Parcel Split & Combine
Property Split Requirements
Due to the growth of the county, the Porter County Real Property Department needs accurate split information to perform their jobs accurately and efficiently. Before an existing tax parcel can be split into two or more tax parcels, the following conditions must be met:
- All delinquent property taxes need to be paid before an existing tax parcel can be split.
- All splits of existing parcels must be performed via a conveyance document such as a Warranty Deed or Quitclaim Deed.
- NOTE: If you need to transfer a piece of property, it is recommended that you seek professional assistance from an Attorney or Title Company. The Auditor's Office Staff does not prepare legal documents. Your deed must be prepared and notarized PRIOR to bringing it to the Real Property Department for approval.
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2, 2024
All documents being presented for transfer must be reviewed by the Porter County Auditor's office prior to being accepted. Documents submitted in-person will require a minimum of 72 business hours for review by the Auditor's office. Please be prepared to leave a copy of those documents with our office when filing in-person.
Upon completion of our review of any submitted documents, they will then be presented for transfer and recording or returned with pending corrections. In the event corrections are needed, the Auditor's office will only state what will need to be corrected in order for approval.
The Auditor's office does not provide legal advice of any kind, including measures required to correct any errors identified within the review process.
Combining Parcels For Tax Purposes
The Porter County Real Property Department, which is responsible for keeping the real property tax records for Porter County, acknowledge that property owners may desire to combine their parcels for tax purposes. Any owner wishing to do so must complete the form for combining parcels available from the County Assessor’s office.
In order for any such request to be granted, all the following must be true:
- All delinquent property taxes need to be paid before parcels can be combined.
- The parcels to be combined must touch each other and cannot be separated by another parcel or a public right of way.
- Title to the parcels must be held in exactly the same name.
- All parcels must be in the same taxing unit.
- Filing a request does not guarantee that the parcels will be combined.
- Because of the time between assessment date and the time tax bills are sent, you may receive tax bills for the separate parcels after you fill out this request.
- The combining of parcels does not necessarily affect the value that will be placed on your property for tax purposes.
- Combining parcels may affect the owner's ability to use the property per local zoning laws. The owner may want to check with their zoning authority before making a request to combine parcels.
- There is no fee at the Auditor’s office for a combine form generated by the County Assessor’s office.
- There is a fee of $10 per parcel count with a split document.