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NYS ITS GIS Program Office

Geographic Information Systems Clearinghouse

Spatial Reference Codes

Listed below are various sources of information that describe attributes associated with common spatial datasets.  Descriptive information is often represented with abbreviated coding schemes.  The collection of links below point to metadata, user guides, or text files containing codes and their descriptions.

If there are other spatial datasets you would like listed here, please contact the NYS GIS Clearinghouse. Primary Custodians of spatial data are encouraged to provide other users with attribute information at this reference site.


HTML/PDF Document

DBF File*

Text File

Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS) codes for Places, Counties, States, etc. fipspubs

Four Character County Code 4cntycode.html nys_county_code.dbf nys_county_code.txt
Geographic Names Information System feature class codes gnispublic

National Flood Insurance Program Community ID Numbers (CID)   NFIP_CID_FIPS.dbf
NYS School District Codes schooldistcodes.htm
NYS SWIS Codes (Municipality codes used by Office of Real Property Services) swis.htm  
Property Classification codes from NYS Office of Real Property Services prclas.htm orps_lucodes.dbf orps_lucodes.txt
National Hydrography Dataset Feature Code Descriptions NHDFCode.htm NHDFCode.dbf  
Land Use/Land Cover
Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan and State Land classification codes apalccd.htm apalccd.dbf
USGS Land Use and Land Cover Classification codes (first and second level categories from Anderson et al. 1976) LULCUsersGuide.pdf

New York State DOT 7.5 Minute Quadrangle codes index_quadname.htm dot_quads.dbf
Bedrock Geology
Surficial Geology surficial_alpha.html surficial.dbf
U.S. General Soil Map (STATSGO) ISDGSM.aspx gsmsoilmu_a_ny.dbf
Thruway Authority Linear Reference System - Bi-directional tway_lrs.htm thrulrs.dbf
Thruway Authority Linear Reference System - Centerline tway_lrs2.htm thru_centr_lrs.dbf
National Wetland Inventory (NWI) Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats Classification


*Please note: DBF files should be saved on local drive and opened from a database software application.)