Vacant buildings in Richmond: Where are they and who owns them? (October 2015)

10/20/2015 10:39 AM by

The City of Richmond Planning and Development Review Department recently updated their Vacant Building List for the first time since the end of 2013. The current version has just over 1,600 vacant properties, up from 1,370 in January 2013.

From the city’s site:

The data in the Vacant Building List is collected by the City of Richmond Property Maintenance Division and is extracted from information collected by Inspectors during their daily inspections. It is not a violation for a building to be vacant but when a building is found to be vacant, it is noted in the department’s tracking system and the property is monitored until such time as it is reoccupied and code compliant.


A building must be registered with the Commissioner of Buildings when it has been continuously vacant for over 12 months and meets the definition of “derelict” as found in the Code of Virginia §15.2-907.1. Registration requires the completion of the registry form and submission of the $100.00 annual fee.

Earlier version of the city’s list of vacant houses were used to power Vacant Richmond before they went off the air. Richmond Slumlord Watch gave a look into who owned some of the vacants around the city while it was up and running. The topic has been enough of an issue that we even have a tag for “vacant” to help tie together all of the stories that have come up. It was a reader-contributed story about a vacant house that originally put CHPN on a lot of folks’ radar.

While there are vacants in much of the city, there are noticeably higher densities of vacant houses in North Highland Park, a band across Fairmount/Church Hill North, and Southside east of Jeff Davis Highway. A mapping of the owners of the vacant houses gives a more evenly distributed picture across the entire metro region (with a surprising number of out-of-state owners). Also, a large number of the vacant house listings provide the address of the vacant house as the address of the owner.

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Vacant Buildings in Richmond, VA (October 2015)

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Owners of Vacant Buildings in Richmond, VA (October 2015)

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The data is from the City of Richmond on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at approximately 9:00 AM. Mapping via Google Fusion.




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