505.08 Preparation of plat; filing; certification; fees; penalties.
Subdivision 1. Sizes, sheets, copies. All plats shall be of either of two standard sizes measuring 20 by 30 or 30 by 40 inches from outer edge to outer edge. A border line shall be placed one-half inch inside the outer edges of the plat on the top, bottom, and right hand side of the plat; a border line shall be placed two inches inside the outer edge on the left hand side of the plat. A north arrow and the scale of the plat shall be shown on the plat, which scale shall be of such dimension that the plat may be easily interpreted. A plat shall consist of one or more sheets, and if more than one sheet, the sheets shall be numbered progressively. Two or more identical copies of each plat shall be prepared in black on white mat surface photographic card stock with double cloth back mounting, or material of equal quality. One plat shall be labeled "Official Plat" and each other copy shall be labeled "copy." One exact transparent reproducible copy shall be prepared, by a reproduction print on linen tracing cloth by a photographic process, or on material of equal quality. Every official plat when duly certified, signed, witnessed, and acknowledged, as provided in section 505.03, shall be filed in the office of the county recorder, together with an exact copy and an exact transparent reproducible copy thereof. When the plat includes both registered and nonregistered land, the official plat, and the exact transparent reproducible copy together with two exact copies shall be filed with the county recorder. The official plat and said transparent reproducible copy shall be placed under the direct supervision of the county recorder and open to inspection only in the presence of the county recorder or the recorder's representative. Upon request of the county auditor of the county wherein the land is situated, the county recorder shall cause a reproduction copy of the official plat, or of the exact reproducible copy, to be made and filed with such county auditor, at the expense of the county.
Subd. 2. Public certified copies. The copies of the official plat or of the exact reproducible copy shall be compared and certified to by the county recorder in the manner in which certified copies of records are issued in the recorder's office, and the copy thereof shall be bound in a proper volume for the use of the general public and anyone shall have access to and may inspect such certified copy at their pleasure. When the plat includes both registered and nonregistered land two copies thereof shall be so certified and bound, one for such general public use in each of the offices of the county recorder and registrar of titles; provided, however, that only one such copy so certified and bound shall be provided for general public use in those counties wherein the office quarters of the county recorder and registrar of titles are one and the same. When the copy, or any part thereof, shall become unintelligible from use or wear or otherwise, at the request of the county recorder it shall be the duty of the county surveyor to make a reproduction copy of the official plat, or the exact transparent reproducible copy under the direct supervision of the county recorder, who shall compare the copy, certify that it is a correct copy thereof, by proper certificate as above set forth, and it shall be bound in the volume, and under the page, and in the place of the discarded copy. In counties not having a county surveyor the county recorder shall employ a licensed land surveyor to make such reproduction copy, at the expense of the county. The county recorder shall receive as a fee for filing these plats, as aforesaid described, pursuant to section 357.18, subdivision 1. Reproductions from the exact transparent reproducible copy shall be available to any person upon request and the cost of such reproductions shall be paid by the person making such request. If a copy of the official plat is requested the county recorder shall prepare it and duly certify that it is a copy of the official plat and the cost of such copy shall be paid by the person making such request.
Subd. 2a. Counties with microfilm. In counties having microfilm capabilities, a plat may be prepared on sheets of suitable mylar or on linen tracing cloth by photographic process or on material of equal quality. The plat shall be labeled "Official Plat." Notwithstanding any provisions of subdivisions 1 and 2 to the contrary, no other copies of the plat need be filed.
Subd. 3. Premature reference to plat; forfeiture. Any person who shall dispose of or lease any land included in a plat by reference to the plat before the same is recorded, shall forfeit to the county $100 for each lot, or part of a lot, so disposed of or leased; and any official, land surveyor, or person whose duty it is to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, shall forfeit not less than $100 for each month during which compliance is delayed. All forfeitures under this chapter shall be recovered in an action brought in the name of the county. Notwithstanding any provisions of this subdivision to the contrary, this subdivision shall not apply to an offer to sell or lease a unit in a proposed common interest community as defined in chapter 515B.
HIST: (8243) 1913 c 101 s 1; 1959 c 339 s 3; 1967 c 580 s 4; 1976 c 6 s 1; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1978 c 499 s 1; 1985 c 281 s 13; 1986 c 444; 1998 c 324 s 9; 1999 c 11 art 3 s 19; 2000 c 497 s 3; 2005 c 136 art 14 s 8
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