Register a Vacant Property

The San Marino City Council adopted an ordinance that went into effect on June 15, 2017. Ordinance S.M.C.C. 14.18.01 establishes regulations and registration requirements for Uninhabited Residential Properties (URPO) in the City of San Marino.

This Ordinance was enacted to mitigate the public safety issues that can arise when residential properties are uninhabited for extended periods of time, issues that may pose a threat to the uninhabited property, a neighboring property, or a neighboring resident. This may include but is not limited to a call or calls for service to which Public Safety personnel respond.

For the purpose of this Ordinance, a residential property would be considered uninhabited if no person has lived in the residence on a day-to-day basis for a period of 60 consecutive days or longer. Periodic visits to a property by a third party would not constitute inhabitation.

As part of the registration requirement, the property owner will need to provide their current contact information and well as contact information for a minimum of three (3) additional “authorized parties” who can respond to their property in the event a public safety issue arises. An “authorized party” means a designee having authority to act on the property owner’s behalf and who can respond within one (1) hour to the property after telephone notification by the City.

As an alternative to having three (3) or more contacts, a property management company that can respond within one (1) hour on a 24-hour basis, can be provided as the authorized contact providing the property owner has made the appropriate arrangements with the company.

There is a $50 annual registration fee, and property owners will be able to register and pay at the San Marino Police Department. 

Registering your home
You can either fill out and bring the completed application to the San Marino Police Department, or complete the online form here and staff will follow up with you. 


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