LandRedevelopment

Office of the Director   
50 West Gay Street   
Columbus, OH 43215-9040   
(614) 645.7795   
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Code Enforcement Division   
757 Carolyn Ave.   
Columbus, OH 43224-3218   
(614) 645.2202  
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Economic Development
150 South Front Street
Suite 220  
Columbus, OH 43215-4418  
(614) 645.8616  
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Housing Division  
50 West Gay Street  
Columbus, OH 43215-9040  
(614) 645.7896  
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Land Redevelopment Division   
845 Parsons Avenue    
Columbus, OH 43206-9030   
(614) 645.5263   
(614) 645-6675  [FAX]  

Planning Division   
50 West Gay Street   
Columbus, OH 43215-9030   
(614) 645.8664   
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]

Land Redevelopment Applications

General Land Bank Policies 
Standard policies have been removed from each application and placed into a separate document.  Before contacting our office or applying for a property owned by the City of Columbus Land Bank please read and review the City of Columbus General Land Bank Policies. Applicants will be asked to acknowledge in their application(s) that they have read and understood the information provided.
   

New Application Forms

The City of Columbus Land Bank updated its applications for 2018 and it will no longer be accepting old versions of the applications. The new applications are shorter, but include addenda for additional information.  The applications may be submitted online or by dropping off a paper copy at our office.  A link is provided under each property listing (upper right hand corner) to submit an application online and upload the addenda. 

 

To submit paper copies of the application, please use the following links: 

 
  1. Application to Purchase Land Bank Property for Renovation and Addenda
 

To purchase a Land Bank owned structure, including houses, multi-family buildings, and commercial buildings, Applicants must submit the following:

 
  • Application to Purchase Land Bank Property for Renovation
  • Addendum I: Proof of Funds & Funding Documentation
  • Addendum II: Applicant Property List and Property Photos*
  • Addendum III: Project & Experience Narrative*
  • Addendum IV: Lead Warning Statement
  • Addendum V: Renovation Plan and Project Costs
  • Addendum VI: List of additional contractors
  • Addendum VII: Information on prior code violations, foreclosures, tax delinquency*
  • Addendum VIII: Certificate of good standing, articles of incorporation or operating agreement, and a resolution authorizing applicant to purchase property ( only if the applicant is a business entity or nonprofit)*
 

*NOTE (For those Addenda with an asterisk above) - If you have completed and received approval of an Application for Renovation within the past year, you are only required to submit changes to the Addenda from your prior application.  Staff will follow-up with additional questions. 

 
  1. Application to Purchase Land Bank Property for New Construction and Addenda

Use this application to purchase a vacant parcel to redevelop with new construction or other permanent improvements, such as new houses, multi-family and commercial buildings, parking lots, expansion of adjacent buildings, etc.  Applicants must submit the following: 

  • Application to Purchase Land Bank Property for New Construction
  • Addendum I: Proof of Funds & Funding Documentation
  • Addendum II: Applicant Property List and Property Photos*
  • Addendum III: Project & Experience Narrative*
  • Addendum IV: Site Plan & Elevations
  • Addendum V: Project Estimates & Cost Breakdown
  • Addendum VI: List of additional contractors
  • Addendum VII: Information on prior code violations, foreclosures, tax delinquency*
  • Addendum VIII: Certificate of good standing, articles of incorporation or operating agreement, and a resolution authorizing applicant to purchase property (only if the applicant is a business entity or nonprofit)*
 

*NOTE (For those Addenda with an asterisk above) - If you have completed and received approval of an Application for Renovation within the past year, you are only required to submit changes to the Addenda from your prior application.  Staff will follow-up with additional questions. 

   
  1. Application to Purchase a Vacant Land Bank Property as a Side Yard including Improve to Own and Addenda

Vacant Land Bank lots are available for purchase by adjacent owners with an occupied structure who share a property line. The price is the fair market value of the property as determined by the Land Bank using comparable sales. Applicants who wish to reduce the price may elect to participate in the Land Bank’s Improve to Own program where select property improvements and sweat equity can receive credits to offset the asking price. Applicants are required to submit the following application and its addenda:

  • Application to Purchase a Vacant Land Bank Property as a Side Yard including Improve to Own
  • Addendum I: Information on prior code violations, foreclosures, tax delinquency
  • Addendum II: Applicant Property List
  • Addendum III: Improvement Plan and Budget (Improve to Own only) and Documentation of Proof of Funds
  • Addendum IV: Site Plan (Improve to Own only)Addendum V: Certificate of good standing, articles of incorporation or operating agreement, and a resolution authorizing applicant to purchase property
 
  1. Application for an Annual License of Vacant Land Bank Property as a Community Garden / Beautification Project and Addenda

Individuals or community organizations may partner with the Land Bank in order to use vacant lots for community gardening. The annual license fee, only due if the application is approved, is $50 per parcel. The annual renewal fee is only $10 per parcel. Applicants are required to submit the application and its addena.

  • Addendum I: Project Narrative
  • Addendum II: Liability Waiver and Indemnification
  • Addendum III: Improvement Plan and Budget /Proof of Funds (optional unless specifically requested by Land Bank)
  • Addendum IV: Site Plan (use attached template if drawn by hand)
  • Addendum V: Information on prior code violations, foreclosures, tax delinquency (on a separate page if applicable)
  • Addendum VI: Letter of Support (optional unless specifically requested by Land Bank)
   

Nonrefundable Fees
As contained in the General Land Bank Policies, the City’s processing fee is $195 per parcel. This fee is only due if the application is approved by the City and is charged instead of an initial application fee. Upon completion of the projects, applicants may request the release of deed restrictions by paying a $95 fee per parcel. 


Have a question about your application? Be sure to check our  Frequently Asked Questions page.

Land Redevelopment Contact Info
City of Columbus
Land Redevelopment Division
845 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206-9030   
(614) 645-LAND (5263)
(614) 645.5263   
(614) 645-6675  [FAX]
E-Mail


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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 
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