Development Services

Vacant Lot Registry

All vacant lots in the City of Long Beach must be registered with the Vacant Lot Registry. This program goes hand in hand with the Foreclosure Registry and Vacant Building Monitoring Program to protect neighborhoods from upticks in crime and decreased property values associated with abandoned properties.

The Vacant Lot Registry, along with enhanced maintenance, upkept standards, and proactive inspections, can help mitigate the negative impacts associated with vacant lots while creating opportunities for residents and potential developers to activate such lots for community-serving uses and development opportunities.


Vacant Lots Map & Database

A Vacant Lot Database and map are publicly available for residents and potential developers. City staff periodically reviews demolition permits and works with the community to identify new vacant lots.


Urban Agriculture and Community-Supporting Uses

Activating vacant lots to serve the community has many benefits. Allowing the lot to become an opportunity site for urban agriculture, a pocket park or community garden may qualify the lot owner for a fee waiver from the Vacant Lot Registry. In addition, tax incentives are available to lot owners who allow urban agriculture on vacant lots for a minimum of five years through the City’s Urban Agricultural Incentive Zone (AB 551) Implementation Ordinance.

On average, produce purchased in Los Angeles County travels 1,500 miles before consumption. Prioritizing local urban agriculture allows our community to grow more self-sufficient and resilient—especially in the face of climate impacts—while helping the environment by reducing carbon emissions.


Background Information

  • The Vacant Lot Registry was adopted by the Long Beach City Council in October 2017. View the ordinance, presentation, and video from the meeting.
  • The City Council heard results of staff research to develop a vacant lot registry in June 2017. View the staff report and video from the meeting.

Questions or Referrals? 

To report a vacant lot not listed on the registry or for more information, contact the Long Beach Code Enforcement at (562) 570-2633.