Are you a user of the NYS Civil Boundaries data or do you plan to use the data in the future? Make sure to check out the announcement regarding updates to the data and the availability of a web service!


Dear users of the NYS Civil Boundaries data:


The Civil Boundaries dataset has undergone several changes for the April 2017 update. Of particular note is that five villages were deleted from the Villages feature class. This reflects Department of State’s tracking of local law records concerning city, town, or village dissolutions or annexations. This file is available for download here. These same updates are also reflected in the NYS Place Points file; the records are not deleted, but the place type is changed from incorporated to unincorporated. This file is available for downloaded here


We are also making spatial improvements to boundaries based on input from Town and County stakeholders and by using the current spatial datasets for NYS streets and address points, County parcels, aerial imagery and emergency services boundaries. Numerous alignment improvement are present in the latest version of the Civil Boundaries dataset. We have also added a new field, “TOWN”, to the Villages feature class to indicate where a village boundary covers more than one town.


Another very significant enhancement is the availability of new Civil Boundaries web services; as ArcGIS map and feature services, as well as OGC WMS and WFS services.  Links to these services can be found at the rest services.  It is our intention that these services will replace the MuniBoundaries web service currently available.  This service contains outdated information. Please take steps to eliminate your dependencies on this outdated web service as it will be retired on July 31, 2017.


Please direct comments or questions to or to Robert Gehrer at 518.242.5047.


Thank you,

Robert E. Gehrer

Program Manager | GIS Program Office