The main aim of lot line adjustment is to change the existing legal parcels of property lines. However, a lot line adjustment serves several other purposes:
Each of the above processes will yield either the same number of parcels as initially, or fewer. The number of parcels can never increase during a lot line adjustment.
The Planning Department distributes the application forms for a Lot Line Adjustment. The form can be downloaded from the official website or mailed upon request. Some states (Californian laws included) require that a licensed/ registered land surveyor submit the application form along with legal descriptions on behalf of the owner of the property. After the application is submitted, it is thoroughly scrutinized by the officials. A typical application must contain:
Usually, LLA’ s are exempt from CEQA requirements. However, in California, CEQA (The California Environmental Quality Act) has made it obligatory for some projects to submit an environmental study along with the application.
Once your application is submitted as complete, no notifications or public hearings are required in the case of lot line adjustment. If the application is deemed complete and correct, authorities will request the processing fee.
Next, the department instructs the county surveyor to review the application. If all is well, a Notice of Decision (letter) is dispatched to the representative. The letter contains ‘approval conditions’ to be met prior to obtaining a Certificate of Compliance. Often, a lot line adjustment is approved at this very stage.
Application processing times can extend in those cases where a discretionary action or development variation is required along with the lot line adjustment. In such cases, public notifications and review list are also required.
Typical approval conditions include:
Finally, if all of the approval conditions are met, the department works in conjunction with the title company to synchronize the processing of all the required documents. A ‘Certificate of Compliance’ is issued to the owner which certifies the legitimacy of the newly configured parcels.
After the Certificate of Compliance is received and deeds are recorded, the lots are reconfigured. County records, such as the surveyor's case maps, assessor’s maps, etc..., can take several weeks to be updated. A copy of the final approved Certificate of compliance is mailed to the applicant and their agent. The arrival of this document signifies that the lot ine adjustment process is complete.