Certificates of Compliance evaluate information necessary to substantiate a finding that the existing lot(s) conform(s) to the SMA and local ordinances. Such information may include: chain of title; evidence of prior subdivision or parcel map approval; an official map prepared pursuant to the SMA; recorded deeds or other evidence relevant to the division of the property in question. A Certificate of Compliance represents a local agency’s recognition of the validity of a legal lot(s).
Lot line adjustments and mergers adjust the size and or shape of existing lots and are generally minor in nature. Lot line adjustments do not create new lots, while mergers reduce the number of lots.
A Tentative Map, followed by the filing of a Final Map, is the general process for subdivision of five or more lots. The Tentative Map is more detailed and involved than a Parcel Map, and depending on the size of the proposed subdivision, may also require dedications of land, such as parkland.