Maps and Plats   Indexing of
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.
  • 7000-7999
    Combinations of the above categories; for example, an undivided interest in a parcel divided by a tax district boundary.
  • 8000-8999
    Privilege taxes on yield basis for Greenbelt.
  • 9000-9999 -- MOBILE HOMES
    These numbers were new in 1997, and will not appear on VTAU or VTDI mainframe screens.
A sequential number within one of the above numbering series will be added at the end of a parcel number; for example:
  • 21-23-376-001-4001
Encumbrance Number Finding and Viewing

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.

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:

  1. Type RXAB space subdivision name.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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:

  1. Type RXDT and press Enter.

  2. Enter plat as the type and press Tab.

  3. Enter a date in mm/dd/yyyy form and press Enter.

  4. 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 subdivision name.

To find a plat image:

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.

Subdivision Plats To view a Salt Lake County parcel plat map:
  1. From the Salt Lake County Recorder's home page, go to the Plats menu option, and select Tax Plat Search from the dropdown list.

  2. Review the "Plat Searching Guidelines" on the screen.
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. Viewing Indexing of
1" = 50' Plats
Parcel Number Parcel Block Number Section Number Area 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.

The first example will show indexing for 1" = 100' plat maps.

Indexing and Locating Plats Parcel 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. Introduction

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