Vacant buildings 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 Palm Springs now requires that vacant properties be registered with the Department of Building and Safety 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 10 days after becoming vacant. A commercial property where at least 35% or more of the total floor area within the building(s) is not occupied is considered a vacant property and must be registered. A separate registration form must be completed for each vacant property.