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Vacant or Abandoned Buildings

Vacant Building with Notice

Vacant or abandoned properties are community eyesores, and also pose threats as public safety hazards and shelters of criminal activity. These buildings often are deteriorated beyond repair, overgrown with vegetation, and act as potential dumping grounds for debris and other hazardous materials. These lots attract vagrants and often harbor illegal activities.  

Legislation passed under Ordinance 194-09 (Residential) and Ordinance 182-14 (Commercial) require property owners responsible for these lots to register their buildings with DBI. The code calls for an annual registration fee, maintenance and security requirements. The intentions of these laws are to prompt owners to improve abandoned buildings, restore them to proper code, and have them returned to community use. Property owner information is required to be posted visibly on a vacant building.

If you suspect a vacant or abandoned building in your neighborhood, you may report the address to DBI’s Code Enforcement Services at (415) 558-6454 or by email at dbi.codeenforcement@sfgov.org.

RESIDENTIAL

DBI LAUNCHES VACANT PROPERTY OWNER NOTIFICATIONS;
NEW ORDINANCE REQUIRES ANNUAL VACANT BUILDING REGISTRATION FEE

COMMERCIAL 

DBI LAUNCHES COMMERICAL VACANT STOREFRONT REGISTRATION

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