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With regard to parcel maps...
There are more tools available to appraisers (and to the general public) than ever before. Often residential appraisal reports direct someone to a plat that is never supplied. Or there is often this sentence: "no plat provided."
Elsewhere, on the form is a chance for the appraiser to describe the shape of the land. Many times it is simply stated as "irregular." This slightly humorous considering most plots of land around here are rectangularly shaped .... In one recent circumstance, an appraiser described the shape of the land as simply a "polygon." A polygon? Really? .
I have listed here, as best I can, the steps involved to get to a plat in a particular county. From time to time, updates are made, and some of this information becomes obsolete. Please feel free to email me any updates.
In some cases, the website works in only one type of browser. There doesn't appear to be any pattern with regard to which counties operate the better sites.
In any case, to look up parcel maps in Northern Virginia, please navigate to a county, and follow these steps:
In Washington, DC:
1 - http://dcatlas.dcgis.dc.gov/dcgis_allservices/viewer.htm
2 - At the far right in the box that says "Location Search," type the street address and click the "GO" button.
3 - The parcel will appear at the center of the map. The default cursor is ZOOM IN. Click the parcel to zoom in some.
4 - Under the IDENTIFY DATA section on the left, click the option for "Report By Point."
5 - Select your parcel. A new window will come up.
6 - In the new window, right click on the image and save it to your computer.
In Alexandria City, VA:
1 - http://alexandriava.gov/gis/info/default.aspx?id=7654
2 - Click the "Parcel Viewer"
3 - Click the "Address" button in the lower left.
4 - Enter the address, and click "Submit."
5 - From here you can try to print, but the Active X controls are a little weird.
6 - Use the "Print Screen" key to capture the screen; then head over to MS Paint and paste it there and crop it further to save as an image.
In Arlington, VA:
1 - Internet Explorer only for this one
2 - http://gis.arlingtonva.us/GIS/gis_acmap.asp
3 - Midway down the page is the ADDRESS section. Enter the street number and scroll to the street name and click the SEARCH button.
4 - Click ACCEPT DISCLAIMER button.
5 - Wait a really long time.
6 - Go mow the lawn cuz it ain't comin up!
In Fairfax County, VA:
1 - http://icare.fairfaxcounty.gov/Main/Home.aspx
2 - Property Search
3 - Map
4 - Printable Version
5 - Right click and save to your computer
In Fairfax City, VA:
1 - http://www.fairfaxva.gov/it/gis.asp
2 - Select "Online Mapping"
3 - Agree
4 - Address Search
5 - Enter street number
6 - Select a street
7 - Use the magnifying glass/+ icon and navigate to the red pushpin on the map
8 - Employ great amounts of patience
9 - Deselect "Aerial Photos" on the left
10 - Select the "Print" text. Note this does not mean you are going to print or select "Print" from anywhere else. Select the little blue text.
11 - Set for Large and Table Contents.
12 - Right click on the new image (.png file) that comes up, and save to your computer.
In Fauquier County, VA:
IE Explorer Only
1 - http://www2.undersys.com/fvawebnew/fauquier.html
2 - Enter the Tax ID # (XXXX-XX-XXXX) in the third box, and leave the cursor in that box while you click the Submit button. -- You need this number; get it here: http://reo.fauquiercounty.gov/
3 - The plat comes up; click the PRINTER icon button at the bottom.
4 - Voila, your plat map is ready. Right click it and save it to your desktop.
In King George County, VA:
Microsoft Internet Explorer Only
1 - http://220.127.116.11/APPLICATIONS/TRAPPS/
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In Manassas City, VA:
1 - http://data.visionappraisal.com/ManassasVA/DEFAULT.asp
2 - Enter Online Database
3 - Enter the street # and street and click Search
4 - View this property
5 - Click Show Map (button at the top, middle) 6 - Right Click the map image; Save As...
In Manassas Park City, VA:
1 - http://www.cityofmanassaspark.us/public_documents/ManassasParkVA_Assessor/index
2 - Select GIS Maps (on the left).
3 - Select the street name in the drop-down listbox on the right.
4 - Select the street number in the listbox that appears below.
5 - Select the Zoom Window (magnifying glass icon with a box).
6 - Make a box around the highlighted parcel.
7 - Click the printer icon.
8 - Click the button Print Preview.
9 - The new window will not allow you to save the image. You must use the Print Screen key and then Paste into the applicaion Windows Paint and go from there.
In Prince William County, VA (Woodbridge and Manassas):
1 - http://www4.pwcgov.org/countymapper/
2 - Agree
3 - At the far right under "SEARCH," select "Address" from the drop-down menu.
4 - Enter the street number and click the search button.
5 - Click on the result and wait for the map to load.
6 - Click the little printer icon at the top.
7 - Click "Create Print Page" button at the right.
8 - Right click the image on the new page and select "Save As."
You now have a .jpg file showing the parcel (and shape).
In Loudoun County, VA:
1 - http://gisinter1.loudoun.gov/weblogis/agree.htm
2 - Yes
3 - Click the box for "Parcels" on the left.
4 - Click the SEARCH tab at the top left.
5 - Select "Property Address."
6 - Enter the street number and street name and click "Submit."
7 - A new window pops up. You may have to resize it.
8 - Select "Yes."
9 - Click on "Map It"
10 - Click the "Print Preview" button. It's an oval surrounded by a blue edge--at the top.
11 - Right click on the new window and save the image.
In Stafford County, VA:
1 - http://gis.stafford.va.us/
2 - Click "Interactive Mapping"
3 - Click "Accept"
4 - Click "County Map Viewer."
5 - Click the "Map Search" button on the right.
6 - Type in the address and click the "MapIt" button.
7 - In the lowest middle seciton, select the dropdown listbox for "Output Type," and select IMAGE.
8 - Click the "Print Page" button in the lower right.
9 - Right click on the plat image that comes up and save it to your computer.
In Culpeper or Culpeper County, VA:
1 - Note: A) You must be in Explorer; B) You must follow the site's instructions to install AutoDesk on your computer.
2 - http://web.culpepercounty.gov
3 - Click "Online GIS" (mid-left)
4 - Click "Display Map" big text.
5 - Click the "Search" menu item at the top. Do it by Address.
6 - Select the street name in the listbox.
7 - Type in the street number.
8 - Select "Show Map."
9 - Use the magnifying glass tool (at the right) to zoom in some.
10 - Select Copy to Clipboard.
11 - Open Paint and select Edit-->Paste
12 - Select File-->Save As in Paint.
13 - Name it, and save it.
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