# STOverlaps (geometry Data Type)

**THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:**SQL Server (starting with 2008)Azure SQL DatabaseAzure SQL Data Warehouse Parallel Data Warehouse

Returns 1 if a **geometry** instance overlaps another **geometry** instance. Returns 0 if it does not.

## Syntax

```
.STOverlaps ( other_geometry )
```

## Arguments

*other_geometry*

Is another **geometry** instance to compare against the instance on which `STOverlaps()`

is invoked.

## Return Types

SQL Server return type: **bit**

CLR return type: **SqlBoolean**

## Remarks

Two **geometry** instances overlap if the region representing their intersection has the same dimension as the instances do and the region does not equal either instance.

`STOverlaps()`

always returns 0 if the points where the **geometry** instances intersect are not the same dimension.

This method always returns null if the spatial reference IDs (SRIDs) of the **geometry** instances do not match.

## Examples

The following example uses `STOverlaps()`

to test two **geometry** instances for overlap.

```
DECLARE @g geometry;
DECLARE @h geometry;
SET @g = geometry::STGeomFromText('POLYGON((0 0, 2 0, 2 2, 0 2, 0 0))', 0);
SET @h = geometry::STGeomFromText('POLYGON((1 1, 3 1, 3 3, 1 3, 1 1))', 0);
SELECT @g.STOverlaps(@h);
```