Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a side lot?
- How will my application be evaluated?
- How long is the application process?
- How does the City communicate with applicants?
- Why was my application denied?
- What happens if the same lot is applied for by different people/organizations?
- Are partial lots available?
- Where can I get help in filling out my application?
- Are there any closing costs?
- How much will I pay in property taxes?
- Will I have to pay back taxes?
- What can I do with the lot after I purchase it?
- Is it better to combine parcels or leave it separate?
- How do I download my recorded deed from the Peoria County Recorder of Deeds?
What is a side lot?
A vacant lot that is contiguous to a homeowner’s lot. This lot can be adjacent to your property on either side or directly behind your lot. It cannot be across the street nor the alley.
How will my application be evaluated?
A member of our team will review your application and make sure that it meets the qualifying criteria.
How long is the application process?
The process from application to closing takes approximately 1-2 months.
How does the City communicate with applicants?
Email is the primary form of communication used by the City of Peoria Side Lot Program. Applicants must provide an email address in order to apply. Information regarding application status will be sent to applicants via the email address they provided. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is submitted.
Why was my application denied?
The City denies applications for the following reasons:
- No deed provided and we could not find proof of ownership
- Name on deed does not match the name of applicant
- Lot requested does not meet the definition of a “side lot”
- City of Peoria Community Development Department does not support the sale of the lot
- Applicant has outstanding debt to the City
What happens if the same lot is applied for by different people/organizations?
Applications are on a first come first serve basis. In rare instances and if both parties qualify, both parties need to agree to split the parcel. The cost of splitting the parcel would be the responsibility of both parties.
Are partial lots available?
No, the City will not subdivide a parcel. The Side Lot Program offers whole lots only.
Where can I get help in filling out my application?
For more information on the Side Lot Program, please visit us www.AppreciatePeoria.com. You can also direct questions to the Community Development Department via email:
The Side Lot Program Team
Are there any closing costs?
Yes, there are closing costs associated with purchasing the property from the City of Peoria. The Peoria County Recorder of Deeds charges approximately $71.00 for the recording of the deed.
Will I have to pay back taxes?
No. When the lot is sold, no unpaid taxes by the previous owner will be transferred to you.
How much will I pay in property taxes?
The amount of yearly property tax you will pay is determined by the Peoria County Assessor and based on the assessed value of the property and the tax rates for all local governments providing services in your community.
This is not an estimate of your future taxes. It is only meant to provide a sense of what the property taxes are on vacant lots. Here are the taxes paid for a few vacant lots sold by the City of Peoria:
|Lot||Size of Lot||Annual Tax Increase|
|1406 S Westmoreland||50’ x 128’||$71.34|
|1207 E Willcox||30’ x 125’||$59.23|
|2204 W Butler||45’ x 128’||$84.88|
|607 E Armstrong||47’ x 122’||$95.26|
What can I do with the lot after I purchase it?
You must maintain the lot in accordance with the City of Peoria Municipal Code. See the sections on weeds, lot maintenance and fences by clicking HERE.
Additionally, lots purchased from the Side Lot Program are all zoned Residential, meaning you may build on the lot as long as it’s in accordance with the City of Peoria Zoning Ordinance on residential lots. You may also build an accessory storage structure (shed, garage, etc.) or place a fence, if both parcels are under the same ownership to be considered one zoning lot, any required permits are obtained, and work is done in accordance with the Unified Development Code. Any additional questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or please call the Community Development office at (309) 494-8654.
- Accessory structures and fences – Appendix A, Section 5.4.2 and 5.4.6
- Residential District Regulations
Is it better to combine parcels or leave it separate?
It depends on what your future plans are with the lot. If you just want to add a garage, or a fence, or have a larger yard you can combine two lots that have the same ownership and same tax codes into one parcel through the County Assessor. It is a simple process and if you want just one tax bill and want one larger lot that is a good solution. But if you wanted to build a new house and keep the existing structure then you shouldn’t combine parcels.
How do I receive my deed from the Peoria County Recorder of Deeds?
The Peoria County Recorder of Deeds holds records of property ownership. The entire process takes approximately 1-2 months. After that time period, the Recorder’s office can be contacted and they can mail a copy of the deed to you.
- Peoria County Recorder of Deeds Office: (309) 672-6090.