What is “Demolition by Neglect?”

by Andrew Shaffer  on June 27, 2018 | | No comments

Demolition by Neglect can occur through lack of maintenance that enables a historic property to deteriorate until it becomes a safety hazard. Many jurisdictions have ordinances that require all properties to be adequately maintained that can prevent this type of demolition. Contact your jurisdiction’s Code Compliance Inspectors for assistance. “Mothballing,” another strategy to prevent Demolition by Neglect, physically stabilizes and secures properties until they can be rehabilitated. All designated historic properties follow the State Historic Building Code for repair and rehabilitation, which is also Chapter 9 of the Universal Building Code.

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the California Preservation Foundation’s Engagement Director. His job includes sharing stories of CPF’s work and collaborating with members and partner organizations on preservation issues across California. Prior to joining CPF, he studied at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in LGBTQ history, preservation, and activism. Andrew is a transplant to San Francisco and loves showing off his adopted hometown to people from all over the world.