that can serve the broader needs of regional, state, and national government agencies, public utilities, and others.

Land-record systems can require the gathering and processing of vast amounts of information from numerous sources. This information is used to locate and identify parcels, describe them and the buildings erected upon them, and meet the specific needs of the users of the records.


A multipurpose cadastre, as its name implies, is designed to serve more than one purpose. This means that the informational requirements of more than one set of users need to be taken into consideration in the design of the cadastre. It follows that these needs should be borne in mind in the design of any cadastral record system, even though it may be designed to serve only a single purpose.

Nature of Interests in Cadastral Information

While attention to user requirements is an obvious aspect of system design (see Section 5.4), the analysis of user requirements may present some special problems in the design of a multipurpose cadastre. The essential task is to determine the degree of commonality of interest in a particular data element on the part of the potential users of the information in a cadastre. Those data elements for which there is widespread interest might be maintained in an integrated cadastral record system, while those of limited interest might be maintained in a specialized system.

The study of the commonality of interest in data elements is complicated by the fact that potential users of the information in the cadastre may not be readily identifiable. Attempts to identify potential users must take into account differences in the organizational structure of local government (i.e., the existence of different types of general governments—such as counties, municipalities, and townships—and special governments—such as school districts and fire-protection districts); the functions assigned to each unit of government; and the organization and nomenclature of offices, departments, and other organizational units. Listed below are some local government offices (variously named) that are potential users of cadastral information:



Building inspection (code administration)


Court administration

Deed recordation


Finance (treasurer, tax collector)

Fire and emergency medical services


Health (disease control)

Housing code enforcement

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