Wabasha County Land Survey FAQs
How do I locate my property boundaries?
The best way to locate your property boundaries is by hiring a professional Land Surveyor. You may view our list of Land Surveyors in the area.
You may also view approximate property boundaries on Beacon. However, the Beacon map is to be used as reference only as is not a replacement for a professional land survey.
I'd like to see if anyone in my area has surveyed their property. How can find information on this?
Certificates of Survey completed in Wabasha County are filed in the Old Wabasha County Courthouse. Wabasha County Ordinance #7 requires professional Land Surveys to file a copy of all surveys with Wabasha County.
Please contact Shawn Gertken, Wabasha County GIS Coordinator with questions about locating a specific survey.
My mortgage company is now requiring me to obtain flood insurance. Why now?
Because of significant recent damage to and loss of homes due to flooding in recent years, mortgage companies are being particularly diligent to ensure mortgaged properties are protected by flood insurance. Even if your home does not fall in the flood plain, if any part of your property does, your bank may require you to obtain flood insurance protection on your property.
If you're certain your property is not at risk of flooding, you may wish to contact a professional Land Surveyor about an "Elevation Certificate". In some cases, the Elevation Certificate can be used for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA), which will waive requirements for flood insurance.
Do to the complexities of this process, you are strongly encouraged to contact a professional Land Surveyor or Engineer to navigate this process. Please note that due to potential liability issues, Wabasha County Staff CANNOT assist with this process.
For more information on LOMA, please visit the FEMA site.
How much does a Professional Land Survey Cost?
There are many different factors in determining the costs associated with a Certificate of Survey. Typically, the most expensive part of the cost is the Surveyor's time. In many cases, researching the history of your parcel and adjoining parcels can take a lot of time for the Surveyor. For example, the Surveyor may need to research to discover any potential encumbrances, field locate property lines, and place metal stakes in the ground at crucial locations. Also, some survey equipment is incredibly costly.
So, you may wish to get quotes from several different surveyors before deciding on which professional to work with. For more information, please view the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors brochure.
Can the County help to settle a property line dispute with my neighbor?
Due to many complex legal issues, Wabasha County is unable to intervene in any sort of boundary disputes with surrounding land owners.
Often times, it is up to the Court System to settle land disputes. If you're having an issue with a neighbor encroaching on your property, it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate for guidance. Click here a for a list of real estate attorneys.