Recorded Land Plans

All Recorded Land Plans from 1731 to date have been scanned and are available on our website,  www.masslandrecords.com. A plot plan is a stamped drawing, drawn to a measurable scale by a state registered engineer or a state registered land surveyor. Plot plans do not get recorded.

For information about surveys, contact the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors at (617) 227-5551 or visit their website at  www.malsce.org.

Plan Regulations

  • Plan sizes shall be a minimum of eight and one-half inches by eleven inches (8 1/2″ x 11″) and a maximum of twenty-four inches by thirty-six inches (24″x 36″).
  • Plans being presented for recording shall be on linen or polyester film (“Mylar”), single matte with a thickness of 3 mils (i.e., .003 inches), and must have an opacity so as to allow consistent computer scanning and Diazo and microfilm reproduction.
  • All plans shall be prepared using a compatible ink with excellent cohesiveness which will produce a permanent bond and result in a plan with long term durability. All signatures must be in black India ink or its equal.
  • Linen or polyester reproductions shall be accepted for recording provided they contain original signatures and comply with the other requirements for the recording of plans.
  • Each plan shall have three quarter inch (3/4″) borders.
  • The minimum letter size on plans presented for recording shall be one-eighth (1/8″) if free-hand lettering is used and one-tenth inch (1/10″) if lettering guides are used.
  • Each plan presented for recording shall include a graphic scale.
  • Each plan shall have an area reserved to receive planning board recitation or contain a surveyor’s certification as per Chapter 380, Acts of 1966 (G.L. c. 41, s. 81x).
  • Each sheet of each plan shall have a three and one-half (3 1/2″) square.
  • Each plan must contain a certification clause signed by the person preparing the plan stating that he has conformed with the rules and regulations of the Registers of Deeds in preparing the plan.
  • No tape adhesion or the like shall be placed on any plan presented for recording or registration. Plans presented for recording shall not contain any raised print.

Amendments under the MA General Laws, Chapter 36, Section 13A approved by the Attorney General are effective January 1, 1976 and amended January 7, 1988.

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