What Makes Up a Plat
A plat includes a map of a tract of land subdivided into lots, with streets and alleys drawn to scale showing dimensions according to Minnesota Statute 505. A plat also includes formalities such as the owners' certificate, surveyor's certificate and various signatures of governmental officers to show approval.
Why Choose a Plat
The most common reason an owner would choose to plat is so lots can be defined and sold. A recorded plat will change the legal description as defined by the plat. The most common example of a platted legal description would be: Lot 2, Block 1, Any Name Addition to the City of Glyndon, Clay County, Minnesota.