Viewing Devon County Council geographic information

DISCLAIMER: Whilst the information displayed on this website is updated periodically, the County Council does not give any guarantee that it is correct or complete, or that a right of way shown on the screen represents the position of a right of way recorded on the map. Always contact the County Council for definitive information.

Changing the map

By default, the map displays the most recent Ordnance Survey mapping available, in colour. Click on the ‘Map Options’ bar at the top right to open it, and select ‘Basemaps’ to change the map. (Click on the bar again to hide the options). Historic maps and aerial photographs are available.

To zoom in and out, turn the wheel of the mouse if it has one, otherwise click on the buttons near the top left of the map area.

To move around Devon, click anywhere on the map and use the mouse to drag it.

Alternatively, press the Shift key while holding down either mouse button, and draw a rectangle on the map. When the mouse button is released, the map will zoom to the rectangle selected.

Choosing what to display on the map

Bars at the left of the screen list the type(s) of information available on this screen. Click on the required service to see the list of individual layers of information available, and tick the box against the required layer(s) to display the information on the map. Sub-headings in the list are indicated by a ‘+’ sign; click on this to expand the lower level list.

Some layers of information may be greyed out. This is because the data is unsuitable for displaying on the map at the currently selected scale. Zoom in or out to show the map at the appropriate scale.

If desired, the list of tabs at the left of the screen can be moved out of the way by clicking on the shaded bar in the middle of the left-hand border of the map. Click the bar again to reinstate the list.


The first two tabs in the list are always ‘Address Search’ and ‘Searching’.

The first searches for a location by postcode, grid reference, street or other place name. Enter the search criterion required and click on the search icon to the right.

Click on the required entry in the list of results to zoom to the location.

The second can be used to search for a particular feature whose name or other reference is known, for example the planning application with a specified number, or a named listed building. Use the drop-down menus to specify the required search criterion, then click on the required entry in the list returned, to zoom to the location.

Displaying detailed information

When a site, building etc is displayed in a layer, click on it to see what detailed information is available. This will often include a link to another page or website, such as English Heritage in the example shown here.

Creating a copy of the map

Once the map is showing the information and format that you require, open the Map Options bar at the right of the screen. On the ‘Tools’ tab, click on the symbol next to ‘Generate Map PDF’. The map on the screen is then copied to a PDF. (This process may take several seconds). The words ‘View PDF’ appear when the map is ready: click here to view the PDF, which you can then print, copy or email as required.

Advanced tools

Other features are available within the Tools tab:

Scale: display the map at a specified scale.

Location : display the exact latitude and longitude of each point that you click on within the map.

Distance measurement tool: select this tool, then click on two or more points on the map to display the length of the line(s) joining them.

Area measurement tool: click on three or more points on the map to display the area enclosed by the lines joining them.