A “Plat” includes a map of a tract of land subdivided into lots, with streets, alleys, etc. drawn to scale showing dimensions according to Minnesota Statue 505. A plat also includes formalities such as the owners' certificate, surveyor's certificate and various signatures of governmental officers to show approval.
The most common reason an owner would choose to plat is so lots can be defined and sold.
A recorded plat will change the legal description as defined by the plat. The most common example of a platted legal description would be:
Lot 2, Block 1, Any Name Addition to the City of Glyndon, Clay County, Minnesota
Common Interest Community
A Common Interest Community (CIC) plat is another type of plat which often includes units and common areas according to Minnesota Statute 515B or 505.