What determines which structures have to be registered?
Per the ordinance all unoccupied buildings as follows:
Unoccupied Building means a Building or portion thereof which lacks the habitual presence of human beings who have a legal right to be on the Premises, including Buildings ordered vacated by the Director. In determining whether a Building is "unoccupied," the Director may consider these factors, among others:
(a) A Building at which substantially all lawful residential or business activity has ceased.
(b) The percentage of the overall square footage of occupied to unoccupied space or the overall number of occupied and unoccupied units shall be considered.
(c) The Building is substantially devoid of contents. The condition and value of fixtures or personal property in the Building are relevant to this determination.
(d) The Building lacks utility services, i.e., water, sewer, electric or natural gas.
(e) The Building is not actively for sale as part of a contractual agreement to sell the Building, the Building lacks "for sale," "for rent" or similar signage.
(f) The presence or recurrence of uncorrected code violations.
Vacant Building means a Building or portion of a Building which is:
(a) Unoccupied (i.e., an “Unoccupied Building”) and the subject of a mortgage foreclosure action; or
(b) Unoccupied and unsecured; or
(c) Unoccupied and meeting the Boarded Building definition of this chapter; or
(d) Unoccupied and a Dangerous Building or Structure; or
(e) Unoccupied and condemned by the Director pursuant to applicable provisions of this code; or
(f) Unoccupied and has multiple code violations; or
(g) Unoccupied and the Building or the Premises have been the site of unlawful activity within the previous ninety (90) days; or
(h) Unoccupied for over ninety (90) days and during which time the Director has issued an order to correct Public Nuisance conditions and same have not been corrected in a code compliant manner; or
(i) Unoccupied for over two (2) years.
A Vacant Building does not include Unoccupied Buildings which are actively undergoing construction, renovation, or rehabilitation and which are in compliance with all applicable ordinances, codes, legislation, and regulations, and for which construction, renovation or rehabilitation is proceeding diligently to completion.
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