CHAPTER 7 - FINAL MAP
Subdivision Map Act Sections 66433 – 66443; 66456 – 66462.5
Los Angeles County Code - Title 21 Chapters 21.20 & 21.44
The following policies, practices and procedures apply to the preparation of all final
maps processed by Land Development Division in the unincorporated area of Los
Angeles County and all contract cities. Subdivision Ordinances for contract cities are
included in Exhibit 20.
7.1 Final Map Requirements
The final map shall be prepared by or under the direction of a registered civil engineer
or licensed land surveyor, shall be based upon a survey, and shall conform to all of the
It shall be legibly drawn, printed, or reproduced by a process guaranteeing a permanent
record in black on tracing cloth or polyester base film. Certificates, affidavits, and
acknowledgements may be legibly stamped or printed upon the map with opaque ink. If
ink is used on polyester base film, the ink surface shall be coated with a suitable
substance to assure permanent legibility.
The size of each sheet shall be 18 by 26 inches. A marginal line shall be drawn
completely around each sheet, leaving an entirely blank margin of one inch. The scale
of the map shall be large enough to show all details clearly and enough sheets shall be
used to accomplish this end. The particular number of the sheet and the total number
of sheets comprising the map shall be stated on each of the sheets, and its relation to
each adjoining sheet shall be clearly shown.
All survey and mathematical information and data necessary to locate all monuments
and to locate and retrace any and all interior and exterior boundary lines appearing
thereon shall be shown, including bearings and distances of straight lines, and radii and
arc length or chord bearings and length for all curves, and any information which may
be necessary to determine the location of the centers of curves and ties to existing
monuments used to establish the subdivision boundaries.
Each lot shall be numbered and each block may be numbered or lettered. Each street
shall be named or otherwise designated.
The map on each sheet and the lettering thereon should be oriented so that, the north
point is directed consistently to the top or to the left of the map to ease plan checking.
The exterior boundary of the land included within the subdivision shall be clearly marked
by distinctive symbols and clearly so designated. The map shall show the definite
location of the subdivision, and particularly its relation to surrounding surveys.
If the map includes a "designated remainder" parcel, and the gross area of the
"designated remainder" parcel or similar parcel is five acres or more, that remainder
parcel need not be shown on the map and its location need not be indicated as a matter
of survey, but only by deed reference to the existing boundaries of the remainder parcel.
A parcel designated as "not a part" shall be deemed to be a "designated remainder" for
purposes of this section.
Typical non condominium final map layouts are shown in Exhibits ____.
7.2 NET AREA
Typical areas that must appear on the final map are listed below:
Computed to the boundary of each lot and/or sidelines of dedicated streets.
Net lot areas are primarily for the benefit of the Assessor Map Section. To conform
more closely with the procedures followed by the Assessor Map Section, the following
types of areas will be subtracted from the gross area of a lot to obtain the net lot area
that is shown on maps processed by this office:
1) Private Streets.
2) Future Streets.
3) Private and Future Streets.
4) Flood Hazard Areas.
5) Geological Restricted Use Areas.
6) Slope Easements.
7) Public Riding, Hiking, and Equestrian (bridle) Trail Easements.
8) Public Sidewalk Easements (if delineated on map).
9) Public Pedestrian Walkway Easements (if delineated on map).
10) Ingress and Egress Easements (if meandering through a lot or serving more
than one lot or parcel of land).
11) Ingress and Egress Easements to be reserved in documents for the use of
three or more lots or parcels.
12) Fire Lanes.
13) Flood Control District Easements.
14) Private Driveways (labeled as private driveways on the final map and serving
three or more lots, parcels or units).
15) Any storm drain or flood control easement that meanders through a lot.
16) Private Driveways (if labeled like a private street with a name on the map).
17) City of Los Angeles Water & Power Department Transmission Line
19) Overhead Highway Easements.
20) Overhead power line easements 100' or more in width.
21) Flood Control, drainage, or storm drain easements that are adjacent to a
property line and 20' or more in width.
22) Fire Road Easements (if meandering across lot).
23) Drainage easements that are not adjacent to the property line regardless of
24) Roadway Easements for public use.
NOTE: Do not show zero net area for open space/common lots even if construction
rights are dedicated over said lots. Just deduct applicable items a-w shown above.
Sample final maps are provided in Exhibits _____.