Owners of vacant property in Phoenix must now register with the city

By Christina Estes
Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - 11:50am
Updated: Wednesday, January 3, 2024 - 7:36am

A vacant lot in north Phoenix
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A vacant lot in north Phoenix.

Some Phoenix property owners are now required to register with the city.

The Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department's Vacant Property Registry officially opened online Jan. 1.

In December, the Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance creating the registry

Owners of vacant lots over 10,000 square feet, along with commercial properties and residential properties with more than 50 units that are vacant more than 30 days must register online. 

When owners register, the city will provide information and resources on crime prevention through environmental design and property maintenance standards. Owners will also be offered tools to prevent the most common complaints like graffiti and trespassing. For example, a graffiti removal waiver that allows city staff to access the property and a private property outreach waiver to allow Office of Homeless Solutions staff or contractors to access the property to provide outreach and offer services.

Enforcement will begin in February and could involve fines between $500 and $2,500 if violations are not corrected.