How to find out who owns illegal dump properties

We’ve all seen them, illegal dumps. I want to show you how easy it is to find out who owns the dump property so that action can be taken by the City and the property owner.

In 5 easy steps, I’ll show you one of District 8 illegal dumps and track down the property owner.

Step 1: Locate & Document the Illegal Dump Site

Be sure to bring your camera or smart phone. Find the illegal dump, note the location (street name & hundred block) and take your photos.

Here’s some photos for my example: (click any photo to launch slide show)

Step 2:  Map the Illegal Dump Site 

A good map location is critical to showing others where the dump is located. You can use Google Maps, Bing, Here or others to pinpoint your illegal dump.

Map

 

Step 3: See what Google Street View Shows for the Illegal Dump Site

Google_st_view_oct_2014

Google visited Rufe Street in October, 2014. Notice the debris, showing that this is a long term dump site. Also notice the concrete barricades, visible to Google in Oct., 2014. They are not in my February, 2015 photos! Interesting.

Step 4: Find the Official Address of the Property

Since many illegal dumps are on out-of-the-way side streets,it is not always clear what the address of the illegal dump site. Fortunately, there is a web site for that.

Head on over to PDQ’s web site and click the Philly Address SuperMap(TM) to get the exact address.

Property_Record

 

In our case, the illegal dump is visible on Rufe Street but the actual property address is 313 E Bringhurst St.

Step 5: Use City’s on-line query tool to fin Owner of 313 E Bringhurst Illegal Dump Site

This link brings you to the City’s Property Search tool where we can add the official address.

Property_owner

 

We’ve done it. We have found out that the illegal dump property belongs to …. the City of Philadelphia.

Well now I know who to call to start getting the illegal dumping stopped.

Here is a pdf of the 5 steps.  Finding Dump Property Owner_steps.

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