999999: Coordinate limit exceeded

Last Published: July 21, 2023

Error Message

"Error 999999: Coordinate limit exceeded", this error can be seen in many different ways for different coordinate types (Z or M) including:

"Error 999999: Invalid topology z coordinate limit exceeded"
"Error 999999: Z coordinate limit exceeded"


This error is often caused when running geoprocessing or data management tools. The reason is due to the processing of the tool creating a vertex that is outside of the spatial domain set in the feature class. Unlike a feature extent, the spatial domain cannot be changed and is set when the feature class is created.

The error can also be caused by low-precision feature classes or datasets created prior to ArcGIS version 9.2.

Solution or Workaround

To work around this issue there are a few different options including migration to a new format, disabling Z or M coordinates, or creating a new feature class. The best option is to create a new feature class with a larger domain.

  1. Right-click a geodatabase and choose New > Feature Class.
  2. Provide a name for the feature class with the correct geometry, enable ZM values, and click Next.
  3. Choose a coordinate system and click Next.
  4. Choose a vertical system, if applicable. Click Next.
  5. Uncheck the box Accept default resolution and domain extent and click Next.
  6. Increase the sizes of the coordinate (Z or M) domain to be very large and click Next.
  7. Under Configuration Keyboard, accept default and click Next.
  8. Import the field names of the existing data and click Finish.
  9. Copy all of the data over to the new feature class.
  10. Rerun the tool that caused the error.

Article ID:000011923

  • ArcMap

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