Aurora City Council unanimously approves amended vacant property registration program

Aurora, IL: An ordinance amendment begun in July 2015 to establish a vacant and foreclosure registration system passed City Council on Tuesday evening.

Under the new rules, a residential or commercial structure vacant for six months will have to register and pay a $250 fee, with another $250 due every six months thereafter until the two-year mark.

At the two-year mark, the property owner will be asked to submit to the city a plan for marketing the property or other plans to handle the vacancy. If a plan is submitted, the property owner will continue to pay $250 every six months until vacancy has ceased.

If no plan is submitted and approved, the fee will increase to $500 every six months. The check-in for a plan would occur every year from then on.

To assist property owners with creating plans for vacant properties, a referral to Invest Aurora, the city’s nonprofit redevelopment corporation, will be offered.




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