The City has a Vacant Building Registration (VBR) program requiring owners of vacant buildings, residential or non-residential, to register their property and pay a fee. Registration must occur no later than 60 days after the building has become unoccupied.
The VBR program is designed to improve the City's information base on potentially vulnerable properties and shift the monitoring costs from the taxpayer to the building owner.
A six-month registration fee is $300 for residential and $500 for non-residential buildings. Subsequent registration and fees are due every six months after the original registration as long as the building remains vacant. Owners that don't register their properties will be subject to administrative registration and an additional $100 charge.