Purpose of Community Development

At any given time, 6,000 to 7,000 properties (structures and lots) in Louisville Metro are reported as vacant. This determination is made by the city’s Code Enforcement Officers, who are out in the field inspecting properties every day. These numbers constantly change for many reasons, including evictions, foreclosures, deaths, demolition, rehabilitation, new construction, sales and re-occupancies. These numbers do not include vacant properties that may exist but have not been reported or verified as vacant by Code Enforcement Officers or that are owned by Metro Government or its partnerships.
The term "abandoned" is applied to vacant structures or lots that fit the following criteria: 

  1. A property maintenance violation is open on the structure or lot.
  2. It has been determined by a Code Enforcement Officer to be “vacant” at least one (1) year.
  3. It has been referred to Metro for abatement action (cleaning, mowing, boarding, or demolition).

The Community Development Office ("CDO") recognizes that a healthy city is dependent upon healthy neighborhoods. By reducing the number of vacant and abandoned properties, we can improve the vibrancy, safety, and value of our existing neighborhoods, making Louisville a better place to live, work, and play. 

As part of this initiative, Louisville Metro will:

  • Provide counseling to prevent home foreclosures
  • Provide assistance to maintain vacant properties
  • Collect liens on properties with code violations and foreclose on properties as needed
  • Sell or donate properties owned by the city for uses that will benefit the local community
  • Demolish properties that are past the point of restoration

If you need information about a vacant property, please feel free to submit an Open Records request to the CDO.

The Community Development Office is located in the Metro Development Center, Suite 500, at 444 South Fifth Street.  See the below map for directions.