The Vacant Building Program (VBP) was created with the goal to address the root causes of vacancy, increase public safety, and encourage economic development by spurring owners of vacant buildings to bring their dilapidated properties back into productive use. Direct input and support was sought from the community, business stakeholders, and City Council in the creation of the program. That early support led to the program’s start as an 18-month pilot program in January 201 with the adoption of Chapter 12 in the Code of Ordinances. With the passage of the FY2017 budget, the original 25 square mile program area was expanded to its current 112 square mile program area.
Vacant and unoccupied buildings can be health and safety hazards that diminish the quality of life of a neighborhood and reduce surrounding property values. The program works to conserve our existing building stock through meeting the ordinance minimum maintenance requirements, annual inspection, registration process, and the promotion of redevelopment opportunities for registered buildings. Additionally, the provisions in Chapter 12 allow for the program staff to work with property owners to find long-term solutions to vacancy. Our goal is work with owners and community to convert vacant spaces into vibrant places. View more About the Program
Initially, the program applied to the Central Business District, historic districts and landmarks, and a half-mile buffer around active military bases. After the successful pilot program, the City Council made the program permanent and expanded the program area. It grew from 35 to 112 square miles and includes both single family and non-single family structures throughout 116,000 parcels in San Antonio. View a map of the Program Area
In an effort to maintain transparency and notify the public of registered vacant properties, the Vacant Building Program publishes a monthly vacant building inventory online. See more about Properties
Report a Vacant Building
To support staff’s effort of identifying vacant buildings in the program area, the Vacant Building Program encourages citizen reports of vacant buildings. View the Report a Vacant Building form.
Resources for Owners
More information about the vacant building ordinance, standard of care requirements, penalties, and resources. View the Resources for Owners