WHAT IS A CONDOMINIUM SURVEY?
Condominium surveys are a specialized class of boundary surveys governed by the “Condominium Property Act” specific to the state and county in which the condominium building is situated. Condo surveys show new construction or the conversion of an existing building delineating the limits of ownership, both horizontal and vertical, for each unit, and those areas of shared ownership within the condominium association.
When construction is completed, ALS conducts a thorough field analysis of the property, marking boundaries and drawing a plat showing each building, units, location, and dimensions. Defining the condominium project and delineating the area inside an exclusively owned condominium unit, condo surveys identify internal and external spaces which are commonly owned or of limited exclusive right. For more information about condominium surveys and plats and what is involved in their creation, contact us today. We will be happy to answer any specialized questions about your site and provide you with a quote.
IMPORTANCE OF CONDOMINIUM SURVEYS:
Land Development: If developing a condominium complex on a piece of property, landowners will need a condominium plat drawn when construction is completed. The plans are prepared for new construction as well as existing apartments that are being converted to condominiums for sale. Condominium survey can be utilized when converting an apartment house, office building, or other multiple-unit complexes into units that are individually owned.
Buying & Selling: As a requirement of ownership transfer, a set of drawings shall be prepared for every new condominium property. These will show, graphically, all the particulars of the land or buildings, and other improvements, including but not limited to: the layout, location, designation, and dimensions of each unit, the layout, location, and dimensions of the common areas and facilities and limited common areas and facilities. It is essential that all these dimensions be completely accurate because whenever units are bought and sold, the plat becomes part of the legal documentation.
Legal: Washington State law requires that for every condominium complex, a detailed land survey must be conducted upon completion of construction, and the resulting condominium plat must be filed with the county. Submitted surveys must be detailed and accurate because all condo sales will be legally based on this drawing. Condo surveys also help delineate between privately owned and common areas of the property for tax purposes.
ROLE OF THE SURVEYOR:
Condominium surveys require actual field measurements as they cannot be completely transcribed from external plans or other informational materials. In the field, the exterior boundaries of the condominium parcel are monumented. These dimensions must be verified and then amended on the plat after completion of the fieldwork. Notes on the condominium plat must indicate whether the interior measurements shown are referring to finished or unfinished surfaces or planes and what data was used for any elevations depicted on the plat.
Finished drawings bear the certified statement of the registered land surveyor, or a registered architect or engineer, certifying that the drawings accurately depict the building or buildings as constructed. Units, Limited Common Elements, Common Elements/ Shared Areas, and Parking Spaces are clearly labeled.