What is “Demolition by Neglect?”
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.