Vacant Property Registration Ordinance (VPRO)
Beginning on December 1, 2021, in accordance with the passing of the Vacant Property Registration Ordinance (City Code section 12.5-54), the owner of any property vacant for at least one year must register that property with The City of Frederick.
The registration requirement applies to all nonresidential buildings and mixed-use buildings. A "nonresidential" property is one not devoted to exclusive residential use (which may include, but is not limited to, a single-family dwelling unit, townhouse, or condominium). Buildings located in the DB, DBO, MU-1, and MU-2, and zoning districts with a ground-level designed for nonresidential occupancy are considered vacant if more than fifty (50) percent of the occupiable square footage of the portion of the first floor immediately adjacent to a public right-of-way is vacant.
All owners of nonresidential or mixed-use buildings that have been vacant for at least one year as of December 1, 2021, are required to register the property by that date. If at any time after December 1, 2021, a nonresidential or mixed-use building becomes vacant for at least 1 year, owners are required to register the property at that time. The failure of an owner of a vacant property to register when required or to comply with inspection requirements or maintenance standards is a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). Each day a violation continues will be deemed a separate offense.
This applies to non-residential and mixed-use buildings only.
If your property is vacant as of December 1, 2020, the owner shall register the property on or before December 1, 2021.
Properties that become vacant after December 1, 2020, shall register within one year after the property becomes vacant or within 30 days of receipt of a vacant building notice.
The ability to report a vacant property will become available on December 1, 2021.