The acronym “ALTA” stands for American Land Title Association. Specifications of this type of Survey include (but are not limited to) determining improvements, location of property lines, utilities, identifying all easements and other conditions affecting the property. ALTA surveys are very comprehensive surveys and can typically cost thousands of dollars and can take several weeks to complete. All ALTA Land Survey must meet the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys” as adopted by the American Land Title Association, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors. The Alta Survey is most often performed on commercial properties.