Hornell, NY, embraces vacant property registration ordinance to handle community blight

Hornell, NY: The City has embraced a vacant property registration ordinance program in order to reduce blight and get a better handle on remediation measures necessary for properties likely to be in code violation.

Registration is due with the Code Department, and must include current contact information as well as a plan involving at least one of the following:


     1. A demolition plan indicating the proposed time frame for demolition.

     2. A plan for the securing of the building, if it is to remain vacant, with an explanation of all procedures to be used to maintain the property in accordance with the City ordinances, and an explanation of why the building is to remain vacant.

     3. A rehabilitation plan for returning the property to appropriate occupancy or use, which must be submitted to the Codes Office; the rehabilitation plan cannot exceed 365 days, unless specifically granted permission from the City.


Registration is $250 for the first year, and due within 30 days of the property becoming vacant. For the second year the fee is $500, then $1,000 for the third year, $1,500 for the fourth year, and caps at $2,000 for the fifth year and each following year.

New owners of properties must register or re-register within 30 days of transfer of ownership, and fees paid may be prorated or refunded if the vacancy status of the building is remedied within 180 days of its registration.

Any violation of the code may be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 and/or 15 days in jail; with each day a violation exists considered a separate offense.




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