Learn About the Program



In June 2014, City Council adopted the Vacant Building Registration Pilot Program. This program was created through OHP’s collaboration with Development Services Department (DSD), Center City Development and Operations Department (CCDO), and Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD). Focused on spurring revitalization and improving and creating a safe environment, this program establishes a higher level of accountability for property owners to maintain vacant buildings.

Vacant Buildings can become health and safety hazards, diminishing the quality of life in the surrounding community.

Common Problems with Vacant Buildings

  • high incidence of code violations
  • attract vagrants and criminal activity
  • draw and harbor vermin
  • vulnerable to fires
  • negatively affect property values
  • represent disinvestment in the area

Program Expansion

With the passage of the FY2017 annual budget, the City Council has expanded the program area for the Vacant Building Registration Program. The expansion is effective on January 1, 2017. The areas to be incorporated into the program footprint include:

  • A 1/2 mile buffer around the Central Business District, which is currently within the program area;
  • A 1/2 mile buffer around the Historic Districts, which are currently within the program area;
  • Neighborhood Conservation Districts and a 1/2 buffer around them;
  • The Eastpoint and Choice Neighborhoods;
  • A 1/2 mile buffer around Port SA and Brooks City Base; and
  • City-initiated TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones) and a 1/2 mile buffer around them.

You will find a map of the expanded program area here: Program Expansion Map (PDF) If you would like to report a vacant structure within the program area, you may use the link below.


Report a vacant building