Enroll Now in order to learn key provisions of the Map Act, how it is applied in planning and development processes, recent legislative changes and new legal interpretations from court decisions and attorney general opinions. Explore both local agency and subdivider viewpoints and discuss legal and practical solutions. The course is taught by William W. Abbott.

Topics include:
  • Map Act scope, purpose and history
  • Relationship of the Map Act to planning, zoning and development laws, including CEQA
  • When the Map Act does and does not apply
  • Certificates of compliance and lot line adjustments
  • Map Act exemptions and exceptions
  • What type of map is required
  • Procedures and actions applicable to maps
  • The role of vested rights, including vesting maps, development agreements and common law vesting
  • Constitutional and statutory limitations on conditions of approval (exactions/dedications/fees)
  • Grounds for approval and denial of maps
  • Rules and procedures regarding final maps
  • Corrections and amendments to maps
  • Exclusions and reversions
  • Mergers and alternatives to mergers
  • Antiquated subdivisions (old maps) and troubled conveyances
  • Enforcement, local appeals and judicial review
  • Best practices for the private sector


Section Number


Instruction Method

Online class

Association Credits

American Planning Assoc (AICP)

6.00 AICP hours

State Bar of California (MCLE)

6.00 MCLE hours

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to real-time lecture/Q&A sessions with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom.

This course is open May 2nd – May 5th, with a live sessions May 5th from 10am-12pm PST.
Attendance of the live session(s) is mandatory to receive credit for this course.

We allow registration through the 12:00 PM PST (noon) on the first day of the course. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on last day of class, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions

Refund Deadline: April 28, 2023.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund Deadline: April 28, 2023.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.


Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

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May 2nd to May 5th, 12:00am to 12:00am

Fri., May 5th, 10:00am to 12:00pm




William Abbott

William Abbott, J.D., is Of Counsel with the law firm of Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., in Sacramento where he specializes in local government, land use, subdivision, environmental and real estate law. He is editor and coauthor of Exactions and Impact Fees in California, published by Solano Press, and serves as an expert witness on California land use law.