Mapping FAQs


What is a Tax Map?

A tax map is used to identify ownership of each parcel of land in the county. These drawings are representations of geographical features, property lines, and parcel identification numbers. Although tax maps are for tax purposes only and cannot be used for conveyance, these maps have proven to be very helpful to taxpayers for many reasons.

Are Blount County’s maps digital?

Yes. Blount County uses ESRI’s ArcMap software.  Beginning with the 2008 Tax Year, Blount County will utilize GIS software to aid in the mapping and data search capabilities.

How often are Tax Maps updated?

Continuously. Changes are received by the Mapping Department daily. These changes usually result from deeds being assessed in the Real Estate Department and/or recorded in the Probate Office. Other updates come from newly recorded subdivision plats, right-of-way surveys, etc.

What is the ‘parcel identification number’?

This 16 digit number, uniquely identifies every piece of property within the county for tax purposes.  The parcel id number is broken down as follows:

example: 16-09-31-3-004-019.003

16: Locator-this number is derived from the township and range of the property.  The legend located on every tax map will depict this grid of locator numbers.

09: Area-this number refers the ‘4 section area’ the property is located inside of.  See the legend on the map for details.

31: Section-this is the section number

3: Quarter-section – this identifies the quarter section (i.e. NE1/4=1, NW1/4=2, SW1/4=3, SE1/4=4)

004: Block – some maps are broken down into blocks because of the number of parcels per map, this number identifies which block on the map

019.003: Parcel and sub-parcel – this is the number found on the map.  Most often however, leading zeros will not appear on the map. (i.e. 19.03)

Why do I have two parcel identification numbers when I only own one piece of property?

Multiple parcel numbers does not effect the tax rate on your property. These numbers are simply for location and identification. Listed below are a few of  several reasons for multiple parcel identification numbers:

1.  Property lies in two different sections.  Each section is numbered independently.

2.  Each parcel was previously owned by different individuals.

3.  Property was purchased at different times.

Can I get a copy of a Tax Map?

Yes. Copies of tax maps are available to the public at the Tax Maintenance Office for a small fee.  These maps are also available in digital format on diskette or CD.  These maps are also available for download via this website.  To download a tax map, go to “Search Public Records”  and follow the instructions.





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