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AZ Law on Subdivisions - Study for Exam  

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I am a licensed land surveyor in CA.  I am studying for my exam in AZ.  I noticed that state law says a subdivision is 4 or more lots, 2 or more if a new street is involved, and 2 or more if it's dividing a parcel fixed by a "Recorded Plat".  

When I read some of the county ordinances (in 2 or 3 counties and cities) they allow up to 5 or fewer or some even 6 or fewer, and call them minor land divisions.  

Is there something I'm missing here?  Is there a provisions that allows the local county or city ordinance to trump the definition that the state has?  

When they say a parcel that has it's boundaries "Fixed" by a recorded plat, can that mean:

a Record of Survey (that shows a lot split)? 

A Subdivision Map?

Can you keep splitting a lot, as long as it's in compliance with zoning and other laws, or is there a limit before you have to file a Preliminary Plat with a City/County?

Thank you for you time!!! 

ALSO:  A long time ago I heard that Arizona uses the international foot and not the U.S. Foot.  Does anyone know why?  They redefined the meter in the 1950's and that affected the definition of the foot, but "international" is's not used all around the world!  Most of the u.s. uses the U.S. Survey foot.

Eric J. Ackerman, PLS, CFedS.

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It is called the international food becasue it was used internationally and it is based on the international standard for length. There used to be a multitude of foots used around the world. The U.S. foot was different than the British foot (used in Canada), and the Mexican foot (1/3 of a vara). It was so bad that each region of Germany had there own standard foot. The international foot standardize the length in the remaining areas that were still using the foot in 1959, except the U.S. 


In 1975 two of the last hold outs, the U.S. and Canada agreed to go metric. Canada was successful, the U.S. failed leaving it as the only country still using the foot. 

Some things, like human height, are still often expressed in feet and inches in countries like Canada, and yards are still used on highway signs in the U.K., but the precise definition is not important for those uses. 

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Wait...what... yards are used on highway signs in the UK?

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Yup sure enough..

Learn something new everyday

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It is my understanding that Arizona has just past a law that allows professionals  (but not lawyers) that are certified elsewhere and become Arizona residents to be recognized as a professional without taking an exam. If you are not moving to AZ you may still have to take said exam. Have you actually applied and have you received any other information about such a law?

Paul in PA