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Vacant Buildings Code Updates

Examples of vacant buildings that could threaten public health or safety.
Finding ways to reduce the health and safety risks of vacant buildings.

What's Happening Now?

Vacant buildings, and the problems associated with them, have become increasingly common in neighborhoods throughout the city in the last few years. These buildings can be difficult to adequately maintain, and are often entered or inhabited without the owner’s permission. This can lead to greater fire risks, illegal drug use and other criminal activities, and other health and safety hazards for occupants, neighbors, and emergency services providers.

We are studying possible changes to the Land Use Code and the Housing and Building Maintenance Code in order to respond to an increase in the problems associated with vacant buildings in the city.

For more information about our vacant building regulations, see our Vacant Buildings Standards page and our Vacant Buildings summary page.

Project Goals

Our recommendations will:

  1. Help ensure that vacant buildings are adequately secured and maintained
  2. Reduce the public health and safety risks associated with hazardous vacant buildings
  3. Give property owners more flexibility to demolish vacant buildings

The End Result

We will submit a set of recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in early 2017.

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