The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has an updated, free, online Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats.


“This system provides access to digital images, with print capability, of the plats and related documents of land subdivisions in the State of Michigan’s plat files. The State of Michigan began maintaining a file of all plats in the state in 1873. A copy of all plats prepared after that date were filed with the State. Beginning in 1909 and completed in 1911, a copy of all plats on file with the 83 county Register of Deeds and recorded prior to 1873 were duplicated and the duplicate copies incorporated into the State’s files. This system includes all plats in the State of Michigan beginning with the plats created under the 1821 territorial act for recording town plats.”


“The related documents include court orders, municipal resolutions, municipal ordinances, surveyor’s affidavits, and county road commission’s resolutions. Generally these documents alter a plat on file in some way.”


“Currently, there are over 66,000 plats on file and images for over 99% of those plats are available here. Related documents with available digital imagery are automatically accessed with the plat as additional page(s). Not all related documents are available in digital form. Additional related documents might exist that affect a plat and may be available at the county Register of Deeds.”


9 responses to “Michigan Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats”

  1. I only want to look up subdivision plats. Why is this so difficult? It used to be so easy, now it is impossible.

  2. this has to be the worse website for looking up subdivisions and plats that was ever created.

  3. This website is a nightmare. After an hour of effort, I can find no evidence that actual maps are available from this website.

  4. As usual, the goverment and it’s entities want to make things more difficult. Why is it in this age of technology we are taking steps backward to get this info? Please explain and then relieve the people who implemented this site of their position. We use to be able to get on this site and find info within a minute, now it’s an unmanageable mess.

  5. Another complaint that formerly basic State records formerly were available hassle-free, now ‘outsourced’.

    Entrusted to a company that demands PII, on a website filled with trackers (cookies) to better harvest data & sell/compare to datamining companies (now they know what land you’re interested in too).

    All the above should be a red flag for anyone interested in preservation of the operation if state affairs for the citizens as well as personal data protection.

    A bad idea that may have earned some ladder-climber some ‘partnership’ bullet-points but at the cost of accessibility of records to citizens and placing them at the mercy of datamining companies.

  6. … this used to be so easy… all my old links are dead … now it’s impossible and I’ll be dead before it gets better.


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