Online GIS Portal Help Page

  1. Free GIS Portal Help
  2. Subscription GIS Portal Help Page
  1. When accessing the Free Online GIS Portal you will be asked to agree to our "WEBSITE DISCLAIMER". To do so simply check the box on the lower left hand corner of the pop-up box and click "OK". TERMS_CONDITIONS
  2.  Before using the Free Online GIS Portal we kindly ask that you review the "*PLEASE READ THIS FIRST*" pop-up box in order to become more familiar with how the functions work within the application.

  3. When this pop-up box is closed you can always reopen it by clicking the "*PLEASE READ THIS FIRST*" widget on the screen.

  4.  Default Extent: The full extent of the map can be viewed by clicking on the HOME button on the upper left hand corner of the screen.

  5. Zoom: You can zoom in and out either by clicking the + and – buttons at the top left of the screen or by scrolling the scroll wheel on your mouse. You can also zoom to an extent by holding the "shift" key and left-clicking the mouse to draw a zoom box.

  6. My Location: You can highlight your location on the map by clicking the My Location button and allowing the location services on your phone or tablet to be used within the mapping application.

  7. Extent Navigator: This tool allows the user to select between extent (zoom) levels after they zoom in on the map.

  8.  Search: You can search for a road, municipality, parcel or address within the portal via the Search Bar. (Please follow the directions in the *PLEASE READ THIS FIRST* window mentioned above.

  9. Legend: Clicking this button will show you a legend of visible layers and their symbols. As you zoom in, more symbols will appear.

  10. Layers: Clicking this button will show you the layers that you can remove from the mapping application. Unchecking one of these layers will allow you to view the map without seeing the unchecked layer.


  11. Query: This feature is another way to search for a property by PIN. This is particularly helpful if you have multiple properties all listed under one pin. Searching for a PIN this way will highlight all parcels that are listed under a single pin.


  12. Basemap Gallery: If you would prefer to view your parcel against a different background (such as a topographic map or a street map) you can choose a new background or “Basemap” here.


  13. Measurement tool: Use the measurement tool to find area, length, or GPS coordinates. (Not for engineering grade work!)FREE_MEASURE

    This feature allows you to draw a shape and see its approximate area. To find area, click the area button. Choose a unit of measurement from the drop-down menu on the right. Single click to place your first vertex. Continue to add vertexes with single clicks. Double click to close your polygon. The area of the polygon will appear under “Measurement Result” in the information box on the right of the screen.

    To find length: Click the distance button. Choose a unit of measurement from the drop-down menu on the right. Single click to begin measurement. Continue to single click to add vertices to the line. Double click to end the line. The length will appear in the information box to the right.

    To find coordinates of a point: Click the location button. Choose either degrees or DMS (degrees, minutes, seconds). The Latitude and Longitude will appear under measurement result in the box on the right of the screen.

  14. To print or save a map on your computer: Click the print icon on the top right of your screen. Change the map title to suit your needs. Choose the size and orientation using the Layout drop-down menu. Choose a format to save map in. PDF will work for most computers. Click “Print.” An icon labeled with the title you chose will appear in the information box. Clicking this icon will bring up the map in a new tab in your browser. From here you can either print the map or save it to your computer.


  15. Help: This button opens a pop-up window with information directing the user to help pages on the Luzerne County GIS/Mapping Website.