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 Surveyors’ Model Law Working Group Minimize

The Surveyors’ Model Law Working Group was formed to address several provisions in North Carolina law (G.S. 89C) pertaining to land surveying and GIS representation of government geographic data. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Model Law has served as the foundation for these matters. The Working Group has been pursuing issues related to local governments providing data collection services to other local governments; whether a Council of Government is considered a local government under law; and the definition of “authoritative” as used in G.S. 89C and how that determines which data sets must be collected by a licensed surveyor. The Working Group collaborated with the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCBELS) about these issues.

A report identifying specific issues and a path forward was presented at the May 13, 2009 meeting of the GICC. 

This committee has been deactivated.


Announcement – August 4, 2010

Progress on Clarifying Geographic Data Collection by Local Governments

In recent months, the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCBELS) and the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) requested advisory opinions from the NC Department of Justice concerning GIS data collection by local governments.


The issue was whether certain GIS data collection activities of local governments (i.e., counties, cities, towns, and regional councils of governments) are included in, or exempt from, the North Carolina Engineering and Land Surveying Act: Chapter 89C of the General Statutes.


In April 2010 the Department of Justice issued an advisory opinion that the collection of GIS data by an employee of the State of North Carolina, any political subdivision of the State or a municipality while engaged in that activity in the course of their employment does not constitute surveying without a license. In a second advisory opinion, the Department of Justice stated that this conclusion also applies to regional councils of governments, so long as those entities are authorized by resolution of their member governments. Therefore, the collection of GIS data by local governments does not violate Chapter 89C of the General Statutes since local governments are exempt via the government exemption.

For details on the background of this issue and the advisory opinions of the Department of Justice, please read the documents below.


Applicability of N.C.G.S. § 89C to Geographic Information Systems


This committee has been deactivated. The former Chair was Herb McKim (910.343.1048).
For information, contact Tim Johnson (919.754.6588).


Name Organization Phone Number
Paul Black formerly Triangle J COG
Charlie Brown NC DOT 919-250-4109
Ted Cisine formerly Cabarrus County
Janet Jackson formerly McKim and Creed
Keith Johnston NC DOT 919-250-4167
Joe McKinney formerly Land of Sky COG 828-251-6622
Tom Morgan Secretary of State 919-807-2268
Steve Puckett SD Puckett & Assoc. 919-544-7717
Alex Rickard formerly Eastern Carolina Council
Colleen Sharpe formerly City of Raleigh IT
Charlynne Smith NC State Univ. 919-513-7797
Julie Stamper Pasquotank County 252-331-2336
Ron York Duke Energy Power Delivery 704-382-2158

 Announcements Minimize
Feb '16 - 2015 Imagery Online
The 2015 orthoimagery is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal. Read on for all of the details. read more ...

July 2015 – NC Parcel Boundaries and Standardized Fields

Standardized parcel data for all 100 counties is now available as a map service, a feature service, or as downloadable data from the the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal.

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May 2015 – Guidance for Acquisition of Oblique Aerial Imagery and Software System
A guide for local government GIS coordinators considering acquisition of oblique imagery is now available, developed by the Working Group for Orthophotography Planning. read more ...

February 2015 - 2014 Imagery Available

The 2014 orthoimagery is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal. Read the full article for all of the details.

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January 2015 - Understanding Raster Imagery Compression

The GIS TAC has produced a document to guide and educate users on the compression of raster imagery.

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December 2014 - Addresses Available From NC OneMap

With the recent completion of the update to the Master Address Data Set, the 2014 version is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal.

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