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The process of vacant property registration undergoes the following general steps:
Owners of vacant residential and commercial properties must register by the earliest of the following three events:
Property is considered "vacant" if:
Applicants must fill out an application form on the Vacant Property Registration website for a Vacant Property Registration Certificate. The bank, lender, or other financial institution or its responsible agent or servicing company shall submit a $250 registration fee and register the property in the name of the lien holder on the application form.
Property owners can consult Section 39-4 - Minimum requirements for vacant property for the Village codes to familiarize themselves with the exterior and interior maintenance standards needed to keep a property in good standing.
Applicants for a Vacant Property Registration Certificate must submit a $250 application fee upon submission of the application.
Certificates are valid for one year from the date of issuance. The annual renewal fee is $250.
Issuance of a Vacant Property Registration Certificate does not excuse owners from normal obligations in regards to property maintenance. Citations arising from code violations may be issued independently by Police Officers, Building Inspectors, or other code enforcement officers if code violations are not addressed promptly.
Fees that are left unpaid will be attached to the current tax bill for the unregistered property.