Abandoned/Dangerous Buildings

A dangerous building is a house or any other building that shows serious defects, unsafe conditions, or is vacant and open to trespass.

Dangerous Building Ordinance - Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Section 12-11-28

Demolition Suspension

See the Detroit Demolition Program page for full information regarding the suspension of demolitions.

Through June 2020, only Emergency Demolitions will be prioritized.

Starting in July 2020, additional buildings will be prioritized for demolition.


Emergency Demolition

Emergency Demolition Orders are issued when, in the opinion of the Building Official, conditions of a building, structure, or any part of a structure are found to be structurally unsound, unsafe, dangerous, imminent danger and/or poses an actual and immediate threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public. Examples may include but are not limited to. leaning, bowing and/or missing walls, or a building collapsed into basement leaving a void.



If your property has been ordered demolished (ODM) by City Council. You must apply for a deferral in order to have it removed. To apply visit Dangerous Buildings at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 4th floor Suite 418. See following process:

Commercial & Residential Process

  1. Request Application

  2. Pay all required fees

  3.  Submit Application with required documents

  4. Residential: Property owner(s) are allowed 180 days for complete compliance from date City Council approves deferral. Must schedule and pass pre-sale inspection and obtain Certificate of Compliance within 180 day time frame.

  5. Commercial: Property owner(s) must provide progress update at 45 days; 90 days; 135 days and meet conditions of the deferral. Provide proof of Certificate of Compliance at 180 days from date City Council approves deferral.

Deferral Application



Lis Pendes 

E-mail [email protected]  to request a Release of Lis Pendens. You must provide a contact number, e-mail address, copy of the recorded Lis Pendens, current deed, photos showing the condition of the property (front and back), and a return mailing address. The Lis Pendens will be mailed, once approved and any fee’s owed paid.