Every parcel plat located within Salt Lake County can be accessed through the on-line system. Every time a document is recorded that changes a property boundary, the plat where that property is located is updated and re-scanned into our system. This means that the on-line service gives you access to accurate, up-to-date plat maps on a daily basis.
Indexing and Locating Plats
There are a couple of ways to locate a plat map. You can locate it by using a subdivision name, or by using a parcel number. You can view Parcel Plat Maps and Subdivision Maps by name or parcel number in Data Services.
If you want to locate the correct plat map using only a parcel number, you will need to understand a simple indexing system. In the following diagrams a sample parcel number, 16-19-302-008, is broken down to illustrate the indexing system. Using the indexing system you will be able to locate any plat map using only a parcel number.
The first example will show indexing for 1" = 100' plat maps.
The area number is directly related to a township and range within Salt Lake County, as shown on the following Salt Lake County map.
The section number is sometimes referred to as the sub area number within the township. There are 36 sections in every township.
Parcel Block Number
The parcel block number will numerically define the 1/4 section, and the 1/4 of the 1/4 section, in which the parcel (lot) is located.
Indexing of 1" = 50' Plats
The following example shows plat indexing for 1" = 50' plat maps.
Indexing of 1" = 400' Plats
The following example shows plat indexing for 1" = 400' plat maps. This scale is used in locations that are less densely segregated.
The parcel number identifies the specific subdivision lot or metes and bounds parcel, as shown on the plat map.
An encumbrance number is used when the permanent parcel number may need to have multiple tax records. Encumbrance numbers are assigned as follows:
- 1001-1999 -- UNDIVIDED INTERESTS
When more than one owner has an interest in the property.
- 2000-2999 -- LAND CARD
Improvements on leased land:
2000 - Land only
2001 - Improvements
- 3000-3999 -- AIR RIGHTS
The right to undisturbed use and control of designated airspace above a specific land area within stated elevations. Such rights may be acquired to construct a building above the land or the building of another, or to protect the light and air of an existing or proposed structure on an adjoining lot. (Definition from The Appraisal of Real Estate, 12th Ed.)
- 4000-4999 -- TAX DISTRICTS
When a parcel is split into more than one tax district.
- 5000-5999 -- MINING CLAIMS
Note: Not all mining claims have encumbrance numbers on them, and some mining claims may be assessed by the State of Utah.
- 6000-6999 -- PRIVILEGE TAX
Used when ownership is exempt and leased out.
Combinations of the above categories; for example, an undivided interest in a parcel divided by a tax district boundary.
Privilege taxes on yield basis for Greenbelt.
- 9000-9999 -- MOBILE HOMES
The Recorder's office has scanned all of the subdivision plats in its archive, from those most recently recorded back through Book E (approximately 1905). Images of all scanned plats may be viewed and downloaded by subscribers via the Internet. The earlier plats (Books A through D) are in many cases too fragile to be scanned safely, and some have not been scanned. The microfiche copies and the actual plats may be viewed in person at the Recorder's office.