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Louisiana Permits and Inspections

June 25th, 2015 · Louisiana

Are there areas in your town or city that have become unsightly due to abandoned cars, buildings in disrepair or extremely overgrown yards and you wish something could be done about it? One Louisiana Parish is currently taking the necessary steps to get an area of its Parish cleaned up. According to an article entitled “Jefferson Parish planning Thursday code sweep in Harvey,” by Ben Myers, The Times Picayune, June 22, 2015, code inspectors for Jefferson Parish planned an inspection on June 25, 2015, of Harvey, a census-designated area on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The purpose of the inspection is to issue citations for overgrown grass, trash, debris, broken down cars, and buildings in disrepair.

If this is an issue that affects your area, using our “Louisiana Permits and Inspections Directory,” you can access a number of Parish code enforcement websites.

The following information will guide you through the steps to easily access various permit and code enforcement related sites, using Louisiana, as an example.

1. Main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. On our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page, click on the “Louisiana” link.
2. “Louisiana Free Public Records Directory” page. On this page “Louisiana Free Public Records Directory” page, click on “Choose a Category” and choose “Permits and Inspections.”
3. Choose a link. On the “Louisiana Permits and Inspections Directory” main page, scroll to a particular Parish to determine if online information is available. If so, click on the desired link.
4. Link Examples. If you live in Jefferson Parish and have reported a code violation, you can check on the status of your complaint online by complaint number or address using the “Code Violation Complaint Status” link. The City of New Orleans “Code Enforcement Documents” website offers access to the Office of Code Enforcement, where you can report a blighted property, view an explanation of how the report will be handled, access the City’s online blighted properties database, and more.
5. Return to results page. When you have finished viewing a chosen link, click on “Return to Results” located in the upper right hand corner of the page. This will return to the main “Louisiana Permits and Inspections Directory” page for access to the other available permit links.
6. Return to main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. When you have completed your permit research, you can click on “Home” or “Free Searches,” located in the upper left hand corner of the page, in order to choose another public record type or state to research on the “Free Public Records Search Directory” page.

This article highlighted code enforcement issues in Louisiana; however you can access many types of permits and inspections for all 50 states by choosing your specific state, as outlined in step 1 above. Our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page offers access to a variety of public records sorted by state or record type. Please check out our previous articles regarding the many ways our website can be used for your research needs including step-by-step instructions for some of our most used public record searches.

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Recorded Document Search

May 28th, 2015 · California, Using Public Records

Do you need a copy of the deed to your home, a copy of your mortgage papers, or another type of recorded document but don’t know where to look? There is an office that handles recorded land records in every county, city or town, depending on the state.  In some states, it is the Recorder’s Office, in some states it is the Clerk’s Office, and in some states it is the Register of Deeds Office.

Many counties, towns and cities offer online access to recorded documents, others offer online access to the index of records with image copies available for a fee, and other municipalities offer documents through a paid subscription.  Using our “Land Records and Deeds Resources” page, you can access the County recording office for your state.  In all cases, we provide contact information for all of the recording offices and provide any available links for online searches.

Accessing Land Records.  The following information will guide you through the steps to easily conduct a recorded document search.

1.  Main Page.  On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page, click on “Land Records and Deeds” link under the heading “Search Public Records by Type of Record.”

2.  Choose State.  On the “Land Records and Deeds Resources” main page, choose your particular state.  As an example, click on the California link to navigate to “California Land Records and Deeds Directory” main page.

3.  Search by County.  On the “California Land Records and Deeds Directory” main page or the page for your particular state, you can scroll down to your specific county.  If your county offers online access, click on the “Recorded Document Search” link.  For this example, click on the Fresno County “Recorded Document Search” link.

On this page, choose the “Search Recorded Documents” link which provides searches by:

  • Last Name or Business Name
  • First and Middle Name
  • Start Date and End Date
  • Document Number and Record Year
  • Type of Document

The information provided includes:

  • Year Recorded
  • Document Recording Number
  • Record Date
  • Document Type
  • Number of Pages
  • Name of Grantor and Name of Grantee

4.  Return to Main Land Records Page.  When you are done with your research, click on the back button until you arrive at the “California Land Records and Deeds Directory” main page.  You can search additional County records or return to the main “Land Records and Deeds Resources” page by using the back button on your browser, in order to search other state land records.

5.  Return to Main Free Public Records Page.  When you are through conducting your land records research, choose “Home” or “Free Searches” in the upper left corner of the page, in order to access our “Free Public Records Research Directory” page.

On our main “Free Public Records Research Directory” page, you can access links for a variety of public records.  In addition to public record links, we also provide how to resources such as how to obtain a marriage license, how to apply for a business license or contractor’s license, how to apply for a government job, and much more.  Please watch for future articles which will provide useful tips for accessing our comprehensive list of resources.



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Assessment Records Research – New Jersey

April 30th, 2015 · New Jersey, Using Public Records

If you live in New Jersey and would like to research the assessment records of a property anywhere in the state, the following information will be helpful. Assessment records can be used to determine the owner of a property, the assessed value of a property, the size of a property, or the sales history including ownership document numbers.

Our “Free Public Records Search Directory” provides links to assessment records for all 50 states. Each state has a system for establishing assessment records and is generally available online by county and/or city. If online information is not available, contact information is provided on our website for each county office responsible for assessment records.

New Jersey offers an online property search database that can be searched by county and/or city and can be accessed through our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page. On the main page, click on the “Assessor and Property Tax Records” link under the heading “Search Public Records by Type of Record.” On the main “Assessor and Property Tax Records Resources” page, choose New Jersey.

Choose a County. On the “New Jersey Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory” page, scroll to the county where the property is located and click on “Property Search.” As an example, click on Hudson County “Property Search” to access the County’s “Assessment Records Search” page.

Search Results. After entering the required information such as district, owner name or lot and block, the search results will be provided. The property records can also be searched by address, vacant land, residential property or sale date range.

After entering the required information, the search results include:
• Owner Name – Taxpayer Name (if different)
• Property Location (Street Address)
• Improvement Description (Square Feet and Year Built)
• Land Description (Size of Lot and Zoning)
• Sale Information (Sale Date, Sale Price and Grantee)
• Assessment Information (Owner Name, Year, Land Value and Improvement Value)

County Links. Click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the “New Jersey Assessor and Property Tax Records” main page. On this page you can choose another county or city property search link or return to the main “Assessor and Property Tax Records” page by clicking on either “Home” or “Free Searches” located in the upper left hand corner to access assessment records of another state.

Main Page. After concluding your search, you can close the link or click either “Home” or “Free Searches” to return to the main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page in order to conduct other types of public record searches including land records and deeds, laws and codes, permits and inspections, and more.

Whether you’re researching the assessed value of your property, the current zoning of a potential investment or the sales price of the house down the street, you should be able to find the information that you need using the steps outlined above. Please check back soon for future articles about our website and some of the many search possibilities.

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