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.  The tax is based on $4.00 per $1000 of sale price.  Before the tax is paid:

  • Call Building Code Enforcement at 708-756-5328 for a for-sale inspection and to resolve any unpaid building violations or liens due.
  • Call Water Billing at 708-756-5344 for a water meter reading and final water bill.
  • Call City Clerk’s Office at 708-756-5304 to resolve any other unpaid fees or citations due.
Transfer Tax payments are made in the City Clerk’s Office, and must be accompanied with a copy of the new deed and a fully completed Transfer Tax application.  

Acceptable forms of payment are:  

  • Cash
  • Money Order
  • Debit Card, Credit Card, i.e., Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express    
  • Cashier's Check, Certified Check, or Business Check, such as an attorney or title company.
  • NO personal checks accepted.

See “Application & Instructions” link below for further details. 

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

Revised 6/30/2023

Application & Instructions