. 1.
  • All payable and delinquent taxes must be paid and certified to prior to the Ramsey County Surveyor approving the plat. The taxes are paid to Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue.
  • All our plat reviewing fees must be paid prior to Ramsey County Surveyor’s signing of the Subdivision Plat per MS 383A.42.
  • All filing fees must be paid at the time the Final Subdivision Plat is presented to the Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue for filing.

Procedures for filing a Registered Land Survey in Ramsey County

  • Materials required for filing a Registered Land Survey:
    • 3 sets of photographically reproduced film transparencies MS 508.47 or MS 508A.47;
    • 1 set of paper prints to scale;
    • 1 film transparency reduction when the plat is not drawn to the following scales: 
      • scale of 1 inch = 200 feet, if outside city limits of Saint Paul;
      • scale of 1 inch = 100 feet, if inside city limits of Saint Paul.
  • For additional instructions go to Registered Land Survey instructions

Notices

  • The existence of plat monuments on the outside boundary lines of the platted lands will be field verified prior to the County Surveyor approving and executing the final plat.  The responsible land surveyor will notify the County Surveyor when the plat boundary monuments have been set per MS 505.021 subd. 10.  The existence of other plat monuments depicted as set will be field verified as well.
  • Within one year after the recording of the final plat, the responsible land surveyor will set all statute required plat monuments where indicated on the plat as will be set.  Within 5 days of the date these plat monuments have been set, the responsible land surveyor will notify the County Surveyor.  The County Surveyor will verify the existence of all plat monuments.

 

  • 2008 Legislation SF 2936, which modifies MS Chapter 505, goes into effect August 1, 2008
  • 2007 Legislation SF 2161, which modifies MS Chapter 505, goes into effect August 1, 2007
  • City Resolution -- See City of Saint Paul for information about possible moratoriums
  • Check with Recorders Office for details about who should sign for MN LLCs