Subdivisions and Partitions

ORS 92.018
Buyer’s remedies for purchase of improperly created unit of land


If a person buys a unit of land that is not a lawfully established unit of land, the person may bring an individual action against the seller in an appropriate court to recover damages or to obtain equitable relief. The court shall award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party in an action under this section.


If the seller of a unit of land that was not lawfully established is a county that involuntarily acquired the unit of land by means of foreclosure under ORS chapter 312 of delinquent tax liens, the person who purchases the unit of land is not entitled to damages or equitable relief. [1983 c.718 §4; 1995 c.618 §53; 1997 c.805 §2; 2007 c.866 §5]

Notes of Decisions

Inclusion in instrument conveying fee title of notice required under ORS 93.040 recommending buyer check with planning department does not limit seller liability to buyer for improperly created lot or parcel. DK Investment Co. v. Inter-Pacific Development Co., 195 Or App 256, 97 P3d 675 (2004)

§§ 92.010 to 92.190

Notes of Decisions

Due process standards applicable to land use decisions apply to administration of subdivision ordinance. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Due process requirements for granting of variances are identical regardless of whether variance is area variance or use variance. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Approval of tentative plan under subdivision ordinance is final order reviewable in writ of review proceeding. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Modification of sought-after approval of tentative plan must be treated same procedurally as initial application. Bienz v. City of Dayton, 29 Or App 761, 566 P2d 904 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Owner of parcel unlawfully conveyed without having been partitioned could not unilaterally seek to partition parcel from remainder of original property remaining in separate ownership. Kilian v. City of West Linn, 88 Or App 242, 744 P2d 1314 (1987)

Under statutes in effect in 1981, partitioning of land parcel had effect of vacating previous lot lines unless partition map indicates continued existence of partitioned lots. Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Co. v. Polk County, 246 Or App 548, 267 P3d 855 (2011)

Law Review Citations

10 WLJ 398, 399 (1974)

Chapter 92

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Standards county may impose for approval of private roads created in partitioning land, (1972) Vol 35, p 1230; effect of county zoning ordinances on approved subdivision plat, (1973) Vol 36, p 702; application of Fasano v. Bd. of County Commrs., decision, (1974) Vol 36, p 960

Law Review Citations

10 WLJ 394-403 (1974)


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