Easement Vacation and Replats
The Survey Section is the initial point of contact for applying to vacate an easement managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Information regarding petitioning to replat existing lot lines in the Unorganized Borough is included here because it is handled under the same process and regulations as easement vacations.
The following types of easements require DNR approval for full or partial vacation:
- Section-Line Easements of any width
- RS 2477 Rights-of-Way
- Easements “To and Along Public Water” created per AS 38.05.127
- Alaska Division of Lands (ADL) Right-of-Way
- Any other easements reserved and managed by DNR
In the Unorganized Borough all of the above plus the following require DNR approval:
- Platted Right-of-Way dedicated to Public Use
- Public Access Easements
- Replats plus any combination of the above
The vacation of section-line easements and RS 2477 rights-of-way also requires the approval of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT/PF). A petition filed with DNR will be automatically forwarded to DOT/PF, along with copies of the required submittals, and applicants are not required to petition DOT/PF directly. The Survey Section will also solicit review comments directly from other state agencies.
The supporting materials required along with the petition and application fee differ according to the location and type of action requested. There are three different situations:
1. Easement Vacations Within a Local Platting Authority
Local platting authority is granted to organized boroughs and incorporated cities and municipalities. If your property lies within a incorporated city or borough, you should contact the appropriate office to determine whether or not they are exercising their platting authority. If you are unsure how to contact the local government, the Division of Community Advocacy maintains an online Community Database that we have found to be helpful.
Application Fee - $750
2. Easement Vacations in the Unorganized Borough
If there is not a local platting authority, then DNR is the platting authority, in accordance with AS 40.15. Within the Unorganized Borough, the vacation or alteration of any public easement or right-of-way of record is a vacation subject to the requirements of AS 29.40.120-.150 and AS 40.15.300(e).
Application Fee - $750
3. Replats in the Unorganized Borough
Within the Unorganized Borough, if new subdivision lotting overlaps, or in any way alters platted lot lines, it is a replat subject to the requirements of AS 29.40.120-.150 and AS 40.15.300(e). Protracted lot lines, depicted as dashed lines, on GLO or BLM rectangular survey plats approved by the federal government are lot lines of record and subject to the same regulations if replatted.
Application / Survey Instruction Fee - $50
Downloads useful for drafting:
- SLEV Sample Plat in pdf format.pdf
- SLEV Sample Plat Release 12 Autocad format.dxf
- Standard Legend in pdf format
- Standard Legend in Autocad R12 dxf format