Division of Neighborhood Development

City of Cleveland Land Bank Program

The City of Cleveland’s Land Reutilization (Land Bank) Program is designed to acquire vacant land and market it to individuals, developers, and non-profit organizations for redevelopment. The goal is to contribute to the economic, social and environmental betterment of the City through redevelopment of city-owned land.

The Land Bank application process ensures that vacant property is transferred to responsible parties committed to restoring property to productive use. Interested parties must submit a written application (Application Information is available on a tab below) to the Land Bank office and outline the details of their proposals. Each Land Bank Application has its own Guide which outlines important information such as specific application requirements, Land Bank policies and procedures.

 The general application process is as follows:

  • Applicant completes a Land Bank application including required information and site plan
  • Proposal is evaluated to determine if the development is suitable for the neighborhood; proposed improvements may be subject to the City's design review process
  • The Councilperson for the area is informed of the proposal and comments from the City Planning Commission and area Community Development Corporation are gathered
  • Applicant is notified of decision on application; if approved, conditions may be attached
  • Administrative approvals are obtained, a deed is prepared for signature and the property is transferred to the interested party

The City of Cleveland Land Bank at Work Flyer

Inventory Search Instructions

City Planning Commission - Land Bank Inventory Search (GIS) >>

Locate Address/Parcel

  1. After clicking on the City Planning Commission - Land Bank Inventory Search (GIS) link, a user may choose the “Interactive Map link” button that will size a map to fit specific computer monitor dimensions
  2. The “Locate Address/Parcel” button above the map may then be clicked
  3. The user would then enter information in the pop-up window and click the “Search” button 
  4. The pop-up window will refresh. The user can then click on “Map this feature” near the bottom of the window
  5. The map will open in a new window and the parcel of interest will be identified
  6. Land Bank parcels around the parcel of interest can be identified and ownership information can be determined by using steps four, six and seven, respectively (below)

Locate Intersection/Address

  1. The website user must first follow step one above
  2. The "Locate Intersection/Address" button above the map may then be clicked
  3. Information can be entered in the pop-up window, and the "Search" button clicked
  4. When the "Layer Control" button in the left sidebar is clicked, a window opens where multiple map layers can be viewed and activated. For example: if the “Land Bank” box, on/off label is checked and the “Refresh” button (top of window) is clicked, Land Bank Parcels will be shaded light purple
  5. Users may employ the “Zoom in,” “Zoom out” and “Pan” functions on the top bar of the map window to navigate in and around a parcel or area of interest
  6. Ownership of a specific parcel may be identified. The user must simply click the “Identify” button on the top bar of the map, move the cursor over the parcel of interest and click the mouse button
  7. In the “Identify Results” window that pops-up, the user can click the “County Auditor’s Web Site” link to view all property-specific information

Pricing Information

The City is required to sell the property in accordance with Section 5722 of the Ohio Revised Code and the City of Cleveland Codified Ordinance Section 183.021. The cost of the Land Bank lots is governed by the City of Cleveland's Board of Control. As of January 1st, 2013:

  • Lots for residential, side yard expansion are sold for $200
  • Lots for new housing construction are sold for $200 (Some restrictions apply)
  • Lots for Agriculture/Garden use are sold for $200 with a "Claw Back" provision if the eventual use is determined to be for another purpose 
  • Lots acquired for certain interim uses such as community gardens and construction staging/geo-technical work are leased or licensed under negotiated terms and conditions
  • Property sold for other uses will require an appraisal to determine the property’s fair market value
  • Buyers are also responsible for costs related to the recording of deeds, consolidation of parcels, etc.



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