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Unoccupied Residences

The City's Unoccupied Residence Registration Ordinance went into effect on May 5, 2017. Ordinance No. 2346 establishes regulations and registration requirements for unoccupied residences in the City.  An unoccupied residence is a building or structure intended for use as a single-family residence that has been vacant for a period of at least 30 days.  The registry provides the City with a reliable contact when issues such as property maintenance or health and safety matters arise at the residence.  Houses that are actively under construction, in escrow to be sold or transferred, or being actively marketed by an identified listing agent are not considered unoccupied.  See Ordinance No. 2346

As of July 1, 2021, an annual registration fee of $1,492 is required for the Unoccupied Residence Registration. The fee will allow the City to continue regular inspections of these properties to help ensure they remain secured, well-maintained, and do not become a nuisance to the community. Registration of unoccupied residences is required and includes providing up-to-date contact information for the property owner, contact information for two authorized persons, with at least one being available on a 24-hour basis, as well as the annual fee. In lieu of providing two authorized contacts, property owners may designate a property management company as their contact. The property management company should be located within 20 miles of the unoccupied residence and be available on a 24-hour basis. Property owners of unoccupied residences, including those that are already listed on the registry, may register at Arcadia City Hall or online.

Click here to submit an Unoccupied Registration Form online.
Click here for payment information.


Code Services Division
(626) 574-5432

Published: July 27, 2021