Vacant buildings can become health and safety hazards, diminishing the overall quality of life of the community and neighborhoods. They have a high incidence of code violations, attract vagrants and criminal activity, draw and harbor vermin, and are vulnerable to fires. These properties also represent disinvestment in the area and can hinder job creation.
The purpose of the Vacant Building Registration Pilot Program is to encourage the redevelopment of these properties through the establishment of minimum maintenance requirements, regular enforcement, property owner accountability and the promotion of redevelopment opportunities for registered buildings. Because information available through the deed records is often insufficient to contact property owners, this program will be an opportunity to provide current and correct contact information.
This program applies to all vacant buildings that have been unoccupied for at least 30 days and are within the Central Business District (CBD), historic districts and historic landmarks, and properties located within a 1/2 mile from military bases.