Geographic Information Services (GIS)

Last updated Aug. 17, 2016 - 10:25 am

The City of Raleigh Geographic Information Services (GIS) staff manages the enterprise GIS program and provides mapping and analysis services for City staff and the public.

Location and Hours

1 Exchange Plaza - Suite 900
Raleigh, NC 27601

1 Exchange Plaza - Suite 807
Raleigh, NC 27601

Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm

Online Mapping Applications

GIS designs, develops, maintains, and supports a variety of web-based mapping applications to help citizens and City staff easily interact with geographic information and learn more about their community.

Learn more about Online Mapping Applications

Printed Maps

  • Map Gallery - a collection of popular printable maps in a variety of sizes
  • Standard Mapping and Analysis - basic mapping services and printing of large scale maps for a minimal fee
  • Custom Mapping and Analysis - custom mapping and analysis services on an hourly fee basis if other services do not meet specific needs

Geographic Digital Data Management

The City has hundreds of layers of GIS data in a centralized database. This data is available to City staff and the public through download or on CD. Also, this data can be searched online via Open Raleigh GIS Data.

Learn more about Geographic Digital Data Management

Outreach and Community Involvement

The GIS staff is involved in a variety of activities, associations, and events to promote a better understanding of GIS technology and its benefits and uses. The information below is a sampling of these activities and provides information for anyone interested in learning more about GIS.

  • GIS Day, held annually and celebrated around the world, is devoted to GIS education and outreach. The City participates with Wake County and the State of North Carolina to provide an annual free event open to the public.
  • Neighborhood College is sponsored by the Community Engagement Division twice a year. During the sessions, GIS staff leads hands-on training for online mapping applications and shows how GIS is used in the City.


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2014 Web 2.0 Award
The Public Technology Institute has awarded a 2014 Web 2.0 Award for outstanding achievements in civic engagement to the UDO Zoning Remapping application.

History and Partnerships

The City implemented the enterprise GIS program in the early 1990's and all departments have access to geographic data and analysis capabilities through a variety of desktop and web based tools. GIS is used to support decision making and operational services by combining complex database analysis and map visualization to help explain events, predict outcomes, and plan strategies.

The City of Raleigh and Wake County have a partnership which has been in place since the inception of the GIS program and provides immeasurable benefits to City and County staff and its citizens. Data sharing, application development and hosting, training, and customer support are just a few of the areas where the organizations work together to reduce costs and provide better services.

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