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Property / Parcel Mapping

Many counties and cities use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map the properties within their jurisdiction.  These maps are a very popular and useful tool for information sharing, decision making, analysis, planning, and more.

GIS-based parcel maps are like an enhanced version of a traditional plat book that can be used on computers and mobile devices.

Things to know about parcel maps:

Parcel maps are developed primarily from property tax records and deeds.  Even though they display 'boundaries' on a map, they are not surveys and should not be used for locating property lines and corners.

Parcel maps are a helpful reference tool for visualizing properties, but their accuracy is not guaranteed.  We have encountered situations where some of our parcel boundaries were off by more than 100 feet.  One reason this can happen is because we did not have a lot of precise survey and GPS information when parcel maps were first developed.  As new survey and GPS information is received, maps are adjusted to be more precise.

If you're concerned about inaccurate information on a parcel map, please contact us.

To find copies of surveys, you can also visit our Land Survey Records page.

Smartphone apps are great for many things.  Land surveying isn't one of them.  The only proper way to locate and mark property lines or corners is to rely on land survey markers, official survey records, and property descriptions.  Locating property lines should be done by a licensed land surveyor.  Beltrami County does not survey individual properties for private land owners.  We only preserve and maintain section corners.

For more information or to find copies of surveys, you can visit our Land Survey Records page.

When you buy, sell, subdivide, or combine a property, the updates usually will not show up immediately on a parcel map.  It takes time for this information to be processed, and sometimes it needs to flow through multiple departments and employees at the county before it makes its way to public parcel maps.

If you're concerned about inaccurate information on a parcel map, please contact us.


Find property-related maps on the county's GIS Hub

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