What is GIS?
GIS stands for Geographic Information System and is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data, for capturing, storing, updating, manipulating, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
Where can I find Help for the GIS website?
A series of instructional videos is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/GastonCountyGIS.
Can I download GIS data / Parcel information?
Yes, you can download Gaston County GIS vector data at http://www.gastongov.com/maps/gis_data_download/index.php
What do I need to use the GIS website?
*Internet Explorer users - this website performs best in version 9 or newer, and with compatibility view turned off.
(If you are an Internet Explorer 8 / Windows XP user, try using Chrome or Firefox.) To view the difference, please check out the following: https://gis.gastongov.com/GastonGIS/IE8issue.pdf
How can I tell what browser I am using?
If you don't know what browser you are using, please check the help/about section of your browser or try the following: http://whatbrowser.org/.
Why do I need to allow Pop - Up Windows?
The print or the web form window will not be viewable without enabling Pop-Up windows. You must use these windows to print from the website. Please disable your pop-up blockers or set it to allow pop-ups from this site.
How do I enable pop ups in Google Chrome?
To enable popups, please see the following article: Block or allow pop-ups in Chrome
Can GPS or latitude/longitude information be obtained from the Gaston County GIS web site?
Yes, the latitude/longitude can be obtained by using the Measure tool located in menu for Advanced Tools on the right side of the GIS website map. For more information check out: https://gis.gastongov.com/GastonGIS/AdvancedTools.pdf
Latitude = Y
Longitude = X (negative number for Gaston County)
North Latitude "+" Positive
South Latitude "-" Negative
East Longitude "+" Positive
West Longitude "-" Negative
Can I send a link to a parcel?
You can obtain a link for a parcel from the GIS website to send via email or other medium by clicking the Identify tool and selecting a parcel. At the bottom of the Parcel Information window there is a button titled Create a Link to this Parcel. Click this button to obtain your link.
How can I tell if Taxes are owed or what the Tax Bill is?
To view the Tax Bill online: www.gastontax.com. This website has been recently updated; please contact 704-866-3158 with any questions.
Where is the BMP (Book Map and Parcel)?
In 2002 when Gaston County converted from paper tax maps to GIS the BMP number was discontinued and replaced with a 6 digit Parcel ID and a 10 digit NC PIN. Historic reference may be found in the ParcelCAMA excel file available for free download.
How do I print a property card? (Appraisal Cards, Tax Appraisal Sheets)
In the GIS website; Select a parcel by query or with the Identify tool (the parcel will be highlighted in teal), in the Parcel Information window click the Property Record Card link above the picture. This will open a .pdf file. Click the Print button in the Adobe Acrobat Reader application.
For more information check out: https://gis.gastongov.com/GastonGIS/PropertyRecordCard.pdf
How do I print a deed / recorded plat / plat map / survey?
The Gaston County GIS website does not have recorded deeds, plats, or surveys. Recorded instruments are only available at the Gaston County Register of Deeds, which is located in the Gaston County Courthouse.
325 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Way, Gastonia, NC 28052, 704-862-7687.
For further assistance with deeds or plats, please contact the Register of Deeds directly during office hours at 704-862-7686 or 704-862-7684.
Why can I not link (a deed / plat) from the GIS website to the Register of Deeds website?
This is currently not permitted by the Gaston County Register of Deeds.
How do I identify the assigned School District for a property?
Gaston County school districts have been unavailable as a GIS map layer on the Gaston County GIS website since July 2013. For more information on assignments and registration, please contact the Gaston County Schools at P.O. Box 1397, Gastonia, NC 28053 -1397.
Find Your School
- For Student Assignments contact Terri Surbeck at 704-810-7284
- For Transportation Information & School District GIS Data contact Pam Yager at 704-866-6182 or email@example.com
- For Communications contact Todd Hagans at 704-866-6118
- For the Superintendent contact Jeffrey W. Booker at 704-866-6111
How do I change my Tax Bill Mailing Address?
To change your mailing address please call 704-810-5848.
Who do I talk to about a property address?
For Gaston County contact Sarah Penley, with Planning & Development Services at 704-866-3530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the City of Gastonia (for addresses located inside the city limits of Gastonia) contact the Engineering Department at 704-866-6022 or email@example.com.
Who do I talk to about my Tax Appraisal Value?
Please contact the Tax Appraisal Office at 704-810-5856.
Who do I talk to about Land Use?
Contact David Turbyfill with the Tax Appraisal Office at 704-810-5809.
Who do I talk to about Zoning?
Zoning for a parcel is dependent on the jurisdiction it resides in. Please contact the corresponding Planning Department:
Gaston County 704-866-3075
Bessemer City 704-629-5542
Cleveland County 704-484-4947
High Shoals 704-735-1651
Kings Mountain 704-734-4596
Lincoln County 704-736-8440
Mecklenburg County 704-366-2205
Mount Holly 704-822-2938
What are the definitions to the Zoning Codes?
What is the UDO?
The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combines and integrates all the land use ordinances for Gaston County into one document: Zoning, Subdivision, Manufactured, Watershed Water Supply, and Flood Damage Prevention. For questions or comments, please contact GastonUDO@gastongov.com.
What are the setbacks in Gaston County?
Where do I find information on utilities (Electric, Gas, Water & Sewer)?
Gaston County does not have a utilities department. You will need to contact the utility department or municipality directly to obtain this information.
For a list of utility providers in Gaston County: gaston.org/utilities.
Call Before You Dig 1-800-632-4949
Who do I talk to about waterfront property access?
Lake access needs to be verified by Duke Energy Lake Services at 1-800-443-5193.
- An interactive shoreline map is available at https://www.theoremgeo.com/smp/Catawba-Wateree_FERC_SMP/
Can I print a map to scale?
No, due to variations in screen sizes and resolutions this option is not available on the GIS website.
How can I acquire a map printed to scale?
Custom printed maps are available in accordance to the Gaston County GIS Fee Schedule. Please make an appointment with a GIS staff member.
How do I print a map?
To print a map use the Print tool located in the toolbar on the right side of the GIS website map.
How do I print a map with tax information?
In the GIS website, select a parcel, scroll down to the bottom of the Parcel Information window. Click the Print Map & Report button, this will open a new window; print from this print window.
How do I resolve printing issues?
The Map / Map & Report / House & Report print pages are designed to fit a single 8.5" by 11" page with ½" margins. If you are having printing problems please try one of the following solutions:
Check your margins. In most major browsers you can change the margins by going into the Page Setup menu screen.
Enable Shrink to Fit. In most major browsers you can enable 'Shrink to Fit' by going into the 'Page Setup' menu screen.
Use a Print to PDF driver. Print to PDF drivers will vary among which operating systems like Windows, Mac, or Ubuntu you are using. You may have to explore which options are best suited for your system's needs.
Due to the small differences between all web browsers, it is not possible to render all print pages the same. Printing pages should render just fine in browsers like Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. You may print in other browsers but please note that you may have to change some of the print settings as mentioned above to achieve a proper print layout. If you are still having problems please contact us at GIS@gastongov.com.
For more information on printing, check out: https://gis.gastongov.com/GastonGIS/Printing.pdf
Who do I talk to about the house (structure) photograph?
Contact the Gaston County Tax Appraisal Office at 704-866-3145, Tax_Info@gastongov.com. Please make reference to the 6 digit Parcel ID Number.
Who do I talk to about the parcel map or owner information?
Contact the Gaston County GIS/Tax Mapping department with questions about Parcels and Ownership information:
Paul Lang, GIS Mapping Administrator at 704-810-5832
Denise Heffner, Records Clerk at 704-810-5827
Leslie Ferguson, Tax GIS Specialist at 704-810-5830
William Page, Tax GIS Specialist at 704-810-5831
Why does this property map show less acreage than I actually own?
The GIS website shows a calculated acreage based on the taxable area. An example of this would be when the property lines extend to the center of a right of way (public road or railroad). The owner is not taxed on the area inside of the right of way.
Why is Flood blank in the Parcel Details window?
If “Flood” is blank it means that the parcel in not in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The SFHA is the area where the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP's) floodplain management regulations must be enforced and the area where the mandatory purchase of flood insurance applies. The SFHA may be shown as A, AE or .2 PCT. For more information on flood zones: https://www.fema.gov/flood-zones.
Who do I talk to about Floodplain?
We recommend contacting one of the following agencies directly with questions about Flood, Floodplain, Flood Insurance, Floodway, Special Flood Hazard Area, etc.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
What is a Voluntary Agricultural District?
Gaston County farmers who enroll their farms in the Gaston County Voluntary Agricultural District program agree to keep their lands in agricultural uses for 10 years- In return for protecting farmlands they receive recognition with roadside signs and listing on this GIS website.
What other benefits do farmers receive?
Farmers will not be assessed or required to connect to Gaston County water and/or sewer infrastructure if Gaston County constructs, maintains or possesses such infrastructure in the future. Farmers will also have the right to public hearings in their communities if there are ever land condemnation proceedings against lands in the districts-
How does the web listing benefit both farmers and non-farmers?
Many people use this website as a starting place when considering purchasing property- The Voluntary Ag District listing informs anyone investigating a parcel if that parcel is within ½ mile of a district. This informs potential buyers that slow moving vehicles (tractors), dusts, odors and noises associated with the normal practice of farming may occur near the investigated parcel- The notice should help non-farmers understand potential impacts from neighboring farms and lessen misunderstandings between neighbors.
Who should I contact for more information about Voluntary Agricultural Districts?
Contact Gaston Natural Resources at 704-922-4181.
Who do I talk to about the GIS website?
Select the Contact Us link in the Help menu of the website or email us at GIS@gastongov.com.