Vacant Building Registration

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The City of University Heights requires the annual registration of all properties (residential and commercial) when they become vacant (Ordinance 2017-53 and Ordinance 2018-12). Under the Codified Ordinance, a vacant building is defined as “A building which is not occupied by its owner, lessee, or other person in lawful possession, and at which substantially all lawful business operations or substantially all residential occupancy has ceased, or which is substantially devoid of content.” 

In order to comply with the Ordinances, the owner or manager of a vacant building shall:

      • Submit the Vacant Building Registration application and filing fee of $200 by mail (you will be called upon receipt of your application and payment to schedule your inspection) or by visiting our Housing Department and schedule your appointment in person. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Correct any violations found during the inspection in a timely manner and schedule a reinspection;
      • Maintain compliance with the Vacant Building Owner Responsibilities;
      • Re-register every year, including paying the $200 fee and scheduling an inspection, that the property is vacant. 

There are four exceptions to the registration requirement:

      • A residential or commercial structure that is damaged by fire, so long as clean up, repair, or demolition is initiated within ninety (90) days of the date of the fire.
      • A resident on an extended vacation or in an alternative temporary living arrangement, with the intention of re-occupying the property.
      • A former University Heights owner-occupant who has moved and is actively attempting to sell his/her vacant home.
      • Estate of a deceased University Heights homeowner which is actively attempting to sell the vacant home.

Call the Housing and Community Development Department at (216 932-7800 with questions about the Vacant Building Registration Program.

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