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What is high-resolution imagery

At the beginning of 2015, a coalition of state, regional, and local government agencies purchased a license to Google's state-wide, high-resolution (6-inch pixels) aerial photography as part of the state's on-going efforts to provide affordable high-resolution imagery. Google regularly updated the urban areas over the next few years, but some rural areas of the state were left with years-old imagery.

Google announced that they would no longer be offering their imagery after 2018, so we started searching for other vendors. After evaluating all our options and financial resources, we selected Hexagon Geospatial and their high-resolution imagery. Their 2021 imagery provides 15cm (~6 inch) coverage of the entire state, and we are anticipating delivery of new updated imagery in 2024.

We will continue to provide the previously acquired imagery from the Google contract via the various "Google" services on Discover.

The license

The licenses governing both the Google and Hexagon imagery are very similar. They allow Utah's cities, counties, special districts, state agencies, school districts, colleges/universities, and tribes to use the imagery in web and desktop mapping applications either from our streaming web service or from locally-stored files. Contractors and formal partners of the immediate licensees are also allowed to use the imagery.

Who qualifies

  • Utah state agencies
  • Cities, counties, and other political subdivisions of the state of Utah
  • Special districts (water, fire, etc) in the state of Utah
  • Students, faculty, and staff at Utah K-12 schools and institutions of higher education
  • Tribal entities
  • Contractors and formal partners of an immediate licensee
  • Utah National Guard

Who doesn't automatically qualify

  • Federal agencies
  • US Military
  • Cities, counties, or state agencies outside of the state of Utah
  • Out-of-state schools
  • Non-profit entities
  • Professional groups and organizations
  • Community groups
  • Private individuals
  • Consultants and contractors

Note: Federal agencies, US military entities, consultants, contractors, or other formal partners can qualify if they are directly performing work on behalf of a qualified licensee, but only for the specific project in the contract.

Citation and logos

As part of our licenses with Google and Hexagon, you must provide proper attribution of any products created with their imagery.


You must cite any products using the Hexagon imagery (high-res 6" imagery from 2021 and later) with the following text (with the year being the first year you published the product):


"© 2024 HxGN Content Program, Hexagon", with the year being the first year you published the product.


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You must put the appropriate logo (zip file) on any products made using the Google imagery (6" imagery earlier than 2018)