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Frequently Asked Questions - Internet Map Server

Q: How do I view the Assessor's parcel maps?

Q: How do I bookmark the site?

Q: How do I use the permit map layer?

Q: Why are the browser buttons gone?

Q: How do I find my property?

Q: How do I find the zoning for a parcel?

Q: The map is locked up, how do I refresh it?

Q: How can I find out more about the data?

Q: How do I submit a question for the FAQ?

Q: What browsers are supported?

 

Q: How do I view the Assessor's Parcel Maps?

A: Click the "Maps" button at the top of this page.  Select the Parcel Map viewer and allow map system to load.  It may take several minutes on a dial up connection.  Zoom to your area of interest using the Zoom In tool.  Make the "Assessor Maps-H" layer visible and active by checking the checkboxes next to the layer name in the layerlist.  Refresh the map by clicking the "Refresh Map" button below the layerlist or the word "Layers" at the top of the list.  A new layer consisting of a green grid should appear on the map.  Click once on the Hyperlink tool and then on the map.  An Assessor's parcel map for the area will open in a separate browser window. 

Q: How do I bookmark the site?

A: If you bookmark the map viewer and attempt to use it, the viewer will fail to load and display various error messages.  You will need to edit your bookmark to make it work.  Bookmark the map site like you normally would.  Then use your bookmark pulldown menu and right click the new bookmark.  Select Properties to display a new window popup.  There should be a box labelled "URL" that shows the web address of the link.  You need to edit the URL by removing the "/viewer.htm" that appears at the end of the URL.  If you are bookmarking the parcel map the URL should read "http://maps.co.jefferson.wa.us/Website/parcels".  These instructions are for Internet Explorer on a Windows machine.

Q: How do I use the permit map layer?

A: Make the layer visible to see what parcels have permit cases.  Use the Identify All tool to click on one of the mapped parcels to get a table of permit cases for the parcel.  Use the first link in the table (URL) to access a web page in the online permit database that shows all permit cases for the parcel.  That link will be the same for each case in the table.  Use the second link (REL1_URL) to access a web page that shows detailed information about the particular permit case.  That link will be unique for each case in the table.

Using the hotlink tool on the permit layer will send you to a web page in the online permitting database with detailed information about the first case in the table.

Q: Why are the browser buttons gone?

A: Depending on how you got to the site, the standard browser buttons may be gone.  The forward, back, refresh, and stop functions have no consistent meaning for a multi-frame application like the map server.  Using the buttons causes the application to fail so they were removed.  If they are present, you should not use them nor should you use key stroke combinations for the same purposes.  If you get locked up and need to refresh the site use Ctrl-F5.

Q: How do I find my property?

A: There are several ways to find a property depending on what information you already have at your disposal.

   If you know the parcel number:   Enter the nine digit number in the input box at the bottom of the screen and click the GO button.  A successful search will result in a new map that is zoomed to the parcel and a list of attributes at the bottom of the window.  At this point you can click on the web address at the bottom or click once on the Hyperlink tool and then once again on the parcel to get extended information about the parcel.

  If you know the site address there are two ways to search.  The first way:  Type the name of the street and street type abbreviation in the input box at the bottom of the screen.  For instance, type ADAMS ST to search for addresses on Adams Street.  The street name is not case sensitive but you must include the street suffix (ST in this case).  If one parcel is found, the results will appear in the text window just below the map.  If multiple parcels are found a new window will open up with a list.  You can click on the record number to zoom to a parcel or the URL field for extended parcel attributes.  This search is not as robust as the Property Database Tool and will not return any results if you just type "ADAMS".  Common suffixes are RD, LN, ST, DR, CT, AVE, and PL.  The second method:  Click the locate address tool to get a dialogue box to enter the address in.  Be sure and enter a street address number even if you have to make up a fake one.  This tool finds the approximate location of an address rather than the specific parcel so further work needs to be done to verify the location. 

  If you do not know the parcel number or the address but know the location: Click the Zoom In tool to manually locate the parcel.  You can then 'drill' down by a succession of single clicks centered on where the parcel is.  A faster method is to select the Zoom In tool and draw a small box from top left to bottom right around your target area.  The map will then redraw.  The smaller your box the further you will zoom in.  Once you find the parcel you can click once on the hyperlink tool and then once again on the parcel to get extended information about the parcel.

Q: How do I find the zoning for a parcel?

A: The zoning information is based on the 1998 Comprehensive Plan Map and subsequent amendments. The theme was drawn using the 1998 parcel map and may not line up directly with the current parcel map.  Zoning designations should be confirmed with the Department of Community Development.

  Zoning is now visible once you zoom in far enough.  However, there are many types of zoning and it may be difficult to use the legend to identify the zoning in your target area.  To verify the zoning,  make the Zoning layer active and then select the Identify All button and click on the target area to display the zoning designation below the map.  The designation is stored in the 'DATA' field.

Q: The map is locked up, how do I refresh it?

A: Hit Ctrl-F5 to get a fresh map. 

Q: How do I find out more about the data?

A: Click on a theme name in the layer list.  The names are hotlinks to abbreviated metatdata files.

Q: How do I submit a question for the FAQ?

A: You can send us an e-mail or fill out the feedback form.

Q: What Browsers are Supported?

A: MS Internet Explorer 6.0 and above.  Firefox and Chrome also work. 


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