In 1986, the City of Evanston enacted a Real Estate Transfer Tax (Ord. 33-O-86) on the transfer of real property. The City Collector's office collects the tax and issues exemptions from the tax. It is paid by the seller, unless other arrangements have been made by contract. Revenue from this tax goes into the City's General Fund.
NEW RATES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019, (per Ord 148-O-18):
For sales prices up to $1,500,000, the tax imposed is $5.00 for every $1,000 value or fraction thereof.
For sales prices from $1,500,000.01 to $5,000,000, the tax imposed is $7.00 for every $1,000 value or fraction thereof.
For sales prices from $5,000,000.01 or more, the tax imposed is $9.00 for every $1,000 value or fraction thereof.
Instructions for Purchasing Real Estate Transfer Tax Stamps and Exemption Stamps:
A request for transfer stamps must be submitted to the City for all real estate transactions. Please allow five (5) business days for processing. No transfer stamp will be issued until this process has been completed. All debt owed to the City MUST be paid before the release of the transfer stamp.
There are two ways to submit a request for Real Estate Transfer Stamps:
Submit your Real Estate Transfer Stamp request online HERE.
- Type "Real Estate Transfer Stamp Request" in the "Search" box and complete all required fields.
Contact the City's 311 department at 847.448.4311 and provide the following information:
PIN (Permanent Index Number)
Requestor's contact info
- Complete City of Evanston Real Estate Transfer Tax Declaration Form (2 copies)
Schedule a FINAL WATER METER READING (this excludes condos and vacant land). Final bill will be available two (2) business days prior to closing.
Payment for Transfer Tax Stamp (See new rates for 2019 at top of page).
- Acceptable methods of payment: Credit Card, Money Order, Check, or Cash. PLEASE NOTE: PROPERTIES WITH A SELL PRICE OF ONE MILLIONS DOLLARS OR MORE MUST SUBMIT A CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TRANSFER STAMP PAYMENT.
Complete City of Evanston Real Estate Transfer Tax Declaration Form (2 copies)
Original or Copy of fully EXECUTED DEED (signed and notarized)
Processing fee of $100.00 payable to the “City of Evanston”
***Please review Real Estate Transfer Tax Guidelines prior to completing the form.***
*Real Estate Transfer Tax payments can be made in person or mailed to the Evanston City Collector's Office (Map)
When submitting your form to purchase stamps by mail, please send the original plus one (1) additional copy of the completed first page, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
City of Evanston
Attn: City Collector's Office
2100 Ridge Avenue, Room 1300
Evanston, IL 60201