The City of Maple Heights owns an ever-changing number of vacant lots across the City – each with the potential to help you build a new dream home, put an addition on your home, or in some cases – expand your yard.  With the City’s Property Tax Abatement Program, and utilities common across the City – the Vacant Lot Program for New Construction can be an inexpensive way to generate revenue, construct new housing, or grow your own family and home value.

Interested in Building a New Home – Vacant Lot Program

The Vacant Lot Program for New Construction allows owner occupants and developers to purchase lots from the City’s Land Bank for purposes of development. Interested persons should contact the Department of Planning and Development to discuss the proposed project prior to making an application. In addition to the application, the applicant must provide a floor plan and exterior rendering.

If approved, the purchase price is typically Fair Market Value (FMV) per lot, plus closing costs and filing fees.  Presently, through the Vacant Lot Program a qualified developer can purchase up to three (3) parcels at a time toward for infill housing.  Other circumstances may apply to particular sites or unique City development goals.

Vacant Lot Program Application

Interested in Expanding Your Yard – Side Yard Program

PLEASE NOTE:  Standard-size, infill-ready vacant lots a presently being prioritized for new construction via the Vacant Lot Program.  As such application for Side Lots will only be considered for sites deemed “unbuildable,” or under other special circumstances.

The Side Yard Program gives residents the opportunity to expand their yard for their enjoyment and to increase the value of their home.

In order to qualify for the Side Yard Program, applicants must:

  • Own and occupy the adjacent home;
  • Be current on their property taxes and assessments (or on a County payment plan);
  • Be in substantial compliance with the City’s Building, Housing, and Zoning Codes;
  • Not have property in Cuyahoga County that was transferred as the result of a tax foreclosure action.

If approved, the purchase price is $750.00 per lot plus closing costs and filing fees. Additionally, applicants must consolidate the parcel on which their home sites with the vacant parcel, estimated to cost between $1,200 and $2,500 depending on lot size.

A list of available properties is provided below. If you find a lot on the list you are interested in purchasing through the Side Yard Program, please call the Department of Planning and Development at (216) 587-9032 before making application.

Side Yard Program Flowchart
Side Yard Program Lot List as of June 7, 2021
Side Yard Program Application