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Condominium Plats

A condominium plat can be prepared for Residential purposes or Commercial purposes with the main difference from those plats being that the future purchaser typically buys only the occupiable "airspace" within a constructed building. This is often described as owning the paint on the wall but not the wall itself. The advantage to the buyer is that maintenance to the building itself is the responsibility of the building owner. Therefore items such as roof leaks, plumbing problems, landscaping, snow removal, etc., are typically covered expenses. Of course the details of what is covered and what's not is a function of the plat and the associated Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R's). The surveyor will work closely with the attorney preparing the condominium covenants and/or declarations in order that the plat conforms to the legal requirements of the governing documents.

The plat itself would for the most part look the same as any other subdivision plat with the exception that the buildings would also be depicted and they would also typically be shown in a three dimensional format outlining not only their horizontal placement but also their vertical extents. The buildings are then "tied" or referenced to the overall subdivision boundary and the airspace within each unit is delineated with measurements. Each building would then receive a building number and the units within the building are given a unit number. Then instead of referencing a "lot" number on the conveyance deed, a building and unit number would be referenced.

A condominium plat is a legal document and map which must be signed by a registered Land Surveyor, upon which future conveyances of condominium units depend. As with a standard Subdivision or Commercial Subdivision Plats, there will be considerations such as governing body requirements and perhaps the need for assistance from additional design professionals. We can assist you in determining these requirements and recommend additional professionals as may be required.


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