February 22, 2019

Kern County Mapping and Survey Information


Types of Maps

Map Type   Description   Index
Alquist - Priolo   Special Study Zone Maps   A-P Index
Case Maps   A Case Map shows subdivisions (Tracts, Parcel Maps, etc.), Streets & Highways dedicated to public use, proposed highway alignments, Waterways (rivers, lakes, canals), Jurisdictional limit boundaries, Local Government properties, Easements dedicated to public use (access, drainage, etc.) and recording information about each document.   Case Map Index
Corner Records   Corner records are filed when a record of survey is not required by law.   N/A
Corner Ties (Swing Ties)   Corner Ties (Swing Ties) are notes that show distances from a given point to a survey monument.   N/A
County Roads   Maps of County roads that can show right of way width, location and bearing of a given road.
(Shown by county road number only, available from Case Maps)
County Road Records   County Road Records are records of the date of documents such as acceptance into the county road system. (Most contain the legal description).   N/A
Filed Maps   A Filed Map shows survey activity, performed by the County Surveyor's Office or the State of California, and is on file in the County Surveyor's Office. At this time, survey activity maps done by the State of California have not been scanned, and are NOT currently available for download. Copies may be obtained from local blueprint companies.   Filed Map Indexes
Government Plats   Government Plats are the original (and ongoing) surveys done by the federal Government to establish or re-establish Township and Section Corners.   N/A
Miscellaneous Surveys    Quality of map may vary due to age of map and file size restrictions, please zoom in. Paper copies can be viewed in the Public Services Building.   N/A
Parcel Maps   A Parcel Map shows the subdivision of land into Parcels for sale and is recorded in the County Recorder's Office. Parcel Maps typically contain fewer "Lots" than Tract Maps and requirements for improvements (to the property) are less extensive than those required for Tract Maps.   N/A
Record of Survey Maps   A Record of Survey Map shows survey activity, performed by a licensed land surveyor, and is recorded in the County Recorder's Office.   Record of Survey Index
Sales Maps   First Subdivisions, newer than Government Plats   Sales Map Index
Seismic Hazard Atlas   7.5 and 15 minute siesmic hazard maps.   N/A
Street Intersection Ties   Information that ties out street intersections survey markers
Tract Maps   A Tract Map shows the subdivision of land into Lots for sale and is recorded in the County Recorder's Office.   N/A
Zone Maps  

A Zone Map shows the regulated land use (zone districts) for each lot or parcel of land.

  Zone Map Index
Search index for:
Parcel Maps
Records of Survey
  1. Choose the Chaindex Type from the drop down window.
  2. Type the information into the boxes to limite the search to your needs.
  3. Click on Search. Then click on View.
  4. Then Click on the line to view the map. You will then see the information about that map with links in the upper right box to open the map. Click on the map number, under add a file, then click on view. The map will download/open.
  5. Use the back arrow on your browser to open the other links.

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Image Information

Images are stored as Group 4 TIF files (VERY compressed). Many but not all image viewers can load these images. Here are some of the viewers that we know will load these images:

Adobe Photoshop (version 5.5 & higher) AutoCAD R14 and above
AutoCAD Map AutoDesk View
AutoManager View by Cyco Software Corel Photopaint (version 6 & higher)
ForReview by Allegria Software Irfanview for Windows
Paintshop Pro by Jasc Software Thumbs Plus by Cerious Software
VuePrint Pro by Hamrick Software Windows Imaging (comes with Windows)





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