There are at least three resources for records on real estate properties in Eugene (though there could be more as well). These three are
- Eugene City Records
- Lane County Records
- Eweb Records
Eweb is the local electricity, water, and sewage provider.
Useful links for public information
There are a couple of things to check, these include any open permits at either the county or the city, an closed permits (to know what improvements were actually permitted), past ownership of the property and what was paid for the property (sales history), any deed restrictions, and any social history of the property.
- Sewer Plans for properties: http://pwe.eugene-or.gov/PWESewerConn/SewerConnImageSearch.aspx - Splash Page
- Complaints which have been field with the city since July 1998: http://pdd.eugene-or.gov/CodeCompliance/ComplaintSearch
Older complaints and their context must be ordered from the city via a records request. The fee for this is $20.
- Permits (requests and grants) which have been field with the city since July 1998: http://pdd.eugene-or.gov/BuildingPermits/PermitSearch
Older permits must be requested from the city. There is generally a $20 fee for this, but having this history can be a great aid when looking at buying a property.
- Property class and information for the sales of property for the last three years:
- Deeds and Title Search:
- Zone and urbanization plan Map: http://lcmaps.lanecounty.org/LaneCountyMaps/ZoneAndPlanMapsApp/index.html
- Soil Map: (also here is a 1925 survey.)
- City Zoning Map (but not historical zoning):https://www.eugene-or.gov/1951/Zoning-Map
- Tax Record
- Tax lot records: https://lanecounty.hosted.civiclive.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=5145461
- City code: https://www.eugene-or.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/Index/283 - Splash Page
- Residential Permits: https://www.eugene-or.gov/858/Residential Things that the city requires a permit to repair.
- City records are generally organized by address.
- County records are generally organized by map & taxlot number.
- I have found this blog article generally informative: https://craigtomlinson.biz/2013/03/04/buying-and-selling-duplexes-in-eugene-springfield-lane-county-oregon
- One way to indirectly evaluate contractors is to look at their closure rates on city permits. That is, how many permits have they successfully closed and is that typical for a contractor? How many have they left open?
- Past sales: http://lcmaps.lanecounty.org/lanecountymaps/propertysales/index.html?esearch=1803054300400&slayer=0&exprnum=3
- Zoning: http://lcmaps.lanecounty.org/LaneCountyMaps/ZoneAndPlanMapsApp/index.html?esearch=1803054300400&slayer=0&maptype=WL
Reading tax records and RLID
- When reading the building classification code this PDF explains the codes used.
Generally helpful documents if leasing your home in Eugene
- ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 53-05-02-F
- ORS CH 90