A survey does not split property. A split requires a deeding action, court judgment, or an approved final subdivision plat.
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Please contact your local development planning office prior to splitting property to comply with any local ordinances as well as State requirements. If the property is 10 acres or less and within un-incorporated Pinal County, the split needs to be approved through the Minor Land Division application process at the Community Development Planning Department. If the property is within an incorporated city or town limits, please contact the city or town for municipal requirements and approval. In either case a deeding action is still required to complete the parcel split on the Assessor records once an approval is issued.
To split property, record a deed conveying the property and describe the part of the property being conveyed in the deed's legal description. The Recorder's Office forwards all documents transferring property to the Assessor and the Assessor splits the property according to the legal description on the recorded document. The Assessor's Office suggests you seek the professional help of a title company or an attorney when transferring or splitting property. Legal descriptions must comply with the Arizona Department of Revenue's Mapping and Parceling Standards (PDF).
The survey required for the minor land division process will not split the property. A recorded deeding action is still required to complete the land division process. The surveyor may have created a legal description for each lot required for the deed recording.
Please contact the Development Services office of the city or county jurisdiction the that oversees property changes affecting your property. The county has a Lot Combination application that is required for lot combinations outside of incorporated communities. If you reside in a city or town, please download and complete the “Combination of Parcels Application” available on the Assessor’s Forms page. Applications are also available by request at the counter. Once the overseeing jurisdiction has signed-off on the application, the Assessor’s Office will review the application to see that it meets specific requirements, including: all parcels must be contiguous; all tax payments are up-to-date; each parcel must have the same ownership vesting, and tax area code. A survey is also required with a combination application (when the parcels have not been previously surveyed, are not in an existing platted subdivision, or when portions of lots are being combined.) Also a deed must be recorded that describes the parcels to be combined in one legal description. Application fees apply. All requirements are described on the application form.
The most accurate way to find property lines and corners is to have the property surveyed. This is especially critical when erecting fences and building on the property. To find a surveyor, look online or in the local phone book.
Property dimensions may be obtained through a search of the recorded subdivision plat map, any recorded surveys, and/or the recorded legal description of the property.
Although the use of maps is helpful in determining the physical location of a property, the legal description in the property's recorded deed provides a written statement, recognized by law, which describes the definite location of a tract of land conveyed from a Grantor to a Grantee. Please note: The Assessor's Office does not research property boundaries for the public.
Please refer to prior officially recorded documents for the property's complete legal description. A document search online or at the Recorder's Office may be necessary.
Due to space limitations, the county is sometimes unable to use complete legal descriptions on the website, Assessor notices, and tax bills from the Treasurer. Assessor property descriptions may be condensed and/or abbreviated. This non-legal property description should not be used for legal transference of property.