Vacant Property

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 vacant buildings which have not been registered by an owner. The City of Chicago takes improperly maintained vacant buildings seriously. Through this website:

  • Members of the public can obtain and track information about vacant buildings anywhere in the City of Chicago, as well as information about pending enforcement cases in the City’s Department of Administrative Hearings or the Circuit Court of Cook County involving vacant buildings
  • An owner of a vacant building can register the building as required by ordinance, pay all applicable registration fees (by credit card or electronic check) and provide updated information to the City regarding a registered building
  • A mortgagee of a vacant building can register the building as required by ordinance, pay all applicable registration fees (by credit card or electronic check), and provide updated information to the City regarding a registered building

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