ALTA Surveys define the physical location of the property boundary, the building footprint and all other significant features on a given property. ALTA surveys are typically done in support of property transactions and prior to development. ALTA Surveys are defined by the American Land Title Association. Alternatively, surveys can be complete within the standards of American Congress of Surveying and Mapping.
The surveyor should be a registered civil engineer or a licensed surveyor. Prior to ordering a report a preliminary title report should be provided to the surveyor.