Geographic Information System (GIS)/Mapping

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Your use of the tax, deed, and/or mapping information provided on this site constitutes your understanding and acceptance of the following conditions:

The information provided on this site is for convenience only and is compiled from recorded deeds, plats, tax maps, surveys, and other public records and data. In the preparation of this site, extensive efforts have been made to offer the most current, correct, and clearly expressed information possible. However, inadvertent errors can occur, and information placed on these Web pages is not intended to replace any official source. The aforementioned public primary information sources should be consulted for verification of the information provided on these pages. Users are advised that their use of any of this information is at their own risk. Neither Lincoln County nor its employees, agents, or mapping contractors assume any legal responsibility for the information contained herein, which is provided "as is" with no warranties of any kind. Lincoln County disclaims all liability of any kind arising out of the use of, or misuse of, this information and disclaims all express or implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement of proprietary rights. Neither Lincoln County nor its employees, agents, or mapping contractors will be liable for any actions, claims, damages or judgments of any nature whatsoever arising out of the use or misuse of the information contained in these Web pages.

Basic Navigation

  • Drag to pan
  • SHIFT + Click to recenter
  • SHIFT + Drag to zoom in
  • SHIFT + CTRL + Drag to zoom out
  • Mouse Scroll Forward to zoom in
  • Mouse Scroll Backward to zoom out
  • Use Arrow keys to pan
  • SHIFT + Double Click to Center and Zoom in
  • Click to Identify Features
  • + key to zoom in a level
  • - key to zoom out a level


Click on the Zoom In tool on the toolbar and then drag a rectangle of area where you want to zoom.

Clicking on the Zoom Out Button allows you to draw a box on the map and the map will zoom out by the ratio of the extent of the box to the extent of the map.

Click on the Pan tool on the toolbar and then click on the map to move in the direction you want to go. You move the mouse in the opposite way from the direction that you want to go, so if you want to move the map east you click on the right part of the map and drag you mouse left, moving the map right.

Clicking on the Zoom Full Button zooms the map out extent of the county.

Clicking on the Clear Button, clears all the map graphics on the map and removes any search results that you may have had in the Report or Results window.

Clicking on the Print Button brings up the print dialog. (See printing topic for more details)

More Map Viewer Tool

Identify Tool

  • Click on the Identify Tool on the toolbar and then click on the location on the map where you want to find GIS data. The Identify results appear on the left panel, in the Report window.
  • In order to identify features on the map the layers need to be turned on.

Measurement Tool

  • Choose your Tool (Area or Distance)
  • From the drop down menu on the right select the output units you would like. The default is feet.
  • Start by clicking on the map
  • Double click on the map when you want to finish.
  • You can change the unit of measurement when you have completed the shape and the tool will display the new unit of measurement below
  • If there is a feature selected on the map which is a polygon, the measurement tool may not work correctly. In this case, if you click on the polygon the click will not register as a measurement click because the GIS Viewer is expecting the map click to be a click on the selected feature.

Cordinate Tool

  • The zoom to X/Y coordinate tool allows you to enter a coordinate and zoom to it
  • You can enter the coordinates in either North Carolina State Plane NAD 83 Feet (which is the coordinate system that our GIS Data is collected and stored in)
  • You can also enter the coordinates in Decimal Degrees or Degrees Minutes Seconds
  • Use the radio buttons at top to select determine which method of entering the data you want to use.
  • You can also use this tool to retrieve a map coordinate from the map when you click on it.
  • Just click on the map and it will populate the control with your coordinate
  • You can use the radio buttons at top to navigate between the display methods(State plane, Decimal Degrees and Degrees-minutes-seconds)
  • By clicking on the options button you have a few controls that determines how the tool operates
  • You can change whether the tool zooms to the coordinate point that you clicked on the map. The default of this tool is to not zoom.
  • Another option is whether or not you want to label the point that you entered or clicked on. The default is to label the point.
  • Another option is whether or not you want to only allow one point. The default is to only show one point, but you can uncheck this option to allow more that one point to show on the map, for instance, if you want to show the coordinates or each point on a parcel.

Note: All the coordinates are NOT survey quality and therefore only approximations.

Draw Tool

Draw Tool allows users to add lines, polygons, points and text to the map


If no features are selected in the map, the print dialog will only show you the print layouts available that do not include a data report

When you click either the 8x11 Map or the 11x17 Map buttons, a pdf will be generated of your map area.

General Tips on Printing:

  • Make the focal point of your map, the center of your device. Depending on the height and width of your device the print area may vary.
  • If you would like to set a scale use the toggle buttons at the top of the control. By default, it is set to the current map scale. Printing by scale may result in clipped maps images due to the program attempting to fix a set scale on a fix width and height map.
  • If you do not choose a specific scale, the print routine will attempt to get the entire extent of the map in the printout. This may cause it to have to zoom out from the current extent of the map.
  • The resulting PDF File is returned in a popup screen. You can either enable popups for the site or use the popup tracker dialog for your specific browser.

If you have a selected feature in the map and that feature type that has a report, in this case Parcels, then the print dialog will display both the standard print layout without a report and the print layouts with a report.

  • The map scale is set to the current scale of the map.
  • All print reports will open in another tab, so you need to have popup blockers diabled for this site. Please see the documentation for the browser that you are using to determine how to enable popups.
  • The default output format for the print layout is HTML, therefore once the page gets rendered you may use your browser printing tools to print the map.

Searching for Information

Basic Searches

parcel search

The Webviewer's primary focus is looking up parcel information, so the initial search panel has some common searches for looking up a parcels

Default Search
The default search searches the GIS Parcel Layer by multiple fields: Owner Name, Parcel ID, NCPIN, and Property Address. If you want to narrow the search down by a specific field, you can choose the field in the drop down list on the left side of the control. Search by Owner Name
  • Enter the name in last name first
  • Do not include a common between the last and first names
  • A list of possible choices appear in the autocompletion box below the input box.
  • You can either choose one of that list for a narrow search
  • Or hit enter to do a wildcard search on the value you have typed.
Search By ParcelID or PIN
  • This is the unique id for our parcel data
  • It is a ten digit number
  • If the parcel has condominiums, then the condo's PIN number is the ten digit parcel number plus a three digit sub PIN.
Search for Parcels by Subdivision and Lot
  • This search allows user to select a unique subdivision name from our parcel dataset and then select all the parcels that are part of that subdivision.
  • If you know the specific lot in the subdivision, enter that into the lot text box.
Search for Parcels by Neighborhood
  • This search the parcel dataset by a neighborhood code.
Search by Deed Book and Page
  • This searches by current deed book and page of the parcel
  • This search uses the 'contains' logic, so you may search for all the books and pages with a set of numbers
Search by Plat Book and Page
  • This searches by current plat book and page of the parcel
  • This search uses the 'contains' logic, so you may search for all the books and pages with a set of numbers

Sales Search Tab

The Webviewer's primary focus is looking up parcel information, so the Advanced search panel is targeted to look for parcels using some of the other more common fields in our GIS System.


  • Assessed Value is a numeric field, so please do not use characters in the search
  • This search searches all the sales for a parcel, current and historical. Then it selects the current parcel associated with that sales record.

Select By Location Tab

When you identify a parcel, if you click the "Tools" button at the buttom of the Detail panel, the application displays a list of tools that are available for this parcel. One of the tools is named "Select by Location". This tool allows users to buffer a parcel by a distance and query features based on a query.

  • Clicking on the Zoom To button shows you the buffer
  • Default value is in Feet

Address Search Tab

Address Search

Search for an Address or Street

Search by Address

  • This search looks for an address in the county addressing database

Find a Street Name

  • This search searches the master street dataset for a list of unique street names
  • Once you choose a street name, the application brings back all the street centerline segments that are associated with that particular street name.

Search Results Panel

Once you execute a search, the search results will display in the Results Panel.

  • Only 2500 records can be selected at a time
  • You can export the records to a csv by clicking on the excel icon in the search results toolbar
  • For parcels, we have formatted the results in a simplified manner, so to see all the data items for a parcel you'll need to click on the details link
  • For other data, the results will be presented as a grid
  • You can view the records as a grid dialog that displays in a modal window by clicking on the grid tool in the search results toolbar
  • If only one record is found, the application will display the details panel by default
Tool menu for search results

Details Panel

The details panel display a single record in the database with all the fields

  • You can either use the search tools or the identify tools to view records in the details panel
  • If you are using the identify tool and you select more than one data item, the panel will have navigation buttons on the top of the panel to let you go through each record that you selected
  • All results have a zoom to button and the feature will be highlighted on the map
  • All results also have a clear button that clear the search results and the detail panel (this is the same as clicking on the clear button on the main toolbar)
  • For a few layers, we allow you to buffer the feature and search for parcel that meet the criteria of the buffer (see buffer tool below)
  • For Parcels, we also have an Adjoiners tool that will select all the parcels that touch the selected parcel

Also for Parcels there are a few additional tools at the bottom of the Details Dialog

  • Directions - takes the parcel centroid and attempts to query google maps for directions from your current location to the parcel centroid. This will come up in a new window.
  • Google StreetView - Opens up a new windows with Google Streetview zoomed to the location of the parcel.
  • Property Record Card - Link to the property record card for this parcel
  • Land Report - Link to the land report for this parcel
  • Sales History
  • Historical Deeds - Click on the "view" link in the identify window next to the plat reference
  • Neighborhood Parcels - Queries all the parcels with this parcel's neighborhood code
  • Select by Location - Takes the selected parcel and buffers it to make another selection (either parcels or structures)
  • Adjoiners - Select all parcels that touch this parcel

Map Layers


You can change the basemap by clicking on the basemap buttons on the top right corner of the map.

These layers are always the bottom layer in the map

Additional years of Orthophotography can be accessed by using the dropdown button on the right side of the tool.

Additional GIS Layers

You can turn on and off any other layer in the map by using the table of contents panel.

For some layers, we allow you to adjust the transparency of the layer. Just use the slider bar to make the layer more or less transparent.

A legend will display below the item in the table of contents

To see the legend without all the other control items, choose the legend panel in the Layers Tab

Additional Notes

In the desktop version of the Map Viewer, the information is normally displayed in the side panel. You can change the size of the side panel by moving your mouse to the area between the map and side panel. Once you see the splitter icon you can move the divider right or left to increase or decrease the size of the panel.

Use the Toggle Panel button on the side of the map to hide or show the side panel.

Note: If you identify a feature on the map, it will reopen a closed side panel to enable you to see the information.

Mobile Devices

We have provided a stripped down version of the GIS Webviewer for use on mobile devices. It allows you the basic search functionality, identification of map features, turning on and off layers as well as measurement and zoom to coordinate tools.
Main Menu of the mobile version
Ability to turn on or off all the layers, just like the Desktop version
Same ability to identify a parcel and see the detail results view
Same ability to search for a parcel or GIS Feature.
  • Use the main menu to navigate the tools for the mobile version
  • Basemap Layers section - allows you to toggle any of the basemap on or off
  • Goto section - allows you to manage overlay layers, see legends, search for a feature or see search results
  • A stripped down number of tools include the Identify, Measurement and Coordinate tool

About Map Viewer

This site is written using ESRI's Javascript API for ArcGIS Server.

The site was designed by:

Highland Mapping Inc.
Banner Elk, NC 28604