County Surveyor

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Brian Praske, County Surveyor
Government Center, Administration Building
(952) 466-5268
bpraske@co.carver.mn.us 
                      Luke Kranz, Assistant County Surveyor
Cologne, Public Works
(952) 361-1024
lkranz@co.carver.mn.us 

General Surveying Contact: (952) - 361-1015


General Information

The County Surveyor is a statutory position appointed by the County Board for terms of up to four years. Primary functions include perpetuation of the Public Land Survey monuments (section corners), plat checking, land registration checking, and land parcel mapping.

Having Your Land Surveyed

The County Surveyor does not perform surveys of private land.  If you require a survey of your property, contact a private licensed land surveyor.  Licensed land surveyors may be found in the yellow pages under SURVEYORS-LAND.  An online referral service is also available from the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors.

Public Land Survey

There are approximately 1,360 public land survey monuments maintained by the County. These corners that were originally set from 1853 to 1858, control the position of every land parcel. Today they are typically perpetuated with standard cast iron monuments. Corner Ties and County Coordinate Values are made available as an aid to using these monuments.  Access Public Land Survey Monument Data.

Plat Checking

Before any plat can be recorded at Carver County, it must be checked by the County Surveyor for compliance with appropriate statutes and ordinances. Private sector surveyors that typically prepare plats are responsible for submitting the document. The initial checking process usually takes 10 to 15 working days. See Fee Schedule for current Plat Checking Fees and the Plat Manual Addendum.

Land Parcel Mapping

The County Surveyor's Office prepares and maintains the county-wide land parcel mapping system in GIS.  Maps known as Half Section Maps are generated as part of the parcel mapping system.  They cover the entire county, and depict all tax parcels and public road corridors. The maps, including Aerial Photography and Property CAD (DXF) files can be viewed and downloaded here.

View the GIS Property Mapping application here.