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Geospatial Informatics and Systems

"Geo" suggesting earth and "spatial" suggesting an arrangement of objects in space form one word describing what is sometimes called "geographic information".  "Informatics" is information science, particularly as applied in the interactive applications produced by this unit.  

Geospatial technology has been used for many years. This web page provides access for residents and visitors to many of  the internal capabilities developed by City of Berkeley. The offerings linked through this page fall into four general categories:

  • Static maps that you may either view on screen or download in a file format convenient for printing (usually pdf).
  • Interactive map services that use standard GIS navigation tools and a consistent interface with layers or map extents chosen to meet the needs of the particular service.
  • Report generating applications using GIS technology as one means to the end of providing you with the answers to specific questions such as "what is the building permit history for 2180 Milvia Street?".
  • GIS Layers:  We intend to make certain City of Berkeley GIS layers available for download through this site so that they can be used within your own GIS environment.

The links below present our current offerings, and others continue to be developed.  Please share any ideas for other  tools that would be particularly helpful to our community please contact us with your thoughts. Questions regarding GIS in the City of Berkeley may be directed to:  

Brian Quinn, GIS Coordinator,
City of Berkeley / IT Dept.
2180 Milvia St., Berkeley 94704

Run Reports:

The Parcel Conditions and Permit History provides the development conditions and building permit history for a specific address or parcel number in the City of Berkeley, along with an interactive map, which displays the parcel number and zoning for adjacent parcels.


Browse Interactive Maps:

The COB Viewer is the City of Berkeley's dynamic map application that provides useful information regarding its main geograpahical features. The COBViewer is particularly helpful in navigating to and identifying information regarding key features: parcels, addresses, parks, streets, city facilities, among others. A toolbar adds functionality in an easy-to-use interface, while aerial photography provides further context.
Display or Download Maps:

The Map Room is a City of Berkeley repository of maps presenting a wide range of geographic data in a useful format. The set of maps pertaining to: General plan, zoning, transportation, Landmarks, environmental management areas and constraints, creeks, hazard study zones, and redevelopment areas, among others.

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Department of Information Technology
2180 Milvia Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

Phone: (510) 981-6500
Fax: (510) 981-6560
PC Desk: (510) 981-6525
Email: infotech@ci.berkeley.ca.us