Changes to Rules for Vacant Buildings

On September 8, the Mayor signed Ordinance 125399, which updates provisions for the maintenance and demolition of vacant buildings. The ordinance becomes effective on October 9, 2017.

The amendments to the Housing and Building Maintenance Code (Title 22) and the Land Use Code (Title 23) are:

  • Strengthen standards for securing vacant buildings
  • Establish an expedited process for removal of garbage and other debris from sites with vacant buildings
  • Establish an expedited process for demolition of hazardous vacant buildings
  • Reduce the amount of time that a residential building must remain vacant before we can issue a demolition permit

If you have questions about the adopted legislation, please email or call Christina Ghan at christina.ghan@seattle.gov (206-233-3749).