Public Land Survey Editing is a configuration of ArcMap that can be used by mapping technicians to maintain an accurate inventory of control points and related public land survey system (PLSS). It organizes control points and the public land survey system (townships, sections, aliquot divisions and special surveys) in a fabric data model that can be maintained with the ArcGIS for Desktop Parcel Editor toolbar.

The Public Land Survey Editing map includes a toolset that can be used to manage the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) and publish a series of PLSS layers in the Cadastral National Spatial Data Infrastructure (CadNSDI) data format. These publication layers can also be used as a foundation for tax mapping and other boundary inventories in local and state government agencies.


Public Land Survey Editing requires specific software.

Requirement Description
Map authoring
  • ArcMap 10.4 - 10.8 (Standard or Advanced)

What you get

When you download Public Land Survey Editing, you'll find the following files:

Directory Item Description
Application Migration Tools A folder containing tools for migrating data to a staging geodatabase and parcel fabric.
Parcel Publishing A folder containing the Python script and toolbox used to create the Cadastral National Spatial Data Infrastructure (CadNSDI) layers.
AttributeAssistant.esriAddin The Attribute Assistant toolbar and a series of predefined methods to automatically populate attributes (for example, parcel identifiers) when features are created and updated.
PublicLandSurveyEditing.mxd A map document used to collect and manage control points and the public land survey system.
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 Land Survey Editing.

Date Description
March 2019
June 2018
  • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
January 2018
March 2017
  • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
  • Updated parcel publication tool to update the output to be CadNSDI compliant.
  • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
July 2016
June 2016
  • Updated Parcel Fabric information model
  • Updated map document to reflect information model updates and new editor templates
  • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
July 2015
  • First release of Public Land Survey Editing.

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