This item has been moved to mature support. Please see What's new for more information.


Public Notification is a configuration of ArcGIS and a JavaScript application that allows local government staff to identify a collection of properties and create mailing labels, or a structured text file, of owners and occupants. This application is typically used by planning and zoning officials, but it can be used by any agency looking to notify property owners or occupants of a formal action being taken.

A collection of properties to be notified can be generated by specifying a distance from a property boundary (buffer); selecting properties along an adjoining roadway; identifying properties within an administrative area; or drawing a specific area and identifying properties within the newly drawn area.

The responsibility for distributing public notices varies by local government. In some cases, the petitioner or applicant may be responsible for distributing the notices. In others, the local government itself will distribute the notices to surrounding property owners. In either case, Public Notification creates a list of property owners or occupants to be notified and an accompanying map that illustrates who was notified.


Public Notification requires specific software.

Requirement Description
Map authoring
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online subscription, and
  • ArcGIS for Server 10.3 - 10.4 (Standard or Advanced), or
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 (Standard or Advanced)
  • ReportLab 3.0 for Python 2.7 64-bit (
Application hosting
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or higher
  • Microsoft ASP.NET Framework 4.0 or 4.5
Browser compatibility

The application is optimized for display on desktop computers using the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, 11
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari

What you get

When you download the Public Notification, you'll find the following files:

Directory Item Description
Application PublicNotification A folder containing the Public Notification application files.
MIXED90CacheSettings.xml A tiling scheme suitable for the General Purpose and other basemaps.
MapsandGeodatabase AdministrativeAreas.mxd A map document used to publish the AdministrativeAreas service.
GeneralPurpose.mxd A map document used to publish the General Purpose tiled or cached service.
RoadCenterlineQuery.mxd A map document used to publish the RoadCenterlineQuery service.
ImageryReferenceOverlay.mxd A map document used to publish the Imagery Reference Overlay tiled or cached service.
TaxParcelQuery.mxd A map document used to publish the TaxParcelQuery service.
LocalGovernment.tbx A toolbox with tools used to produce the mailing labels and CSV file of addresses.
LocalGovernment.gdb ArcGIS for Local Government geodatabase with content from the City of Naperville, Illinois.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Public Notification.

Date Description
January 2018
  • The Public Notification has been moved to mature support and replaced by Public Notification.
March 2017
  • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
January 2017
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.5
June 2016
  • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
February 2016
  • An enhancement that allows users to draw polygon features and create mailing labels from the newly drawn features.
  • Support for ReportLab 3.0.
  • An enhancement that adds support for zero length buffers created on stacked polygon features.
  • A resolution to a bug that prevented mailing labels from being created when using a large overlay layer in Internet Explorer 10 and 11.
  • Removed unnecessary content from the proxy.config (ENH-000091916).
  • A resolution to a bug that prevented thumbnails from updating when switching basemaps (BUG-000090920).
  • A resolution to a bug that prevented a map from being printed in Google Chrome (BUG-000088357).
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.4.
  • The most recent Local Government toolbox.
July 2015
  • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
  • Most recent Local Government toolbox
December 2014
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.3.
  • Geodesic buffer is now the default buffer method when GIS services are in Web Mercator or a local spatial reference.
  • A new set of maps with content for the City of Naperville, Illinois.
  • Most recent Local Government toolbox.
  • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb.
June 2014
  • Most recent Local Government toolbox.
  • A new application user interface.
  • A new feature that allows users to select parcels within a given area (school district, special district, etc.) and generate mailing labels or a list of property owners.
  • A new unified search experience.
  • A resolution to a bug causing features with multipart geometry to fail (NIM098450).
November 2013
  • Updated the GenerateAveryLabels tool so labels will have the same fonts sizes
  • Support for ArcGIS API for JavaScript 3.5.
  • Search experience and autocomplete functionality has been improved.
  • Support for configurable locators.
  • User experience (icons, user interface, sharing) has been standardized across all ArcGIS for Local Government JavaScript applications.
  • XML files have been added to support basemap caching schemas.
  • A resolution to an issue that required the geoprocessing tasks to be published as a single service. The tasks can now be published in individual geoprocessing services.
November 2012
  • A resolution to a bug (NIM084485) with the PublicNotification toolbox that affected the definition of the scratch workspace in the GenerateCSV and GenerateAveryLabelsPDF tools.

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