Boise's GIS Program

The GIS Manager is responsible for coordinating GIS and the use of spatial technologies throughout the City. One GIS Systems Analyst serves as the administrator for the enterprise geodatabase; the other GIS Systems Analyst serves as the administrator for the online mapping system. In addition, all 3 core GIS staff share responsibility for project management, strategic planning, customer support, and other enterprise GIS tasks.


Data is available on request. Layers that are sensitive or secure require permission from the data authorities to release. Boise City is a member of a local data cooperative. View a listing of available data at Ada County GIS Special Interest Group.

Boise City GIS uses ESRI software, including:

  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • ArcGIS Server (Enterprise Advanced)
  • ArcGIS Online

Boise City GIS maintains numerous spatial data sets related to City services, utilities and jurisdictions including:

  • Sewer
  • Streetlights
  • Geothermal
  • Hydrants
  • Planning boundaries
  • Trails
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Fire and Police

History of GIS in Boise

Boise City GIS was initiated in 1989 when the Public Works Department hired a senior GIS analyst to create and maintain sewer data in a GIS. Over the years, in response to ever increasing demands for GIS services, Boise City GIS continued to grow and evolve. In 2006 GIS was reorganized, placing the GIS manager and GIS systems analysts under the Information & Technology Department to support the GIS infrastructure and develop a full-fledged enterprise GIS. At the same time, several GIS analysts and technicians were placed in other departments to support specific business functions.