Vacant Building Registration

Vacant buildings can have an adverse effect on the livability of a community especially when they are not managed and maintained. They often are used as dumping grounds for debris, overgrown with weeds and long grass, and may attract illegal activity. The ordinance was created to ensure vacant buildings remain safe, secure and maintained. Registration also ensures an owner understands the obligations of ownership under relevant City codes. Monthly inspections are conducted by City staff and on a complaint basis. The ordinance applies to both residential and non-residential property.

Vacant buildings must be registered with the City within 90 days of becoming vacant. This requires completing a registration form, property plan and paying the required fee. This process must be completed annually if a property remains vacant. If the registration fee is not fully paid within 60 days following the renewal due date, the City Council may certify the unpaid cost against the property.

See below for a link to the vacant building registration form. 

Vacant Building Registration Application

For more information on the vacant building guidelines you may reference Section 925 of the Richfield City Code.