Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefront Frequently Asked Questions

Vacant Storefront1. Have you recently acquired property which had been placed on the Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefront list, and you wish to remove or deregister it as being currently occupied?

If title recently acquired by ownership or lease agreement is being occupied by you, you must provide proof of occupancy in order for the department to deregister your property from the Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefront list. Such proof of occupancy may be determined from the submittal of the following:

          1. A copy of your most recent PG&E or gas and electric statement indicatingproperty address
          2. A copy of your most recent Recology or garbage statement indicating propertyaddress
          3. A copy of your most recent PUC or water statement indicating property address
          4. A copy of your most current lease or rental agreement indicating propertyaddress

2. Have you recently been issued a valid Building Permit Application for rehabilitation or construction of the Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefront?

Depending upon the type and scope of the building permit issued, you can contact the Building Inspector directly to ascertain if said permit will enable you to deregister the property from the Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefront list. Proof of permit activity would be a copy of the signed Job Card. You may contact the Code Enforcement Section at (415) 558-6454 with any questions.

3. What if the Commercial Storefront (1) complies with all applicable codes, (2) does not contribute to blight and (3) the owner or leaseholder has filed or is actively seeking to obtain permits for rehabilitation and occupancy of commercial storefront?

If so, you should provide verification indicating this activity, including proof of working with various city agencies and progress of file application.

4. Have you recently sold property or had a transfer of interest in property that had been placed on the Vacant or Abandoned list, and you no longer wish to be identified as the owner of record?

If you have recently sold property or had a transfer of interest in property that had been placed on the Vacant or Abandoned list, simply notify our office that you are deregistering as the responsible party. Once informed, we will send a Vacant or Abandoned Commercial Storefront annual application package to the new owner of record, according to the Office of the Assessor-Recorder. 

5. I received notice of a Director’s Hearing, when are they scheduled?

Director’s Hearings for the Vacant or Abandoned Building/Commercial Storefront Program are scheduled for the first and third Friday of each month unless otherwise noted. The exact time and date of your hearing will be in your Director’s Hearing notice. To view upcoming Director's Hearing meeting schedule, please visit https://sfdbi.org/meetings/23.