Statutes, Ordinances, Regulations - NM Surveying

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Minimum Standards for Surveying in New Mexico

It is important that you, as a consumer, understand the surveying standards that have been set in place by the State of New Mexico. These standards define different types of surveys. They protect you, the consumer, from fraudulent surveys. Reputable surveyors not only follow these minimum requirements they will make sure that your survey surpasses the minimum requirements set by law.

Minimum Standards 

(2011) Minimum Standards for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys 

These standards became effective February 23, 2011, As of that date, all prior versions of the ALTA/ACSM standards have been superseded. Surveyors and Title Companies should no longer conduct ALTA/ACSM surveys under the 2005 Standards. (American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors)


(2005) Minimum Standards for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys 

For historical reasons these standards are included for your information. Any of these standards can be included in a survey by contract.


 1973 Manual of Surveying Instructions

The Federal Government, under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), offers extensive survey instructions. These survey instructions apply to much of the land located here in New Mexico. A surveyor is required to uphold these instructions when property is located within a Public Land Survey System (PLSS) subdivision. These requirements may apply to your property.

Note: The instructions are very large so be prepared for a sizable download. The 2009 edition is available for purchase at the BLM.

Manual of Survey Instructions

The New Mexico Subdivision Act

The New Mexico Subdivision Act and other New Mexico statutes regulate subdivision within New Mexico. In general, “subdivision” means the division of land into two or more parcels. Numerous changes have been made to the subdivision act and this document should only be considered a part of the total statute. Many of New Mexico’s counties have also enacted Subdivision Regulations and Rules that can be researched on request. Several New Mexico cities have enacted additional rules. Elliott Surveying will be pleased to help you with your subdivision questions.

Subdivision Act

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