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Re: Record Retention

Posted by 427 on July 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM

In Reply to: Record Retention posted by Jayson on July 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Just wanted to give an update. I stopped again at the recorders office since I was in that area anyway. I was another frustrating but worthwhile experience. I know slightly more but still very little about the big picture of how why when where things are recorded or saved by a municipality. If I understood correctly, it turns out that for orange county, most of what I want is in fact the architectural plans as Jayson pointed out and they would be stored at the individual city planning offices. After reading some web sites of several city halls, I believe the actual plans themselves are stored in the same wharehouse that the county planning office stores thiers. If I were to pursue this, I would have to request from each city, the plans I would like to view. They will get them, but in order to make copies you would need to get the architects permission in writing to allow duplicates, you need a reprographics company to pick up the plans and copy, the list goes on. I am pretty sure they would say no if I asked to simply take a digital photo of a page. You would think the owners in the tract would share ownership of the plans. I did sucessfully get a site plan form one of the property managers, but not really readable but that may be an option if needed. Thank you for your input, it was a learning experience hanging out at the recorders office. My experiece from this is that this is probabably not a detail worth sweating over I agree. They do have a cd-rom floor plans program up here that I have used for years, a great product it is just not 100% complete but still worth every penny.

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