Data format: Shapefile
File or table name: Parcel_Maps
Coordinate system: Lambert Conformal Conic
Theme keywords: land surveying, Recorded Map, Parcel Map, Cadastral Survey System, Land Subdivision Map
These polygons are a graphical representation of maps recorded in Books of Parcel Maps, Records of Santa Barbara County, California.
As a general rule, a Parcel Map is a vehicle of subdivision whereby four or fewer parcels are created simultaneously. As a general rule a Tract Map is a vehicle of subdivision whereby five or more parcels are created simultaneously. For more information, please see the Santa Barbara County Surveyor's Manual at
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These polygons are a graphical representation of maps recorded in Books of Parcel Maps, Records of Santa Barbara County, California. As a general rule, a Parcel Map is a vehicle of subdivision whereby four or fewer parcels are created simultaneously. As a general rule a Tract Map is a vehicle of subdivision whereby five or more parcels are created simultaneously. For more information, please see the Santa Barbara County Surveyor's Manual at http://www.countyofsb.org/pwd/pwsurveyor.aspx?id=5116
The data set was created to provide a spatial index for land survey record research.
In consultation with County Counsel, the County Surveyor, the Clerk of the Board and the County Recorder, Parcel Maps were given their own parallel numbering system, beginning with Book 1. The first entry was recorded on 1/28/1966. This book type is active. For more information, see the Parcel Maps page at http://www.countyofsb.org/pwd/surveyor/pwd_pmlookup.aspx Polygons were either redrawn in CAD using distance and bearing measurements from the original record or traced from the County Assessor's Cadastral Parcel Landbase dataset. For multipage documents, the hyperlink field references only the first page. To view subsequent pages, manually type in the desired page in the address bar of the Web browser.
DISCLAIMER: The information regarding properties contained in this data is compiled from various public sources, including tax parcel information, recorded documents, survey information and historical cartography sources. The actual size, shape, acreage, boundaries, zoning, legal basis and title to properties may differ significantly from that information shown in this data. The existence of a tax parcel or an Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) for a property is not indicative that a given parcel is lawfully created and is legally divided from surrounding property. We recommend that prior to making decisions regarding purchase, sale, permitting or use of real property that you consult with an appropriate professional, such as an attorney, land surveyor, real estate broker or land title company to ascertain the accurate status of a particular parcel of real property. Santa Barbara County employees in various offices will endeavor to answer questions from the public, but they cannot provide legal advice or any recommendations regarding a particular property outside the scope of their office. Santa Barbara County makes no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information, maps, or data contained herein. This data is for informational purposes and has not been prepared for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes. This data is provided with the understanding that it is not guaranteed to be correct or complete and conclusions drawn from such information are the responsibility of the user. The Santa Barbara County records, drawings, and other documents have been gathered over many decades, using differing standards for quality control, documentation, and verification. All of the data provided represents current information in a readily available format. This map is for reference only. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop the database may be reflected on this map. Santa Barbara County shall not be liable for any errors, omissions, or damages that result from inappropriate use of this document. No level of accuracy is claimed for the lines shown hereon and this map should not be used to obtain coordinate values, bearings or distances. Notification of any errors would be appreciated. If misleading, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate information is brought to our attention, a reasonable effort will be made to fix or remove it.
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Santa Barbara County, Public Works Department, Surveyor Division
Valid Values: Book 1 page 1 thru Book 64 (as of publication date) Valid page ranges: 1-101 (varies by book)
6/17/2014 spreadsheet 3564 voids 3 total 3561 shapefile 3561
The dataset is registered to the County Assessor's Cadastral Parcel Landbase dataset. The County assessor's cadastral Parcel Landbase dataset has no established level of accuracy and is based on printed Assessor's Map Books. Due to the nature of its construction the County Assessor's Cadastral Parcel Landbase dataset has varying degrees of positional precision. It is useful to distinguish between positional accuracy and positional precision. In the Assessor's Cadastral Parcel Landbase feature class, the former refers to the relative accuracy of a given group of spatially related parcel polygons. In other words, for any given polygon, are the neighboring polygons in a proper or accurate relationship spatially with our subject polygon? Subjectively we find that the Assessor's Cadastral Parcel Landbase feature class positional accuracy is good to excellent. On the other hand, positional precision refers to an actual ground location and how well any determinable cadastral point in the dataset is related to this established ground location. As stated previously, this will vary depending on its general location. In those areas which were initially spatially referenced to the Flood Control Topo Map Sets, which are the areas of Santa Barbara city, the Goleta valley, the Santa Ynez valley, and the Santa Maria valley, there is consistently a positional horizontal error of between 3 and 6 feet. The lower figure would be within the city blocks themselves, and the higher figure in the areas outside the numbered orthogonal blocks. Outside of this control set, the nature of the precision may be quite varied. In the unpopulated areas outside the control of the Knopf GPS road set, there may be variances of more than 100-200 feet. For the majority of the populated areas, any horizontal positional precision would be between these general values, and more closer to the lower side given a reasonable distance and tie-in to the Knopf GPS road set. Ultimately it must be remembered that for many of the more antique legal descriptions that might reference, say, a rancho line, that a precise location of any given cadastral point is by its nature an abstraction unless referenced by a modern record of survey, and even then there may be serious discrepancies in the various surveys that are available. The southern Tepusquet Rd area is a prime example, where it would take a survey and the signed acquiescence of all of the affected property owners to truly call that area spatially precise in cadastral terms. "Notice: Assessor Parcels are for tax assessment purposes only..." In general, Rancho areas with less monuments and fewer records of measured distances are less accurate, whereas urban areas with a higher density of recorded monuments and therefore more repeated distance measurements are more accurate.
Survey-collected GPS coordinate data from a small sample of monuments were compared to corresponding vertices in the County Assessorss Cadastral Parcel Landbase (Assessor's Parcel Layer). Verifying Survey data was obtained from horizontal positions derived by GPS observations holding Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) or Control Points fixed as shown in Record of Survey Books, based on California Coordinate System 1983 (CCS83) 1991.35 epoch. The County Assessor's Cadastral Parcel Landbase dataset (Assessor's Parcel Layer) was obtained from the County Assessor.
Current map material is tracing cloth or polyester base film with black ink. Map size: is 18" x 26" or 460 x 660 mm. Historial records may vary.
Internal feature number.
Assessor's Parcel Number
Recorded book of
Link to the scan
Number of pages
HTML formatted hyperlink
Surveyed at the request of
Surveyor license number
Recorder book abbreviation
GIS for the Nation type
Other Assessor's Parcel Numbers
Date Filed for record
data of correction
reference that this item corrects
other corrected by
other date for corrected by
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