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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • General Questions About GSS 
  • Questions About Parcels of Land and Real Estate 
  • Questions About Surveys, Rights-of-Way, Easements 
  • Miscellaneous Questions About  Maps and Aerial Photographs 
  • Questions About Tax Sales and Land Bank 
  • Other Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

  • How do I contact your office?

    GeoSpatial Services
    710 North 7th Street
    Suite #200, Kansas City, Kansas   66101
    Call: 913-573-2941
    Email:
    GSS@wycokck.org

  • What services and products do you provide?

    Mapping information products/services include:
     
    • Maps- topographic parcel base maps, street maps, political maps, custom, and others. Most map products can be furnished hard copy in several standard page sizes. Many maps are available for download (PDF) at GSS Map Downloads. Custom map service is available-- fees may apply.
    • Subdivision Plats (available in hard copy or free download at: Plat Search )
    • Aerial Photographs- recent and historical
    • Parcel ownership and other parcel info
    • Digitial GIS data online GeoPortal, and on request
    • Undermined area maps
    • Section Corner Reference Tie Reports
    • Benchmark data (elevation)
    • Online web mapping service DotMaps Web Mapper
     .
  • What method of payment is accepted?

    Cash or check. Make checks payable to “Unified Government Treasurer” or “UG Treasurer.”

 

    What information is available online?

    The Unified Government has two main online sites that may assist you.
      

    • DotMaps Web Mapper is the Unified Government’s online mapping application. Dotmaps is an interactive web mapping tool which allows you to choose map layers to display, perform a search on address, owner name, and parcel number, or pan and zoom to different locations.
    • Unified Government's public search  tool called LandsWeb Real Estate Search provides basic property reports.  

 

    How to request a custom map or GIS data:  

    You can visit our office, call GeoSpatial Services at (913) 573-2941, or email your request as follows.

    • To request custom maps:
      Email:
      GSS@wycokck.org. We will work with you to publish a map with the content that you need. Printed maps can then be picked up in our office.
    • To request GIS digital data not found on GeoPortal:
      Email:
      GetGISdata@wycokck.org. We will inform you about types of data we have and the formats we can provide. Digital data can be copied to disk, FTP’d to a customer site, or emailed if file sizes allow. In some cases you will need to sign a GIS Data Transmittal and Confidentiality Agreement.

 


  • How to find the owner of a certain piece of property. And what if property address is not known?

    If you have online access you can use either DotMaps Web Mapper or LandsWeb Real Estate Search to search for properties by property address. You can also call the County Clerk’s office. If you don't have a property address but have an adjacent address, adjacent owner name or parcel number, the nearest street intersection, or some other landmark then DotMaps Web Mapper can help you locate it. If you still need help, call GeoSpatial Services.
    • Call: County Clerk, (913) 573-2874
      Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • How to request to combine two adjacent parcels in order to receive one tax bill.

    If you own two adjacent parcels and wish to have them combined into one tax bill our office can do that. In rare situations we may not be able to do that based on factors such as tax district boundaries (school districts boundaries, city boundaries, etc.) Note that we can only combine real estate parcels. This will have no impact on your property's title work. If you have a mortgage on one parcel, but not the other, this combination of real estate parcels may affect your escrow and mortgage payments.

    You may use  this  Request to Combine Tax Parcels (Real Estate Parcels)  form (instructions included) to initiate your request.

    You can also visit our online public mapping site DotMaps to see how we currently have your parcel mapped.  

  • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
  • How to divide an existing real estate parcel.

    We may be able to divide your real estate parcel based on several factors. We need a legal property description from the deed in order to know how and where to divide your parcel. We also may need to check whether the division would violate platting or zoning restrictions in the area. This is typically a case by case basis. You should check with our office, citing the specific parcel you wish to divide, to find out if dividing the record is possible.
    You may view how we currently mapped your property on DotMaps Web Mapper.
    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • The address on my tax bill is incorrect. How do I fix it?

    • Call: County Clerk, (913) 573-2874
      Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
      For mailing address corrections call the County Clerk.
      For property address corrections call GeoSpatial Services.
     
  • I think my parcel is mapped incorrectly. What can I do to get it corrected?

    Bring us any documents or materials you have that could help us correct the issue. If you believe a mapping error has led to a valuation error by the County Appraiser you can also protest your property valuation.


    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     

  • What are my real estate parcel’s dimensions? How many acres do I own?

    For most properties we have dimensioning, acreage, and square footage information. If your property is uniquely shaped (more than 4 sides, over 5 acres etc.) we may only have acreage and square footage. If your property is platted we will have the subdivision plat of your area with dimensions on it.


    You may also be able to find lot line dimensions and mapped acreage using Unified Government's public access real estate search tool, LandsWeb. DotMaps, our online web mapper shows mapped acreage for properties, and in some cases actual lot dimensions.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • I’m having a dispute with my neighbors over property boundaries.  How do I determine where my property line is located?

    Only a licensed surveyor can determine exactly where your property lines are located. Property disputes between neighbors are a civil matter that can result in expensive litigation.

    The Unified Government has a Dispute Resolutions office that may be able to provide a mediator between two parties. The most affordable and cordial solution would be to come up with some sort of mutual agreement with your neighbor.
    A more expensive option would be to hire a registered land surveyor to survey your property boundaries and arrive at a definitive opinion on property lines. Handy list of local surveyors in the area.

    • Call a Registered Land Surveyor
      Call: Dispute Resolutions, (913) 573-5225
     
  • Exactly where are my property lines?

    Sorry, we cannot help you locate exactly where your property lines are. Depending on the location and nature of your real estate we might have map and dimension information that will help you find the approximate location of your property lines, but only a boundary survey done by a state licensed surveyor can delineate the exact location of your property boundaries.

    Registered land surveyors are listed in phone book under “Surveyors Land.”  We recommend calling several companies in order to compare prices/availability.
    As a public service, we provide a handy list of local surveyors (we can make no recommendations) here.

    • Call a Registered Land Surveyor
    • Kansas Society of Land Surveyors has a FAQs page with helpful information on surveys for property owners: http://www.ksls.com/faqs.htm

  • Do you have copies of surveys?

    We do not maintain land survey copies. There is no requirement that surveys are to be recorded or filed with the county. General land surveys are occasionally recorded and filed in the Register of Deeds office but that is a rare exception and they can be difficult to find.


  • Do I need a survey or permit in order to put up a fence?

    Surveys or permits are not required in order to build a fence 6 feet or less high. Additional fence restrictions are available from the Planning and Zoning office for your local Jurisdiction. If you are unsure of where your property lines are beware that you are building a fence at your own risk and you may be encroaching on your neighbor’s property.


    • Kansas City, Kansas residents call Urban Planning: (913) 573-5750
      Bonner Springs residents call Planning Department: (913) 667-1708
      Edwardsville residents call City Hall: (913)441-3707
     
  • The Building Inspection office says I need a plot plan in order to receive a building permit. What is a plot plan and how can I get one?
    A plot plan is a map of a property showing parcel boundaries, lot dimensions, location of stuctures and improvements, etc. Plot plans are submitted to support a building permit application. Only registered land surveyors can prepare one for this purpose. This Document lists requirements for a plot plan submitted to UG Building Inspection Department.

    We can provide some useful supplemental information to help you know how your property is mapped, including real estate parcel maps, tax roll property listings, old engineering maps, and subdivision plats covering your property, and also available is DotMaps Web Mapper-- but none of these is a substitute for a plot plan, if required.
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  • I have a problem with a property deed; can you help me with it?

    We can offer whatever materials or maps we have on file in our office to aid in your research. We cannot offer legal advice or suggest corrective measures regarding land title. You may need to hire the services of a title company or a real estate attorney. Convenient List of Title Companies in Area.


    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • Where can I find my property’s legal description? How do I write a new one?

    A property’s legal description is contained within the recorded deeds of record for your property. Deeds are maintained in Register of Deeds office in Wyandotte County Courthouse. A licensed surveyor, title company, or attorney, are typically the people qualified in skills needed to research or create property descriptions. Convenient List of Title Companies in Area

    Note: Legal descriptions found in DotMaps Web Mapper or LandsWeb Real Estate Search UG online web sites are abbreviated property descriptions and not true legal desciptions.


    • Call: Register of Deeds, (913) 573-2841
     
  • How do I find utility easements on my property?

    If your property is platted in a subdivision plat the plat may have easement information. GeoSpatial Services can provide copies of those plats. The UG Engineering Division may have information on sewers and drainage. Other easements such as access easements, etc. may be discovered by title research or a call to the relevant utility. If you need easement information prior to digging call Kansas One-Call at (316) 687-2470 or 1-800-DIG-SAFE.


    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
      Call: Kansas City Kansas Engineering Division, (913) 573-5700
      Call: Bonner Springs: (913) 422-1020
      Call: Edwardsville City Hall: (913)441-3707
      Call your local utilities
      Call: Kansas One-Call, (316) 687-2470 or 1-800-DIG-SAFE
     
  • How do I find out where utility lines are buried in my yard?

    • Call: Kansas One-Call, (316) 687-2470 or 1-800-DIG-SAFE
     
  • How wide is the street right-of-way (ROW) in front of my house? Where does my front yard begin (property line)? Do I have to maintain the area within the ROW?

    Plats, deeds, road records, and other materials can be researched in order to find ROW width. Typically the ROW is wider than the actual street, and the street may not run down the exact center of the ROW.

    The only way to know exactly where the ROW line meets your property line is with a survey, but we can provide materials that may give you a general idea. DotMaps Web Mapper can give you approximate ROW lines (not survey accurate). The property owner is responsible for maintaining the landscaping from the property line to the curb (this may include sidewalks, if present). For other problems contact the Engineering Division.


    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
      Call: Kansas City, Kansas Engineering Division, (913) 573-5700
      Call: Bonner Springs: (913) 422-1020
      Call: Edwardsville City Hall: (913)441-3707
     
  • How do I find the right-of-way (ROW) width/road record for a particular road?

    We can find ROW information either in our subdivision plat files or county road records, or you can check online (if you know the subdivision name) at Plat Search Tool.. Note that some road record and plat information may be out of date. Individual ROW takings may also be located in Register of Deeds office or the District Court. Assistance of a professional title researcher or surveyor may be needed to find all road information for a given area.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • How far back are my property's building and fence setback lines?

    We may have some of this information depending on the nature of your property. Otherwise, contact Planning Department for your city.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
      Kansas City, Kansas residents call Urban Planning: (913) 573-5750
      Bonner Springs residents call Planning Department: (913) 667-1708
      Edwardsville residents call City Hall: (913)441-3707
     
  • How to get an alley or other right-of-way (ROW) vacated if it is not being used?

    The process of a city to abandon a public ROW or public utility easement is called a vacation, and is accomplished with a city ordinance. Residents need to petition city to vacate ROW that is not being used for public access. Typically any resident with property adjacent to ROW must agree to the vacation. In most cases once ROW is vacated it is divided down the middle and properties on each side of the alley or street receive half of the vacated area.


    • Kansas City, Kansas residents call Urban Planning: (913) 573-5750
      Bonner Springs residents call Planning Department: (913) 667-1708
      Edwardsville residents call City Hall: (913) 441-3707
     
  • When was my home built?

    Call: Appraisers Office, (913) 573-8400
    Speak with a residential property appraiser. You may also be able to find that information on the property listing found on LandsWeb Real Estate Search.

  • What is the square footage of a commercial or residential building?

    Call: Appraisers Office, (913) 573-8400
    Ask to speak with a commercial or residential property appraiser. They should be able to give you information about the structures on the property.

  • Do you have aerial photos, including historical aerial photos, of my property?

    We have historical aerial photography of Wyandotte County, KS dating back to 1941. Within the past 30 years or so we have acquired new aerial photographic coverage every other year for the entire County. Older photo year editions may not have complete county coverage so it is possible we may not have older historical aerials of your specific location of interest.

    More recent years aerial photography on available on DotMaps Web Mapper. If you have software to view image files, you may use our online self-service GIS data warehouse called GeoPortal to find photographs.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • Do you have historical aerial photos available for Phase One environmental studies?

    We have aerial photo prints of  Wyandotte County dating back to 1941. For the past 30 years or so we have captured aerial photography of County approximately every other year.

  • Our online self-service GIS data warehouse with aerial imagery from many years is available: GeoPortal
  • DotMaps Web Mapper has various more recent years aerial photography (it's our online web mapping service).
  • Older photos are more sporadic in their coverage. We may or may not have older historical aerials of the specific location for specific years, but we tend to have at least one good source for each decade.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • Do you have maps of mines or undermined properties in Wyandotte County?

    GeoSpatial Services has maps of undermined areas. However the information on these maps is dated and specific site accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
    DotMaps Web Mapper also has an underground mine layer for display (in Layer List, under Landmarks topic)

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941

     
  • What kind of historical maps do you have?

    Other than aerial photos and subdivision plats we do not function as a historical document warehouse. For historical information try Wyandotte County museums or public library.


    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
      Call: Wyandotte County Museum, (913) 271-1078
      Call: Strawberry Hill Museum, (913) 371-3264
      Call: Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, (913) 551-3280
     
  • Where can I find historical land information?

    The Wyandotte County Museum and public library may be good resources for genealogical and historical research. The Register of Deeds office contains all land title records, but abstracting land title records can be difficult for novices. Title companies have professionals that know how to research land title histories.


    • Call: Wyandotte County Museum, (913) 271-1078
      Call: Strawberry Hill Museum, (913) 371-3264
      Call: Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, (913) 551-3280
     

  • What is a tax sale? When is the next tax sale?

    Call: Delinquent Real Estate, (913) 573-2817
    The Delinquent Real Estate office holds periodic tax sales to auction off tax-foreclosed properties. They can give you information about the next county tax sale and the tax sale process in general.

  • What is the Land Bank? How do I purchase property from the Land Bank?

    Call: Wyandotte County Land Bank, (913) 573-8977

    The Land Bank is a program that acquires property through tax foreclosure and then offers these properties for sale to the community. That office can provide information about the program, and how to purchase land bank property. Land Bank department also has an online mapping resource useful for finding LandBank properties currently on offer.

  • Do you have section corner reference tie reports?

    Yes we have land survey reference reports with section corner information. However, our records are incomplete.  Complete records are kept with the Kansas State Historical Society:  http://www.kshs.org/government/landsrvy/index.htm

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
     
  • Do you have Benchmark information?

    Yes we have a surveyor’s benchmark file that was created in 1981.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941

     

  • What tax district/school district/commissioners district am I in?

    The County Clerk handles the majority of political district requests. Our office has political and educational district maps available. You can also call the Count Clerk or GeoSpatial Services to answer your questions about a specific property.


    Our online resources for political district information include DotMaps Web Mapper and our free maps download page (PDF format)


    • Call: County Clerk, (913) 573-2874
      Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941

     
  • Do you have levy and tax unit maps?


    Yes, we can provide maps of taxation boundaries.
     
    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941  

 

  • Do you have maps of Neighborhood Revitalization Areas (NRAs)?

    Yes, we can provide geographic information about NRAs.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941
       
  • Do you have maps of Tax Increment Finance (TIF) areas?

    Yes, we can provide geographic about TIFs.

    • Call: GeoSpatial Services, (913) 573-2941   

 

  • Do you have subdivision plat maps?

    The Wyandotte County Register of Deeds office is the official custodian of subdivision plats. It is located on the first floor of the County Courthouse. GeoSpatial Services has paper copies of plats on file.
     

  • How can I get information about other Unified Government services?

    Dial 311 Call Center at 3-1-1 toll-free within Wyandotte County (913-573-5311 outside of Wyandotte County). Or visit the 311 Call Center's page at: http://www.wycokck.org/Dept.aspx?id=16096&banner=15284 .

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