Maps and Plats
1" = 400' Plats
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 air space 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.
A sequential number within one of the above numbering series will be added at the end of a parcel number; for example:
Finding and Viewing
9000-9999 -- MOBILE HOMES
These numbers were new in 1997, and will not appear on VTAU or VTDI mainframe
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.
To find the year and page number of a subdivision plat:
On the mainframe, find the entry number of the plat map using one of the
following series of commands:
Type RXAB space subdivision name.
If you typed the full subdivision name, then a list of documents and parties
will appear. Do not scroll through the list, but press F7.
If you typed only a partial subdivision name, then a list of full subdivision
names will appear. Scroll the cursor down to the name of the subdivision that
you wish to select, and press F7.
The RXKP screen will appear and the recording date and page number of
the subdivision will be shown in the upper right corner of the screen.
OR, to search for subdivision plats recorded in 1981 or later:
Type RXDT and press Enter.
Enter plat as the type and press Tab.
Enter a date in mm/dd/yyyy form and press Enter.
A list will appear showing every plat (including non-subdivision plats)
recorded from that date forward. Find the entry containing the name of the
subdivision that you wish to select, at the right end of the second line in the
entry. The full date of recording, including the year, will be to the left of
the subdivision name, and the plat page number will be in the line above the
To find a plat image:
To view a Salt Lake County parcel plat map:
Once you have found the year and page number of the desired subdivision, go to Plats
on the menu bar at the top of the Recorder's home page and select Subdivision
Plat Search. The search window will show boxes for choosing the year
and entering the page number.
The following example shows plat indexing for 1" = 400' plat maps. This scale is used in locations that are less densly segregated.
The following example shows plat indexing for 1" = 50' plat maps.
The parcel number identifies the specific subdivision lot or metes and bounds parcel, as shown on the plat map.
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.
The section number is sometimes refered to as the sub area number within the township. There are 36 sections in every township.
The area number is directly related to a township and range within Salt Lake County, as shown on the following Salt Lake County map.
From the Salt Lake County Recorder's home page, go to the Plats menu
option, and select Tax Plat Search from the dropdown list.
Review the "Plat Searching Guidelines" on the screen.
1" = 50' Plats
Parcel Block Number
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.
If you know the subdivision name, you can use the RXLP search on the Salt
Lake County Mainframe
database. One piece of information you can find by using the
subdivision name search is the index number of the plat map(s) where the
subdivision is located. If you have questions regarding this search, or the
mainframe in general, please refer to the
Mainframe portion of the online help guide.
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.
Indexing and Locating Plats
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.
The first example will show indexing for 1" = 100' plat maps.
Parcel Plats Indexing of Parcel Plats
Viewing of Parcel Plats