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Recorded Information: The Plat Index contains all of the surveys, barring any oversights or indexing errors, that were recorded at the Maricopa County Recorder’s office as indexed under the MAP TYPE "Plat" and "Survey" (Book of Plats and Book of Surveys) starting at Book 1 Page 1 for both.
In addition, it contains some surveys that were completed on 8½ x 11 that are recorded under the Maricopa Recorders Office document code for corner recorded survey.
Unrecorded Information:As of February of 2001, MCDOT has made a concerted effort to index unrecorded surveys donated from private firms or public agencies. The collection is NOT comprehensive, the appropriate firm or agency should always be contacted for additional information.
Moreover, the Plat Index may contain some MCDOT, ADOT, SRP, APS or various other agency plans/surveys (i.e. Right of Way, As Builts, etc) but it is NOT a substitute for contacting that agency for information.
Information Not in the Plat Index:
The action to take depends on the MCR Book and Page.
Book of Plats 1 through 95; (except 023-18 which appears to be missing)These plats are at the State of Arizona Department of Library, Archives & Public Records.
Contact information: Julie Hoff (602) 926-3878 1700 W. Washington Phoenix, AZ email@example.com
Helpful hint: You will probably have to physically go there to retrieve a copy. They do NOT have a full size copier, be prepared to make many 8½ x 11 or legal size prints if you need the whole plat.
Book of Plats 75 through current, Book of Surveys and Book of Roads are managed by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.Email the Recorders office at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following;
You will be sent acknowledgment of your request. The original plat will be obtained, re-scanned and a new digital image will be emailed to you. Depending on the time of day, requests are usually fulfilled in one day if not the same day. Thanks for your patience ahead of time.
Check the report for a column called "Records #". Is there a number in the field? (ex 020048224 which means 02-0048224)
If Yes 1) It is a survey that was recorded under a different document code at the recorders office. In other words, it is not in the "Book of Plats or Surveys". Write down the number and go to the recorders site and type it in.
If No 2) It is a unrecorded plat or document. At this time, we (MCDOT) are still working out the legal issues on releasing unrecorded third party information. Please contact the Firm/Agency to request a copy of the item. If contact is impossible please contact Brian Dalager for further instructions.
The only requirement that we request is very basic knowledge of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). In other words, the ability to look at a plat and determine which township, range and section(s) it covers.
Besides that, you can volunteer for as little or as much time as you would like. The MCDOT's survey section work hours vary during the year however are generally from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please call one of us (in the following order) to make an appointment:
Unfortunately a good portion of the recorders are missing the following fields.
There are several reasons for this.
We simply have not taken the time as of yet to go back and do the research required to fill in all the blank fields. FYI Roughly 58% of all the recorders indexed as of 09-25-2003 do NOT have the above fields populated. It is unforseen at this time when it will be accomplished.
Some recorded plats are not in the database because they simply have little to not land survey value. We have excluded them from the database and they are either in the list below or on the area of the web site "Survey Related Items" then "Maps":