Detroit Demolition Department

Detroit Demolition Funding and Upcoming Project Status


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Demolition Text Message Updates

Get info on demolitions around your home and in your neighborhood with a text or an interactive map. For the text messaging service, follow the steps below:

Text an Address to (313) 254-DEMO (3366), to receive:

  • Listing of demolitions within 500 feet of address provided and the approximate demo date.
  • Safety Precautions and Health Tips on upcoming demolitions in their neighborhood .  Full list of Safety Tips.



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Proposal N

On the November 3rd ballot, Detroit residents approved Proposal N for Neighborhoods, a comprehensive plan to address 16,000 vacant houses in Detroit through rehabilitation or demolition. Proposal N allows the City of Detroit to sell $250 million in Neighborhood Improvement Bonds.

The first list of properties slated for rehabilitation/preservation under Prop N

The first list of properties slated for demolition under Prop N

View Map of Properties slated for rehabilitation/preservation and demolition under Prop N


Guidelines Effective June 2020


Emergency Demolitions Only

Emergency Demolitions will be prioritized when an official from the Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) issues an Emergency Order to Demolish because the building is in imminent danger of collapse with an occupied structure on one or more sides or onto a Right of Way.


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 the basement leaving a void. Only Building officials from BSEED have the ability to determine if a property qualifies for an emergency demolition.



Detroit Demolition Work Completed Since 2014


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Other Safety Measures

Until demolition funding becomes available, all houses in the demolition pipeline should be boarded up. If you need to report a house reboarded, please visit Improve Detroit section, then select "Reboard House Request".

Before and After Demolition
20050 Carrie -Before and after demolition and side lot
Before and After Demo 2
Near 13121 Klinger - Before and after demolition

How to Get a Non-Emergency Building on the Future Demolition List?

Contact your District Manager:

Detroit City's Demolition Program Information:

  • Safety is Always First: As the nation's largest and safest demolition program, the city provides a text messaging program advising residents of upcoming demolitions and safety precautions to take.
  • Detroit Based Business Focus: $178+ million in demolition contracts were awarded to Detroit-based and Detroit-headquartered businesses. $80+ million awarded to minority-owned businesses.
  • Detroit Demo Ranks High in Environmental Standards: U.S. EPA recognized the high environmental standards used, saying, “Having completed a major overhaul of the demolition process, Detroit’s new demolition practices balance speed, cost and environmental performance.” (September 8, 2014)
  • Removing Detroit’s Blight: Since 2014, Detroit has taken down  vacant buildings in neighborhoods.
  • Increasing Detroit’s Property Values: A recent study shows Detroit's approach to clustering demolitions in target areas resulted in a property value increase. 90% average increase in Detroit property values (Source: Zillow 2013-2018)