Lot/Land Research Items:

Find out what you can on-line

Review County Property Tax records. Every county will have on-line property tax records

  • Take information to the city/county building and/or planning department of the city or county that has jurisdiction. These offices are for the public and are folks there are usually very helpful. Let the receptionist know you are buying a lot and need to know what is required for building a home on it. They will route you to the right people to talk to. Items to verify:
    • Zoning: can you do what you want to do on that lot
    • Planning: are there any restrictions or special requirements you need to be aware of
    • FEES: what fees will be charged to build other than the building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits. These are sometimes called SDC fees. Examples:
      • Sewer
      •  Water
      • Storm Water
      • Parks
      • Transportation
      • School Tax


  •  Is sewer available?
    •  If yes: Is there a lateral to the property or will you have to dig into the street and how far will you have to dig to connect to the main?
    • If no (septic required): are there any soil perk tests on file?
  • Water
    • Is public water available to the property?
    • Is there a meter installed? If not how much to install a meter for a single family residence?
  • Storm Water Requirements:
    • Can you connect to an existing storm water system?
    • Will you need to retain storm water on property? If so what are design requirements?
  • Access
    • Are there any restrictions on road access and/or driveway requirements?
  • Street Improvements:
    • Will any improvements to the public street be required (sometimes called half-street improvements)?

Talk to the power company serving your area to see if power/transformer is available and approximate costs to bring power to new home.

Obtain and review CC and R’s for the subdivision. What are restrictions on house size, features, etc.