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Plat Map

  • Shows how a piece of land is divided into lots with streets and alleys.
  • Used to sell the described lots within a residential subdivision. 
  • Used to legally dedicate land for roads and other right-of-way areas.
  • Refers to lot numbers rather than portions of sections by legal description after a plat is filed.

Preliminary Plat

  • A general layout evaluated to determine if a design is suitable for the land and complies with the City's subdivision regulations. 
  • Some modification of the preliminary plat is permitted with the final plat application submittal, provided the original design concept has not changed.
  • Preliminary plats are reviewed and approved or denied by the Planning Commission.

Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 18.40.150

Preliminary Plat Process and Application

Final Plat

  • A division of land into two or more lots, building sites or other divisions for sale or development. 
  • Final plats must be approved by the Olathe City Council if easements and/or rights-of-ways are dedicated. 
  • Excise Taxes are collected before a final plat is recorded for streets, traffic signals and parks.
  • Final plats typically take 90 days from submittal to be recorded with the Johnson County department of Records and Tax Administration.
    Access the Automated Information Mapping System (AIMS) to search for recorded Johnson County plat images.

Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 18.40.160

Final Plat Process and Application

Minor Plat

  • A subdivision containing no more than five lots and not requiring dedication of public right-of-way or easements.
  • An adjustment in boundaries of adjoining platted lots.
  • A resurvey to combine two or more platted lots or tracts.
  • A resurvey of platted lots or tracts to subdivide building units for individual ownership such as condominium or townhouse plats.

Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 18.40.170

Minor Plat Process and Application


  • When a property owner subdivides a larger parcel of property into smaller lots, or smaller lots are combined into one larger lot. 
  • The lot boundaries change, but the ownership of the property does not change until a deed is recorded.

Additional Resources

Call 913-971-8750 for additional information.

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