The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) establish minimum land surveying standards for surveying real property. The standards layout everything one needs to know about what is required on an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey.
Generally speaking, an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey is the most detailed level of survey that a surveyor will prepare and can include items such as: improvements, structures, boundary, easements, utilities, topography, access points, and even burial grounds (we have yet to come across a burial ground on one of our surveys!). The last update to the ALTA/ACSM standards was in 2005, but as of 2011 the standards have been updated again. Most of the changes are subtle and would probably only be noticed by the trained eye, but none the less, it is a good idea for anyone ordering an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey to read the latest requirements.
Click Here for a link to the full ALTA/ACSM 2011 requirements.