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The BuildingFootprintUSA API and Developer Portal is a new way for clients to access the billions of data points available from BuildingFootprintUSA. The platform is designed to make it easy for clients to:

  • Explore our data and API at their own pace
  • Learn about what’s available and where
  • Test how it will work in their applications
  • Decide on the licensing level that fits their needs
  • Power various business processes and applications

The API offers consistent access to the data needed to build solutions for insurance, financial services, telecommunications, commercial and residential real estate needs as well as many other industries. The fundamental ingredient to the underlying data is accurate building polygons that provide positioning, orientation, dimensions, elevation and height for more precise analysis. Tied to these polygons (“footprints”) are thousands of attributes that facilitate answering hundreds of potential questions such as:

  • Where exactly is this building located on the parcel?
  • How close is this building to its neighbor?
  • How far from the road is this structure?
  • How many structures are there on this parcel?
  • What is the primary construction material of this building?
  • How much of this building is at risk of flood damage?
  • How many businesses are in this building?
  • What is the total estimated revenue of all of the businesses here?
  • What are the characteristics like around this building complex?
  • How many physical addresses are located within this building?
  • What are the potential risks associated with this building?
  • Is there line of sight between these buildings?

The API that provides access to this suite of data offers dozens of ways to interact with it from simple (tell me how many units there are at this address) to complex (tell me how many similar buildings there are within a half mile of this address) to extremely powerful (tell me about the level of fire risk for this set of buildings). 

Key benefits for the developer

  1. One API opens access to everything BuildingFootprintUSA has to offer
  2. One portal to find the core data required to build many solutions
  3. One place for documentation, data dictionaries, API testing, support, examples and more

Key benefits for the business

  1. Full access to all data options with a-la-carte pricing to fit any budget
  2. Full visibility into data usage, what is working and what is not to help drive better decisions
  3. An open door to see new and cutting edge data from our growing partner network

What’s available today

The API offers access to a broad set of building-centered geospatial and attribute data that may be used to solve a variety of business problems and enhance numerous applications and business processes. 

Current Data Includes:

  • Address matching and geocoding
    • Standardized addresses
    • Address units
    • Building rooftop geocoding
    • Intra-building geocoding
  • Addresses and identifiers
    • Standardize and clean addresses
    • Determine all addresses and units at a location
    • Get identifiers to match addresses to other content
  • Structure information
    • Building height
    • Identifiers
    • Land elevation
    • Property types
    • Structure points
  • Parcel information
    • Area
    • Dimensions
    • Parking
    • Zoning
  • Assessment information
    • Assessed values
    • Exemption information
    • Tax information
  • Building characteristics
    • Construction
    • Rooms
    • Size and area
    • Utilities
  • Property sales
    • Previous sales
    • Sales prices
    • Sales dates
  • Property owners
    • Contact information
    • Owner names
    • Ownership type
  • Businesses
    • Brand
    • Employee count
    • Expenses
    • Presence 
    • Type
    • Revenue
  • Demographics
    • Age
    • Education
    • Income
    • Net Worth
    • Occupation
  • Building polygons
    • Individual polygons
  • Height and elevation
    • Building height
    • Ground elevation
  • Risks and hazards
    • Climate
    • Crime
    • Earthquakes
    • Fires
    • Floods
    • Hurricanes
    • Tornadoes
    • Weather
    • Wind
    • Volcanoes

What’s on the horizon

Additional content will continue to be integrated including unique, internally developed data, as well as data acquired from partnership and aggregated to BFUSA building polygons.  We will continue to expose content and search capabilities that may include:

  • Area lifestyle and segmentation data
  • Residential and commercial property valuations
  • Mortgage balance and lender data
  • Trending for property values and sales
  • Aggregate statistics on building characteristics
  • Additional geographic boundaries 
  •  Various distance calculations
  • Additional area and property risk data
  • Precise building, ingress and egress positioning
  • Modeled building characteristics
  • And many more attributes

What you can do with the API

The API was designed to support the following use cases and many more:

  1. Geocode and standardize address information
  2. Determine the addresses for a given property
  3. Determine nearby properties with specific characteristics
  4. Retrieve detailed parcel information for a given property
  5. Retrieve detailed characteristics for specific properties
  6. Determine property ownership information
  7. Understand the most recent sales on any property
  8. Determine the predominant demographics of an area
  9. Understand the detailed characteristics of people in an area
  10. Retrieve information about what businesses are in a building
  11. Reveal specific attributes about the businesses in a building
  12. Determine property tax rates, exemptions and amounts
  13. Understand a property’s assessed value 
  14. Retrieve the building footprint polygon for a specific structure
  15. Retrieve building height and land elevation for a specific property
  16. Determine the natural hazard risks associated with a building
  17. Understand the crime risks and activities around a building
  18. Determine the risks of fire and other potential dangers to a building
  19. Augment property records with any of the thousands of attributes provided
  20. Find records that match exact criteria with geospatial, text and numeric filtering options

Product Details

The Developer Portal

You may access the developer portal at 

You will find interactive API documentation, a full and searchable data dictionary, details about each content tier, explanations of the trial and commercial API license plans, an FAQ and other information to help you to understand and work with the API. 

The Portal is designed to help both developers and business decision-makers to better understand the API, the Data and the Commercial terms associated with the various license plans. 

For the Developer

API Documentation – Interactive docs that allow you to review each method and test it within the portal. You may also search for specific capabilities to determine if the API provides the functionality you need. You may also view and download (“View Raw”) the raw YAML or JSON specification for the API to import into your chosen developer tool.

– To test the API you will need a trial API Key which you can get by quickly signing up in one of over a dozen places in the portal. The trial license is designed to allow you to test and develop with the API for 30 days, limiting access for non-commercial usage. 

Data Dictionary –  Similar to the API documentation the data dictionary allows you to review the data attributes, structure, descriptions and data types. You can also search for specific content you may require to determine if it’s available. 

Getting Started – This step-by-step guide walks you through most of the important aspects of the portal, the API and the data. It also explains some of the terminology, commercial terms and plan details to help in the decision-making process. 

Release Notes – This is the section where you found this document and where you’ll continue to find updates as new methods, capabilities, data and features are released. FAQs – We try to answer many of the questions we’ve received or expect to receive here but if a question is not answered then it’s easy to reach us.

For the Business Person

Content Tiers – This section describes how the content is structured in the API based on the type of content (e.g. public data, unique content, 3rd party data, etc.) and the value of that content. Each tier is priced based on the value of the content in it and all clients have access to all content. Clients only pay for what they access. 

Usage Plans – There are multiple usage plans available to support various types of clients and usage. The free trial provides nn-commercial access for testing and development. The start-up plan provides commercial access with no minimum commitments. Both the business and enterprise plans provide enhanced levels of service, included transactions and volume and discounts off the standard “pay-as-you-go” fees. 

Data Dictionary –  Similar to the API documentation the data dictionary allows you to review the data attributes, structure, descriptions and data types. You can also search for specific content you may require to determine if it’s available. FAQs – We try to answer many of the questions we’ve received or expect to receive here but if a question is not answered then it’s easy to reach us.

Signing Up

Portal visitors can sign up for a portal account and a trial access agreement within minutes. Click any link on the site that says “Get Started” or “FREE Trial” or “Try the API for FREE” and you will be able to create an account. One signed up you will receive an API key and a 30-day free trial. In the portal dashboard account holders will be able to see their company information, API key, the type of plan they’re signed up for, a downloadable license agreement and the remaining time left on the license. It’s also easy to upgrade from the account dashboard. 

License Agreement

The Trial Agreement covers the terms specific to the initial trial period which allows for testing and development for 30 days or 1,000 transactions. The trial period provides flexibility to determine if the API provides what a company needs to solve their specific business problems. After the trail BuildingFootprintUSA staff can help an organization determine what plan and agreement best first their needs.


There are numerous ways to request support from the portal but visitors may also ask questions or provide feedback using


There are currently 14 different content types within the API organized by the response resource (e.g. addresses, parcel, etc.). Many resources have multiple ways of interacting with them such as by address, by ID, etc. Some methods provide additional filtering capabilities like numeric filters (greater than, less than, equal to), text filters (enumeration values) and spatial filters (e.g. point and radius distance). In total there are currently 32 endpoints.

The top level methods are as follows:

  • Address – Standardizes and geocodes a specific address input
  • Addresses – Provides address information for a provided address or ID
  • Structures – Provides information about the structures/buildings
  • Parcels – Provides information related to the land parcel
  • Assessments – Provides information related to the value and taxes
  • Demographics – Provides information related to the people in the area
  • Capabilities – Provides metadata about a method’s search and filter capabilities
  • Characteristics – Provides information about the property and building characteristics
  • Sales – Provides information about real estate sales transactions on the property
  • Owners – Provides locally filed ownership information for the property
  • Businesses – Providers details about the businesses residing in a building
  • Risks – Provides information about risks and hazards associated with a building

API Endpoints

The main API endpoint is available at

Each method’s endpoint is provided in the API test form in the portal.


You will need an API key to test the API in the developer portal as well as to access the API directly. You may sign up from the portal and receive a trial API Key. Please note that it is the client’s responsibility to use the API key securely and to protect it from unauthorized use. If the API Key is compromised please contact BuildingFoorprintUSA immediately so we may deactivate the key and issue a new one. 

You may enter your key by clicking the “Add Key” button on any method in the developer portal in the API Documentation for testing.

Add Key Button

Testing in Postman

If you wish to create a collection in Postman for testing purposes you may go to “View Raw” on the API Documentation Page, download the raw YAML or JSON and save the file to your machine. 

Use the “Import” function in postman to import that file and a collection, called “BuildingFootprintUSA API”, will be automatically created. Then, under Edit –> “Authorization” you may add your API Key. 

Testing in Postman


As described previously, there are 14 main content types and 32 methods that provide access to a variety of data resources using a number of search and filtering methods. These resources are described below in more detail. 


Content Tier Resource Description
Geocoding Address Get a standardized address, precision geocode and set of IDs and metadata associated with an input address.
Essential Addresses Get address information, determine primary and sub-addresses. Get counts. Address entities may include:

  1. Primary Address – represents the main address and will be the address associated with a structure. 
  2. Associated Address – additional addresses that may represent properties in a contiguous building
  3. Sub-Address – represents the unit-level addresses that may be related to a primary address or associated addresses
Essential Structures Get structure information, height and elevation, structure polygons by ID retrieved from address search and by nearest to a point. Get counts and endpoint capabilities. 
Essential Parcels Get parcel information associated with a parcel ID.
Essential Assessments Get assessment information associated with a parcel ID.
Enhanced Characteristics Get the building characteristics information associated with a parcel ID.
Enhanced Sales Get the last sale information including date, type and amount for a given property.
Enhanced Owners Get the latest owner information including name and address, relationship and owner type for a given parcel.
Enhanced Businesses Get the business or businesses related to a specific structure including name, classification, employee count, revenue and more for a given structure. 
Enhanced Demographics Get the demographic characteristics of the ZIP+4 related to a structure.
Enhanced Structures Get the polygon (GeoJSON) associated with a structure ID.
Signature Structures Get the height and elevation information associated with a structure ID.
Signature Risks Get the risks and hazards associated with a specific structure including natural disasters, fires, man made hazards, weather and other potential perils.


Once you have made a request to the “Geocoding” or  “Address” resource, you will have a set of IDs. Using the “structureID” you may retrieve structure information, risk information, business information and more. With the “parcelID” you can retrieve parcel information, assessment information, owner information, sales information and building characteristics. 

The basic search types are by address, by point, by point and radius (nearest) and by ID. 

You will find some specific input options on the nearest methods allowing you to specify the spatial reference identifier (SRID), the search distance and distance unit, the response distance unit and the spatial reference identifier for the response. 

Some methods allow you to simply return record counts so you can determine how many records match your search criteria before retrieving the actual content. 

Lastly, on the “Structures” resource you will find additional filter capabilities, specifically on the “nearest” search method. Here you may add specific filters to retrieve either counts or  specific records that meet more complex search criteria. 


Search By Description
Address Provide a fully formatted or parsed address 
Address ID Provide an address ID generated in a previous response
Structure ID Provide a structure ID generated in a previous response
Parcel ID Provide a parcel ID generated in a previous response
Nearest Submit a latitude and longitude plus a desired radius to retrieve records within that radius
Nearest by Centroid A high performing search for structures calculated using the distance to the centroid of the structure geometry. 
Related To Determine the related records from one type to another (e.g. structures related to an address).
Count Generate record counts for a potential search to determine how many records may be returned with a filter set.


As we continue to build out the API, we will add resources, search methods, filters and more complex spatial capabilities enabling you to access precisely the records and content that matters. 

Sample Addresses and IDs

You may use the following addresses and IDs as a starting point for testing purposes. 


Type Address addressID structureID parcelID
single family 2727 CAROLINA WAY, HOUSTON, TX, 77005 LeYVLwxy54rCeT0 76X6PH6H+JCH-4-2-5-3 48201-0601190110003
single family 6015 RUSTIC CREEK LN, KINGWOOD, TX Lhnw0AQxf3usP10 86263V23+R9Q-6-4-4-3 48201-1177370110011
commercial 17400 SATURN LN, HOUSTON, TX, 77058 Le4vUAcGFYQM4P0 76X6HV4V+F7J-29-38-31-37 48201-0532780000003
commercial 3100 MAIN ST, HOUSTON, TX 77002 LeW3Egbf8JuD6g0 76X6PJRF+W43-12-15-14-14 48201-1236410000001
commercial 2625 COLQUITT ST, HOUSTON, TX 77098 LfRA5Qb5R1_XQg0 76X6PHMJ+R6R-7-10-4-10 48201-0381710000003
apartment 3255 LAS PALMAS ST, APT 329, HOUSTON, TX Lel5vgXpN2WDim0Tvh8F0 76X6PHP4+JH3-16-23-14-25 48201-1164320010001
commercial 4200 SAN FELIPE ST LeljMA-OSxQ8pR0 76X6PHW2+R68-4-15-5-16 48201-0451400010220
commercial 501 CRAWFORD ST, HOUSTON, TX LeWa4Q2u3IGzs-0 76X6QJ4V+WVC-59-54-58-58 48201-0011020000001
single family 8724 CAVELL LN, HOUSTON, TX Le3CzA9G5FFWZj0 76X6QFPW+FFP-4-3-4-4 48201-0810630000003
commercial 9100 WESTVIEW DR, HOUSTON, TX 77055 Le3CBAODoolL0f0 76X6QFVP+V5H-5-10-6-10 48201-0730330020007


Data Coverage

The geographic coverage for the API is the United States. For a detailed data dictionary please review the Data Dictionary.

Data covers approximately 1,500 counties which represents about 85% of the total U.S. population.  

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a. This Agreement commences on the Effective Date, will remain in effect for a Term of ninety (90) days.
b. Either party may terminate this Agreement and Licensee’s access to the BFUSA Service if the other party commits a material breach of this Agreement and fails to cure such breach within fifteen (15) days after receipt of the non-breaching party’s written notice, or an additional period of time as agreed to by the parties.
c. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason, unless Licensee has entered into an agreement with BFUSA for commercial use of the Licensed Products, Licensee will immediately cease use of the BFUSA Service and delete and destroy the Data Products and BFUSA Materials. BFUSA and each party will promptly return all Confidential Information of the other party.
d. Sections 9 (Licensee Data), 10 (Non-infringement; Indemnification), 12 (Warranties; Disclaimers), 13 (Limitation of Liability), and 17 (Applicable Law) will survive termination of this Agreement indefinitely or to the extent set out therein.

7. Fees; Payment Terms.

There shall be no Fees payable by Licensee under this Trial Agreement.

8. Licensee Data.

Licensee will retain all right, title and interest in and to all Licensee Data. Licensee grants BFUSA a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license to incorporate into the BFUSA Service any suggestions, enhancement requests, recommendations or other feedback that Licensee provides to BFUSA relating to the operation of the BFUSA Service. Licensee acknowledges and agrees that BFUSA may collect Usage Data from Licensee’s use of the BFUSA Service for purposes of internal development and marketing, provided that any Usage Data for marketing purposes will not identify Licensee. BFUSA will maintain Licensee Data and Usage Data in accordance with the BFUSA Privacy Statement.

9. Warranties; Disclaimers.

a. BFUSA represents and warrants that it has the right to grant Licensee the rights granted hereunder.

10. Limitation of Liability.


11. Assignment.

Licensee is not permitted to transfer or assign (by operation of law or otherwise) any of Licensee’s rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of BFUSA, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or denied. Any such transfer or assignment without BFUSA’s written consent will be void and of no force and effect.

12. Applicable Law.

This Agreement will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without regard to its principles of conflict of laws. The parties agree that any action commenced in connection with this Agreement will be brought only in a federal or state court of competent jurisdiction located in Albany County, New York.

13. No Waiver.

No waiver of or failure to act regarding any breach of this Agreement by either party or the failure of either party to insist on the exact performance of any provision of this Agreement will constitute a waiver of any prior, concurrent or subsequent breach of the same or any other provisions hereof, and no waiver will be effective unless made in writing.

14. Notices.

Any notice alleging a breach this Agreement or making a claim for indemnification will be in writing and will be sent by overnight courier, certified mailed or delivered in person to the party's address set forth herein. Any other notice provided under this Agreement may be sent by postal mail or electronic mail to a party’s representatives.

15. Severability.

If any provision of this Agreement or portion thereof, is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision will be severed and the remaining provisions of the Agreement will remain in full force and effect.

16. Entire Agreement.

This Agreement, the Acceptable Use Policy, the BFUSA Privacy Statement, and all appendices, exhibits, schedules, attachments and amendments thereto, including those incorporated by reference, constitute the entire agreement between the parties with regard to Licensee’s access to and use of the Licensed Products. This Agreement may not be modified or amended except by a writing signed by both parties and supersedes all proposals, purchase orders, understandings, representations, prior agreements or communications relating to Licensee’s use of the Licensed Products. This Agreement also supersedes any preprinted terms contained on a purchase order or similar document issued by Licensee and any such terms will have no force or effect. This Agreement will not be construed against the drafting party, but instead will be construed as if both parties prepared the Agreement.

17. Definitions.

“Acceptable Use Policy” means the usage requirements set forth at or as otherwise agreed to by the parties in a written agreement.
"Application" means each desktop, mobile or web application that Licensee develops using the BFUSA Materials and that accesses BFUSA Services.
“Assessor Data” means publicly available property and structure details collected by government tax assessment offices and available in the Data Products.
“BFUSA Materials” means any of the following items made available to Licensee via the Licensee Portal: access credentials, Keys, application programming interfaces (“APIs”), software development kits (“SDKs”), software and related materials and documentation.
“BFUSA Privacy Statement” means BFUSA’s statement of its privacy practices available at
“BFUSA Service(s)” means the BFUSA API and Data Products made available to Licensee through use of the BFUSA Materials, as described in the Plan descriptions in Exhibit 1 to this Agreement and in the Licensee Portal.
“Data Products” means BFUSA and third party data accessible to Licensee via the BFUSA Service, including, without limitation, building polygons, geospatial coordinates or “lat/longs,” building attributes such as height and elevation, business list data, and Assessor Data.
“Documentation” means BFUSA’s published documents describing the features of Licensed Products.
“End User(s)” means Licensee’s employees or customers who access the BFUSA Services through the Application.
“Fees” means the amounts payable to BFUSA by Licensee for Licensee’s selected Plan.
“Key” means one or more license keys assigned to Licensee that authenticate Licensee users to the BFUSA Service and Licensee’s chosen Plan.
“Licensee Data” means the identity of Licensee and its users, information that Licensee submits to the BFUSA Service in a Request, and information about or contained in Results.
“Licensee Portal” means the web portal that BFUSA makes available to Licensee as part of the BFUSA Services and that contains Plan descriptions, Licensee’s account information and BFUSA Service usage statistics.
“Licensed Products” means the BFUSA Materials, Documentation, Data Products, and the BFUSA Service.
"Request” means each End User API call made to the BFUSA Services using the BFUSA Materials and the Application to request Results.
"Result" means each unique delivery of elements of the Data Products to an Application in response to a Request.
“Term” means the initial license term of this Agreement, as set forth in Exhibit 1 and applicable to Licensee’s
selected Plan, and any renewal terms.
“Usage Data” means Licensee Data that BFUSA collects and retains related to Licensee’s Requests and use of the BFUSA Service.


LightBox acquires industry leader BuildingFootprintUSA™

IRVINE, CA – February 1, 2021 – LightBox, a leading provider of commercial real estate data and workflow solutions, announced the acquisition of BuildingFootprintUSA™, the premier provider of building and structure boundaries for location analytics. With this acquisition, LightBox will immediately make building footprints available to its customers.

Connecting BuildingFootprintUSA datasets to LightBox data will create the industry’s only fully integrated parcel, building structure, and property attribute datasets for comprehensive location intelligence across the commercial real estate, telecommunications, routing & logistics, and insurance markets, as well as the broader geospatial ecosystem.

“This acquisition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovation that serves the commercial real estate ecosystem. We’re looking to replace existing information silos with industry standard linked datasets. Our parcels and property data will now be integrated with rooftop-level geocodes, addresses, and boundaries,” said LightBox CEO, Eric Frank. “We strongly believe the future is one of connected datasets and we want to drive this change for the commercial real estate industry in the US and Canada.”

BuildingFootprintUSA was founded in 2016 in Albany, New York. The company serves customers of all size within commercial real estate, telecommunications, insurance, and mapping solutions with high-accuracy location data to facilitate accurate site selection, routing, spatial analysis and data visualization. Customers leverage building geometry, height, and ground elevation data to assist in determining potential flood risks, expanding broadband connectivity, policy planning for safety and security, and broader geospatial analytics.

“Joining LightBox gives us an exciting opportunity to grow and deliver our data and solutions to a broader segment of the commercial real estate market in the US and Canada,” said Karl Urich, founder and president of BuildingFootprintUSA. “By combining our datasets with those of LightBox, we will be able to offer the most accurate boundary, address, and geocoding dataset available.”

To learn more about how you can begin leveraging solutions that combine the best of BuildingFootprintUSA and LightBox today, please visit

LightBox is building the world’s leading real estate information and technology platform. LightBox customers comprise all types of enterprises needing authoritative real estate data and workflow solutions, including brokers, developers, investors, lenders, insurers, environmental consultants, corporations, technology companies, and valuation professionals. LightBox is backed by Silver Lake and Battery Ventures.

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At BFUSA LightBox, we develop next-generation geolocation data centered on the built environment — where people live, work, shop, and play. Our hyper-accurate building and address data helps customers make critical decisions that are highly dependent on location. Learn more at

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API Changelog

April 2, 2021
Removed demographics endpoint.
March 28, 2021
Removed businesses endpoint.
March 23, 2021
In Risks, injuries and deaths have been changed to double values.
Removed subRegion on OwnerAddress.
Removed nonSolicitation on Owner.
Removed transactionId on SaleEvent.
Removed areaSilo on Rooms.
Removed hasFireSprinklers on Construction.
On Characteristics, storiesCount has been changed to a double value to represent fractional stories counts. A hasMultipleStories property has been added.
Individual properties have been removed in favor of an enumeration value that exposes more types of exemptions.
Removed parkingDrivewayArea from Parking. parkingNumberOfSpaces is now an integer value rather than an enumeration.
Removed legalRange and legalQuarter from ParcelLocation.
Removed apnYearAdded and apnYearChanged from Parcel.
The parcel ID associated with Structures and Addresses has changed. Parcel IDs now reference SmartParcels® Assessor records.
January 21, 2021
Added First Floor Elevation endpoint to signature plan.
January 14, 2021
Fixed parsing issues for risk data. The following schema types have changed: EnhancedLightningParams.strikesPerYear, DistanceToSignificantFloodParams.distanceTo100YrFloodplain, DistanceToSignificantFloodParams.elevation100, and DistanceToSignificantFloodParams.elevationDifference100.
Address returned by geocodeByAddress endpoint now contains parcel ID and other fields returned by addressById endpoint. No schema changes necessary.