Vacant Building Standards

See also: Buildings Unfit for Human Habitation, Vacant Buildings

What Is It?

Vacant buildings in Seattle must be secured and maintained to prevent unauthorized entry and deterioration from the weather. Premises also need to be kept free of debris, overgrown vegetation, parked cars, and graffiti. Seattle’s Housing and Building Maintenance Code contains our vacant building maintenance standards.

Vacant buildings that do not meet our standards or are in the development process will be placed in the vacant building monitoring program. We will inspect buildings in this program monthly. We will charge you fees ranging from $336.82 to $781.84 depending on if your building is open to entry and if there are uncorrected violations. Buildings that have 3 consecutive monthly inspections with no violations found will be removed from the program.

What It Isn’t

This ordinance does not cover:

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Nathan Torgelson, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
Phone: (206) 684-8600
Phone Alt: Violation Complaint Line: (206) 615-0808
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SDCI issues land use, construction, and trade permits, conducts construction and housing-related inspections, ensures compliance with our codes, and regulates rental rules. SDCI is committed to an antiracist workplace and to addressing racism through our work in the community.