Land Ownership:  Property Boundaries

Property boundary basemaps and ownership records are maintained at the county level, usually by the recorder's, assessor's or land surveyor's offices. Many Minnesota counties keep records in digital (computer-readable) format while others keep them as paper records. Note that the boundaries shown on the maps and the GIS data sets are approximate -- they are not substitutes for certified property surveys, legal property descriptions or detailed plat maps. For more information on property surveys and legal descriptions, see the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors' website (choose "About Surveying"). Property records may also be referred to as parcel, cadastral, real estate or real property records.
 

Status reports

  • Statewide Parcel Map Inventory, May 2007:  Find out the status of parcel data in Minnesota's counties, cities outside the Twin Cities metro area, and other units of government. This inventory identifies the method of data development (digital or paper), the frequency of maintenance, data development standards and distribution practices and remonumentation efforts.
  • An Assessment of Parcel Data in the United States, March 2003 (PDF):  This survey, published by the Federal Geographic Data Committee, estimates the number of parcels in the United States and the status of the conversion of cadastral maps into digital form.

Data sources

If you know of other data sources that could be added to this section, please email us!
Not sure which county your city or township is in? Use our city/county search page to find out.

Land records modernization efforts

  • Digital Cadastral Data Committee:  This MnGeo committee researches statewide issues surrounding the automation and mapping of land record transactions.
     
  • MetroGIS Common Information Need for Parcel Data:  Information about development of a regional parcel data set for the Twin Cities metropolitan area including current workgroup activities.
     
  • Cadastral Data Content Standard:  A standard endorsed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.
     

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