Error: No acceptable target available. Buffer creates new polygons or polylines. Target must not participate in a network
In ArcMap, when running the Buffer tool from the Editor toolbar, the following error message is displayed.
"No acceptable target available. Buffer creates new polygons or polylines. Target must not participate in a network."
Creating the buffer fails.
This is expected behavior when creating a buffer for point data using the Buffer tool in the Editor toolbar. The Buffer tool creates either a polygon or polyline feature; users are unable to add polygons to a point layer. Hence, without a polygon feature class, the buffer created cannot be stored.
Solution or Workaround
Use the Buffer geoprocessing tool, which produces the same results without having to manually create a polygon feature class or layer. The Buffer geoprocessing tool creates a temporary Buffer layer file, which the user can save to retain the buffer data. To locate the tool, navigate to ArcToolbox > Analysis > Proximity > Buffer.
This tool creates a new feature layer which stores the buffer polygons or polylines.
- ArcGIS Help: Buffer
- ArcGIS Help: How Buffer (Analysis) works
- ArcGIS Help: Creating a buffer around a feature