Vacant property registration is required by City ordinance 081277 as of 2009. All unoccupied housing units within the City limits of Kansas City, Missouri must be registered with the City between May 1 and May 31 (actively rented structures are registered separately). There is no cost to register property within that time frame, but it must be registered or renewed each year. Newly vacant property must be registered within 90 days of the change in status; foreclosed property must be registered within 14 days. Vacant property which changes owners must be re-registered within 30 days.
You must register online. Contact Caroline McClain at 816-513-9010 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or need assistance with registration. If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you may search the online database.
Penalties for failure to register
Failing to register by June 1 (or within the grace period allowed for changes of ownership/status) will result in a $50 penalty for each month (or portion thereof) that the property is not registered or renewed, up to a maximum of $500. If your vacant property is discovered by City officials to be unregistered, you can also receive an administrative fine of up to $200 for failure to register under 56-375.
Registration renewal may be done anytime during the month of May; there is no registration fee if renewal is completed in a timely manner. Renewal is a simple process if no information has changed; login with the username/password issued originally, check the box near the bottom of the screen that says "I have verified that all of the above information is correct." and hit Submit.
A vacant dwelling is any property that lacks habitual presence of human beings who have a legal right to be on the property, or where any substantial lawful residential occupancy or business operations has ceased.
In determining whether a property is vacant, evidence or factors may be considered, such as:
- the proportion of vacant to occupied space;
- the condition and value of any items in the property;
- the presence of rental or for sale signs on the property.
Multi-family residential property containing five (5) or more dwelling units shall be considered vacant when the majority of all of the dwelling units become and remain unoccupied.
A property shall not be considered vacant which is being currently marketed by a licensed real estate professional and to which water service has not been shut off.