Belknap | Plat Law

Belknap County

Judith A McGrath, Register
64 Court Street
Laconia, New Hampshire 03246
Tel. (603)527-5420
Office Hours – Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
E-Recording 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
In-Office Recording 8:00 am – 3:45 pm

General Inquiries: belknap@nhdeeds.com
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Notice regarding Plat Law

In accordance with RSA 478:1-A the following policy is hereby established for BELKNAP COUNTY.
RSA 478:1 Sec II: Each register of deeds will establish a policy for providing adequate space on the plat for recording the registry plan number and recording information.

In accordance with RSA 478:1a Sec II: The Belknap County Registry of Deeds will require that the UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER of the plat WILL BE RESERVED for the recording information entered by the registry.

“THE SIZE WILL BE 2″x4″ WITH NO BORDER LINE(s) INTERFERENCE.”

TITLE BLOCKS: All title blocks will be located in the LOWER-RIGHT HAND CORNER and WILL INCLUDE ALL INFORMATION AS REQUIRED BY RSA 478:1a Sec. VIII.

In accordance with RSA 478:1b Sec IV the Registry will accept the following plan sizes:
17″x22″,
18″x24″,
22″x34″,
24″x36″

Plat Law

RSA 478:1-a Recording of Plats.
I.     No register of deeds will file or record a plat of a subdivision, or a plat prepared for the purpose of showing existing property lines, if such plats have not been prepared and certified by a licensed land surveyor, since July 1, 1981, or by a registered land surveyor between January 1, 1970 and June 30, 1981, and any such filing or recording will be void. For the purposes of this section the definition of the word “subdivision” will be that contained in RSA 672:14. A “plat” for the purpose of this section will be a map of a specific land area whose boundaries are defined by metes and bounds. A plat may show:

(a) Newly created parcels, streets, alleys, and easements as in a subdivision; or

(b) A lot-line-adjustment or site plan depicting existing parcels defined by legal descriptions contained in deeds, grants, or other legal documents

II.    Each register of deeds will establish a policy for providing adequate space, on the plat, for recording the registry plan number and recording information.

III.   The register of deeds will refuse for recording any map that does not meet the definition of a plat under paragraph I and any plat that does not contain the information or meet the specifications required by this section. Construction plans, construction details and maps that do not define the limits or extent of legal rights or interest in land will not be recorded.

IV.   All plats will be drawn with the following sizes: 8.5”x11”, 11”x17”, 17”x22”, 22”x34”, or such specifications and sizes as may be required by the register of deeds. The material composition of the plats will be suitable for electronic scanning and archiving by the register of deeds.

V.     All plats will have a minimum of ½ inch margins on all sides.

VI.   All text and dimensions will be legible for reproduction, and the text sizes will be no smaller than .08 of an inch for mechanical drafting and 1/8 inch for hand drafting.

VII.   All certifications, seals, and approval blocks will have original dates and signatures in a legible, permanent black ink.

VIII.  All title blocks will be located in the lower right-hand corner, when possible, and will indicate the following:

(a) Type of survey, such as a boundary survey, subdivision, American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey, or lot line adjustment.

(b) Owner of record.

(c) Title of plat or development.

(d) Tax map number.

(e) Name of the town in which the parcel is located.

(f) Plat and revision dates.

IX.   All plats will have a scale both as a written and graphic representation.

X.    All plats will have a north arrow with reference to magnetic grid or astronomic north, as applicable. The north arrow will be labeled with its reference direction.

XI.   Shading over any text will not be permitted on any plat. Cross hatching or other hatching at a scale large enough not to interfere with text legibility, before and after reproduction, may be permitted.

XII.  No lines, whether hatching, boundary lines, or topographic contours will obstruct or interfere with the legibility, either before or after reproduction, of any bearings, dimensions, or text.

XIII. The minimum line widths on plats will not be smaller than .01 inches.

Effective Date: January 1, 2005