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 fees? 
    • 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?
    • Am I required to combine my side lot to my existing parcel? 
    • How do I receive my deed from the City of Peoria?

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. Not all requests will be granted, the City reserves the right to deny the application, see, “Why my application was denied” below for additional details.

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.

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
309-494-8654
sidelotprogram@peoriagov.org

Megan Nguyễn
mnguyen@peoriagov.org 

Jared Vinson
jvinson@peorigov.org

Are there any closing costs?

Yes, there are fees associated with purchasing the property from the City of Peoria. The Peoria County Recorder of Deeds charges approximately $57.00 for the recording of the deed and the City of Peoria charges $50.00 for the processing fee. Total cost for a side lot is $107.00.

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. The information below is presented as links to www.municode.com to better provide a complete picture of what is required and possible with your side lot. See the sections on Weeds, Lot Maintenance and Fences:

Vegetation:

  • https://library.municode.com/il/peoria/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_CH13GALIVEINMOVE_ARTIIIVE

Residential Development:

  • 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 one 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 sidelotprogram@peoriagov.org or please call the Community Development office at (309) 494-8600.

Accessory structures and fences – Appendix A, Section 5.4.2 and 5.4.6:

  • https://library.municode.com/il/peoria/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_APXAUNDECO_5.0PELAUS_5.4ACSTUS

Residential District Regulations:

  • https://library.municode.com/il/peoria/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_APXAUNDECO_4.0BADI_4.2REDI

Am I required to combine my side lot to my existing parcel?

Yes, it is a requirement of the Side Lot Program. If you want to add anything to the lot, i.e. garage or fence, you must combine the side lot to your existing parcel. This is a simple process and allows for one tax bill. There is no fee for combining parcels.

How do I receive my deed from the City of Peoria?

The Peoria County Recorder of Deeds holds records of property ownership. The entire process takes approximately 1-2 months. After that time period, the City of Peoria will contact you and mail a copy of the deed to you.