Vacant Building Monitoring - What & Why

What's Happening Now?

On November 19, 2018, City Council passed Council Bill 119407, which makes changes to SDCI's Vacant Building Monitoring program. This bill was amended by Council Bill 119497 passed on April 22, 2019. The new rules go into effect on June 1, 2019.

The new rules will include new categories of properties in the monitoring program. All development projects that include a vacant building will be enrolled in the program, along with properties that fail to comply with Notices of Violation for violations of the vacant building maintenance standards. Fees are going up and the frequency of inspections is increasing from quarterly to monthly

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.

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

Project Goals

The ordinance:

  1. Helps ensure that vacant buildings are adequately secured and maintained
  2. Reduces the public health and safety risks associated with hazardous vacant buildings
  3. Encourages owners to consider keeping buildings occupied

The End Result

The City Council adopted the vacant buildings legislation which is effective June 1, 2019.