Notice: NOTICE OF FEE INCREASE FOR RECORDS OF SURVEY:
On August 1st, 2021 the fee for filing a Record of Survey increased to $40.00 per sheet.
NOTICE: The fees for Monument Permits have changed. Utah Code 17-23-14 modifies the permit fees for existing Monuments and allowed the County to enact an ordinance (SLCo Ord 14.17) to further define process and establish civil penalties for failure to comply with the code. Fees for new monument installation remain the same.
For all existing monuments within 30 feet of any planned construction activities (to include road construction or reconstruction, mill and overlay, utility work or construction, etc.) the fee is $400 per monument. Upon completion of said construction activities the contractor shall give notice to the Salt Lake County Surveyor’s Office that work is complete. The Salt Lake County Surveyor’s Office will inspect the affected monuments to determine any refund amount up to $250.
*Please see the Monument Permit sections of our website for more information.
The Government Center, including the Surveyor’s Office, is now fully open and operational. Please note that due to ongoing COVID_19 guidelines masks are required for everyone visiting the Government Center, regardless of vaccination status.
Common Plss Terms
The standard subdivisions of a section, such as a half section, quarter section, or quarter-quarter section.
A parallel of latitude, or approximately a parallel of latitude, running through an arbitrary point chosen as the starting point for all sectionalized land within a given area.
Having to do with the boundaries of land parcels.
A subpart of a section which is not described as an aliquot part of the section, but which is designated by number, for example, Lot 3. A lot may be regular or irregular in shape, and its acreage may vary from that of regular aliquot parts. These lots frequently border water areas excluded from the PLSS.
The starting point for a survey.
A land grant is an area of land to which title was conferred by a predecessor government and confirmed by the U.S Government after the territory in which it is situated was acquired by the United States. These lands were never part of the original public domain and were not subject to subdivision by the PLSS.
A meridian line running through an arbitrary point chosen as a starting point for all sectionalized land within a given area.
Land owned by the Federal government for the benefit of the citizens. The original public domain included the lands that were turned over to the Federal Government by the Colonial States and the areas acquired later from the native Indians or foreign powers. Sometimes used interchangeably with Public lands.
Lands in public ownership, therefore owned by the Federal government. Sometimes used interchangeably with Public domain.
A vertical column of townships in the PLSS.
A one-square-mile block of land, containing 640 acres, or approximately one thirty-sixth of a township. Due to the curvature of the Earth, sections may occasionally be slightly smaller than one square mile.
An approximately 6-mile square area of land, containing 36 sections. Also, a horizontal row of townships in the PLSS.