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Frequently Asked Questions


2. How do I get a map or aerial photo of my parcel?

Take a look at the Parcel Viewer or submit a request through the contact page to discuss a custom map. Also see the Services page


3. How do I read a property legal description?

Take a look at one of these sites or this document.


4. I have a legal question about my property. What do I do?

Contact a property lawyer or legal aid.


5. How can I get parcel data or other data in a GIS format?

Please submit a request through the contact page to discuss the data you are looking for and to get a quote.


6. How do I split or combine property?

Take a look at the detailed process here or a simplified workflow here.

Download the Property Split/Combination instruction packet!


7. How can I get help with a title search? 

Please inquire with the Register of Deeds office on how to use the public research room.


8. I have a question about the class of a parcel, or what should the parcel be classed? 

Please contact the Equalization office or contact your township assessor.


9. How do I find my taxable value or SEV or if I have delinquent taxes or
   drain assessment? 

Try the Parcel Viewer or the taxes and assessing search.


10. Who do I contact about my septic/sewer system or about a well? 

Health Department, Environmental Control 987-5306


11. What should I do if my deeded legal does not match the tax rolls? 

Map out both legal descriptions, they may match but are written differently.
Take a look at one of these sites or this document.
Contact your township assessor for help in verifying the legal description.


12. How do I research an easement? 

You can use the public research room, they are usually recorded by the owner who placed the easement on the parcel. For utility easement, contact the utility company.


13. What should I do if my survey does not match my neighbors survey and creates overlaps and gaps? 

Go to your surveyor and have them go over the survey with you.


14. If I have a retired parcel, how do I find the new tax parcel numbers? 

In the BS&A system if you are viewing the parent parcel number, go into the 5.Misc tab, under Land Div. Info., comments, it will give you what the child parcel numbers are. From there you can go back and look at the new numbers to verify the legal to the deed. NOTE: you always need to put the parent parcel number on the deed to certify taxes for 5yrs prior, but then you can also add KNA (new number) and then code correctly.


15. Shouldn't all the County maps and GIS data be free? 

Much of it is freely viewable by the public via a home computer or at one of our County Libraries. The Parcel Viewer and the taxes and assessing search are a few of the examples of maps and data available online. For a more detailed explanation see the Enhanced Access to Public Records Policy


16. What are the fractional parts of a section of land? 

Take a look at this document.


17. What are chains, links, and rods and how do they relate to feet, acres, and miles? 

Take a look at this document.


18. Where can I find subdivision plats? 

Take a look at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats.


19. Where can I get remonumentation data? 

Take a look at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Statewide Search for Remonumentation Data.


20. Where can I get historical survey information? 

Take a look at the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management General Records Office Survey Search or inquire with the Register of Deeds office on how to use the public research room.


21. Where can I get information about oil, gas, mining, minerals, and geology? 

Take a look at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality GeoWebFace tool.


22. Where can I get information about FEMA flood zones? 

Take a look at the information here and the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study.


23. What do the numbers in a parcel ID mean? 

Take a look at the information here.