Data Download and Viewer


Welcome

Welcome to the Howard County, Maryland data download and viewer page. This page contains a growing repository of information provided by various county departments for use by the general public. For more interactive and static maps, please click on the Map and Data Tools tab

Below are our two primary applications. For over a dozen additional applications and viewers choose the "Map and Data Tools" tab.

My Neighborhood

Find an Howard County address and view detailed information about it including nearby public facilities.

Click for My Neighborhood

Map Gallery

View general-purpose PDF maps generated by various county agencies for easy printing.

Click for Map Gallery



Data

Budget - past budgets books in PDF format (1980 - 2013)
  • Fiscal Year Budget Books             2010 - 2013
  • Choose Individual Budget Year:      

  • Fiscal Year Budget Books             2000 - 2009
  • Choose Individual Budget Year:      

  • Fiscal Year Budget Books             1990 - 1999
  • Choose Individual Budget Year:      

  • Fiscal Year Budget Books             1980 - 1989
  • Choose Individual Budget Year:      

Active Rental Units
Active Rental Units - 2013
Health Department
Food Establishments
Liquor Board
Liquor Licenses
Utility Permits - 2009
Underground Utility Permits

Spatial Data (GIS)


Main Layers

These are the most common layers requested by the community. This data was previously available on the county's data CD product (discontinued).

Address Points December 2013
Points containing street address attribution. May be used for geocoding, address search appications, and address mailings.
Geodetic Benchmarks January 2014
Metadata ESRI Shapefile (SHP) AutoCAD (DWG)
Point locations of Howard County's geodetic survey control network benchmarks. May be joined to scanned location cards providing detailed vertical information.
Geodetic Stations January 2014
Metadata ESRI Shapefile (SHP) AutoCAD (DWG)
Point locations of Howard County's geodetic survey control network stations. May be joined to scanned location cards providing detailed horizontal and vertical information.
Land Features Spring 2011
Metadata ESRI Shapefile (SHP) AutoCAD (DWG)
Land Features are captured from digital aerial photgraphy. Feature include airfield runways, bridge decks, major and minor buildings, driveways, parking lots, water bodies, railroad lines, road, sidewalks, sport fields, streams, outdoor swimming pools, trails, and tree lines.
Political Boundaries and Polling Locations 2010
Metadata ESRI Shapefile (SHP)
This compressed file contains Council, Congressional, Legislative, Election Precincts, and Polling Locations based on the 2010 census data redistricting process. These files are up-to-date for the November 2014 elections.
Property December 2013
Metadata ESRI Shapefile (SHP) AutoCAD (DWG)
Property boundaries are captured using plats and other available lines of posession drawings and descriptions. The best source is used and digitized using coordinate geometry where possible. This layer is constantly being quality controlled and improved.
Street Centerline December 2013
Metadata ESRI Shapefile (SHP) AutoCAD (DWG)
Depicts all county, state, and privately owned streets in Howard County. Contains street address range, ownership, zipcode and municipality attribution. May be used for geocoding, and address searching in applications.
Topography (Contours) Spring 2011
Two foot interval elevation contour lines. This product was captured using Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) remote sensing technology.

Metadata

Grids 01-05 (SHP)  Grids 01-05 (DWG)

Grids 06-10 (SHP)  Grids 06-10 (DWG)

Grids 11-15 (SHP)  Grids 11-15 (DWG)

Grids 16-20 (SHP)  Grids 16-20 (DWG)

Grids 21-25 (SHP)  Grids 21-25 (DWG)

Grids 27-30 (SHP)  Grids 27-30 (DWG)

Grids 31-35 (SHP)  Grids 31-35 (DWG)

Grids 36-40 (SHP)  Grids 36-40 (DWG)

Grids 41-45 (SHP)  Grids 41-45 (DWG)

Grids 46-50 (SHP)  Grids 46-50 (DWG)

Zoning January 2014
Metadata ESRI Shapefile (SHP) AutoCAD (DWG)
Represent zoning districts based on Howard County's comprehensive zoning plan.

Map and Data Tools

Address List Generator

Draw a shape or create a buffer and generate a list of all addresses in that shape or buffer. You create an address mailing list from the resulting data using other software.

Link To Website

Aerial Photography Map Viewer

View historic and current aerial photography from 1943 to the present in this easy to use application.

Link To Website

Crime Statistics Map

View census data on a map grouped by census block.

Link To Website

Community Registration Map

Use Community Registration to define a community boundary and a notification boundary to receive notifications via email with information regarding the pre-submission community meeting in your area.
Link To Website

Development Plans + Public Meetings Map

Find public meetings or view current and past development plans near a specific address on a Google map. Download plan documents and contact relevant planners and engineers.

Link To Website

Development Plans + Public Meetings Mobile

Find public meetings or view current and past development plans on your GPS enabled smartphone or mobile device based on your current location. Click the link below to see the application or scan QR code.

Geodetic Survey Control Map

Find Geodetic Benchmarks and Stations around Howard County. View linked scanned recovery cards for more detail and relevant coordinate information.

Link To Website

Geodetic Survey Control Map Mobile

Find Geodetic Benchmarks and Stations on your GPS enabled smartphone or mobile device based on your current location. Click the link below to see the application or scan QR code.

Health Inspections

This website provides you with access to inspection reports for each of the facilities the Howard County Health Department licenses.

Link To Website

Healthy Howard Restaurant Map

Find a Healthy Howard designated restaurant on a Google map and view the healthy items on the menu.

Link To Website

Historic Sites Viewer

View historic sites and districts and download related documentation.

Link To Website

Map Gallery

View general-purpose PDF maps generated by various county agencies.

Link To Map Gallery

Map Gallery Bin

The Map Gallery Bin was created as respository for custom maps created by various county agencies for particular projects. It contains a dynamic search to help filter through the maps you want.

Link To Map Gallery Bin

My Neighborhood

Find an Howard County address and view detailed information about it including nearby public facilities. Also, view the address and related information on a Google map.
Link To Website

Preservation Easements

Find Preservation easements througout Howard County. Easements include various Agricultural, Environmental, Preservation, and Historic easements and trusts.

Link To Website

Voter Information Map

This Google Map application lets you key in an address and return the relevant polling location as well as driving directions to that polling location.

Link To Website

Web Services

Howard County publishes over 180 datasets as both WMS (Web Map Service) and WFS (Web Feature Service) layers for use on its own websites and for use by the general public. These web services are used by the county in many of the websites listed on the "Map and Data Tools" tab as well as the interactive map on the "Welcome" tab.

Note: These web services are in testing at the moment and their URLs are subject to change in the future.

Web Map Services

A Web Map Service (WMS) is a standard protocol for serving georeferenced map images over the Internet that are generated by a map server using data from a GIS database. The specification was developed and first published by the Open Geospatial Consortium in 1999. (Source: Wikipedia)

WMS Service Link WMS Capabilities Document

Web Feature Services

The Open Geospatial Consortium Web Feature Service Interface Standard (WFS) provides an interface allowing requests for geographical features across the web using platform-independent calls. (Source: Wikipedia)

WFS Service Link WFS Capabilities Document

Data Explorer Web Services

These web services are .NET-based .asmx web services that power some of our interactive mapping applications. They include the following Data Explorer Service Link

Other Resources

Howard County maintains strong data sharing relationships with surrounding local jurisdictions as well as the state and Federal government. These are data access resources provided by other government agencies and non profit organizations that might be helpful and/or supplemental to the data provided on this website.

Local County/Municipal Resources

Maryland State Resources

Federal Resources

Other Organizations

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Howard County GIS

The GIS division provides data, tools, and technical assistance to almost every County agency. Technical assistance, programming and recommendations for standards are available to the many County departmental users who create and maintain data layers that are critical to their mission.

Disclaimer: Howard County, Maryland assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of this application or the information contained herein or derived therefrom. The user assumes all risks and liabilities whatsoever resulting from or arising out of the use of this application. There are no oral agreements or warranties relating to the use of this application.