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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 have prepared legislation that will change 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. We published our draft legislation for public review in November 2016. The Mayor sent his recommendations to City Council in April 2017.

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

The City Council's Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee will likely hold deliberations on the proposal in the spring and summer of 2017. See the PLUZ Committee webpage for upcoming meetings related to this proposal.

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