You can obtain a list of locations about the category and optionally create a map
zoomed to one of the locations by choosing one of the following two methods . . .
. . . select, from one of the Map Category Search pages, a specific "Feature Type" from the dropdown box.
Click to the
right of the box. A list of specific locations for the selected feature type will be displayed in
the Search Results section that will be created at the bottom of the page. Create a map zoomed to
that location by clicking the link.
. . . click in front of either address, intersection or
APN label. Select a radius, a distance around the specific location. Enter the specific location information
for the type of inquiry you are requesting in the text box. Click
to the right of the text
box. A list of specific locations, within the radius selected, will be displayed in the Search Results section
that will be created at the bottom of the page. Create a map zoomed to that location by clicking
How do I increase and decrease the size of the area being displayed on my map?
There are several ways to change the size of the area being viewed.
By clicking Zoom In
the map will zoom to the spot you click. You may have to zoom in more than once to reach the scale you
desire. You can either click in one spot or create a box by performing a click and drag action.
If you use the zoom in box feature, a map of the area you specified will be created that fills
the entire map window. As you zoom in to a smaller and smaller area, you will notice additional
features appearing that were not previously displayed.
By clicking Zoom Out
the map will increase the size of the area being displayed, centering the map on the spot clicked. You
can either click in one spot, which will zoom out at predefined increments, or you can create a box by
performing a click and drag action. When you want to zoom out across a great distance you may find it
quicker to zoom out then perform your movement functions.
If you use the zoom out box feature a map will be created that will fit within in the box. Therefore
if you create a very small box, you will see a map of a very small area!
the map will zoom in or out, based on preset values. Four specific views are noted on the bar.
Clicking "Lots/Parcels" displays individual parcels as well as small residential streets.
Clicking "Streets" will make more streets visible and will display a large area of several miles, however, individual
property lines will not be visible.
Clicking "Regional" displays the map at a scale that will include major arterial streets, freeways and the city limits.
Clicking "City Limits" is appropriate for the General Statewide Information Map Category and projects the entire state.
It is not appropriate for other Map Categories.
How do I put my location in the center of the map?
the map will move. The spot you clicked will be at the center of the newly created map.
How do I move to an area of Phoenix that is not visible on my map window?
There are three quick, easy ways to move to a specific area or location.
you can specify a specific address, intersection or Assessor's Parcel Number (APN).
By clicking on the brown border
surrounding the map, the map will move a preset distance in the direction you have clicked. You can
even click on the corners to move the map diagonally.
the map will move in the direction of the arrow you select. The Compass Rose is located
on the Map tab next to the
just to the right of the large map.
Why didn’t Phoenix Maps Online find my address?
This map only covers locations physically located within the Phoenix city limits. This means any
locations, for instance, specific addresses or intersections, outside the city’s boundaries
will not be available. When you type in your Phoenix street address, make sure you:
include the street direction; for example, E, W, N, S
include the street type; such as, St, Ave, Rd, etc.
It is preferable that you abbreviate both direction and street type as noted above, but it is not mandatory. It does not matter whether or not you enter your address using capital letters.
How do I find my Council District, my local school, my local police station, my …?
Three methods are provided to give you information about features in a particular area.
One: By clicking
… if you have already focused on a specific location, the righthand column
of the Detail Information page lists many types of information. If you click on those with a
‘+’ (plus sign) in front of them, more extensive information about that type will
be listed. Much of the extended information will, in turn, provide links to even more detail.
… if you have not already focused on a specific location click
. On the Search page, enter the appropriate
criteria and click on the corresponding Search button .
The page will be redisplayed with results of your search listed at the bottom. The results will
list two links that you can use to obtain the information you are seeking. The map link
will take you to
the main map window so that you can view your location on the full-size map. The second link,
will take you to the Detail Information
page where you can view wide-ranging information about the location.
Frequently, more than one result will be displayed. This can happen for multiple reasons.
Our map search engine will consider a range of possibilities to match against the location.
This is important because it allows the search engine to approximate where the address or
intersection is located. For this reason it is able to provide a location for addresses that
are not legal addresses (and this does happen!).
You do not have to enter a complete address; therefore you may need to make a specific selection
between an East address and a West address on the same street, with the same street number; plus,
intersections have more than one corner!
The geographic data may have minor inaccuracies which produce two references to the same location.
Two: By selecting a Map Category …
… containing the information you are seeking.
Each category contains specific information relevant to it. To see an exact listing of
features in each category, click on the appropriate category name below:
After setting the appropriate category, if you have not already selected a specific
location please follow the instructions above “… if you have already focused
on a specific location”.
Three: By clicking
… you can locate the specific feature(s) you wish to see on your map.
A checkmark in the box next to the name of the feature indicates that feature is
turned on. After you have made changes to the features list by checking
and unchecking features, click
the bottom of the list. At this point, if you have not already selected a specific
location please follow the instructions “… if you have already
focused on a specific location”.
What is the difference between the map I see on the Map tab and the one I see on the
Detail Information tab?
The map displayed on Detail Information tab is simply a smaller version of the one displayed on the Map tab (which we consider to be the “main” map window).
I see a lot of information on the Detail Information tab, what is it?
The Detail Information tab
Displays the same map as is displayed on the Map tab
The right side of the page contains a list of information about all of the features on the current map.
Some of the features in the list may not actually be visible on the map, however, the GIS knows the
location of all the features currently turned “on” and their relationship to each other.
Some items will list more extensive information when you click on the ‘+’ (plus) sign.
to turn features on or off.
How current is the Phoenix Maps Online map?
The Phoenix Maps Online map is generated "live" each time you create it. It is derived from
several sets of features of map data that are maintained daily by numerous city of Phoenix departments.
You will see the new information when you click
and view the item listed.
Why does this map look different from the usual maps I see every day (such as I carry in
Using online maps is different than using a printed, foldable paper map. We have tried to
anticipate your information requests and have designed maps that respond to those requests. This
approach balances complexity with usability. While using Phoenix Maps Online, you can turn various
features of the map on and off in order to customize it. Click
to turn features on or off. A checkmark in
the box next to the name of the feature indicates that feature is turned on. After you have made
changes to the features list by checking and unchecking features, click
at the bottom of the list.
Yes, by clicking Print
a new window will be opened displaying an image of your map with a title and legend. This can then be
printed by using the standard print features available in your browser.
How can I tell what the different symbols on my map represent?
a legend (or explanation) of the various symbols and the features they represent will be displayed.
Clicking on the Legend bar will cause it to expand or contract. This means if the legend
is expanded, when you click the bar the legend will disappear. If the legend is contracted
when you click the bar it will expand.
If a street is temporarily closed or restricted for repairs, will the map show that?
Where does the Phoenix Maps Online map information come from?
The city of Phoenix generates large amounts of data in the course of its daily operations. Decisions
and transactions that affect or relate to geography are posted to more than 150 layers of spatial data
that form the GIS infrastructure and are the basis for Phoenix Maps Online.
What if I have suggestions for improving the map, corrections to the data or want more
You can e-mail the GIS Team directly by clicking
link in the navigation bar on the left side of each page. E-mails are normally
answered the next business day. You should check our
GIS, About Our Data
pages first to find out if your point has already been addressed.
How was the interactive map created?
The Phoenix Maps Online interactive map application was created by the city of Phoenix GIS Team using
software called ArcIMS, made by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) using Microsoft’s