A structure is considered vacant and must be registered if, for a period of 180 days, it is:
1) unoccupied, or
2) unsecured and occupied by one or more unauthorized persons.
After the property meets one of the above criteria, an owner has thirty (30) days to register the property with the City. Registration and the VBR program are free of charge.
The VBR program will allow the City to provide better services by:
• communicating vacant building information to the police and fire departments, thereby making neighborhoods safer by reducing or eliminating unauthorized activity or vandalism,
• providing the owner with property maintenance resources and the opportunity to retain and improve property value, and
• protecting our City from increased urban decay.
In addition, there are financial benefits to the City’s VBR program. After the property is registered, when it is re-occupied, if it is an income producing property, it may be eligible for Business and Occupation tax credits.