Unsafe Structures

Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Code Sec. 8-5


A building shall be deemed a fire hazard and/or unsafe if:

  1. Vacant, unguarded and open at doors or windows
  2. There is a accumulation of debris or other material therein representing a hazard of combustion
  3. The building condition creates hazards with respect to means of egress and fire protection
  4. It exhibits signs of structural stress such as cracks, unusual sagging, rotting of wood members, termite damage, or if ceilings, walls and roofs are collapsing or caving-in
  5. Water service is disconnected
  6. Work is performed without proper permits and inspections
  7. As additionally defined in Chapter 8 of the Miami-Dade County Code

How to begin the compliance process of an Unsafe Structure Case:

  1. Building shall be boarded to prevent further damage or to impede illegal entry and vandalism
  2. Windows and doors shall be secured with minimum 1/2" plywood using established and approved securing methods
  3. Floors and roof openings shall be secured, as well as any existing fences
  4. The property will be kept clean
  5. Power may be disconnected to prevent accidental electrocutions or electrical fires

NOTE: Securing the property only initiates the process required in the compliance process. An unsafe structure must be brought to 'living conditions' or be demolished if it is deemed beyond repair.

If property can be repaired:

If compliance date cannot be met:

Once property is repaired:

Please be advised that the recording process may take up to 6 weeks.

Valuation to demolish a structure beyond repair:

For additional information or to contact our Unsafe Structures Division, you may email us at: unsafestructures@miamigov.com

To request a file search, you may use the following form: Unsafe Structure's File Search Request Form