Residential Vacant Lot Program


The City of Toledo’s Residential Vacant Lot Program was created in 1991 to return vacant property to productive use by putting it in the hands of nearby property owners. The program is authorized under Toledo Municipal Code 187.19(a), the Land Reutilization Program, and administered by the Department of Economic and Business Development’s Division of Real Estate. Click on the map below to see if there is an available vacant lot near you.

Interactive Residential Vacant Lot Map


Here is what you need to know about the Residential Vacant Lot Program:

  • Eligible Applicants include adjacent property owners or businesses, non-profit organizations or owner-occupied residents located in proximity to the parcel.
  • Applicants must be current on real property taxes and have no outstanding code enforcement violations.
  • The purchase price per parcel is $150
  • Each parcel will be available for sale on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Applicant will be required to legally combine the first adjacent lot with the owner-occupied parcel.
  • Additional property taxes will be assessed with the addition of the extra lot.
  • An available parcel may be legally split to satisfy the request of two adjacent property owners.
  • The City of Toledo only issues Quitclaim Deeds.
  • All prospective purchasers must submit either an electronic or hard copy Property Request Application to the Department of Economic and Business Development, Division of Real Estate.


Application Process :


Step 1: Submit a complete electronic Property Request Application (Provided below)


Applicants may also submit a complete hard copy of the Property Request Application and mail it to the following address:


                  City of Toledo

                  Department of Economic and Business Development, Division of Real Estate

                  One Government Center

                  Suite 2250

                  Toledo, Ohio 43604


Step 2: Once a complete electronic or hard copy Property Request Application has been received, city staff will review the application to verify eligibility.


If the application is approved, a letter will be mailed to the applicant’s provided mailing address requesting signature on the enclosed Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Quitclaim Deed. The approval letter will also request a certified check in the amount of purchase price ($150 per parcel).


If the application is not approved, a letter will be mailed to the applicant explaining why and what steps can be taken to get approval. This could include payment of outstanding property taxes or an Ordinance approved by City Council. If you do not meet ownership requirements you may be able to enter into a License Agreement to maintain and use the property. However, a License Agreement does not prevent the city from selling the property.


Step 3: Once the executed Real Estate Purchase Agreement, Quitclaim Deed and certified check are received by the city, the Mayor will execute the legal documents and city staff will record the deed with the Lucas County Recorder’s Office.


Step 4: Once the deed has been recorded, then the original Quitclaim Deed and Real Estate Purchase Agreement will be mailed to the applicant.


The entire application process for the Residential Vacant Lot Program typically takes 2 – 3 months if there are no required revisions to the application.



Online Application