Cartographic generalization plays an important role in the creation of maps. The implementation of generalization rules in the form of generalization tools in a GIS environment is an important part of digital cartography today. The article describes possibilities for the use of vector dataset generalization tools in an ArcGIS 9.2 environment. The main goal of the paper is to design and verify a generalization model of buildings for cartographic output on a scale of 1 : 10 000 on the basis of BD GIS. The limit values were defined, and two approaches to building generalization on a scale of 1 : 10, 000 were defined and tested (Generalization A, Generalization B).