GIS FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

GIS

Q.

Do I need flood insurance?

A.

While the County GIS Website Map shows FEMA map layers, whether or not flood insurance is required is not a question that GIS staff can answer.  See FEMA for more details – link.

Q.

How do I do (fill in blank) on the GIS website?

A.

Please see our GIS Website Help for instructions for website functionality.  If you still have questions, please call (712-328-4885) during office hours or send us an email (gis@pottcounty-ia.gov).

Q.

How do I find my subdivision plat?

A.
  • You can find your plat using the Recorder’s Search (AVA).
  • You can find your plat using a parcel search or map search on the GIS Website.
Q.

How does the survey/subdivision process work?

A.

For details on County’s survey review process which applies to plats of survey and subdivision plats, please review this document.  For city and county subdivision ordinances, please review information here: Council BluffsPottawattamie County, or call City Clerks for other towns.

Q.

Is my neighbors (barn, garage, fence, tree, etc) on my property?

A.

 You can get a generic look by using the GIS Website, but a survey is necessary to identify property lines and encroachments.

Q.

I’m doing a survey, what should I use for a parcel letter?

A.

 If you have already received approval to split or combine parcels from County or City offices, then you need to contact the GIS office.  A parcel designation will be issued for your parcel(s).

Q.

I’m researching, do you have any historic documents for this area?

A.

The GIS Website has historical documents and images.  These are findable by location.  You can use the GIS Website Help to learn how to toggle historic layers and imagery on or off.  

Key Services & Resources

Phone (712) 328-4885
Hours 8:00am to 4:30pm
Monday through Friday
Location Pottawattamie County Courthouse Annex
Second Floor
223 S 6th St
Council Bluffs, IA 51501