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Samples of map types available for downloading
Property maps include:
Boundaries: State, County or Corporate, Subdivision, Block Division, Property
Legal Rights of Way: State or Interstate Highway, Railroad, Public Street, Private Street, Outlet Road, Unconstructed Right-of-way, Parking or Pavement limits
Easements: Approved Flood Plain, Recorded Flood Plain, Storm Drainage, Conservation, Ingress-Egress, Major Public Utility
Drainage: Streams, Creeks, Rivers, Ponds, Lake Banks, Concrete/Steel Dams, Earthen Dams
Districts: Agricultural and Forestal District, Special Tax District
Unique Identifiers: Double circle and number - Acreage or Subdivision, Single circle and number - Block designation, Uncircled number - Parcel or Lot number
Features and Symbols: Addresses, Address Grid, Address Grid Ticks, Subdivision Name, Split Parcels, Consolidated Lots, Questionable Property cut, Buildings, Control Monuments, Churches, Cemeteries, Schools, Firehouses, Parkland, Nature Conservancy, Marine Clay
Currently all property information is captured and maintained digitally. Property maps are updated daily and published in book format yearly. The Property Map book is available for sale at the Fairfax County Publications Center. In addition, all 444 grid sections have been compiled on a CD-ROM in PDF format. The Property Maps CD is available for sale at the GIS front counter. Individual multicolored tax maps can be purchased at a scale of 1" = 500' or 1" = 200'. Individual tax maps are printed by request only. Our reference collection of property books dates back to 1961. Current and historic property maps can be viewed at the GIS front counter.
Source materials for property maps include site plans, deed descriptions, subdivision plats, and acreage plats. A plat is a detailed drawing taken from the survey of a property boundary. A few of the many features included on a plat are: Bearings and Distances of lot lines, Utility Easements, Area, and Curve Data. The collection is comprised of paper plats which vary in size, scale, number of pages, and condition. Plats can be viewed at the GIS front counter. Photocopies of plats can be purchased.
All land in Fairfax County is zoned into residential, commercial or industrial districts. The permitted density in each zoning district and the uses allowed in each district are described in detail in the County Zoning Ordinance. The location and boundaries of the zoning districts established by this Ordinance are illustrated on official zoning maps. These maps illustrate all of the property map information as well as the zoning districts.
Zoning maps include:
Residential: 5 acres - Agricultural, 10 Acres - Preservation, 5 Acres - Conservation, 2 Acres - Estate, 1 Acre - 1 DU/AC (Dwelling Unit per Acre), ½ acre - 2 DU/AC, 3 DU/AC, 4 DU/AC, 5 DU/AC, 8 DU/AC, 12 DU/AC, 16 DU/AC, 20 DU/AC, 30 DU/AC, Mobile Home Park
Commercial: Low Rise Office, Limited Office, Office District, High Intensity Office, Neighborhood Retail, Community Retail, Highway, Super-regional Retail
Industrial: Institutional, Light Ind. Research, Research, Light Intensity, Medium Intensity, General, Heavy
Planned Units: Planned Development Housing, Planned Development Commercial, Planned Residential Community, Planned Residential Mixed-Use
Overlay Districts: Airport Noise Impact, Highway Corridor, Historic, Natural Resource, Sign Control, Water Supply Protection, Commercial Revitalization
Other Categories: Boundaries of Public & Semi-Public Lands, Planning Area Designation, Pending Zoning Cases
Currently all zoning map information is maintained digitally. Zoning maps are updated daily and published in book format yearly. The Zoning Map book, as well as, individual grid section maps at a scale of 1" = 500' are available for sale by the Fairfax County Publications Center. All 444 grid sections have been compiled on a CD-ROM in PDF format. The Zoning Maps CD is available for sale at the GIS front counter. In addition, individual multicolored zoning maps can be purchased at a scale of 1" = 200'. Individual zoning maps are printed by request only.
A topographic map illustrates ground surface elevation, as well as, natural and human-made features on the ground surface. This information was derived from 1997 photography. The contour interval is 5 feet. These topographic maps do not show property map information. The 1997 topographic map data is not published in book format; however, all 444 grid sections have been compiled on a CD-ROM in PDF format. The Topographic Maps CD is available for sale at the GIS front counter. In addition, individual multicolored topographic maps can be purchased at a scale of 1" = 500' or 1" = 200'. Individual topographic maps are printed by request only.
A contour map illustrates ground surface elevation with lines that join points of equal elevation. These maps illustrate all of the property map information as well as contour lines. The contour interval is 5 feet. The date of the photography used to determine the ground elevation is 1997. The 1997 contour map data is not published in book format; however, all 444 grid sections have been compiled on a CD-ROM in PDF format. The Contour Maps with Property CD is available for sale at the GIS front counter. In addition, individual multicolored contour maps can be purchased at a scale of 1" = 500' or 1" = 200'.