Transfer Stamp

Real Estate Transfer Tax Description


When a property is sold in Chicago Heights, the seller is responsible for paying the real estate transfer tax. Before the tax is paid, an appointment must be made with Code Enforcement (Phone: 708-756-5328) and Water Billing (708-756-5344) for a final inspection and a final water meter reading. Transfer tax payments are made in the City Clerk’s Office, and must be accompanied with a copy of the new deed to be recorded and a completed transfer tax application.

The real estate transfer tax is based on $4 for every $1,000 of sale price as stated on the transfer tax application. Only cash, money orders, certified checks, cashier checks, title company checks, attorney checks or Visa/MasterCard are accepted for payment of the final water bill and the real estate transfer tax. Personal checks, real estate agency, business or firm checks are not accepted.

See Transfer Tax / Exemptions Instructions (PDF) for further details.

Unincorporated Chicago Heights


When a property in unincorporated Chicago Heights is sold, the real estate transfer tax does not apply to the sale. The buyer should contact the City Clerk’s Office for a certified statement stating that the property is in unincorporated Chicago Heights. This certified statement will need to be presented by the buyer or his agent when recording the new deed at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office.

Chapter 39, Taxation, Article VII, in the Code of Ordinances of the City of Chicago Heights is available on-line.