Arcadia Vacant House Registration Opens May 5

Vacant houses in escrow and construction are exempt from registration. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News


The Arcadia City Council adopted an Unoccupied Residence Registration Ordinance which will go into effect May 5. The Ordinance establishes regulations and registration requirements for unoccupied residences in the City of Arcadia.

The purpose of the registry is to protect neighborhoods from the adverse effects of unoccupied residences that are not adequately maintained and to be able to directly communicate with property owners or their designated agents when issues at their properties occur. The registry will provide the City with a reliable contact when issues such as property maintenance or health and safety matters arise at the residence.

An unoccupied residence is a property that has not been occupied for at least 30 days. Houses that are actively under construction, are in escrow to be sold or transferred, or are being actively marketed by an identified listing agent, will not be considered unoccupied.

As part of the registration requirement, the property owner will be required to register his/her contact information and at least two (2) other authorized agents, with one contact designated as being available on a 24-hour basis. The 24-hour contact must be local and able to respond to problems at the property within one (1) hour of receiving a telephone notice. In lieu of the two (2) authorized agents, the property owner may enlist a property management company that is located within 20 miles of the City and that can respond within one (1) hour and on a 24-hour basis.

There is no fee to register an unoccupied residence. Property owners will be able to register at Arcadia City Hall, or online at beginning May 5.

For more information, please contact the Development Services Department at (626) 574-5432 or

April 26, 2017

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