Assessor's Maps - Cadastral Drafting
The Assessor's responsibilities include locating, inventorying, and appraising all property within the county. To achieve this, the Assessor's Office needs a complete set of maps which shows each parcel of property within the county that is separately owned and used.
The function of the cadastral drafting section is to maintain the accuracy of the Assessor's Map books on a continuous basis. Parcel splits, parcel combinations, and lot line adjustments all have mapping implications. The assessment cycle involves parcel mapping activities brought about by subdividing or other lot splitting or lot combining actions. The cadastral drafting section is responsible for preparing all map changes related to such activity. As the number of parcels increases through division, map pages are drawn and redrawn, until entire new map books must be created.
The extent of properties within each county is such that the assessor's office cannot be efficiently systemized and procedures simplified without a basic system of maps. The basic system of maps must be a coordinated system prepared in accordance with certain standards for the entire county. The Assessor's Office could not perform its functions efficiently without a coordinated map system because the legal assessment of real property presumes a legal description of the real estate. Faced with the problems of determining good legal descriptions from poorly written deeds, of describing the remainder of parcel(s) when a portion is deeded out, and abbreviating long metes and bounds descriptions, the Assessor's Office relies on the Assessor's Maps for fulfillment of the office's responsibilities.
In addition to the mapping, duties, the cadastral drafting section is also the Assessor's Office representative to the County's Parcel Map Review Committee. The departments of Engineering, Planning, Environmental Health, Roads, Assessor, and Fire comprise this body whose purpose it is to evaluate large-scale proposed projects.
Click Here to download the AO-093 Subdivision Improvement Information Request form. This form is a requirement prior to recordation of Subdivision or Parcel Map or Lot-line Adjustment deeds. NOTE: This form is turned in to the Planning Department as part of the review process. The information provided will be used by the Assessor’s Office as part of the determination of property values. Incomplete or late filing may delay the processing of your parcel change request.
The Assessor's Office maintains its own parcel maps for all property located within Madera County. These parcel maps are the basis for the assessment of real property, and are continuously being updated to reflect parcel additions, deletions and changes to existing parcel boundaries. These maps are available for review and purchase at the Assessor's Office public counter.
See our Fee Schedule page for information about map copy costs.
For additional information about Assessors Maps contact the Madera County Assessor's Office.
Geographic Information System
The Cadastral Drafting department is now making GIS (Geographic Information System) layers available for purchase. All information will be provided in ESRI shape file format and requires additional software to view the base map data. This software is NOT available at the Assessor’s Office but can be obtained from the ESRI website at www.esri.com. Please see our Fee Schedule page for pricing information. A partial list of data layers available are:
• GIS Base Map – Current parcel configuration and APN #’s.
• Ownership Layer – Current ownership and mailing addresses.
• Tax Rate Area Layer – Current tax roll’s Tax Rate boundaries.
• Assessor’s Office Use Code – Current Property Use Codes assigned by the Assessors office. NOTE: These Use Codes are NOT zoning designations; contact the applicable Planning Department for zoning information.
• Situs Layer – shows the physical address(es) of all parcels.
• Other Layers may be available upon request.
Please contact the Assessor’s Office and ask for the Drafting department for further information and ordering. Please note that all information provided will be current as of the date the information is published, and pricing does not include updates. Additionally the information is provided only on the condition that it is to be used solely by the purchaser and cannot be sold, distributed (including published on the internet), leased, loaned or allowed to be copied by others. All maps and attributes are copyrighted by the Madera County Assessor.
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