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US Public Land Survey System


Convert PLSS to Latitude and Longitude

 Qtr Qtr Qtr  Qtr Qtr  Qtr/Lot     Section   Fraction 
 
 Township   Fraction   N/S     Range   Fraction   E/W 
 
State
Meridian  County 

Note: Only a Meridian or a County is required, not both.

Note: Fractions are Rare. If in doubt, Leave Fractions Blank

Example:
S2 T35N R21W Chisago County
Fourth Principal Extended
Minnesota


Convert Latitude and Longitude to PLSS

GPS Location
Latitude Longitude

Example:
Latitude 37.96197   Longitude -121.81423

 

Latitude Longitude  
Degree Minute Second N/S Degree Minute Second E/W

Example:
Latitude 37° 57' 43" N   Longitude 121° 48' 51" W


The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) is the surveying method used in the United States to divide real property.

It is regulated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Common Names for this System of Land Surveying

  • Legal Land Description
  • Public Land Survey System
  • Rectangular Survey System
  • United States Public Land Survey
  • Rectangular System of Surveys
  • U.S. Government Survey
  • Official Government Survey
  • Township and Range System
  • "According to the Government Survey Thereof"


US Public Land Survey System - Principal Meridians and Base Lines
United States Rectangular Survey System
United States PLSS - Theoretical Township Numbering Diagram - Showing method of numbering sections with adjoining sections.
US Public Land Survey System - Typical Section Subdivisions
US Public Land Survey System - Examples of Subdivision by Protraction
US Public Land Survey System - Original T1S R1E Mount Diablo Survey

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