Community Services and Revitalization
Blight Buster Information
Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator:
The Jefferson County PVA is a locally elected official who is charged with assessing all property, both real and personal. They assess the property value of all real estate in the county for listing on the property assessment roll. Tracking ownership changes, maintaining maps, updating building characteristics, and administering proper exemptions for real property are also among the duties of the PVA. Assessors locate new and existing property, measure the structures, gathers property characteristics. They are tasked to maintain accurate parcel information. The subscription is helpful because you have access to more information from the site. It tells you square footage, maps of the outer portion of the house the property value assessment.
Jefferson County Clerk’s Office:
The Online Land Records offers users a database by which to search for land records. If you are looking for a deed, or mortgage. You can search by control number, party name, book/page of the document book, reference number, and reference to document book/page. It logs the transfer of land between private and public entities. So, similar to the PVA where you can see the transfer of land between hands, if you do not have the subscription you can use this option instead. Find the name of the owner ID and find out who owns/has owned the land and who holds the mortgage. If you are having trouble finding an owner or who holds the mortgage on a property or whether the mortgaged was assigned, this site will help your search.
Secretary of State Organization Search:
This websites allows interested citizens to research organizations that are purchasing vacant properties or property tax liens in their neighborhoods. We used it to find information about whether certain organizations were inactive or in good standing. You can search by Organization Search, Current Officer Search, Founding Officer Search, Registered Agent Search. Enter in the name or organization you are looking for. This could be the organization that currently owns the home or mortgage that we found at the Jefferson County Clerk’s website. You can determine whether this business is in good standing, bad standing, or inactive by looking next to the business name.
Department of Codes and Regulation Customer Services:
This site is committed to enforcing the City's Property Maintenance, Nuisance and Zoning Codes, which delineates the minimum health, safety and land use standards for all properties within the City. It also allows interested people to view the Code Docket to see which property owners have been cited for code violations, working without a permit, penalties and up to the minute inspection results. This site will search a database concerning all information relating to inspections the Property Maintenance division has made. You can also reference MetroCall Service Request Numbers to find inspection results of complaints you have logged with MetroCall. These fines are expunged when the property become a part of the Louisville Landbank Authority.
This is similar to the IPL data archive, except you can see a full history and list of citations
Jefferson County Sheriff:
This site allows for interested individuals to look up the amount of property taxes on a piece of Louisville property by property ID, owner name, or property address. This is important because there may be property tax liens on vacant and abandoned properties. It is important that interested buyers know that, as they are liable for paying them when they purchase a property. However, a property owned by the Land Bank has the property taxes expunged once it is assumed by the Authority. VAP’s and interest buyers may want to know that because they would be liable for paying them. Under Real Estate Taxes, Select “Property Address” as your search method. Enter the property address and make sure that you enter according to the instructions listed on the site. Once there, you can find the property’s taxable assessment (given to us by the PVA), the mortgage company, whether they obtain exemptions, and a list of tax payment periods. Once again, if you are attempting to purchase a property not owned by the LBA, then you are responsible for these defaulted taxes on the property.
This site allows one to determine to whom defaulted tax bills were sold. This is important to find out in case one wants to purchase a vacant or abandoned property. These lien holders are going to be your lien holders once the deed is in your name and they have an interest in the property. These lien holders can default on a property and it is important that you know that since you are hoping to be the new owner. You can then find out who owns the taxes and input them into the Secretary of State site to find out contact information. You can search by address, parcel ID, name, bill number, or map number. Make sure you select the correct search type after putting in the search query. Type in the address you’ve brought and select “address” in the “by” box. You can tell a lot about a tax lien holder when you enter in the organization on the Secretary of State site. Often times there are several tax bills that are owned by several different tax purchasers and you will be accountable to all of them.
This site provides information about Jefferson County delinquent taxes and important notices on tax liens.
Delinquent Taxes FAQ:
This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions for those interested in learning more about Jefferson County's delinquent tax process.
LOJIC Online Maps:
LOJIC is Louisville’s own mapping system that allows individuals to find land parcel information (character info, transfer information,), development information (zoning, special review districts, environmental constraints) and general information (sanitation, council district, emergency services). Once you enter the address in the query box, you can select various types of information. This information is critical if trying to find an owner, parcel ID, or whether there is a structure on the land and its characteristics.
Planning and Design:
The Planning and Design Review Services are a part of Codes and Regulations. They coordinate development, environmental protection, implementation and maintenance of the Land development Code and Cornerstone 2020. If seeking to redevelop a home or lot, they review development proposal for possible sites. They will review your proposal and make sure that you develop you lot according to the rules that bind your property.
Demolition and Services and Demolition List:
Demolition is overseen by the Department of Codes and Regulation. Demolition is authorized by law when a house is in a state of deterioration or is a hazard to the community. Demolition has generated a list of homes that are slated to be demolished. Check here to determine whether the site you are wishing to buy is on that demolition list as it could prove difficult to purchase control of the land.
Master Commissioner’s Auction Search:
The Master Commissioner Office holds auctions for homes that been foreclosed upon. Interested individuals may put a bid on a certain property. These properties may still have liens and defaulted property taxes. However, it is still an option if you want to purchase real estate and gain site control. Usually on the first floor of the Old Jail Building, 514 West Liberty Street, Louisville, Kentucky. On occasion if they are held elsewhere, notice may be obtained from the Commissioner’s Office or this website. You can search for a piece of property in various ways.
Code of Ordinances for Louisville Jefferson County:
Includes local legislation current through ordinances passed by the Council and approved by the Mayor. One can either see the ordinances with or without frames. Specifically, the ordinances that may be pertinent to a potential purchaser of property are ordinances under Public Works and Land Usage. These rules will be the foundation upon which you are able to create your development plan for your project.
Kentucky Revised Statutes:
The Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) is a list of Kentucky state law. Specifically KRS 413.060 outlines Adverse Possession* in Kentucky.
*Adverse possession is a process by which premises can change ownership. It is a governed by statute concerning the title to real property (land and the fixed structures built upon it). By adverse possession, title to another's real property can be acquired without compensation, by holding the property in a manner that conflicts with the true owner's rights for a specified period. For example, squatter's rights are a specific form of adverse possession.
Vacant Structure/Lot Report Generator:
This site allows interested individuals to search a database for Vacant Structures and/or Vacant Lots by using the report generator. You can define your search for specific neighborhoods or Louisville Metro Council Districts.
Code Enforcement Board and Docket:
The Code Enforcement Board is an appointed group of individuals who are preside over appeals to code enforcement violations. It was created as an appeal mechanism for a civil procedure rather than a criminal procedure through the courts. To provide a more efficient process, it allows citizens to appeal a Notice of Violation or Citation issued that they believe was in error. This site shows the list of upcoming appeals in PDF format.
Federal REO/ HUD Homes for sale:
Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, various federal agencies sell real estate that they’ve acquired. Through this collection of properties interested buyers may peruse real estate from all over the country. It is yet another way that people can find property that they may wish to buy. These homes include single and multifamily family property homes.If the home you are intereste in is owned by a federal agency, they may have put it for sale via HUD.
The Policy Map:
This website allows individual to use Geographical Information Systems to garner information about neighborhoods, including maps and analysis, census demographics, neighborhood trends, and market analysis research. This data can help determine how successful your development project could be based upon emerging trends within neighborhoods and communities. The site allows users to generate market study reports that will be helpful when seeking federal funds to finance development.
If you are seeking to obtain funding from CSR this site provides the detailed information on everything regarding funding that they are authorized to spend. The Department of Community Services and Revitalization consists of a Compliance and Administration Division which is charged with compliance and monitoring of all grant funds, the development of the Consolidated Plan, the CAPER (Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report) and many other regulatory issues pertaining to grant funding for Metro Louisville programs and external agencies. it also includes notices of amendments, notices for public comment, compliance plans and more. This information is targeted towards developers that are eligible for funding and must comply with federal funding standards.
The Landbank Authority acquires, manages and sells distressed properties and vacant unimproved parcels to responsible developers who can affect increased property values and stimulate the tax base. This site gives you access to guidelines on how to purchase a landbank owned property and the landbank property list.
Homepage for Codes and Regulations:
The homepage for Codes and Regulations is important for general questions and fact searching. We go through several specific departments under Codes and regulations in this brochure, but it is important to know that Codes and Regulations is a large and sweeping department that impacts a great deal of housing and property activity.
This site provides market information and access to property available for economic development i.e. warehouses, industrial sites, office and retail buildings, and land in and near Louisville. If you are seeking to develop commercial or industrial properties within this region, one can enter desires information into a search drive and find suitable locations for development. The site also allows you to search the database when you already have a property in mind.
Methamphetamine Lab Information:
If you are worried about homes in your community being used as methamphetamine labs then please see the list of Louisville’s former methamphetamine lab locations via this site. These locations are organized by year. You can search by list of addresses or a map by year.
Metro Neighborhood Stabilization Program:
This site was developed to keep the community informed as Louisville Metro makes progress on the neighborhood stabilization initiative. With recent releases of additional regulatory guidance from USHUD, Louisville Metro will be making several revisions to our program delivery methods. Return here often for the latest updates on the national, state-wide, and local NSP efforts.
Metro Police Information:
If you are worried about crime in your community this site will direct you to the approved methods of crime prevention and how access information about non-emergency police matters.
American Fact Finder:
American FactFinder is a data generator created by the US census Bureau for locations all over the United States. It is a useful site when trying to find census data within specified constraints e.g. if you want to determine the demographics of certain census tracts. it has a wealth of information on economics, population, housing, and geography.
Map It: Louisville Mapping Interface:
This website is connected to the LOJIC website, but also includes important information for Louisville residents including but not limited to: your neighborhood’s Garbage Day, Fire District, voting information, neighborhood planning information. It also allows you to find hospitals, parks, and other important locations nearest to your residence.
Vacant Property Updates:
Use this reporting form to report whether a property's status of occupied or vacant has changed. You can view our current status of the property by following the instructions on the site and searching on the address. From this website you can also create reports of Metro’s current lists of vacant structures and vacant lots. If, after your search, you find our status of the property to be incorrect, you can generate a correction form found on the website.
Proper Soil Testing Procedures:
This PDF was created by University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture to teach interested individuals how to take a proper soil sample for environmental testing. This is important because many people choose to purchase real estate for the purpose of turning it into a community garden. It is necessary to take the proper precautions, including proper soil testing, before using the site as a producer of food for human or animal consumption.
Division of Compliance Assistance Safe Urban Gardening:
Many people are enjoying the satisfaction and health benefits of growing their own produce. However, some properties may have environmental contamination. The risks can be significantly reduced or eliminated by employing some simple best practices. Here is an overview of some of the best practices, along with references for more detail.
Urban Agriculture and Improving Local, Sustainable Food Systems:
Before a property can be redeveloped, contaminants must be removed, capped or contained in ways that limit exposure risks. Urban agriculture projects can help bind contaminants while providing further benefits to the property and surrounding community. This site provides detailed information about safely starting an urban agriculture project.
University of Louisville: Urban Agriculture Guide #27:
This PDF was created in order to provide literature to community members wishing to begin a community garden in their neighborhoods. It is an in-depth look at the impacts of urban agriculture on the fabric of a community.
Brownfields: Interim Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices:
This is an in-depth guide to proper gardening practices created by the EPA. This document is a condensation of the input of 60 experts from academia, state and local government, and the nonprofit sector who gathered in Chicago on October 21 and 22, 2010 to outline the range of issues which need to be addressed in order to safely grow food on former brownfield sites.
How does your Garden Grow? EPA Guide:
This document is a great resource guide for those wishing to redevelop brownfields for urban agriculture. The literature includes a case study and a detailed resource guide for brownfield redevelopment.
Help Metro Public Works Identify Illegal Dumpers:
Residents who may have witnessed illegal dumping or saw a vehicle carrying trash now have the opportunity to help Metro Government catch people illegally dumping. New state of the art cameras will be up this summer in problem areas which have seen repeated illegal dumping. Earlier this year, the Metro Council revised the illegal dumping laws that gave law enforcement officers the ability to impound any vehicle involved in illegal dumping.