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

Cleveland Land Bank Inventory Search and Application Portal

Cleveland Land Bank Inventory Viewer
Quick Guide – Land Bank Inventory Viewer
Cleveland Land Bank Application Submission Tool
*Note: Applications can take up to 60 days to process.
For more information, please leave a message at (216) 664-4126 or send an email to CD-DND@city.cleveland.oh.us.
The City collaborates redevelopment efforts with the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, which also owns properties in Cleveland, and can be reached at (216) 698-8853 or cuyahogalandbank.org.

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 price of the Land Bank lots is governed by the City of Cleveland's Board of Control.

  • Lots approved for sale as residential, side yard expansions are sold for $200 (Note: in areas where new housing is prioritized, lots may not be approved for sale as side yards.)
  • Lots approved for residential construction in emerging markets are sold for $200 (Note: in areas with high demand for new housing, special pricing and restrictions apply.)
  • 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 require a third party valuation to determine the property’s fair market value

Buyers are also responsible for costs related to the recording of deeds, surveys, consolidation of parcels, etc.

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City Planning Commission Services/Design Review >>
City Planning Commission 8 Ideas for Vacant Land Reuse >>
Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office Property Ownership Information >>
Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office Recorded Document Search >>
Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Tax Foreclosures/Case Records >>
Ohio State University Extension Gardening Technical Assistance >>
NEO CANDO Property & Socio-economic Data >>
Sustainable Cleveland Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit >>
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Website >>
Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Program Website >>
Thriving Communities Institute Website >>
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