2015 ORS 92.100¹
Approval of plat by city or county surveyor
  • procedures
  • approval by county assessor and county governing body
  • fees

(1)(a) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, before a subdivision or partition plat that covers land within the corporate limits of a city may be recorded, the county surveyor must approve the plat.

(b) Notwithstanding ORS 92.170 (Amending recorded plat), the governing body of the city may, by resolution or order, designate the city surveyor to serve in lieu of the county surveyor or, with concurrence of the county surveyor, a contract surveyor to act as city surveyor.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, if the land is outside the corporate limits of any city, the subdivision or partition plat must be approved by the county surveyor before it is recorded.

(d) All subdivision plats must also be approved by the county assessor and the governing body of the county in which the property is located before recording.

(e) Notwithstanding paragraph (d) of this subsection, a county may provide by ordinance for the approval of subdivision plats by:

(A) The county assessor; and

(B)(i) The chairperson of the governing body of the county;

(ii) The vice chairperson of the governing body of the county; or

(iii) A person designated in lieu of the chairperson or vice chairperson.

(f)(A) A partition plat is subject only to the approval of the city or county surveyor unless:

(i) The partition plat includes a dedication of land for public road purposes; or

(ii) Provided otherwise by ordinance of the governing body.

(B) The city or county surveyor shall review the partition plat only for compliance with the survey-related provisions of ORS 92.010 (Definitions for ORS 92.010 to 92.192) to 92.192 (Property line adjustment) and 209.250 (Survey by registered land surveyor).

(2) Before approving the subdivision plat as required by this section, the county surveyor shall check the subdivision site and the subdivision plat and shall take measurements and make computations and other determinations necessary to determine that the subdivision plat complies with the survey-related provisions of ORS 92.010 (Definitions for ORS 92.010 to 92.192) to 92.192 (Property line adjustment) and 209.250 (Survey by registered land surveyor) and with survey-related requirements established pursuant to an ordinance or resolution passed by the governing body of the controlling city or county.

(3) Before approving the partition plat as required by this section, the county surveyor shall check the partition plat and make computations and other determinations that the partition plat complies with the survey-related provisions of ORS 92.010 (Definitions for ORS 92.010 to 92.192) to 92.192 (Property line adjustment) and 209.250 (Survey by registered land surveyor) and with the survey-related requirements established pursuant to an ordinance or resolution by the governing body of the controlling city or county.

(4) Before a subdivision or partition plat prepared by the county surveyor in a private capacity may be recorded, the plat must be approved in accordance with subsection (2) or (3) of this section, whichever is applicable, by the surveyor of a county other than the county in which the land is located and who has been designated by the county surveyor.

(5) For performing the service described:

(a) In subsection (2) of this section, the county surveyor shall collect from the subdivider or declarant a fee of $100 plus $5 for each lot contained in the subdivision. The governing body of a city or county may establish a higher fee by resolution or order.

(b) In subsection (3) of this section, the county surveyor shall collect from the partitioner or declarant a fee to be established by the governing body.

(c) In subsection (4) of this section, the designated county surveyor shall collect the applicable subdivision or partition plat check fee, and any travel expenses incurred, as established by the designated county surveyor’s board of commissioners. The subdivision or partition plat check fee and other expenses must be paid by the subdivider, partitioner or declarant prior to approval of the subdivision or partition plat by the designated county surveyor.

(6) Nothing in this section prohibits a city, county or special district from requiring engineering review and approval of a subdivision plat to ensure compliance with state and local subdivision requirements that relate to matters other than survey adequacy.

(7) Granting approval or withholding approval of a final subdivision or partition plat under this section by the county surveyor, the county assessor or the governing body of a city or county, or a designee of the governing body, is not a land use decision or a limited land use decision, as defined in ORS 197.015 (Definitions for ORS chapters 195, 196, 197 and ORS 197A.300 to 197A.325). [Amended by 1955 c.31 §2; 1955 c.756 §14; 1957 c.688 §1; 1963 c.285 §1; 1971 c.419 §1; 1979 c.824 §1; 1989 c.772 §15; 1991 c.763 §16; 1993 c.453 §1; 1993 c.702 §6; 1999 c.1018 §6; 2003 c.381 §1; 2005 c.239 §1; 2005 c.399 §12a]

Notes of Decisions

Surveyor's checking of subdivision or parti­tion plat for compliance with state laws and local ordinances or resolu­tions is limited land use decision under ORS 197.015 (Definitions for ORS chapters 195, 196, 197 and ORS 197A.300 to 197A.325). Hammer v. Clackamas County, 190 Or App 473, 79 P3d 394 (2003), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Nonap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty of fee pro­vi­sion to city engineers and city surveyors, (1972) Vol 36, p 89; effect of county zoning ordinances on approved subdivision plat, (1973) Vol 36, p 702; compensating county surveyor from fees collected, (1979) Vol 40, p 48

Notes of Decisions

Due process standards applicable to land use decisions apply to ad­min­is­tra­­tion of subdivision ordinance. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Due process require­ments for granting of variances are identical regardless of whether variance is area variance or use variance. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Approval of tentative plan under subdivision ordinance is final order reviewable in writ of review pro­ceed­ing. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Modifica­tion of sought-after approval of tentative plan must be treated same procedurally as initial applica­tion. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Owner of parcel unlawfully conveyed without having been parti­tioned could not unilaterally seek to parti­tion parcel from remainder of original prop­erty remaining in separate ownership. Kilian v. City of West Linn, 88 Or App 242, 744 P2d 1314 (1987)

Under statutes in effect in 1981, parti­tioning of land parcel had effect of vacating pre­vi­ous lot lines unless parti­tion map indicates continued existence of parti­tioned lots. Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Develop­ment Co. v. Polk County, 246 Or App 548, 267 P3d 855 (2011)

Law Review Cita­tions

10 WLJ 398, 399 (1974)

Chapter 92

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Standards county may impose for approval of private roads created in parti­tioning land, (1972) Vol 35, p 1230; effect of county zoning ordinances on approved subdivision plat, (1973) Vol 36, p 702; applica­tion of Fasano v. Bd. of County Commrs., decision, (1974) Vol 36, p 960

Law Review Cita­tions

10 WLJ 394-403 (1974)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 92—Subdivisions and Partitions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors092.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 92, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano092.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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