Plats

Plats are official scale maps showing land divisions. Learn about plat requirements, plat checking, and how to record a subdivision plat here.

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We review plats for mathematical correctness, conformance with Minnesota law, ownership, proper signatures, and random field inspections to confirm the placement of boundary and property corners.

Initial review and checking steps

  1. Verify that the proposed plat name is acceptable by calling or emailing us.
  2. Obtain preliminary plat approval from the city, requirements may vary.
  3. A private surveyor will mail a paper copy of the proposed plat, title work, point file and fees to us for entry into checking process.
  4. Comments and corrections will be emailed to the surveyor. Follow up conversations may take place by telephone or meeting.
  5. Once approved by us, the private surveyor may order a Mylar copy. Hennepin County requires only one copy of the plat if it contains both abstract and Torrens property.
  6. The owners, mortgagees, those listed as having an interest in the land, the land surveyor who prepared the plat, and the proper city officials must all sign the Mylar copy before it can be recorded.
  • All signatures must be acknowledged by a notary public
  • All signatures must be in black ink
  • Per Minnesota statute, the notary stamp (if used) must be quick-drying black ink
  • A notary stamp is not required but the notary’s name must be typed or legibly printed and signed

Plats adjoining county roads or state highways

These plats must go through the Transportation Department plat review process. The city is responsible to submit the plats to the appropriate agency for review and the Transportation Departments will send us and the city a response letter. If we have not received a letter from the agency, the surveyor will be informed, and the plat will not get final approval until a letter is received. 

Plat submission status

Accepted plats are logged into the plat checking system. Plats are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Approved, unfiled plats are held for approximately two years from the date logged. After that the plat and all submission materials are discarded. 

Term definitions

  • Date logged = The date required materials were received.
  • Reviewed date = The date we completed our initial review and the red-line revisions were sent to the submitting surveyor.

Additional review and checking

Re-examination

A re-examination can be done to clarify deficiencies not discovered during the initial review. Deficiencies may include but are not limited to:

  • Incorrect identification or omission of the names of fee owners or lien holders
  • Incomplete and/or inaccurate description
  • Plat boundaries not shown and designated in accordance with the legal description
  • Lack of mathematical information and data necessary to retrace boundary lines and monuments
  • Failure to show public ways; existing at the time of platting or being dedicated on the plat
  • Missing or incomplete information about the exact location and purpose for any easements being created
  • Lack of information and supporting data for water boundaries, and survey lines
  • Improper certification by the land surveyor

After the initial review and re-examination, a fee of $250 may be assessed for any plat, RLS, or CIC that still contains substantial error in title, documentation, or graphics that cause the plat, RLS, or CIC to be non-compliant with applicable statutes.

Re-check

A re-check fee (See the Plat checking fees section) may be assessed for any plat or land survey with substantial changes after completion of review by the county. Changes include new legal description, boundary, street alignment, or changes in the number of lots and/or blocks, units or tracts.

All subdivision plats, common interest community plats and registered land surveys submitted must meet all requirements of Minnesota Statutes 505, 515, 515A, 515B or 508 as appropriate. The county will accept only subdivisions which meet those requirements and include the following:

  • One full size, legible, paper copy of the plat
  • The correct checking fee (see Plat checking fees section)
  • An ASCII point file (P,N,E: to an accuracy of four decimal places) for plat boundary lines, lot corners, angle points, radius points, survey lines and irregular easement lines
  • Subdivision plats must also include – a current title opinion, title insurance commitment or similar document that states the names of all owners, contract for deed vendees, and mortgage holders of record of the land being platted
  • CIC must also include – a completed copy of the declaration including completed exhibits

Plats and registered land surveys submitted that do not meet the requirements or do not include the required supporting documents will be returned to the submitter along with fees. A returned plat will not be logged into the plat checking database.

Plat types

Plats, Registered Land Surveys and CIC's

  • $500 — Base fee
  • $35 — Additional fee per lot/outlot/tract/unit

Amended CIC plat

  • $200
  • $25 — Cost per unit 

Re-examination fee

  • $250

Recheck fee – revisions to plat, CIC, RLS

  • $125
  • $25 — Additional fee per affected lot/outlot/tract/unit

Payment options

  • Cash
  • Checks 
    • Personal, money order, traveler's
    • Made for the amount of purchase
    • Payable to "Hennepin County Treasurer” or “HCT"
    • $30 returned check fee
  • We do not have the ability to create or combine any accounts payable that may be used at other divisions of Hennepin County.

Only one copy of the Mylar is required for recording in Hennepin County.

If a plat is not recorded prior to December 31, all the following year's taxes will be due before the plat can be accepted for recording.

Steps for signing and recording

  1. Complete the plat review and checking process and make sure the Mylar is complete and neat.
  2. All prior and current year taxes must be paid.
  • Taxes may be paid by check when you submit the plat for recording.
  • Minnesota statute §272.122 mandates that all prior and current year taxes be paid prior to the recording of a plat.

  3. Submit plat for signing and recording.

  • Make an appointment for signing and recording
    • Plat signings are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Other days may be available.)
    • Request appointment by the Friday before
    • Email surveyor.plats@hennepin.us or call 612-348-2336
  • We will arrange with any other Hennepin County offices that may need to sign the Mylar such as the Examiner of Titles, Auditor and the Recorders Office.
  • No fee is required from the Survey Division at this time. The fee for reviewing the plat was paid when the plat was first submitted.
  • The Recorders Office will contact the submitter to discuss what documents are going to be recorded and the fees involved.
  • The estimated wait time for this process is about 15 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

When are CIC plats assigned numbers?

CIC numbers are assigned by the Registrar of Titles. The lawyer writing the declaration will call the registrar and reserve a CIC number. The registrar will ask for the name of the CIC and if it is abstract or torrens property.

When are RLS (registered land survey) assigned numbers?

RLS numbers are assigned when the registrar accepts the registered land survey for filing.

Subdivision plats

Manual of guidelines for platting in Minnesota — 2009 (PDF)

A joint publication drafted by the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors and the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors.

  • Policies and procedures to assist private surveyors in preparation of subdivision plats and registered land surveys
  • A supplemental guide to Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 505, 508 and 508A

Hennepin County addendum — 2016 (PDF) 

A supplemental guide to be used in addition to the MSPS/MACS manual of guidelines for platting in Minnesota.

  • Drafted by the Hennepin County Surveyors Office as an aid for creating and checking subdivision plats specific to Hennepin County

Common interest community plats (CIC Plat)

CIC Plat Manual of Minimum Guidelines —2015 (PDF)

A joint publication drafted by the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors and the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors.

CIC manual addendum — 2016 (PDF) 

A supplemental guide to Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 515B.

  • Policies and procedures to assist private surveyors in the preparation CIC Plats
  • County surveyor guide to checking CIC Plats
  • An aid for creating and checking CIC plats in Hennepin County
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