How do I find a Protection Class by public land survey data (section-township-range) on

Learn to use the Public Land Survey search option on Protection and how to get accurate results.

In this article, you'll find answers to these questions:

What do I do if I have only the public land survey data (section-township-range) and not a specific address, parcel number or latitude/longitude?

The public land survey (section-township-range) data consists of all the addresses within a square mile (or section). There can be many addresses within a square mile, so the Protection Class may vary within a section. If you have only the section-township-range, contact customer service at 206-217-0101, by email or by clicking here. Our customer service team will do additional research on the location you're evaluating to get you the information you need.

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How do I look up a Protection Class by public land survey data (section-township-range)?

1. Log in to with your user name and password.

2. From the menu at the top of your screen, select Protection.

3. You'll see the search screen.


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4. The "Search Option" box will default to "Address Search," so click in the box and select "Public Land Survey." You will see the "Section," "Township" and "Range" boxes.


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5. Enter numbers in the "Section" and "Township" boxes. In the "Range" box, you must enter the range number followed by either a W (for west of Puget Sound) or an E (for east of Puget Sound), using either uppercase or lowercase letters.

6. Unless you are specifically looking for BCEGS (Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule) data, you may leave that search box as "Select."

7. Click "Search," and the map will display the section-township-range you selected.


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8. To get Protection Class data, click "Turn Map Select ON" and click a location within the map.

9. You'll see search results for a specific address, including the Protection Class. Remember that the Protection Class may vary within a section, especially in rural areas, so be sure to search until you find the data for the address you need.


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10. To find the Protection Class for another address in the same section-township-range, click on "Turn Map Select ON" again and click on another place on the map.


Remember, the Protection Class may vary within a section, so contact customer service if you need assistance. Call 206-217-0101, email or click here.


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