The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman protects and preserves the property rights of the citizens of Utah.  The Office helps citizens and government agencies understand and comply with land use and property rights laws, resolves property rights disputes, and advocates for fairness and balance when private property rights conflict with public needs.

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     The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman is a neutral, non-partisan agency that helps citizens understand and protect their rights to property ownership and use, and helps resolve disputes.


See “About the Ombudsman” for more information.


Important Information for Property Owners Who Have Been Contacted by a Condemning Agency:

What You Need to Know When Someone Needs Your Land

For Condemning Agencies:  Required Disclosures and Information are Found Here

Disclosures Required by § 78B-6-505 

Highlights of Our Website:

About the Ombudsman: Follow this link to learn more about the Office.

About Advisory Opinions:   An Advisory Opinion is a legal analysis of a specific land use topic.   All Advisory Opinions may be accessed under the “View Advisory Opinions ” link, or through a search engine.

About Mediation and Arbitration:  The Ombudsman may facilitate dispute resolution through Mediation or Arbitration.  Learn more about the process in this section.

Find The Law:  This section includes links to statutes, cases, and brief summaries of legal topics relevant to eminent domain and land use law.

Land Use and Development:  This link briefly introduces some fundamental elements of Land Use Regulation.

Takings and Eminent Domain:  This section is an introduction to property takings and eminent domain, and property owner’s rights when faced with Eminent Domain.

Training:  Follow this Link to learn about the Ombudsman’s presentations and training on eminent domain and land use topics for interested citizens and government agencies.

Just a little FYI:

            An “Ombudsman” (ahm-buds-mun) is an independent government representative who assists and advises citizens, and helps resolve disputes between citizens and government entities. 

         This website is intended to be a resource for private citizens and local officials alike.  We welcome your input and constructive comments to help this site serve the public in the best manner possible. 

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