2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards Have Been Approved

2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards Approved

The 2016 Minimum Standard Details Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys document has been approved. While we don’t have an official report on the exact date they were approved, they are now posted on the NSPS website. The document itself shows the last edited date as October 19, 2015. The effective date for these new Standards, according to the Standards themselves, is February 23, 2016.

You can downloadthe new Standards and a redline copy as well in the attachment section of this article.

The first thing you might notice is the change from the ACSM (American Congress on Surveying and Mapping) reference to NSPS (National Society of Professional Surveyors). The top of the new document includes a note about this as follows:

“Attention is directed to the fact that the National Society of Professional Surveyors,Inc. (NSPS) is the legal successor organization to the American Congress on Surveyingand Mapping (ACSM) and that these 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements forALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys are the next version of the former Minimum StandardDetail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.”

The new Standards don’t come without controversy, however. Joel Leininger wrote an article about the new Standards in the October 2015 issue of American Surveyor, which apparently raised some issues with Gary Kent. Mr. Kent’s response reportedly will appear in the November 2015 issue of American Surveyor, but until then can be found in the discussion forum at the Southern Arizona Land Surveyors Alliance (SALSA) website. Please note that we have not verified the validity of thealleged response from Kent as provided on the SALSA website.




Wendell was a Land Surveyor for 26 years, then moved on to building websites for his second career. But he never lost sight of the surveying community and the other disciplines related to surveying. He's purposely stayed involved in the surveying industry because he has always been — and will continue to be — a Land Surveyor at heart.


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