2011 ALTA Requirements Require Title Insurer to Provide Zoning Documents
Here is a paragraph taken from the "2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements For ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys" doc which specifies the purpose of the ALTA survey.
For a survey of real property, and the plat, map or record of such survey, to be acceptable to a title insurance company for the purpose of insuring title to said real property free and clear of survey matters (except those matters disclosed by the survey and indicated on the plat or map), certain specific and pertinent information must be presented for the distinct and clear understanding between the insured, the client (if different from the insured), the title insurance company (insurer), the lender, and the surveyor professionally responsible for the survey.
The items of Table A need to be negotiated between the surveyor and client. It may be necessary for the surveyor to qualify or expand upon the description of these items, e.g., in reference to Item 6(b), there may be a need for an interpretation of a restriction. The surveyor cannot make a certification on the basis of an interpretation or opinion of another party.
Table A – Item 6
6. _____ (a) Current zoning classification, as provided by the insurer.
_____ (b) Current zoning classification and building setback requirements, height and floor space area restrictions as set forth in that classification, as provided by the insurer. If none, so state.