If a building is immediately dangerous to public health and safety, the City can condemn it on an emergency basis. A building that is hazardous, but has not reached the status of dangerous may or may not be condemned as being unfit for human habitation.If you believe that a building is hazardous or unfit for human habitation, call the DSI - Information & Complaints Office at 651-266-8989, or if you see that a condemned building is being occupied call the Police at 651-291-1111.


A condemned building cannot be occupied or used until the conditions which caused the condemnation are corrected. If it is occupied when it is condemned, it must be vacated promptly.

The owner of a condemned building retains title and responsibility for the building. It is not the same as a unit of government taking title to a building under eminent domain and compensating the owner.


The City posts a cardboard sign (placard) on a condemned building stating which City department condemned it, the date it must vacated, an order for it to remain vacant until the violations are corrected, and the penalties for removing or defacing the placard.

Reasons for Condemnation

A building may be condemned if it is:

  • Extremely dilapidated, damaged or deteriorated, so that it is likely to collapse or become an unattractive nuisance
  • A fire hazard
  • A severe health hazard
  • Infested with rodent or vermin
  • Lacking is basic facilities such as water, electricity, and heat
  • In violation of other code requirements that make it dangerous to occupants or the public

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Last Edited: March 2, 2017