Online tool provides property survey documents

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Surveyor documents are now available online through a new research tool from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

“SurDocs,” available at dcra.dc.gov/surdocs, provides residents and businesses with access to more than 10,000 copies of field surveys and surveyor plats. The legal records of land plats and subdivisions of private and D.C. government property cover a period of more than two centuries, according to the website. In the past, customers could obtain those documents only by visiting the regulatory agency in person.

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The website also features a short video guiding customers on how to use the new search tool. SurDocs offers both quick-search and advanced-search options, with the former allowing searches by lot and the latter by book type.

The new tool is part of the regulatory agency’s “Safe and Simple” initiative, which aims to simplify processes for customers with a host of new online offerings and how-to guides.