Why did the city adopt the vacant buildings code?

To ensure a safe and desirable community.  Feedback from recent outreach efforts and surveys indicated repeat concerns with empty, underutilized buildings and buildings in poor condition.  Studies also indicate a strong need for more housing.  Oskaloosa’s comprehensive plan includes a vision to improve quality of life, with goals for quality neighborhoods and a range of housing types, encouraging reinvestment and enhancement, conservation rather than demolition, and improving safety.  One of the adopted action steps is to create a vacant building registry with inspection procedures.  This will help the city ensure buildings are safe, secure, and maintained with no code violations or illicit activity. 

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1. Why did the city adopt the vacant buildings code?
2. Do I need to register my building?
3. How much does this cost?
4. What is considered a “vacant building”?
5. What is considered “unoccupied”?
6. What do I need to provide with registration?
7. What is the deadline to register my building?
8. What if I have more than one building on my property?
9. Must I register if my building is partially vacant?
10. If I use my building for storage, do I need to register it?
11. Do I need to register my vacant lot?
12. Are there any exemptions?
13. How long is my registration valid?
14. Can I get a refund if my vacant building later becomes occupied or is sold?
15. What is the penalty for not registering my building?
16. What are the standards for vacant building inspections?
17. Am I required to occupy my vacant building?
18. I received a letter from the city but my building is not vacant. What do I do?
19. Can I file an appeal?