Survey Division

The Survey Division of Washington County Public Works is managed by the County Surveyor. Functions include the preservation of U.S. Public Land Survey corners, land parcel mapping, Torrens application review, subdivision plat review, geodetic control, and acquisition of aerial photography.

Data Map

Interactive GIS based web viewer for Parcel Maps, PLS corners, Survey Control Stations, Section Worksheets, and Certificates of Survey. General Land Office (GLO) maps from the original U.S. Public Land Survey (1848) are available as a map layer. Adjust the opacity to view multiple layers at once.

General Land Office (GLO) map

Parcel Data / GIS

Digital parcel data and hard copy parcel maps are available in a variety of formats. Digital Parcel polygons for Washington County are available for free download at Minnesota Geospatial Commons. Half-Section maps are available to view and download in PDF format using the Data Map interface.

Plat Review

Subdivision Plats are reviewed for professional standards, mathematical closure, compliance with Minnesota Statutes, and other regulations. Each plat is approved by the County Surveyor according to Chapter 820, Laws of Minnesota - 1971, prior to recording. Washington County has adopted the Manual of Guidelines for Platting in Minnesota, a joint publication of the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) and the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors (MACS). The Washington County Addendum provides guidance specific to platting in Washington County.