Parcel maps include the owner's name and address, the location and size of the property and the parcel number. They also show the deed book, page filed survey and 911 locations for fire departments. Parcel maps designate zoning boundaries and flood planes, and they often show current land use and historic neighborhood designations.
Most municipalities update parcel maps annually. Municipalities compare their primary list against the parcel maps to see if there are any differences. They then add new parcels to the maps and make changes to land size that occurred from new subdivisions or surveys.
Parcel maps have a second form that is usually a separate map for tax purposes. Tax parcels are divisions of land that divide communities for taxation purposes and provide equitable tax distribution. Tax parcels have a definition that is a legal description, and can easily be located on a tax parcel map. Many cities and neighborhoods now make these maps available online, and though the two maps are separate, individuals access both from the same government webpage. Many also link to Google Earth where individuals view the actual property via a satellite image.
Each locality produces different parcel maps, and some contain more information than others. Some small towns produce maps that only list the owner's name and parcel number, while larger cities list square footage/acreage, flood planes and business names.