Douglas County Public Works

Map
Map with Aerial Photo

Douglas County
Survey and GIS

526 Willow Drive
PO Box 398
Alexandria MN 56308
320-762-2999
survey@co.douglas.mn.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MN County GIS Contacts
DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS, COUNTY SURVEYOR AND GIS DIVISION

Douglas County Public Works Department is located at 526 Willow Dr., Alexandria, MN 56308.

The mission of the County Surveyor’s Office is to maintain, improve, and distribute reliable information about the Public Land Survey and real property boundaries in Douglas County.

The mission of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Office is to provide geographically based information to citizens, other governmental units, and County staff, leading to better decision-making.

 

2013 Aerial Photos are now on the Parcel Interactive Map.

PARCEL MAPPING INFORMATION

PARCEL INTERACTIVE MAP - The County’s original GIS parcel database was created for planning purposes and did not have the means to control the positional accuracy. Our goal is to improve both the accuracy and accessibility of the parcel database. The Survey and GIS Division is using Global Positioning System (GPS) and Coordinate Geometry (COGO) to create a more accurate representation of the actual parcel boundaries and will continue to work on improving the accuracy of the parcel database.

THIS PARCEL DATABASE, MAPS, AND DATA VIEWED ARE A COMPILATION OF INFORMATION AND DATA IN DOUGLAS COUNTY OFFICES AND IS NOT A SURVEY. THE PARCEL DATABASE, MAPS, AND OTHER DATA ARE TO BE USED FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY AND THE COUNTY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INACCURACIES HEREIN CONTAINED. Use this link to view current parcels, record plats, air photos, maps, and more.

Please Read HELP Page at least ONCE before clicking the PARCEL INTERACTIVE MAP.

PLAT DATABASE – Use this link to find and view recorded subdivision plats.


The following links for maps and platbooks are also available in the Parcel Interactive Map. In the Map Layers Tab, open the folder named PDF Maps and click to check the Half Section Map Layer. Then use the Identify Button, the icon is the blue letter i, to click on your area of interest. Look for the results in the Information Tab.

HALF-SECTION MAPS - The Survey and GIS Division is responsible for the traditional Half-Section Mapping of tax parcels. Use this link to view current half-section maps.

TOWNSHIP LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS – Use this link to view general land ownership by township. This is recommended for quicker download of one page at a time.

PLATBOOK – Use this link to view land ownership Township Platbook by township. This will download a booklet of 21 pages and might take a bit longer.

LARGER PLATBOOK – Use this link to view five acres or more land ownership. Township Platbook pages cover half township or 1/8 township in more populated townships. This is a larger download of 92 pages of about 10 MB. Townships are divided into East-West halves and also quarters in the more populated areas. It includes a Name index of about 25 pages.

 

LAND SURVEYOR INFORMATION

The U.S. General Land Office commenced the survey of the Douglas County area in 1857 and completed the final subdivision of the last of the 20 townships in 1871. Approximately 2,800 Public Land Survey corners were established during this period. These corners are the basis of all land ownership in the county. It is the primary duty of the County Surveyor’s Office to recover, preserve, and maintain the location of those corners for the benefit of all property owners in the county.

PLS – View the status of Public Land Survey corners and section subdivisions.

PLAT CHECKING - Plat Checking is the examination of all newly submitted Subdivision Plats, Registered Land Surveys, & Condominiums (Common Interest Communities or CIC Plats). Before any plat can be recorded at Douglas County, it must be approved by the County Surveyor for compliance with appropriate statutes and ordinances. View the Plat Checking Ordinance and Checking Manuals.

 

E-911 ADDRESSING


ADDRESSING - The Douglas County Surveyor’s Office is responsible for issuing physical property addresses outside of all incorporated city limits in Douglas County. Addresses are issued at the point of access of driveway location. The Office maintains a County-wide E911 address database that is used by the County Sheriff’s dispatchers to aid in locating locations. The Office assists city governments with address assignments to help insure the integrity of the E911 system. The Office publishes the County Rural Address Atlas. Use this link to obtain the application for address and road name assignment.

 

GIS MAPS

36" x 48" LARGE DOUGLAS COUNTY Wall MAP - This is a large wall map of Douglas County.

SENSITIVE AREAS MAPS - The purpose of these maps is to identify environmentally or culturally sensitive features which serve important ecological or other purposes of Douglas County.

LARGE DOUGLAS COUNTY ROAD MAP - This is a large 34" x 44" map of Douglas County.

UNOFFICIAL ZONING MAP - This is an 11" x 17" representation of the Douglas County Zoning Map.

1990 LAND USE/CENSUS 2000 POPULATION DENSITY MAP - This is a 24" x 36" representation of 1990 Land Use and Douglas County Population.

CENSUS 2000 POPULATION DENSITY MAP - This is a 24" x 36" representation of Douglas County Population.

PRESETTLEMENT VEGETATION MAP - This is a 24" x 36" representation of Douglas County Presettlement Vegetation.