The Plats & Corners
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Search, view, magnify and print Plats and Corner Certificates on-line.
See instructions below for the general operation of "Plats & Corners". Once inside, if you are having problems using "Plats & Corners", choose "Help" from the menu for detailed information on minimum requirements, etc. (see bottom of this page for "Help" button location).
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“Plat” is a map of a tract of land subdivided into lots, with
streets, alleys, etc. drawn to scale showing dimensions.
Usually an owner of a tract of land chooses to plat the land so
lots can be sold. Instead
of a metes and bounds description, a lot, block and name of a plat are
used to describe the property. For
more information about subdividing land, contact the city planner of
the city where the land is located or the Clay
County Planning and Zoning Department, if outside of city limits
within Clay County.
In most cases, in Clay County, the word “Addition” is used when subdividing land within city limits. The word “Subdivision” is used when subdividing land outside of city limits.
can be searched by plat name, city/township, section, document number
Directions and Tips for Using Plats On-line
|Click on the "Plats & Corners" button above; then double click on the application "Plats".|
Tips for Using Plats
searching for Plats by name, enter the
first few letters of the plat name followed by an
(*). Ex: BRI* (all the plat names
starting with "BRI" will be listed). Double
click on the plat you are looking for and it will be
To zoom in and print a specific area of a plat:
If the box you made is too large, the magnify window will be too large to fit on your paper. You will need to practice to determine what size box will work best with your hardware.
To move from page to page within your selection, use the Previous Page and Next Page buttons, as indicated on the image of the toolbar below.
A “Certificate of Location of Government Corner,” also known as a “Corner Certificate”, is a document developed by a licensed land surveyor to mark a corner within a section of land. A section is a parcel of land generally comprised of one square mile or 640 acres. Thirty six sections make up a township. When a survey or plat is made, proper recording of Corner Certificates is required, consisting of a minimum of two or more appropriate controlling government corner locations.
Certificates can be researched by document number, recording date,
section number, township number, range number or a combination of these
Directions and Tips for Using Corners On-line
|Click on the "Plats & Corners" button above; then double click on the application "Corners".|
Tips for Using Corners
searching for Corner Certificates, also search abutting sections
or townships. For
example, the SW corner of section 1 is also the SE corner of
section 2, as shown in the diagram below.
Example of Abutting Sections
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