DC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER & REGUALTORY AFFAIRS Vacant Property Program DC CODE SECTION 42-3131.05 Registration of Vacant Buildings October 4, 2010. MISSION.
DC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER & REGUALTORY AFFAIRSVacant Property ProgramDC CODE SECTION 42-3131.05 Registration of Vacant BuildingsOctober 4, 2010
To improve the social and economic health of the District of Columbia by returning vacant properties to productive use and ensuring that owners maintain such properties as clean, safe and secure.
The Vacant Property Unit (VPU) is responsible for investigating, surveying and classifying vacant properties through proactive inspections, complaints from residents and referrals from other agencies and organizations.
Other indicia of vacancy
(b) Vacant & Blighted
(1) Doors, windows, areaways, and other openings are weather-tight and secured against entry by birds, vermin, and trespassers, and missing or broken doors, windows, and other openings are secure;
(2) The roof and flashing are sound and tight, will not admit moisture…;
(3) The building storm drainage system is adequately sized and installed;
(4) The interior and exterior is maintained in good repair, structurally sound, free from debris, rubbish, and garbage, and sanitary;
(5) The structural members are free of deterioration and capable of safely bearing imposed dead and live loads;
(6) The foundation walls are plumb, free from open cracks and breaks, and vermin-proof;
(7) The exterior walls are free of holes, breaks, and loose or rotting materials, and exposed metal and wood surfaces are protected;
(8) The cornices, belt courses, corbels, terra cotta trim, wall facings, and similar decorative features are safe, anchored, and in good repair;
(9) All balconies, canopies, marquees, signs, metal awnings, stairways, fire escapes, standpipes, exhaust ducts, and similar features are in good repair;
(10) Chimneys, cooling towers, smokestacks, and similar appurtenances are structurally safe, sound, and in good repair;
(11) Openings in sidewalks are safe for pedestrian travel;
(12) Accessory and appurtenant structures such as garages, sheds, and fences are free from safety, health, and fire hazards; and
(13) The property on which a structure is located is clean, safe, and sanitary and does not threaten the public health or safety.
1. VPU designates property as vacant
Owner submits vacant property application and requests one of the exemptions.
2. Exemption denied and Denial of Registration Exemption is issued.
3. Owner may petition agency for reconsideration within 15 days. Agency has 30 days to issue final Notice of Final Determination (NFD)
4. Within 45 days of NFD owner may file appeal with BRPPA (only if a NFD was issued).