Google Maps/API Access for First Arriving

Modified on Mon, 05 Feb 2024 at 01:51 PM

There are two sections  in this support article: 

  1. Obtaining a Google Maps API Key for Static Streetview Only
  2. Enabling Google Maps/ API Access for First Arriving 

Obtaining a Google Maps API Key

1. Sign up for a Google Cloud Account

  1. Go to and click Try it free to create your Google Cloud account.
  2. Sign in with your Google account. If you do not have a Google Account, create one by clicking “Create Account.”
  3. Select your country and choose if you would like to receive email updates from Google. Review and accept the terms, then click Agree and Continue.

2. Create a Payment Profile

In order to use Google Maps services, you need to set up a payment profile for


  1. Enter your contact and billing information and add a payment method then click Start my free trial.
  2. Your Google Cloud Project is now being created, this might take a moment.
  3. Once the project is created, confirm the welcome pop-up message.

3. Enable Google Maps APIs

Now you will enable the Google Maps APIs in your project.

  1. Login to your account at
  2. Open the main menu ☰ and go to API & Services > Dashboard.
  3. Click Enable APIs and Services.
  4. Find and enable the following API for your project:
    Street View Static API

Optional: Rename your Google Cloud project to easier identify it in the future.

Open the main menu, go to IAM & admin > Settings, then change the project

name to “Your Department Name – First Arriving Dashboard.”

4. Upgrade your Google Cloud Account

Every new Google Cloud Platform account starts with a free trial period of 365

days or $300 in credit, whichever applies first. To avoid any service interruptions

we suggest to upgrade your account right away. You will keep your free GCP

credit and receive $200 free Google Maps credit each month.

To learn more about free credits and Google Cloud Platform billing, please

review the FAQ:

  1. In the header, click Upgrade.
  2. Confirm by clicking Upgrade.
  3. Your account is now upgraded. You will only be charged for any GCP or
  4. Google Maps usage beyond the free monthly credit.

5. Submit Credentials to First Arriving

  1. In the main menu, open APIs & Services > Credentials.
  2. Click Create credentials and choose API key.
  3. Your API key is displayed. Select and copy it to the clipboard (Ctrl+C), or use the copy icon.

  4. Send your key back to, including your department name.
  5. You can use the Google Cloud platform console at any time to monitor your usage.

    To learn more about Google Maps pricing and the $200 dollar free-tier, go to