Using the Map

Navigation

Zoom and pan intuitively using the mouse much like Google Maps.

Mouse Wheel Zoom. On a desktop or laptop computer, place the cursor on a point in the vicinity of where you want to go and push your mouse wheel forward. The map will zoom in centered on your cursor. To zoom out, rotate the mouse wheel back toward you.

Zoom Box. To use the Zoom Box, either press “O” or click on the button on top of your map with the icon of a square and a plus symbol. Next, click on the map and hold down to create a box around the region to which you wish to zoom. A small box will zoom in close, while a larger box zooms in less. Release your mouse to complete the zoom.

Button Zoom. The zoom buttons tool in the top left of the map can also be used to zoom, in combination with pan to reach your destination. These buttons, a plus and a minus icon, can be found in your top left corner. Click the plus button to zoom in and the minus button to zoom out.

Mobile Zoom. On a touch-screen or mobile device, zoom and pan with fingers as with Google Maps. Squeeze fingers together to zoom in, drag fingers apart to zoom out.

Pan. Click the surface of the map, hold down, and drag the map to view the portion you wish to see, then release.

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Accessing Parcel Data

Parcel data may be accessed most immediately, at any time, by clicking on parcels to select them directly. The parcel boundary line will turn red and a panel will appear on the right with all related property information available for that parcel in PV displayed.

Search

Search by street address, owner name, or assessor parcel number (APN).

Enter Progressively. Begin your entry in the search bar and a drop-down will appear with guesses as to the object of your search. Put just enough information in the bar for it to appear in the drop-down. When you see what you are looking for in the list, click on it and the map view will zoom to that parcel with it outlined in red. In general, a street number plus the first few letters of a street name are enough to narrow your results to a single parcel record. Data regarding the parcel will appear in a panel on the right.

Backing Up Helps. Although counter-intuitive, if you enter a full address in detail (street number + name + city + state + zip), there is a chance that the characters you entered will not quite match those associated with the parcel in the database, and you will not get any results. When that happens, try removing characters one at a time, from right to left, leaving a little time for PV to think.

 
Legend

Add and/or turn off Reference and other information layers that overlay layers in the map Base layer group.

Open the layer menu by clicking the Legend Legend Icon icon in the header bar, or press “L”. The layer options will display in the left side panel.

Layers available are listed by group. Typically, the two groups are Reference, with layers such as county boundaries, parcels, city limits, and Base map layers.

Turn individual layers on or off by checking the box or clicking the radio button next to each layer name. See the Base Layer Options section above for more information about base layers.

 
Base Layer Options

Alternate between base layers to optimize the backdrop information available for your interpretation purposes.

Click the Legend Legend Icon icon at the left in the blue toolbar above the map, and the layer options will appear in the left side-panel, under the lower heading, Base. Then, click on the radio button next to the name of your desired base layer to change it.

Google Hybrid. Our default base layer on opening provides the most all-around functionality, joining designations such as road names, city names, and landmark names with Google’s high-resolution aerial imagery.

Google Imagery. This base layer strips away all names and labels, leaving just imagery. The result is a clean map view that is excellent for printing views and screenshots of land features.

Terrain. Similar to the Google imagery layer in that it does not include names or labels. Unlike Google imagery, it provides hill shading and contour lines. This layer is ideal for gauging slope and aspect. If you are looking for a parcel with a gentle south-facing slope, for instance, this basemap could serve your needs.

Open Street Map. An urban-oriented street map that provides bold, legible symbology and labels for cities, streets, transit routes, and other man-made features.

Street View Drop-in

See ground views of parcels and other features from any point along a public street right-of-way where Street View coverage has been collected by Google.

There are two ways to do this in Parcel Viewer.

Click the G button in the header bar, then click any point on the map from which you want to see.

Click the G button at the bottom of the right information panel after selecting a parcel. Street View opens facing the parcel.

Both methods trigger separate tabs in the browser. Return to the map by closing the new G tab, clicking the close button in the upper right, or by pressing the escape key.

Query

Identify parcels meeting criteria, single or multiple, that you define.

PARCEL VIEWER parcels can have as many as 14 fields of property data or attributes that describe the parcel and differentiate it from others. In a Query, numeric values, identifying numbers, words, characters or numeric strings contained in the attribute fields are used as limiting criteria. These criteria are applied singularly or successively, and relationships specified, all by the user, to identify particular parcels that individually meet those criteria combined.

To use Query, click the icon in the header bar,or press “Q”. Keep Feature Layer set to “Parcels,” then select the first field you wish to query for under Attribute Field. Choose the desired operator under Relationship (<, >, =, etc.) and then enter a value for Condition.

You may link multiple queries together to select for parcels under specific conditions.

Example: To search for properties that are assessed at more than a million dollars and have an area greater than 50 acres, select Attribute Field as Total Assessed Value, select < for Relationship, and enter 1000000 as Condition. Click add another, and select “Approximate Size” for Attribute Field, > for Relationship, and enter 50 as a condition. Press GO in the bottom right corner of the Query toolbar to run the query.

Advanced Select

Select multiple parcels for the purpose of viewing and downloading parcel data in tabular form for various applications.

Open the Advanced Select menu by clicking the button, or press “A”. The tool options will display in the left side panel.

Point. While pressing the CTRL key, click on each parcel that you wish to inspect. As you click, the selected parcels will populate the Results section to the right of the map with APNs displayed. Click on any of the APNs to see information associated with that parcel.

Box and Lasso. Multiple parcels may also be selected using the Advanced Select tools, Box and Lasso. To access Advanced Select, either click on the cursor icon button in the toolbar at the top of your page, or press “A”. The Selection Method options will display in the left side panel. Parcels contained in or intersected by the Box or Lasso polygon will be selected.

To use the Box method, simply click on the map and drag the rectangle over the parcels you wish to select.

To use the Lasso method, begin your polygon by clicking on a point on the map, then click again to create a vertex. Continue until you have the shape which you want, then double click to complete the polygon.

Whatever the method, the parcels selected will appear in a list in the right panel. To see data associated with any one parcel, click on its APN directly in the panel. The data for the parcels selected may be exported in CSV file format with all parameters available visible in columns.

Outreach

If Outreach has been added to your subscription, then selection buffers may be created, owner mailing label templates exported, and PDF tables of key attributes downloaded for parcels selected.
Selection by distance from a subject parcel

The Buffer Tool allows selection of parcels within a set distance of a subject parcel. Parcels contained in or intersected by the buffer polygon will be selected.

To use the buffer method of selecting parcels, first select the desired parcel or parcels of interest around which the buffer will be defined. Then open the Advanced Select menu by clicking the button, or press “A”. The tool options will display in the left side-panel. Select the Buffer tool by clicking the adjacent button. Choose the desired unit of measurement in the dropdown menu and set the distance. Then, click the “Run” button.

Results. All parcels within the selection will be highlighted yellow in the map and records will appear, minimized to show only APNs, in the data panel on the right. Moving the cursor over a record outlines (in red) the corresponding parcel in the map. Click any record in the list to see more information. Click the button in the lower right of the panel to return to the full record list and to view the original selection.

Compiling and printing owner and situs address mailing labels

After using any of the tools in the Advanced Select menu (Box, Lasso, or individual parcel selection by clicking while holding down control button) the data panel will appear on the right. Click the button in the lower bar of the data panel and a modal entitled Data View will appear which displays the export options. Select the Labels tab and choose to create labels based on mailing address, situs address, or if different, create a label for each. Clicking the “Skip duplicates” box causes labels to not be generated in cases where owner name and mailing address are the same for multiple parcels. Clicking the “Show APN on the label” box adds the APN of the associated parcel to the mailing label. Click the “Download” button. The label template will open in a new tab and can be found in your default downloads folder. Label templates will be generated in the Avery 5160 format.

Exporting attributes of parcels into a PDF table

After using any of the tools in the Advanced Select menu the data panel will appear on the right. Click the button in the lower bar of the data panel and a modal entitled Data View will appear which displays the export options. Select the PDF Table tab, enter a title for the table and then click the “Download” button. The table will open in a new tab and can be found in your default downloads folder. The table will display the APN, owner name, situs address and owner mailing address of all selected parcels.

Subscription and Accounts

How does a monthly subscription work?

Full PV access is provided from the moment the first monthly fee is charged to your card. The charge recurs at the same time each month. If you add another county, the monthly fee will be prorated and billed to match the existing cycle.

You may cancel any subscription at any time. Full map access will continue for the duration of the cycle for which you have paid.

How does a Day Pass subscription work?
 

Full PV access extends 24 hours from the time the single day fee is charged. No recurring charge is applied.

How do I add/ remove a collaborator seat?
 
  • Click the My Maps tab in the header bar.
  • In your dashboard, click the My Account tab.
  • Click the up arrow next to the number of Collaborator Seats to increase the number of available seats, or click the down arrow to reduce the number of available seats.
  • Click Update.

If seats are added, the fee will be applied in the same billing cycle as the underlying account. If seats are removed, seat access will continue for the duration of the cycle for which you have paid.

How do I cancel a subscription?
 
  • Click the My Maps tab in the header bar.
  • In your dashboard, click the My Account tab.
  • In the account page, click the Manage Subscriptions button and check the box next to the county you wish to remove.
  • Click Update.

You may also cancel by contacting an ENPLAN representative at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com.

Can I delete my account?
 
Yes, anytime. Contact ENPLAN support at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com to have your account permanently deleted.

Data

Where do you get parcel data?
 

Both property and parcel line base data are obtained directly from county agencies. Property data (owner of record, assessed value, situs address, etc.) is compiled by the county assessor. Parcel line base data (geometry, boundaries) is compiled by either the assessor or another county department.

What are the definitions of data fields?
 

Field definitions appear when hovering over the property data panel fields in the map interface.

Will parcel data for other counties become available?
 
We are working to add all California counties to Parcel Viewer. If you are interested in a county that is not listed, please contact ENPLAN support at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com
Will parcel data for other states become available?
 
If you are interested in a PV map for a county in another state, contact ENPLAN support at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com to discuss options.
Are other types of data available?
 
The MapPort platform can host all sorts of spatially-related data in a custom form. Contact ENPLAN support at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com to discuss options.
Why is the owner of record out of date?
 
Property data displayed is obtained from the county assessor, and we publish it in PV as received. If an owner record is out of date, it should be corrected with the next PV property data update. Click the “I” button in the header bar or type “i” to open the information panel and see the publication dates of the datasets displayed. If the owner of record is persistently out of date, please report to ENPLAN support at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com.
When is the data going to be updated?
 

Property data is updated by assessors annually, at a minimum, when new assessed values are posted. Publication dates of the datasets displayed in PV vary widely from county to county. PV data is updated as often as quarterly as new datasets are published by the county. Click the “I” button in the header bar or type “i” to open the information panel and see the publication dates of the datasets displayed.

Why is there no information for a certain field?
 
Property data displayed is obtained from the county assessor, and we publish it as is. However, there can be internal inconsistencies among datasets and other factors causing vacant fields. Please report missing property data to ENPLAN support at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com.
Why is my parcel boundary line incorrect?
 

Parcel boundary data displayed is obtained from the county, and we publish it in PV as received. Click the “I” button in the header bar or type “i” to open the information panel and see the publication date of the parcel base.

Extras

Where do you get parcel data?
 

Both property and parcel line base data are obtained directly from county agencies. Property data (owner of record, assessed value, situs address, etc.) is compiled by the county assessor. Parcel line base data (geometry, boundaries) is compiled by either the assessor or another county department.

What other public maps have been built on MapPort?
 
A variety of stock public and private custom enterprise maps are hosted on MapPort. Wildfire Viewer is a stock map built on MapPort that becomes enormously popular during important fire events. It tracks all active wildfires in the conterminous USA at WildfireViewer.mapport.com. Enterprises for which custom maps are hosted on MapPort range from fire agencies, to business improvement districts, to specialty food growers.
How do I request data for other counties/states?
 

Contact an ENPLAN representative at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com if you are interested in a county in another state. We may be able to accommodate you.

How can I have a custom web map made?
 

Contact us at (530) 402-4783 or via email at wmsgroup@enplan.com to discuss your objectives and the options. A custom map usually starts with a stock map foundation like Parcel Viewer. Datasets and layers are added from there. Your own custom map can be rapidly built and particularly economical if layers to be included are already compiled or datasets georeferenced. If not, our geospatial technologists are very experienced and can create the datasets or layers you need very cost-efficiently and quickly.

Useful Information

Keyboard Shortcuts
 

L – Layers/Legend panel
O – Zoombox
B – Back to previous map view
F – forward to previous map view
G – Google Street View
M – Metrics tools
Q – Query tool
A – Advanced Select tool
D – Map Download
P – Print
S – Live URL Share
R – Refresh map
I – Information panel
Ctrl + Click – Select multiple parcels (Windows)
⌘ + Click – Select multiple parcels (Mac)

Mapport Tools Glossary
 

Layer:  The visual representation of a geographic dataset.

Live Share:  Enables a user to share their map view with another user via a link placing that recipient user into a MapPort map in the same dynamic view.

Map Download:  Enables a user to create a PDF or PNG of their current map view.

Metrics:  Enables a user to measure distance and area, and elevation.

Print:  Enables the user to title and Print a PDF of their current map view.

Query:  Enables user to apply one or more parametric criteria to limit results.

Search Bar:  Enables user to search for parcels to which a specific attribute in the associated dataset applies. APN, situs address, or owner name are searchable.

General Terms

Latitude:  The measurement north or south of the Equator at the Earth’s surface.

Longitude  The measurement of distance east or west of the Prime Meridian at the earth’s surface.

Map Interface:  The collection of data layers and tools with which a user can interact.

Map View:  The current representation of geographic datasets compiled by a user in the map interface.

Parcel:  A defined area of land owned by a legal entity.

Tool:  Means by which a MapPort user creates map views or manipulates data.The visual representation of a geographic dataset.

Tool Bar:  Location of MapPort tools above the map view window.

Minimum Requirements
 

Browser

Google Chrome or Firefox browsers will yield best performance.

Operating System and Hardware

  • Windows 7
  • MacOS x Yosemite 10.10
  • Linux 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04+, Debian 8+, openSUSE 13.3+, or Fedora Linux 4+
  • Intel Pentium 4, AMD Opteron or Athlon 64. 2GB RAM

Mobile

Our MapPort® mobile app will become available soon. Optimized for current versions of both iOS and Android.

Contact

Questions or need assistance? Contact us by phone or email. Our technologists are happy to help.

(530) 402-4783 wmsgroup@enplan.com
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm PDT

Use Chrome or Firefox for best performance.

Resources

Helpful Links

Wildfire Viewer Real-time United States and Canada wildfire tracking.

Custom Maps Custom mapping on the MapPort platform.

Purchasable Geodata High resolution georeferenced aerial imagery and LiDAR elevation data.

Parcel Viewer Youtube Videos detailing Parcel Viewer tool usage.

Surveyor Lookup Tool Find surveyors based on zip code, area of practice, license number, name, and more.

Realtor Lookup Tool Search for realtors by name or zip code.

ENPLAN Partnerships
 

LAStools LiDAR data processing software

Google Maps Platform  Google’s geoospatial data and basemap provisioning service.

Open Street Map  Open-source, user-generated web map.

California Multiple Award Schedules  State of California certification program identifying contractors whom offer services at prices which have been assessed to be fair, reasonable and competitive.

North State Public Radio  National Public Radio’s Chico station.

Jefferson Public Radio  National Public Radio’s Ashland/Medford station.

KKRN  Northern California volunteer-based, listener-supported radio station.

Reference
 
 

USGS Topo Map Legend for USGS topo map base layer.