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Workflow: Create a parcel fabric and load data

In this workflow, you will create a parcel fabric and load parcel data.

Create a parcel fabric


If you have an ArcMap parcel fabric, upgrade the parcel fabric instead of creating a parcel fabric.

To create a parcel fabric and setup the information model, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a new feature dataset in a file geodatabase or an enterprise geodatabase.

    Right-click the database connection in the Catalog pane and click New > Feature Dataset, or use the Create Feature Dataset geoprocessing tool.

    The enterprise geodatabase must be unversioned and the database connection must be established as a database authenticated user. An SDE or DBMS admin user cannot create a parcel fabric.

  2. Use the Create Parcel Fabric geoprocessing tool in Toolboxes > Parcel Tools > Administration to create a parcel fabric.
  3. In the Catalog pane, right-click the parcel fabric and click Add Parcel Type Add to add a parcel type to your parcel fabric.

    Parcels are added to the parcel fabric as parcel types. A parcel type is comprised of a polygon and line feature class and is defined by your organization. For example, your organization may manage both ownership/tax parcels and subdivision parcels. You can add as many parcel types as necessary for your organization.

  4. If your source parcels have subtypes, use the Add Subtype geoprocessing tool to add subtypes to your parcel type polygons.
    The subtype codes in your source parcels should match the new subtype codes created for your parcel type polygons.
  5. Add any other attribute fields used by your organization to the parcel fabric feature classes. To add an attribute field, right-click the feature class in the Contents pane and click Design > Fields. Click at the bottom of the fields list to add a new field.

    Parcel fabric feature classes have a set of system-added attribute fields. Other attribute fields can be added to the parcel type feature classes and to the Records, Connection Lines, and Points feature classes.

    Learn more about adding fields

  6. Create any necessary domains and apply them to fields.

    Parcel fabric feature classes use system-added domains such as the COGO Type domain. You can create additional domains and apply them to fields. For example, create a domain named RecordType and apply it to theRecord Type system field on the Records feature class.

Load source polygons and create parcels

Parcels are loaded into the parcel fabric by appending parcel features to the parcel type feature classes. Parcel data can be appended to either the parcel type polygon or the parcel type line feature class. Polygons should be appended so that records can be associated correctly to parcels. If your source data has reliable parcel lines with COGO dimensions, convert the lines to polygons, append the polygons to the parcel fabric, and transfer the source line attributes to the newly built parcel lines.

Learn more about loading lines to the parcel fabric

  1. Append your source polygons to their corresponding parcel type polygon feature class.
  2. If you have parcel record information, use the Create Parcel Records geoprocessing tool to create parcel records.

    The tool creates records based on record names that are added to an attribute field on the input parcel features.

  3. If you are working in an enterprise geodatabase, publish your parcel fabric as a feature service
    1. Add your published parcel fabric to a new map from the portal.
    2. Build parcels.
  4. If you are working in a file geodatabase, enable the parcel topology.
    1. Add your parcel fabric to a new map.
  5. Build parcels.