DCAD online help:
The Dallas Central Appraisal District (DCAD) Property Map offers an interactive map-based view of parcel information that enables a user to locate an area of interest and review account information stored typically in DCAD's computer aided mass appraisal (CAMA) database. The DCAD Property Map is a living map, which means that any and all adjustments, new or deleted parcels, since last certification, are reflected in the current map. For shapefiles representing geographic information displayed in the DCAD Property Map since the last certified appraisal roll, please go to the GIS data products page.
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The left side panel is the repository for information the user needs (i.e. account information, feedback, creating a print copy, etc.). It may collapse by clicking on the button increasing the map display area and click to return the side panel to its previous state.
To obtain information on a parcel or section of a map layer, there are two primary methods that can be used.
In the side panel you can choose the map layer that contains the information that you want to retrieve for a parcel or section in the map. In the side panel you will find the drop down arrow of the Search by: field. Click on the arrow and select the map layer you wish to identify features in.
Available Map Layers to Search on or Identify:
*NOTE: Account/Property Address/Owner Name is the default identifiable layer when the DCAD Property Map is first opened.
Each map layer contains information (or features) that are specific to it. When considering which map layer to use, select the map layer that contains the information you want returned.
For more complete details on what results can be returned for any of the map layers see Identify/Search results in the Side Panel.
The Identify method allows you to get information from the portion of the map that you are viewing. To identify click on a parcel or the map area you desire information on. Information for the features associated with that parcel or map layer will be identified as the result and will be returned in the left hand side panel. If more than one feature is associated with the parcel or map layer, the results returned is a list of all features associated with that parcel or map layer for you to review. When a list of features is returned, the number of features associated with the parcel or map layer is displayed above the list. Sorting buttons also appear above the list to allow you to sort the data alpha-numerically. Clicking on an item in the list will return the detailed information for the row selected. If the detailed information that is returned is not what you desired, you can return to the list by clicking on the button.
When identifying features in the Subdivision/Condominiums, Dallas Blocks or Neighborhoods map layers the results returned will be for that specific map layer. If you click on the button, either a list of accounts, or (if there is only one account in that layer) an account's information will populate in the side panel.
The Identify method can also be used for any prior year Certified Parcels that can be toggled on or off (see Switch Base Map Tool section). The result returned in the side panel will consist only of the certified account number as it existed for that year. To get more detailed information for that certified account number for that prior year, click on the 17 digit account number.
Available 5 Prior Year Map Layers:
Clear your identify results by clicking on the button in the tool bar.
The search function is activated when the search button is clicked on. In the side panel, underneath the Search by: (map layer drop down box), you will find the Search text box. To perform a search for feature information in a map layer, type the information you want to search for in the text box. The search function is intuitive and will return any and all feature results that match what was typed in the search text box to information in that map layer.
*EXAMPLE: Typing the name Dallas in the search text box for the layer Account/Prop Addr/Owner Name will return any owner or street address that contains the word "Dallas" in it. Refining the search to Dallas Appraisal will return a more specific result.
Information for the features associated with that parcel or map layer will be searched on and will be returned in the left hand side panel. If more than one feature is associated with the parcel or map layer, the results returned is a list of all features associated with that parcel or map layer for you to review. When a list of features is returned, the number of features associated with the parcel or map layer is displayed above the list. Sorting buttons also appear above the list to allow you to sort the data alpha-numerically. Clicking on an item in the list will return the detailed information for the row selected. Depending on what map layer you are attempting to search features for, determines what information you can use to type in the text box.
Clear your search results by clicking on the button in the tool bar.
Whether you are using the search tool or identifying a parcel on the map, the results depends on which map layer is in the Search by: text box (see Available Map Layers). This section will define what information is returned for each map layer type that can be identified or searched. Two tabs display at the bottom of the side panel providing the user with two types of detailed information.
The property tab provides all account data and or information on a feature searched for or identified in a map layer. Click each arrow below to expand and see what feature information can be found with each map layer.
The jurisdiction tab provides information on the city, school district, special district, tax increment reinvestment zone name, and now FEMA's National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) based on the location of the parcel's identify point. A list of regions included in the jurisdiction tab is provided below. If you have reason to question the placement of the selected parcel's identify point, please verify any jurisdiction information with the appraisal roll.
If you desire to clear your search or identify results you can click on the button in the tool bar. This clears all results in the side panel and on the map.
Clicking on the measure tool button opens the measure dialogue box. Click on the button for the action desired (see examples below). Click on the map to draw a line, point or polygon, depending on what action button was selected. Use the keyboard keys (see Map Navigation) to navigate around the map, while the measure tool is activated, to realign your map view.
Each action button has a default unit of acres, feet & degrees. If another unit type is desired, it can be changed.
The measure tool has 3 action buttons, which allows a user to perform one of three functions.AREA: draw a polygon on the map to identify area measurements.
The default measurement unit is acres, but you may change the measurement units as desired for your result.
When the area feature has been selected, single click on the map at the point where you would like to begin. Single click the next point on the map and a blue line appears. Continue clicking around the area you desire to measure. Double click to complete. See the measurement result section of the measurement dialogue box for your results.
The default measurement unit is feet, but you may change the measurement units as desired for your result.
To begin the distance measurement, single click a starting location on the map. A marker showing the selected point appears. Single click the next point on the map to get the distance between the two points. Additional segments added to this measurement are accumulated in the total distance result section of the measurement dialogue box. After the 3rd single click (point) on the map, a Segment Length section appears below the total length to show the distance between the last two points, until you double click to complete the measurement.
The default measurement unit is decimal degrees and may be changed to degrees, minutes, and seconds.
When this feature has been selected, click the left mouse button at the desired map location to report the latitude and longitude. See the measurement result section of the measurement dialogue box for your results.
To close the measure tool, you can click on the close button in the dialogue box or you can click on the measure tool button in the toolbar. For the best results, it helps to deactivate (turn off) the action button, before closing the measure tool dialogue box.
The legend tool opens in the left side panel and provides information for the symbology of each basemap layer (Current Property Map, Jurisdictions, Hybrid 2013, and Hybrid2015) as well as each operational layer when selected or checked (Certified Parcels, FEMA Flood Plain, and Elevation Contours). To close the legend click either the Close Legend button in the legend itself, or click on the legend button in the toolbar.
NOTE: When turned on, the FEMA flood plain layer is altered using a transparency level of approximately 30% in order to view underlying basemaps effectively. This alteration makes FEMA map layer display difficult to match with legend thumbnails for this layer. Colors will be slightly more subdued and lighter than depicted in the legend. Please consider this when making judgments on flood plain descriptions.
The locate tool, when clicked, will search and find the GPS coordinates of the device being used, and zoom to that area on the parcel map.
NOTE: Like most mobile map applications, the Location Services settings on your smart phone or tablet must be activated in order to work. The locate tool will work best outdoors where your mobile device can retrieve a more accurate GPS signal.
To create a printable copy of the map the user must first select a parcel. Once a parcel has been selected the user then clicks the create reports button in the toolbar, which opens a dialogue box in the left side panel. In some cases a user may wish the PDF copy to be displayed in a new browser tab. This is the default option; however, the user may elect to open the PDF copy within the same browser tab. This will require the user to click back on the browser window to return to the application. The user must then select the layout (Portrait/Landscape) they desire and provide a Map Title for the printable copy. Clicking the download button creates a PDF copy of the map and the selected parcel in a new web page. The user may either print or save the results.
NOTE: A browser's pop up blocker may prevent the new print copy from being seen. Adjust accordingly to allow or show the pop up in order to see the new print copy.
When you have inquiries about map content, ownership, account information, website functionality or just general information; click on the Submit Feedback button in the toolbar to contact DCAD about the parcel. The Submit Feedback dialogue box appears in the left side panel. Select the type of feedback (Real Property, Map Cartography, Business Personal Property, Web Map Functionality or General inquiries). Once the draw button is clicked, a user may draw the location on the map by single clicking points to complete an area polygon. For best results, polygons with very few points created with slow, steady clicks will complete a valid feedback area. Feedback may not be submitted without a feedback polygon drawn within the map area. Enter comments that describe your concern. In order to recieve a response from DCAD, please provide the appropriate contact information. You will be contacted by a customer service representative within a reasonable amount of time. Click the submit button when the feedback dialogue is finished. The website will report when your submission is successful. We appreciate your feedback!
The DCAD Property Map was designed to allow the user to access account information from the web map, while making the map refresh speed as fast as possible (zooming in, zooming out, panning etc.). In order to provide this map refresh speed, the DCAD Property Map makes use of cached basemap along with dynamic operational maps for information. To assist the user, four base maps and 7 operational layers are provided in the DCAD Property Map.
Basemaps: The DCAD Property Map offers a choice of four basemaps and seven operational layers to choose from. The default basemap is the Current Property Map when the DCAD Property Map first loads. When the user clicks on a basemap, it becomes the new background base map.
** The Current Property Map is not the map for the certified appraisal data. For a copy of DCAD's map that matches the last certified appraisal data please go to the GIS data products page where it can be downloaded as a shapefile.
Operational Layers: There are seven dynamic operational layers that can be toggled on or off. When a user checks an operational layer's checkbox, the selected parcel layer is displayed over (on top of) the basemap on the map. When a certified parcel layer is displayed, a user may identify these certified parcels and the parcel id displays in the side panel. If the flood plain layer is turned on only DCAD accounts are identified when parcels are clicked in the map. The parcel id also acts as a link DCAD's account history page.
If the user desires other search capabilities or needs further information, this DCAD home page button opens the main page at www.dallascad.org.
To down load all available GIS parcel data please go to GIS data products page.