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Vacant Property Registration

Registration, Maintenance And Security Of Vacant Buildings

In accordance to El Centro Municipal Code Chapter 7, Article XX, vacant lots or structures can be a source of blight in both residential and non-residential neighborhoods, especially if these buildings are not properly maintained.  Even one vacant building which is not actively maintained and managed can become a burden to the community, becoming the core and cause of spreading blight.

The City of El Centro now requires that vacant properties be registered with the Community Development Department so that we may work in partnership with property owners to ensure our City’s standards are met and maintained. 

Vacant properties, including single-family homes, must be registered as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after becoming vacant.  A separate registration form must be completed for each vacant property.

There is no cost for the initial registration and the annual registration renewal fee is $50. Vacant property registration from may be downloaded from the Application and Fees webpage.

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