# Posted: 21 Oct 2006 08:37
What is a Folio Number? What does it mean?
the county property appraiser assigns every parcel of land in the County a unique number called a "folio number". The State of Florida is divided into "Townships", which are east and west lines every six miles, beginning in Tallahassee, which is the zero township. For example, the townships in Broward County are South Townships 47, 48, 49, 50 and 51. There are north-south "Range" lines every six miles, also beginning in Tallahassee. The Ranges in Broward County are East Ranges 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43.
Within each six mile square, are thirty-six "Sections", approximately one mile on a side, numbered 01 through 36. The first four digits of our folio numbers are the second digit of the township followed by the second digit of the range, and both digits of the section. So, a folio number beginning "0212" would describe land in Section 12, Township 50 South, Range 42 East. If you know the first four numbers of the folio, you know within a square mile where the property is located. Many computerized commercial real estate systems use the complete number, so if you were in a broker's office looking for a property, you might use the number "504212" to begin finding the same property on that system.
The next two numbers of the folio tell quite a bit about the property. If the numbers are "00", it means you are looking for unplatted acreage. The first subdivision to be recorded in the section is assigned number "01", and so forth. So, if you have folio number 0212 00, you know you are looking at unplatted acreage in Section 12, Township 50 South, Range 42 East. The first condominium or co-operative to be recorded in a section is lettered "AA"; the second is "AB", and so forth. So, from the middle numbers, we know if we are looking for unplatted acreage, land in a subdivision, or a condo or co-op.
The final three or four numbers tell us which parcel we are looking for. In subdivision "01", we begin numbering "001" for Lot 1 in Block 1, "002" for Lot 2 in Block 1, etc. Should Lot 1 be split, we would number the newly-created parcel "0011". So, Lot 1, Block 1 in Las Olas By the Sea Amended Plat, would be 0212 01 001.
If the county misses improvements and makes a back-assessment in a future year, they will typically create a new folio number for the back-assessment.