In order to address the negative impact of improperly maintained vacant buildings
on its neighborhoods, the City of Chicago has adopted registration and maintenance
requirements applicable to the owners of all vacant buildings and the mortgagees
of certain vacant residential buildings which have not been registered by an owner.
The City of Chicago takes improperly maintained buildings seriously. Through this
Use the “Search Vacant Buildings By” feature in the upper right corner of this page
to find information about vacant buildings that have been found in violation of
the City’s vacant building requirements by the Department of Buildings. No account
is required to use this feature.
Register a Vacant Building as Owner (login
The City of Chicago requires that an owner of a vacant building register the building
with the City once it is vacant for more than 30 days. Each owner of a vacant building
is also required to secure, insure, and maintain that building as required by ordinance.
Registration must be renewed every six months. Failure to comply with these requirements
may result in significant penalties.
The registered owner of a vacant building will receive a daily e-mail report of
public service requests (3-1-1 calls) and police activity at the property, including
911 calls. If you register a property, you must deregister the property if it is
reoccupied, sold, or demolished.
Click here for a summary of
the ordinance requirements applicable to owners of vacant buildings. The applicable
ordinance can be found in Chapter 13-12 of the
Municipal Code of Chicago .
Register a Vacant Building as Mortgagee (login
Effective November 19, 2011, a mortgagee of a vacant residential building must register
the building if the mortgage is in default and the owner has failed to register
the building as required. Such a mortgagee is also required to secure the building
and perform certain maintenance. Registration must be renewed every six months. Register
the building ONLY if it is vacant. Do not register a building as vacant when it is
occupied – even if the mortgage is at default. If you are a mortgagee, always register
your buildings as a MORTGAGEE. A mortgagee registering their building as a private owner
is a violation of the Chicago Vacant Building Registration code and may result in
invalidation of your registration.
A property must be deregistered if the loan is transferred or released or if the
building is reoccupied, sold, or demolished. A new owner registration must be created
by any person who takes title to a vacant building following a judicial sale or
other foreclosure-related transfer, including a registered mortgagee, within 30
days of taking ownership.
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of the ordinance requirements applicable to mortgagees. The applicable ordinance
can be found in Sections 13-12-126 to 13-12-128 of the
Municipal Code of Chicago .
For questions or comments regarding vacant buildings, please email email@example.com
or call the Department of Buildings at (312) 743-7200.