Non-Owner Occupied Property Registration

Registration Process:

Property owners can register their properties with the city’s  online permitting/registration program here.

Click here for a hard copy of the application.

If you do not have a computer to use assistance is available at the Health Department located on the Mezzanine Level of 100 North St. Assistance is available by calling our office at 413-499-9411 Monday – Friday 8:30-4:00.   We are open to the public on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Paying Fees Online:

You may pay your application fees and property registration fees online with either a checking account or debit/credit card. There is a convenience fee for any of these options. For Credit Payments it is 2.95% of the total transaction (minimum fee of $1.00). Checking Account/Electronic Check payments are $.40.

Adopting a Smoke-free Policy for Rental Properties:
The Pittsfield Health Department is partnering with the Berkshire Area Health Education Center to offer a seminar on how to adopt a smoke-free policy for rental properties.  Click on the link below for a copy of the flyer with all of the important information on the seminar.

Adopting a Smoke-free Policy for Rental Properties

Ordinance Information:
All non-owner occupied, vacant, and foreclosed properties must register annually with the Health Department.  You will need to register your property with the Health Department if your property:

  • is non-owner occupied;
  • is vacant for 180 days or more;
  • is in process of foreclosure; or
  • has been foreclosed upon. 

It is the intent of City Code Section 3½,to protect and preserve public health and safety, security and quiet enjoyment of occupants, abutters and neighborhoods by:

1)  requiring all residential property owners; including lenders, trustees, and service companies; to properly maintain their properties, and

2) regulating the maintenance of residential properties to prevent blighted and unsecured residences.

Initial registrations are due within 60 days of purchasing the property and renewals are due by the end of each year.  Fines of $100.00 per week may be assessed for failing to register and may be attached to property taxes. 

The property shall be posted with a notice which is constructed of durable material and which is no smaller than 20 square inches in size listing the owner’s name, address and telephone number if he/she does not live in the dwelling or have a manager living in the dwelling.  If the owner is a realty trust or partnership, the name, address and telephone number of the managing trustee or partner must be posted.  If the owner is a corporation, the name, address and telephone number of the president of the corporation shall be posted.  The posting shall include the name and twenty-four (24) hour telephone number of the representative responsible for the maintenance of the property.  This sign shall be posted in accordance with state law.  Adherence to this section does not relieve the owner of any applicable obligations set forth in federal, state or local code regulations.

Amended Property Registration City Ordinance Chapter 3½


Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions which may help answer some of your questions.  If you should have any additional questions, please contact the Health Department at (413) 499-9411.