An example from Orange County
While this isn’t GIS data directly, the data available at the Traffic Data Branch website can be spatially enabled to show traffic counts at the various intersections of the State Highway System.
Data available include:
Traffic Counts 2011 Annual Average Daily Traffic [...]
CAMS Data (October 2011)
Current data date: March 2014
Important note: With the CAMS conversion from Thomas Brothers to TIGER complete, the downloadable file is the initial dataset that we are releasing with changes. The actual file structure will most likely change as we clean up the export routines. We also anticipate beginning [...]
This is zoning for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
For more complete information, see Title 22 (Planning and Zoning) of the Los Angeles County Code, or stop by the office of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Room 1360 Hall of Records, [...]
Land Use Policy (1980 General Plan)
Referred to as the “General Plan” and encompasses the unincorporated areas (sometimes referred to as ‘islands’) not covered by a community, neighborhood or area plan. Adopted by the Board of Supervisors on November 25, 1980. Last Updated 12/11/13 for a missed Plan Amendment in West [...]
Proposed Significant Ecological Areas
Proposed updates to the Significant Ecological Areas are based on aerial imagery and parcels. Please note that proposed SEAs have not been officially adopted as part of the L.A. County General Plan. For the Existing/Adopted SEAs click here.
From the Los Angeles County Draft General Plan [...]
These districts were established when zoning was created for Los Angeles County many years ago. It was a way to break the county up into distinct areas, smaller units, for easier record keeping and organization. It is still in use to identify and keep track of those ordinances and for running queries [...]
This data was created on April 30, 2012 to represent known disposal sites in Los Angeles County that may produce and emanate methane gas. The shapefile contains disposal sites within Los Angeles County that once accepted degradable refuse material. Information used to create this data was extracted from a landfill survey performed by [...]
Sample Tract, Parcel Maps and Records of Survey
To make land records more easily available to the general public, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works began scanning and posting thousands of documents online, free of charge.
The best method of accessing these records is via the
NOAA’s Bathymetry website (http://ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/bathymetry/relief.html) has an integrated DEM and Topgraphy dataset at 10 meter resolution for download.
The Santa Monica quad (found via the NGDC bathymetry website) covers all the waters of LA County and is available in two different vertical datums:
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dem/squareCellGrid/download/663 http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dem/squareCellGrid/download/726 [...]
This dataset contains the boundaries of the various library systems in the County of Los Angeles.
This data is used to support the library’s assignment of billing and other codes on this website: http://gis.lacounty.gov/districtlocator
Download the data
Library_Service_Areas (zipped shapefile)
The Consolidated Sewer Maintenance District (CSMD) of Los Angeles County is administered by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW).
For the list of cities served, operational maps, or for more information about the CSMD, please visit the Los Angeles County Sewer Maintenance home page.
In 2012, the Los Angeles County Seamless Cadastral Landbase became online and is now jointly maintained by the Assessor and the Department of Public Works.
This layer was created from county boundary line elements in the Los Angeles County Cadastral Landbase. The coastline was digitized per LARIAC imagery.
Because this layer is [...]
The file is used to generate maps for planning purposes. It is also used as a basemap for GIS web applications showing the each DCFS Regional Offices and satellite sites location. The file is geocoded based on the address locations of each DCFS Regional Offices and Site location. [...]
This layer was created for retrieving the earliest recorded surveys of original Spanish and Mexican land grants (Ranchos), along with original plats of the United States Public Lands Survey System (PLSS). The URL field points to documents (PDF) on the Land Records Information website, hosted by the [...]
The Land Types dataset is a public domain dataset managed by the County of Los Angeles which includes various types of land use that are critical for mapmaking and geographic analysis. The data has been created to match parcel boundaries where possible, and digitized from 4-inch aerial photography where more detail was needed.
General land types [...]
This data depicts generalized land use classifications, each of which is intended to describe the dominant use characteristics within the area covered. Updated information regarding public parks, school sites, freeways, rail/transit lines, and other ownership-specific boundaries have been incorporated into this data. The actual use and intensity of development that may be [...]
Rural Outdoor Lighting District (Dark Skies)
This project is an amendment to Title 22 of the County Code, Planning and Zoning, to establish a Rural Outdoor Lighting District for areas of unincorporated Los Angeles County. The proposed Ordinance will establish the District with regulations that will conserve energy and resources and [...]
Significant Ecological Areas (SEA)
Significant Ecological Areas (SEA) Significant Ecological Area (SEA) means an area that is determined to possess an example of biotic resources that cumulatively represent biological diversity for the purposes of protecting biotic diversity, as part of the Los Angeles County general plan or the city’s general plan. [...]
The grid that shows the zoning maps that cover the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. This grid follows alignment and numbering system as the Department of Public Works House Numbering Maps. This was developed as part of the Zoning Map Conversion and Integration Project (ZCIP) – 2002 to 2006.
UPDATED on [...]
Sample Channels, Gravity Mains, Catch Basins, etc.
The Los Angeles County Storm Drain System is a geometric network model representing the storm drain infrastructure within Los Angeles County. The long term goal of this network is to seamlessly integrate the countywide [...]
Railroad mileposts used to report incidents and issues along railroad lines to public safety (law enforcement and fire). It includes LA County Sheriff Reporting District Numbers for each milepost.
This dataset was developed in 2006 to be added to Reporting District Maps for the LA County Sheriff, who [...]
Zones of required investigation for possible earthquake faulting, landslides, and liquefaction are delineated and distributed to cities, counties, and state construction agencies to help identify where higher building standards may be necessary for safe development.
Seismic Hazard Regulatory Hazard Zones Earthquake Fault Zone prevent buildings for human occupancy from being constructed [...]
The USGS supports a number of map services:
These allow you to view nationwide data from The National Map in your GIS software. To use these in ArcGIS – select Add Data button then choose GIS Server from the list, then “add ArcGIS Server”
To add the tiled map cache (these are background topographic [...]
Portion of Countywide City Annexation Data
This layer contains information for locating past and present legal city boundaries within Los Angeles County. Use your GIS software or the applications below for online viewing of original maps and legal descriptions of territories annexed.
The California Ocean Protection Council, in partnership with USGS and NOAA Coastal Services Center, funded a LiDAR data collection effort along the California coast and San Francisco Bay, between 2009-2011. The data were made available last year through the NOAA Coastal Service Center’s Digital Coast Data Access Viewer.
The entire LiDAR [...]
For UNINCORPORATED areas of Los Angeles County only. A Specific Plan implements the General Plan/Community Plan and is a more detailed version of the General Plan for a focused area. The Specific Plan articulates planning considerations and imposes regulations or controls. Updated 6/3/13–the Universal Studios Specific Plan was added.
The Land use for the following [...]
The goal of this mapping effort is to create more accurate fire hazard zone designations such that mitigation strategies are implemented in areas where hazards warrant these investments. The fire hazard zones will provide specific designation for application of defensible space and building standards consistent with known mechanisms of fire risk [...]
The subdivision activity layer represents those areas (within unincorporated areas) with cases that are either pending, approved or recorded (within the past few years) within the Los Angeles County subdivision process. Updated 4/30/13 for an annexation in Santa Clarita (recorded 4/16/13).
Data can be downloaded here:
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is the agency in the state of California that licenses hospitals and clinics. Every year, this office generates a list of hospitals and clinics as well as reports that are based on the information submitted by the individual facilities. Hospital Annual Disclosure Report and Hospital Annual [...]
The Department of Health Services (DHS) provides acute and rehabilitative patient care, trains physicians and other health care clinicians, and conducts patient care-related research. DHS operates 4 hospitals, including some of the nation’s premiere academic medical centers through their affiliations with the University of Southern California School of [...]
The Community Partners Program is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) and private, community-based providers (Partners) who are committed to providing quality health services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate environment to low income and uninsured communities. This program is part of a Medicaid Demonstration [...]
CGS has developed a new online tool that allows you to search all of CGS’s Regulatory Maps, Landslide Maps and Tsunami Maps with related reports and GIS data. The new tool is now officially accessible through CGS’s home page. See below for a brief list of what the warehouse has to offer within [...]
USGS Earth Explorer
This dataset represents natural color, leaf-off, 1 foot high-accuracy orthorectified aerial imagery, acquired by the Los Angeles Regional Imagery Consortium (LAR-IAC) in winter 2010/2011, and made public with the partnership of the US Geological Survey (USGS). The DEM represents bare earth, whereas a related product (DSM) contains elevations and includes [...]
The grid that shows the township, range and section information for Los Angeles County taken from the PLSS.
The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) typically divides land into 6-mile-square townships, which is the level of information included in the National Atlas. Townships are subdivided into 36 one-mile- square sections. A section is an area normally [...]
Airport Runways in the County of Los Angeles digitized from high-resolution aerial photography.
The runways include all paved and access tarmacs to the flight lines.
lacounty_airport_runways (zipped shapefile).
The County of Los Angeles has embarked on projects to replace the data it has historically licensed from Thomas Brothers with data that it owns and maintains internally. This will allow the County to distribute, update, and improve this data without current restrictions. The layer by layer comparison is listed below, and in the guide [...]
For planning purposes & reference within the General Plan Update.
Countywide layer which divides the County of Los Angeles into 11 Planning Areas. These area divisions were created for the LA County Dept. of Regional Planning by the GIS Section under direction from the General Plan Development Section. Reflects the most recent changes from the [...]
City Boundary Polygons and Lines
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works provides the most current shapefiles representing city boundaries within Los Angeles County, and the shapefiles available in this download includes polygons and lines.
City Annexations – This site contains [...]
Updated as of January 2014
Contains precincts from the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder’s Office. The Registrar/Recorder uses these precincts to run elections by grouping them into election precincts, so they capture the boundaries of all voting districts in the County, including, but not limited to:
LA County Supervisorial Districts US Congressional Districts State Senate and [...]
Adopted Countywide Highway / Freeway Plan [...]
Shows all airports in Los Angeles County. For a link to the Department of Regional Planning’s Airport Land Use Commission page, click here.
This layer delineates ridgelines within selected CSDs whereupon restrictions are established for grading and ridgeline development. For more information on specific CSDs where these ridgelines reside, click here.
Data can be downloaded here:
DRP_RIDGELINES (zipped shapefile)
Depicts lands owned or managed by the U.S. Forest Service and designated by U.S. Government as a National Forest. The Los Padres and Angeles National Forests lie within the boundaries of Los Angeles County.
Data can be downloaded here:
Download Shapefile / .zip
The community standards districts are established as supplemental districts to provide a means of implementing special development standards contained in adopted neighborhood, community, area, specific and local coastal plans within the UNINCORPORATED areas of Los Angeles County, or to provide a means of addressing special problems which are unique to certain geographic [...]
Significant Environmental Resource Areas
Sensitive Environmental Resources (SERA) – Coast Zone Only
These are in the Coastal Zone area only, and they afford the highest protection from future land development due to their environmental signifigance and sensitivity. ESHA’s [...]
Polling locations assigned for the November 6, 2012 Presidential election as of October 31, 2012. Note – these polling locations are subject to change. Changes occur when polling locations become unavailable at the last minute, or for a variety or reasons.
The Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder establishes polling locations for each election. Each election has [...]
Various maps are available for free as downloads (PDF files) or as hard copy prints for a fee. Available maps include Supervisorial Districts, Community Standards Districts (CSD), Zoning, Community and Area Plans, etc.
Note, this is not a link to GIS data layers, just Adobe Acrobat PDF files. For GIS data, i.e., ESRI Shapefiles, search [...]
Updated December 2013.
LA City Council Districts as adopted by Final Ordinance 2012 No. 182168. This data was provided by the City of Los Angeles.
These boundaries are legally accurate as specified by the Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering.
Download the shapefile (includes sample layer file): LA [...]
Keywords: Bikeway, Bicycle, off-road Abstract: The dataset includes the bikeway network proposed in the 2012 County of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan. Purpose: The dataset includes the bikeway network proposed in the 2012 County of Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan. The Plan proposes more than 800 miles of bikeways to be installed throughout the [...]
For folks who are looking for GIS data in the City of Santa Monica, they have a page where they make this data available for download:
Click here to go to the Santa Monica GIS Data Page