Chapter 19.20


19.20.010    Drafting standards.

19.20.020    Required information.

19.20.030    Survey data and procedures.

19.20.040    Dedication.

19.20.065    Construction standards.

19.20.070    Minimum improvements—Completion.

19.20.080    Acknowledgement and certificates.

19.20.090    Procedure for filing.

19.20.100    Filing and fees.

19.20.010 Drafting standards.

A.    The final plat shall be clearly and legibly drawn in ink upon stable base Mylar polyester film or other approved material. Photographic reproduction on stable base Mylar polyester film may be substituted.

B.    The scale of the plat shall be one inch equals one hundred feet. Other scales may be used which better display the plat upon approval of the city engineer. Lettering shall be at least three-thirty-seconds inch high. The perimeter of the plat or subdivision being recorded shall be depicted with heavier lines than the remaining portion of the plat or subdivision.

C.    The size of each sheet shall be twenty inches high by twenty-two inches wide.

D.    A marginal line shall be drawn completely around each sheet, leaving an entirely blank margin of three inches on the left side, and one inch on each of the other three sides.

E.    If more than two sheets are used, an index of the entire subdivision showing the arrangement of all sheets shall be included on each sheet.

F.    The plat title, date, scale and north point shall be shown on each sheet of the final plat.

G.    All signature places on the final plat shall be original signatures written in permanent ink. Owners’/developers’ signatures shall be accompanied by a notary stamp. (Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)

19.20.020 Required information.

The following information is required to be provided on the final plat:

A.    Full and complete legal description of all land included in the plat;

B.    Location and names, without abbreviations, of all:

1.    Streets and alleys,

2.    Public areas and easements,

3.    Adjoining streets,

4.    Street names previously approved by the city;

C.    The lengths and bearings of all straight lines, radii, arcs and semitangents of all curves;

D.    Centerline data on streets, alleys and easements, including bearings and distances;

E.    All dimensions along the lines of each lot, in feet and decimals of a foot to the nearest hundredth, with the true bearings and any other data necessary for the location of any lot line in the field;

F.    The final plat shall show the centerline data, width and side lines of all easements and rights-of-way to which the lots are subject. If the easement is not definitely located of record, a statement as to the easement shall appear on the title sheet;

G.    Easements for storm drains, sewers and other purposes shall be denoted by broken lines;

H.    Each easement shall be clearly labeled and identified and, if already of public record, proper reference given;

I.    The final map shall show city or county boundaries crossing or adjoining the subdivision;

J.    Subdivisions will be numbered in sequence of filing. Lots shall be numbered in sequence. No two lots in any subdivision shall bear the same number, notwithstanding division of the platted subdivision into separate blocks;

K.    In the event that more than one plat sheet is used, a lot shall be shown entirely on one sheet;

L.    The final plat shall show clearly what stakes, monuments or other evidence were found on the ground which were used as ties to establish the boundaries of the tract;

M.    Lots shall show the square footage of each lot to the nearest tenth of a foot;

N.    All required dedications, endorsements, covenants, affidavits and certificates shall show on the face of the final plat;

O.    The final plat shall show the subdivision of the section or sections involved and show the township and range;

P.    Two copies of sanitary sewers, water lines, and street lighting shall indicate the source and method of distribution, collection or treatment, and include two copies of the general layout of such utilities. These plans for all utilities—roads, streets and other public improvements—will be certified by a registered engineer;

Q.    Natural watercourses and drainage ways shall be located within an easement reserving to the city the right to enter such properties for the purpose of flood control or protection;

R.    Plans, profiles and specifications of completed improvements (as built civil improvement plans) shall be furnished at the time of submitting approval, and be approved by the city engineer before the final plat is presented to the city council. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1378-593 § 2, 1993; Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)

19.20.030 Survey data and procedures.

In making any survey required under these regulations, the following shall be considered and/or included:

A.    Surveys in connection with the preparation of subdivision maps as required shall be made in accordance with standard practices and principles of land surveying. A traverse of the boundaries of the subdivision and all lots and blocks shall close within an error of one foot in five thousand feet;

B.    Ties to Washington Coordinate System (1945 Chapter 168, Section 1-10). Where the section including the proposed subdivision is within one-half mile of a triangulation or traverse station for which coordinates based on the Washington Coordinate System have been established, the section subdivision required by Chapter 58.17 RCW shall be supplemented by coordinates computed on the State Coordinate System in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 58.20 RCW, as derived from Chapter 168, Laws of 1956;

C.    Radius, tangent, arc and central angle of curves;

D.    Suitable primary survey control points referenced to:

1.    Section corners, and

2.    Monuments existing outside of subdivision;

E.    Location and descriptions of all permanent monuments within subdivision;

F.    The corners of adjoining subdivisions or portions thereof shall be identified and ties shown;

G.    Sufficient data shall be shown to determine readily the bearing and length of each line, and the basis of meridian referred to;

H.    Whenever the engineer has established the centerline of a road, such data shall be considered in making the surveys and in preparing the first map, and all monuments found shall be indicated and proper references made to field books or maps of public record relating to the monuments. If the points were reset by ties, that fact shall be stated;

I. 1.    In making the survey for the subdivision, the surveyor shall set sufficient permanent monuments so that the survey or any part thereof may be readily retraced. Such monuments shall generally be placed at angle points on the exterior boundary lines of the tract, and at intersections of centerlines of streets and at beginnings of curves and ends of curves on centerlines. Such monuments may be placed on offset lines. Stakes set at lot corners will not be considered permanent. The character, type and positions of all monuments shall be noted on the map. Monuments shall be two-inch pipe, twenty-four inches long, filled with concrete or approved equivalent;

2.    Each control point marking the boundary of the plat shall be accurately marked by a marker of stone or concrete as approved by the city engineer. Each lot corner shall be marked by a five-eighths-inch rebar, three-fourths-inch iron pipe, or equivalent as approved by the city engineer;

3.    It is intended that all monuments shall be set after the grading of streets. In case the plat is approved prior to completion of grading, temporary monuments shall be set and tied out and the bond or other security deposited to insure the grading shall be increased to the amount of the engineer’s estimate of the cost of resetting monuments after grading is completed;

J.    For each centerline intersection monument set, the engineer or surveyor under whose supervision the survey has been made shall furnish to the engineer a set of notes showing clearly the ties between monuments and a sufficient number (normally four) of durable distinctive reference points or monuments. Such reference points to monuments may be leads or tacks in sidewalks, or such substitute therefor as appears most likely not to be damaged or disturbed. Such set of notes shall comply with standards set by the engineer, and shall be indexed and filed by the engineer as a part of the permanent records;

K. 1.    When a subdivision borders on a body of water, a plat meander line shall be established along the shore at a safe distance back from the ordinary highwater mark of such body of water. Property lying beyond such meander line shall be defined by distances along the side property lines extended from the meander line;

2.    Wherever the thread of a stream forms a boundary of a plat, such stream thread shall be defined by bearings and distances as it exists at the time of the survey;

L.    All documents, maps and survey books shall contain the name of the subdivider and the name of the registered land surveyor doing the survey. (Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)

19.20.040 Dedication.

A.    All streets, highways and parcels of land shown on the final map and intended for any public use shall be offered for dedication for public use, except for private streets so designated.

B.    Streets, or portions of streets, may be required by the city for future dedication where the immediate opening and improvement is not required, but where it is necessary to ensure that the city can later accept dedication when the streets become needed for further development of the area or adjacent areas.

C.    Easements being dedicated shall be so indicated on the face of plat. (Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)

19.20.065 Construction standards.

Prior to final plat approval, improvements shall be installed as required in the hearings examiner’s decision granting the preliminary plat approval according to the city of Shelton design and construction standards as currently adopted or hereafter amended. (Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1677-0306 § 3, 2006)

19.20.070 Minimum improvements—Completion.

The subdivider, at the time of requesting final approval, shall elect to carry out the required minimum improvements by one of the following methods:

A.    By actually installing the minimum improvements required hereunder. Improvements may include road, utilities, drainage or other required work as set forth in the city of Shelton design and construction standards; or

B.    By furnishing the city with a performance bond satisfactory to the city attorney, in which assurance is given to the city that the installation of minimum improvements required under the city of Shelton design and construction standards and under this title will be carried out as provided herein. All bonds shall be in compliance with the city of Shelton design and construction standards. (Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)

19.20.080 Acknowledgement and certificates.

The following forms shall be used for acknowledgements and certificates required under this title:

A.    Description.

This plat of John Doe’s addition to the City of Shelton, Mason County, Washington, covers and includes all of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4) of Section eighteen (18), Township Twenty (20) North, Range Three (3) West of the Willamette Meridian. If the land does not lie within a “section” an alternate description may be provided by a licensed land surveyor, as appropriate.

B.    Dedication. The completed plat must contain a dedication which shall read as follows, when germane:

Know all men by these presents that ______, the undersigned, ______ owner, in fee simple of the land hereby platted and ______ mortgages thereof hereby declare this plat and dedicate to the use of the public forever all streets, avenues, places, and sewer easements or whatever public property there is shown on the plat and the use thereof for any and all public purposes not inconsistent with the use thereof for public highway purposes. Also, the right to make all necessary slopes for cuts and fills upon lots, blocks, tracts, etc., shown on this plat in the reasonable grading of all the streets, avenues, places, etc., shown hereon. Also, the right to drain all streets over and across any lot or lots where water might take a natural course after the street or streets are graded. Also, all claims for damages against any governmental authority are waived which may be occasioned to the adjacent land by the established construction, drainage, and maintenance of said roads.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF we set our hands and seals this ______ day of ______ A.D., 20___.



Plats containing private dedications shall be worded appropriately, but contain the following:

All claims for damages against any governmental authority are waived which may be occasioned to the adjacent land by the established construction, drainage, and maintenance of said roads.

C.    Acknowledgement.




This is to certify that on this ____ day of 20___, before me, the undersigned, a Notary Public, personally appeared ______, to be known to be the person(s) who executed the foregoing dedication and acknowledged to me that ______ signed and sealed the same as ______ free and voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.

Witness my hand and official seal the day and year first above written.


Notary Public in and for the State of

Washington, residing at ________


D.    Covenants. The following covenants shall show on the face of the final plat:

1.    All lots shall be subject to an easement five feet in width and parallel and adjacent to all lot lines, except that this easement shall be ten feet in width along lot lines where lots are not contiguous for purposes of installation and maintenance of all utilities and drainage and all lots shall also be subject to the right of overhead easements of electric and telephone wires over portions of lots where roadway curvature causes the same to occur.

2.    The sale or lease of less than a whole lot in any subdivision platted and filed under this chapter is expressly prohibited except in compliance with this chapter or Chapter 19.28.

3.    This covenant shall be required when the plat contains private roads.

The cost of constructing and maintaining all roads not herein dedicated as public roads shall be the obligation of all of the owners of the lots in the plat and/or of any additional plats that may be served by said streets, and the obligation to maintain shall be concurrently the obligation of any corporation in which title of the roads and streets may be held. In the event that the owners of any lots served by the roads or streets of this plat shall petition the board of city councilmembers to include these roads or streets in the public road system, the petitioners shall be obligated to bring the same to city standards in all respects, including dedication of right-of-way, prior to acceptance by the city.

E.    Certificates. The completed plat must contain certifications from the following on the face of the plat:

1.    The surveyor who surveyed the property certifying the correctness of the survey according to state law;

2.    The Mason County health department;

3.    The city engineer;

4.    The director of community and economic development;

5.    The Mason County assessor;

6.    The Mason County treasurer certifying that all state and county taxes levied against the property have been paid in full;

7.    The Mason County auditor, along with the following verbiage:

Filed for record at the request of the _______ this ____ day of ____ A.D., 20__ at ___ minutes past ____M., and recorded in Volume ___ of ___ plats, page ____ , Records of Mason County, Washington;


8.    The mayor of the city of Shelton. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)

19.20.090 Procedure for filing.

A.    For purposes of filing a final plat, the subdivider shall submit to the administrator an original final plat tracing and three dark line prints thereof.

B.    The administrator shall examine or have examined the map as to sufficiency of affidavits and acknowledgments, correctness of surveying data, mathematical data and computations, and such other matters as require checking to ensure compliance with these regulations. Traverse sheets (computation of coordinates) and work sheets showing the closure of the exterior boundaries and of each irregular lot and block shall be furnished. If the final plat is found to be in correct form and the matters shown thereon are sufficient, the engineer shall certify the original final plat tracing.

C.    The administrator, city engineer, and Mason County health officer shall sign the final plat Mylar prior to its presentation to the city council. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; Ord. 1750-0709 § 2 (part), 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)

19.20.100 Filing and fees.

A.    The final plat, subdivision, or dedication shall be duly filed with and recorded by the county auditor upon receipt of the full amount of the filing fees according to the provisions of RCW 36.18.010.

B.    A certified statement from the county treasurer shall be filed with the plat, showing taxes paid for the preceding year, and also taxes for the year in which the plat is filed, the latter being a sum equal to the product of the county assessor’s latest valuation on the unimproved property in such subdivision multiplied by the current year’s millage rate increased by twenty-five percent on the property platted.

C.    A certificate of title from a reputable abstractor or a reputable title insurance company shall be submitted which shall name all parties interested in the land to be platted. (Ord. 1754-1009 § 3, 2009: Ord. 1701-0407 § 1 (part), 2007: Ord. 1041 (part), 1981)