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GIS data that is open, free to use, reuse- Yavapai Open Data

Yavapai County GIS has started an OpenData site with only a few layers that can be downloaded through the user interface as shape files, or KML.  You can find Taxable Fire Districts, City boundaries, the County boundary, and a few other layers. Not all GIS data is available on the OpenData site.  What is Open Data, data that is open, free to use, reuse. The published GIS data is normally updated weekly.

Now accepting credit card payments payment for GIS transactions

GIS Department as of March 1, 2018 is now able to accept Visa and Master Card credit card payments payment for GIS data requests and paper map requests through a vendor, EGov Strategies. American Express credit card and Discover credit card are not accepted. A small service charge will be charged to the payee for each transaction.  For questions about how to pay with a credit card, contact the GIS Department 928-771-3169 or


About GIS

GIS stands for Geographic Information System which is a combination of computer hardware, software and geographic data which can be used to perform data capturing, analysis, cartographic map display and production. Yavapai County Government uses GIS technology throughout several departments including the Assessor, Elections, Development Services, Public Works and Flood Control among others, comprising nearly 200 users.

The GIS started in late 1992 with the primary goal of creating a digital land database of all parcels in the county. The initial project addressed the issues of planimetric data acquisition, aerial flights of the county, and initial conversion of county assessor’s maps to a digital format. GIS became a department in 2015 with goals towards providing basic mapping/location based needs for County staff, developing more data sharing with public and private parties, and providing GIS education of the county staff and within the community.  To see a history of GIS within Yavapai County, view the Yavapai County GIS StoryMap.

Yavapai County land mass covers 8,127 square miles with only about 25% of the land is privately owned. The rest is publicly owned including Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior, US Bureau of Indian Affairs, national forest, national park service, State Parks, and State of Arizona trust. Elevations range from 1500 ft to 7979 ft where the County is divided by the mountain into two areas, an eastern area called the Verde Valley; a western area including Prescott which is the County Seat. Population of the County in 1990 was 107,714 (US Census) and in 2010 was 211,073.

Development Division

The GIS development division is responsible for the design and maintenance of the county’s GIS which is used to automate the various geospatial datasets such as parcels, roads, zoning, and district boundaries just to name a few. Additionally, we may create custom applications used to distribute GIS data to the departments, local governments and citizens of Yavapai County. Under strong leadership and technical resources, YAVGIS provides several key services on behalf of the program. When performed centrally, these services eliminate duplication of effort and promote the development of agency-specific spatal data systems.

Typically, YAVGIS routine function are:

  • GIS technology coordination, consulting and implementation (database management, software upgrade coordination)
  • GIS application development and maintenance (public web applications)
  • GIS data design, automation, documentation, and distribution
  • GIS strategic planning and system integration planning
  • GIS training for county staff
  • GIS analysis to support active decision making effectively
  • GIS data assurance/quality control automated processes for data integrity
  • GIS automation for GIS data sharing (web services)

Contact via Email:
Phone (928)771-3169

Current Development Projects
  • County-wide GIS software upgrade to ArcGIS Pro – Planning Phase
  • Creating Election Result Dashboard - Development Phase
  • County Flood Control Web Editor Flood Parcel Documents – Development Phase
  • County GIS Intranet Web Application (ESRI Portal) implementation - Implementation Phase
  • County public web server upgrade to 10.7.1 - Development Phase
  • County-wide GIS database SQL Server 2016 Upgrade - Development Phase
  • County-wide imagery and elevation data migration hardware replacement (internal change) - Implementation Phase
  • County-wide GIS database detecting changes (tax area codes, taxable administrative boundaries) – On-hold
  • County-wide GIS analysis for supporting more decision making - Development Phase
  • Quality Control subdivision names in GIS to intergrate across multiple platforms. – On-hold
  • Quality Control modeling of Street and Address data – Development Phase
  • Internal tools development for fulfilling data request for clipping and exporting older contour lines - Development Phase
  • County Flood Control Flood Alert hardware migration – Implementation Phase
  • County Health Department GIS crowd source application – Implementation Phase
  • County Development Services Department GIS Citizen Serve application support – Implementation Phase
  • Intersection Geocoder – Development Phase
  • County 911 Cell Sector data creation - Development Phase
  • Street and Addreess Lookup Utility Concept Project - Development Phase
  • Planning for GIS Day 2020 - Planned
  • Supporting Verde Front Project - On-Going
  • Yavapai Community WildFire Protection Plan Revision - On-Going
  • County Flood Control Flood Alert GIS gauges updates – On-Going
  • County-wide 911 data support and prep for Next Generation 911 – Ongoing
  • County Public Works street centerline GIS data maintenance – Ongoing
  • Creating specific ArcGIS online web applications for county and public uses to meet certain departments needs – Ongoing
  • Local Government amalgamating street centerlines auditing and automating – Ongoing
  • State Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) support boards and committees – Ongoing
  • Public GIS Website Interactive Map application redesign to be mobile friendly. - On-hold
  • Opioid Abuse Mapping Project – On-hold
  • Spatial data automation for transformation for daily edits - On-hold
  • Building & Refining Network Dataset for Future Routing and Service Area Analysis – On-hold
  • Health Department Mapping Project: Flu, Emerging Diseases, Zoonotic Diseases etc. – On-hold
  • Health Department Golden Plate Aware mapping application – On-hold

Recent Completed Projects:

  • County-wide GIS software upgrade to 10.7.1 – December 2019
  • County-wide GIS software upgrade to 10.6.1 – August 2019
  • County-wide GIS overhead digitizing of building footprint from 2015 and 2017 high resolution imagery - August 2018
  • Local/Regional Government collaboration to obtain limited imagery services - July 2018
  • Completed Health Department Mapping Project for Healthy Foods Store application - July 2018
  • Completed Census information update of missing or new addresses for upcoming 2020 Census - July 2018
  • Completed ArcGIS online web applications for Library District - June 2018
  • County Public Works web application showing the public locations of County road projects - May 2018
  • Completed ArcGIS online web applications for local town/city address editor application, internal dashboards for Board of Supervisors, and Sherriff's Office. - June 2018
  • Shared older 2 foot contours to Public GIS Website  – Completed November 2017

Kevin Blake


Appointed 2015
Primary Business Address:
1120 Commerce Drive
Prescott, AZ 86305
Phone: (928) 771-3169
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