April 3, 2023 -- Toronto -- Ecopia AI (Ecopia) announces it was selected by Sutter County, California to provide a comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date map of every building across its entire 608+ square mile area. The map is currently being used to identify unregistered buildings and update its parcel database to be more equitable.
Prior to working with Ecopia, Sutter County struggled to identify unregistered building construction, a key component of property tax assessment. While most construction is registered and taxed accordingly, inevitably there will always be unpermitted construction that is difficult to keep track of, especially over an area of more than 608 square miles.
To augment their permit database, many tax jurisdictions across the world keep track of unregistered construction by manually reviewing and digitizing geospatial imagery, a time-consuming and resource-intensive task. Sutter County officials sought a more innovative solution to this challenge that would enable them to develop a more equitable tax assessment system, and identified Ecopia as the ideal partner to work with.
To develop the comprehensive building map, Ecopia’s AI-based systems ingested high-resolution aerial imagery provided by Sutter County. In just 4 weeks, Ecopia was able to extract 54,000 buildings, 494 of which were unregistered. The County is currently leveraging the building footprint map to fairly assess taxes, and is also exploring other opportunities to apply the data for up-to-date property insights.