Open and Vacant Structures

Open Vacant Building

According to City code, a vacant structure that is not secured against entry is considered unsafe.

When abandoned houses remain open and unsecured, they provide opportunities for illegal activities like prostitution and drug sales. Vagrants can gain access to a structure and burn it down while trying to stay warm in winter months.

Abandoned businesses also can deteriorate, becoming eyesores and promoting urban blight. Code Officers and staff work every day to board up and secure these structures.

Violators are subject to fines up to $2,000.