What is a legal lot?

A lot is a legal lot when created in compliance with the State Subdivision Map Act and the Nevada County Subdivision Ordinance. In general, a legal lot is either a lot whose creation was reviewed and approved by Nevada County under the regulations in effect at the time of its creation or a lot which was created through separate conveyance before such a division was regulated, into four or fewer new lots before March 4, 1972. Lots that are shown on a recorded final map, parcel map, or official map are generally considered legal lots.

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1. What is a lot?
2. How are lots created?
3. What is a legal lot?
4. What is an illegal lot?
5. What does the County do about illegal lots?
6. What does it mean to own an illegal lot?
7. Why is the County concerned about illegal lots?
8. What is an Assessor's Parcel?
9. How did the County find out about my illegal lot?
10. Can I be prosecuted for owning an illegal lot?
11. Why didn't the title company tell me my lot was illegal?
12. The person who sold it to me is the one who broke the law; what can be done about this?
13. What can I do to legalize my lot?
14. Must I file for a conditional certificate of compliance now?
15. What can a buyer do to avoid acquiring an illegal lot?
16. Whom should I contact on these matters?