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The SnoScape interactive Map is scheduled to be removed on October 13th, 2017. Snohomish County Planning and Development Services has developed newer interactive maps for viewing landscape features and planning-related information. Please visit the PDS Map Portal or the PDS Active Projects and Permits interactive map. Instructions and training videos are available to help orient new users to the new and improved web maps.

Please send your comments, questions, and suggestions to the PDS GIS Team.

The SnoScape interactive map shows information about key landscape features in Snohomish County.

SnoScape draws from high-resolution data stored in the County's geographic information system (GIS) to assist citizens with property development.

Locating important landscape features more precisely helps save time and money in the permitting and development process.

Please read the following instructions carefully.

The instructions below will help you use the interactive map successfully.

SnoScape - Snohomish County Landscape Imaging
Click here to open SnoScape
in a new browser window.

Instructions for using SnoScape interactive map

Available information:

The interactive map shows information about the developed and natural landscape in Snohomish County. The map is organized into layers that can be turned on or off as needed for improved viewing.

Map layers include:
  • Property lines
  • Streams and water bodies
  • Steep slopes
  • Topographic contours (5ft. interval)
  • Topographic shading of bare earth and built environment (portions obtained in 2003 and 2006)
  • Aerial photography taken in 2007
Note: some map layers are not visible when viewing maps of large areas.

SnoScape is provided by Snohomish County as a customer-service tool for information purposes only. The program has no regulatory application.

About SnoScape data

These maps are not surveys, nor an instrument to make definitive determinations. Information has been compiled from multiple sources including high-resolution aerial laser scanning and field observations by County biologists. All geographic data used to create these maps have spatial uncertainties.

You must agree to the terms of the disclaimer before using SnoScape.

Map Navigation:

Choices listed on the green toolbar on the left side of the screen determine what happens when you click on the map.

For example, if you click on the word "Zoom In" on the green toolbar, you can zoom in by clicking on the map. Hint: You can control how close you zoom-in. Click-and-hold the mouse button, then move your mouse to draw a box on the map. A new map of the area inside the box will be drawn.

Users can move the map in any direction by using the "Move Map" tool. When "Move Map" is activated, click and hold the mouse or pointer over the map and move it up, down, or side-to-side. Release the button to redraw a new map.

Wait for the map to finish:

Drawing a map on your browser can take several seconds.

The map must finish drawing before the next click will be accepted.
Loading the map for the first time, locating an address, and finding a Parcel ID take the longest time to complete. Hint: If you are not getting the results you expect, please send us a message.

View the Aerial Photo:

Several map layers are listed on the lower-left side of the screen, including color aerial photographs. Use the check box next to a layer to turn it on/off as desired.

The color aerial photos were taken on the 1st and 2nd of June, 2007.

Browser compatibility:

A recent browser (Firefox, Netscape 4.5+, Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater) is recommended to view the interactive map.

In general, your browser must not block pop-up (new) windows, must show pictures, enable JavaScript, and be able to send unencrypted information (form data) over the Internet.

Refer to Snohomish County's browser compatibility and web site accessibility information.

Computer settings:

Some computer settings can prevent SnoScape from working correctly.
Common problems include:

  • Pop-up blockers
    Description: The interactive map doesn't launch at all; or new browser windows do not display when using 'Print Map'.
    What to do: If you have pop-up blocker software, allow County web pages to open new (pop-up) windows. For example, the Google toolbar allows pop-up windows if the CTRL key is held down when clicking a link.

  • Browser settings
    Description: The interactive map window doesn't finish loading, or is stuck on 'Retrieving Data' with no map displayed.
    What to do: Enable JavaScript, show pictures, enable nonencrypted form data to be sent, allow popup windows.

  • Hidden windows
    Description: The information window does not display on the second or third time clicking on the map.
    What to do: The window with feature information may be hidden behind the window showing the map. Keep both windows visible to facilitate viewing for either one.

  • Error messages
    Description: A browser error message appears when clicking on the map that says "Unable to display MapService".
    What to do: Close the interactive map browser window and delete Temporary Internet Files from your system. Internet Explorer can do this under the 'Tools > Internet Options...' menu. The error message should not reappear the next time you open the interactive map.

If you are still experiencing technical problems, feel free to contact the Website Coordinator with questions or suggestions.

Bookmark / Favorites:

For quick access to SnoScape, add this page to your favorites or bookmark list. Bookmarks to the interactive map directly may not work correctly.

Printing a Map:

For best results, choose 'Print Map' from the list of choices, located on the left side of the map. A new window with a map, legend, and title, suitable for printing will be displayed.

Printing directly from the interactive map window is not recommended and may print multiple pages (one for each frame), depending on your browser settings.


Snohomish County disclaims any warranty of merchantability or warranty of fitness of this data (or map) for any particular purpose, either express or implied. No representation or warranty is made concerning the accuracy, currency, completeness or quality of data depicted. Any user of this data (or map) assumes all responsibility for use thereof, and further agrees to hold Snohomish County harmless from and against any damage, loss, or liability arising from any use of this data (or map).

Contact Information:

Send questions and comments to Planning & Development Services

Start SnoScape:

Click here to SnoScape in a new browser window

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