I am doing everything I can to maintain my building and find a tenant. Can I get any relief from these requirements?
Yes. The ordinance is actually designed to incentivize rehabilitation, marketing of vacant buildings, and accommodate challenging circumstances. The following exemptions are possible:

Buildings that are vacant due to fire or extreme weather damage are exempt from registration and fees for a period of 90 days from the date of the fire or extreme weather event.

If a vacant building has a valid building permit for renovation, the building is exempt from registration until the expiration of the longest-running, active building permit.

Government agencies are exempt from registration and fees.

Annual renewal fees (after the first year) may be reduced by 50% if the building has no outstanding notices or orders regarding code violations.

A fee will be refunded if a building is successfully renovated and occupied within a year of fee payment.

The initial registration fee may be waived for up to a year if there is proof the building is being actively marketed for sale or lease.

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1. Why is the City requiring registration of vacant commercial and industrial buildings?
2. What about vacant residential properties?
3. What exactly is considered to be a vacant commercial or industrial building?
4. What am I required to do if I own a vacant commercial or industrial building?
5. What is the deadline for registration?
6. What if my building is occupied now but might become vacant in the future?
7. I am doing everything I can to maintain my building and find a tenant. Can I get any relief from these requirements?
8. What is considered to be active marketing of a vacant commercial or industrial building?
9. What happens if I want to sell the property?