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Register Your Vacant Building

Vacant Property

If your building is vacant, DC Official Code § 42-3131.06 requires that you register your vacant building with the Vacant Building Enforcement unit within 30 days of it becoming vacant. Failure to register your building can result in civil and/or criminal penalties of $2,000 in fines per violation and up to 90 days imprisonment.

You must register online to register your building within 30 days of the date of this letter, along with a $250 registration fee.


Your property will be taxed at the Class 3 real property tax rate -- currently $5.00 per $100 of assessed value. In addition, all vacant properties must meet certain maintenance standards per DC Official Code §42-3131.12, which are listed here.

You can now utilize the online registration portal designed to identify vacant or blighted buildings and verify occupied buildings. Property owners also have the option to use this new tool to request an exemption, as well as pay any fees associated online. 

If you are experiencing any technical issues with "Registering your Vacant Property" online please contact us at (202) 442-9502.

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