Civil Enforcement - Boarded and Vacant Buildings

City ordinance 18.48 provides for the temporary securing of buildings and the maintenance of the buildings while boarded. The purpose of boarding is to provide minimum requirements for the protection of life, limb, health, property, safety and welfare of the general public and the owners and occupants of buildings within the city and to provide for correction of violations.

Click here to read the ordinance in its entirety.

Boarding Permits

Boarding of buildings requires a boarding permit. Click here to download the permit. It is illegal to board a building without such a permit.

Boarding must be completed within ten days of the issuance of a permit.


Yearly fees are required for boarded buildings:

  • $799.00 for each structure
  • $1369.00 annual fee
  • $7.00 for a plumbing permit to install the external irrigation hose bib, if required and not already present