The Board-up Program is designed to secure any vacant structure that is open to unlawful entry as defined by Kansas City code of ordinances, Section 48-31.
Any property that is inspected and is found to be open to unauthorized or unlawful entry will be processed according to the following emergency procedure (currently, all structures open to entry are considered an emergency situation by the City):
- Notice is sent to the owner by mail and posting the property (and by phone if possible, through the vacant/rental property registration databases and duly registered agents listed therein);
- Per ordinance this is a courtesy notice only! All reasonable efforts are used to obtain compliance from the property owner before the City takes action, but the City's primary goal is to prevent harm and secure the structure.
- If the condition is not corrected or the owner/agent is unreachable, the City will have a contractor secure the building;
- The cost of hiring the contractor, plus an administrative fee, will be assessed as a lien against the property;
- A special tax bill will be issued and considered a personal debt of the property owner, as authorized by Chapter 48 and 56 of the code of ordinances;
- Failure to secure an open building within the allotted time may also result in prosecution of the property owner.
If you know of a structure that is open to entry, please report this condition to the 3-1-1 Action Center. For more information about the Board-up Program, contact:
Code Enforcement Manager