Assessor Parcel Maps, also referred to as Parcel Maps, Tax Maps, Plat Maps or Assessors Maps, reflect the legal boundaries and dimensions of each parcel. A parcel is a piece of real property under a defined ownership, or it can be a lot in a subdivision. Local governments administer and legislate through the creation of and maintenance of land records that are associated with a parcel of land. The parcel is often the vital administrative unit of local governments. A civil engineer draws parcel maps when a development originally created and approved by the County planning commission. Parcel maps are developed and maintained at many levels of government such as Planning, Zoning & Building Department and by the private sector. The City or County may approve a parcel map when it meets the requirements of the general plan and all applicable laws and ordinances. The State Subdivision Map Act and the local subdivision ordinance regulate and govern the filing and processing of parcel maps. In addition to other purposes, parcel maps primarily serve as the basis for land value assessments. Besides tax evaluation, many public and private organizations, as well as citizens utilize parcel data in a range of creative ways. Some universal examples are administration, zoning, building and site development, flood control, lake and stream erosion management, dispute over boundary lines, disaster recovery plans, re-assessment of property for equitable taxation, supervision and regulation of public transportation and traffic, and buying and selling land. Parcel maps are also useful to attorneys, appraisers, assessors, realtors, financial planners, surveyors, engineers, and most utility providers as means to inventory land holdings and index land records.
From state agency planning commissions to private businesses reselling marketing data, needs are different and diverse, yet all rely on the core parcel data collected by the municipality and maintained by the local government. Today the most commonly used parcel maps are local government tax parcel maps. Tax maps are designed for plotting, locating and describing properties linked to landowners, property tax bills, and other assessments. Because of these focused needs, tax maps tend to be more general in their representation of parcel locations and dimensions rather than a highly accurate illustration of legal landownership.
At times, a Parcel Map may be referred to as a Plat Map or a Plot Map. Those definitions are not completely accurate. A Plat is a plan or a map of a specific land area and generally entails a subdivision. A Plot is a diagram displaying the proposed or existing use of a specific parcel of land. To produce a utilitarian Plat map or draw a Plot plan one needs to rely on the most recent Assessor's Parcel Map and neighborhood addresses. Other names associated with Parcel Maps are Land Maps, Tax Maps, Real Estate Maps, Lot and Block Survey System and Land Survey Maps. Parcel maps, unlike any other real estate related records, have no federal or state oversight with their development. Federal government never supervised or sanctioned the development of parcel maps, and since everything is at a local level, all standards tend to vary. Due to this devolution, certain controversy still exists with "parcel map" definitions and categorizations.
Parcel Maps, like other real estate filings are public record. This database completeness varies by State and by County, and therefore it is advisable before requesting a copy of a map, to check State/County Coverage and make sure it is available in your desired area. We are the largest online provider of assessor's parcel maps in the nation.
The fee for obtaining a parcel maps is a per sheet charge. On certain properties, several maps sheets may appear per query, depending on the book and map number of the parcel. Individual parcel or page numbers are commonly contained within parcel boundaries on the map. If more than one map filing exists for a subject property, a list of all available maps sheets will be presented. You have an ability to select whatever you need; however, it is not too rare to have more than one map per single parcel. Not only you no longer need to go to the local County courthouse for parcel map retrieval, you do not even need to know the Assessor's Parcel Number or the Block and Page number in order to request the copy. You can search with property address, A.P.N. or even search statewide and nationwide with a current owner name -- that is all you need to do to instantaneously locate and download all copies of maps for that piece of real estate.
The logic behind Assessor Parcel Maps: to provide instant retrieval of the most recent parcel maps' copies online. Parcel maps have no legal role in determining property ownership or chain of title.
Types of Properties: residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, land, and all other available types of Real Estate Properties.
Contents of Assessor Parcel Maps: municipal map drawn to scale, displaying the divisions of a piece of land, the distance and bearing between survey corners, and at times including topographic or vegetation information. City, Town or Village plats also show subdivisions into blocks with numbered streets and alleys. In addition, dimensions and acreage on selected parcels and condominium unit numbers may be available in some areas. Complementary enhancement often splits blocks into individual lots, mainly for the purpose of marketing or developing the described lots; this is also known as subdivision.
Provided Data and Format: there is no compiled or gathered data – unlike traditional property records, Parcel Maps are digital reproductions of actual authentic documents, and as such are considered being as reliable and accurate as the originals. All retrieved maps are downloadable and viewable as a full high-resolution image .tif using a Tagged Image File Format (TIFF).