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Tompkins County GIS take pride in serving our community and most of our data and maps are for free. However, we understand that sometimes you may need a special map or dataset to support your own projects. We are available to help! 

Please be aware that there is a fee for custom work, project assistance, consultations (Requests for Proposals, Grants, GIS Applications, etc.), data production, and creating maps that are not in the map library.  Please note that the GIS Division no longer print maps for the public. To obtain a printed map you may contact the Planning Department or visit one of  the local print shops (Statples, Gnomon Copy, Data Flow, etc.) to print maps. A breakdown of the latest fee structure appears below.


Current Fee Structure By Organization

Tompkins County Department (Non-Billable) 

  • Digital Data Distribution- No charge
  • Existing Hard Copy Maps- No charge
  • Custom Work -No charge
  • Special Projects- To be negotiated

Public or Not-for-Profit Agency (including Municipalities)

  • Digital Data Distribution- No charge 
  • Existing Hard Copy Maps- Standard map costs
  • Custom Work/Consultations- $30 per hour
  • Special Projects- To be negotiated

Private Organization/Individual

  • Digital Data Distribution- $60 per hour
  • Existing Hard Copy Map- Standard map costs
  • Custom Work/Consultations- $60 per hour


Fee Notes

  • All Custom Work will require a written agreement (i.e. MOU or Contract) defining, at a minimum, the scope of work, project costs, payment schedule, and deliverables.
  • If mailing is requested, a client must provide a FedEx or UPS billing account number. If digital data is requested, a client must supply a Flash drive or portable hard drive otherwise a minimum fee of $10.00 will be charged.
  • All requests for spatial data that are billable must be submitted in writing.




Please be aware of the definitions below when ordering maps, requesting data, requesting custom work or requesting special projects from the Tompkins County GIS Division. 

  1. Custom Data Production: The development of custom digital maps and/or databases requiring manipulation of existing data. Custom data production work will only be undertaken if staff time is available.

  2. Digital Data: Spatial data, databases, or other forms of geo-referenced digital files that can be used to create spatially referenced maps. Also, digital versions of hard copy maps.

  3. Digital Data Distribution: Public domain data will be distributed free of charge to any county department, public organization or Not-for-Profit organization. Private organizations and individuals will be charged $60.00 per hour for all staff time required to convert file formats and ftp, or copy the data to a digital storage media. Tompkins County will not re-distribute data produced by other organizations.

  4. Existing Hard Copy Maps: A map that is available as a hard copy or can easily be printed from digital data (i.e. it does not require any editing).

  5. Public and Non-Profit Organization: Publicly funded organizations and Not-for-Profit organizations that serve residents of Tompkins County.

  6. Special Projects: The development of custom digital maps and/or databases requiring the development and manipulation of new data.

  7. To Be Negotiated: Special project costs will be determined by the project scope and requested deliverables. Services and/or data exchange may be an acceptable form of remuneration for special project costs. For example, a county department, public or Not-for-Profit organization could be provided with a custom map/database free of charge, in return for a copy of any value-added maps/databases generated from the original county data.

  8. Priority Policy: When multiple requests for spatial data are received from different organizations in the same time period staff will respond to requests in the following order:

    • County Departments

    • Public or Non-Profit Organizations

    • Private Organizations or Individuals

  9. Turn-around Times: Clients should expect a turn-around time of approximately 10-14 days for custom work or special projects. Turn-around times will vary depending on the number of requests currently being responded to by county staff and on a client or organizational priority status.