Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find a marriage record?
How can I find a birth or death record?
- August 1890 – 1911 births: Salt Lake County Archives has birth records online here.
- Before 1890: Salt Lake County was not required to register births before this year. If your ancestor belonged to a church, check their records for a baptism entry.
- 1847 – 1949 deaths: Salt Lake County Archives has death records online here.
- Before 1847: No U.S. government existed in Utah before 1847, so no records exist for this time period.
How can I find a building permit?
- Construction in an incorporated city: If the building is in an incorporated city today contact that city's planning or building permit office.
- 1970 – September 2019: Contact the Salt Lake County Archives for building permits.
- 1948-1969: Contact the Salt Lake County Archives for application cards for building permits. No building permits exist. We require the original owner or builder’s name and date of build to search.
- Before 1948: No building permits exist for Salt Lake County. Permits for Salt Lake City may exist for this time period; check with the Utah State Archives.
How can I find building plans for my house?
How can I find a Certificate of Occupancy?
How can I find records with the location of load bearing walls, location of sewer lines, location of water pipes, or other utility lines?
How can I prove that my house is or was a duplex/triplex?
Do you have photographs of my house?
Do you have environmental contamination records?
How can I find soil reports, gradient, land use, and other engineering reports?
How can I search court cases or criminal records?
- Misdemeanors (records are only kept 10 years after case is closed): Contact Salt Lake County Justice Court at 385-468-8200.
- Civil Court Records (like divorce) or Felonies: Contact the Third District Court at 801-238-7300.
- Jail or Incident Reports: Contact Salt Lake County Sheriff Records department at 385-468-8870.
- Traffic tickets: Contact the Unified Police Department, 385-468-9755.
- Civil and Criminal Court Cases from 1852-1887: Salt Lake County Archives maintains these records.
Who were the previous owners of my house or property?
What were the past taxes paid for a property?
How much was a house worth or what was the sale price?
Utah is a non-disclosure state for real estate sale prices. This means that Utah final sold prices are not available to the public.
Salt Lake County Archives can provide records of taxes paid on property from 1853 through the previous year. Only tax value is recorded on tax records until 1985, but it may be used by your accountant to calculate what a house was worth in the past. Later tax ledgers (1986 - present) include both the market value and the tax value.
How can I find information about water rights or wells?
For a copy of a water rights deed, contact the Salt Lake County Recorder's office, 385-468-8145.
If the Recorder’s Office does not have the record, try the following:
- Utah State Archives.
- Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights.
- The local water district.
- The city’s public utilities department.
How can I locate information about water quality and septic/wastewater issues?
How can I find records of wills?
The Salt Lake County Archives DOES NOT have any wills, for any time period. To locate wills, contact:
- Third District Court: Main 801-238-7300 or Probate 801-238-7164 or
- Utah History Research Center at 801-533-3535.
How can I find Salt Lake County personnel records?
How can I find archived newspapers?
- The Deseret News, 1867 – January 2015
- The Salt Lake Tribune, 1959 – January 2015
- The New York Times, 1852 – 2003
- The Wall Street Journal, 1972 – 2004
All newspapers are on microfilm, with the exclusion of the indexes for the New York Times which are available in volumes.