Platting property is done as part of the development process. There are various types of plats and various reasons to plat. Recording the plat is the final step in the process. Please work closely with the appropriate zoning authority regarding the many other requirements to platting property.
The Plat Statute, MN Statute 505, has changed. As of August 1, 2007, hard-shell plats will no longer be required. The new requirement in Nicollet County is for 2 signed mylar copies. One should be labeled "Original" in the top margin and the second labeled "Copy" also in the top margin.
A common difficulty in preparing plats for recording is to get clear notary stamps on the mylar plat copies. Be aware that the notary stamps must be legible. Excess ink and some inks in self inking stamps tend to bleed into the mylar and result in plats that are unacceptable for recording.
When having the plat notarized, one tip is to have the notary hold the stamp so it does not self ink and to stamp on paper a few times before stamping the mylar to eliminate any excess ink. You may also add lines to the notary area for the notary to print their name and commission expiration date to meet the requirement that is commonly met by use of the notary stamp. By adding this information, even if the stamp is smeared or bleary, the plat can be recorded.
The recording fee for a plat is $56 payable to the Nicollet County Recorder.