Vacant Building's mission is to bring buildings back to productive use. VB responds to complaints from citizens, Council, and other District agencies and makes a determination of a buildings occupancy status through building surveys. VBE reaches out to owners of vacant buildings, and maintains a list of all vacant and blighted buildings within the District of Columbia. This list is used by the Office of Tax and Revenue in reclassifying vacant buildings to the higher property tax rate of Class 3 (vacant) or Class 4 (blighted), as mandated in the DC Official Code.
The Vacant Building division's concerted efforts and their results (Abatements, Inspections, Registered, Unregistered, and Exempted properties) in each ward of the city are shown the charts in the Vacant Building Reports.
If you own a vacant building, have been contacted by VBE, or want to report a vacant building, please follow one of the links below:
- Vacant Property Frequently Asked Questions
- Determine Whether to Register a Building
- Verify Your Property Is Occupied
Please report potential vacant properties directly to DCRA through the District’s 311 system. You may report by either calling 311, visiting the 311.dc.gov, using the mobile app (DC311), using the online live chat feature during standard business hours, texting DC311, or tweeting to @311dcgov. Please have the exact address of the property before making a complaint.
Address: 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 442-4332
Fax: (202) 442-9564
TTY: (202) 123-4567