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Vacant Building Standards

What Is It?

Vacant buildings in Seattle must be secured and maintained to prevent unauthorized entry and deterioration from the weather. Seattle’s Housing and Building Maintenance Code contains our vacant building maintenance standards.

Vacant buildings that do not meet our standards may be placed in the vacant building monitoring program. We will inspect buildings in this program quarterly. We will charge you fees ranging from $224 to $447 depending on if your building is open to entry and if there are uncorrected violations.

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