Property data is available in hardcopy or digital format. Special customized maps defined geographically by the customer are available.
Property mapping is a secondary visual representation of the cadastral information from the primary sources of deeds, plats and surveys for the purpose of creating a composite representation of land within a governmental unit for tax, zoning or other proper governmental purposes. Information developed from property mapping may be used as a basis for further investigation into the primary sources of deeds, plats and surveys, but is not intended to serve as a substitute for primary sources of cadastral information.
 
Parcel Identifier

Every parcel of land is identified by a Parcel Identifier Number (PIN). Approximately 55 counties in North Carolina as well as other states are using the PINSystem, which has been recommended by the State of North Carolina's Land Records Management Program since the late 1970s. The PIN geographically locates each parcel, in that it is made up of a combination of easting and northing grid coordinates. The PIN zeros in on a parcel starting with the four-digit "Map Number" (10,000 feet-by-10,000 feet area), to a two-digit "Block Number" (1,000 feet-by-1,000 feet), to four-digit "Parcel Number." Therefore, the PIN Mapping System will provide "intelligent" parcel numbers, which can be used to geographically locate parcels. In addition, the PIN System will promote a greater level of uniformity between Wake County and our neighboring counties.
 
As mentioned above, the PIN is a combination of the easting and northing coordinates from North Carolina's State Plane Coordinate System, which was established in 1933. Our previous maps included these coordinates, but the coordinates were not used to determine the parcel number. In the past, parcel numbers were derived by sequentially numbering parcels as the parcels were created. Wake County staff will calculate the PIN, just as the tax map/parcel numbers were. In determining the PIN, staff will locate the visual center (centroid) of the parcel and the GIS will determine the easting and northing coordinates for that parcel.
E
2,068,795
N
748,465
Using these numbers, a computer program will alternately pair numbers from the easting and northing coordinates to form the PIN (0764 - 88 - 7496).
20
0764
88
7496
55
 
Map
Block
Parcel
 
Counties in this part of North Carolina are all identified by the same first pair of numbers (20), so this pair of numbers is discarded. The last pair of numbers (55 in this example) is reserved for future use to more precisely locate property. PIN "Extensions," a sequential, three-digit number shown after the four-digit parcel number, would have been assigned and shown in the Wake County Revenue Department's CAMA system if the parcel in the example above had been a leasehold with land or a condominium (0764 - 88 - 7496 - 001).