Abandoned Property Registration

Abandoned & Distressed Property Registration Ordinance

Colton has a new ordinance to protect neighborhoods in the city from becoming blighted through the lack of adequate maintenance and security of abandoned and distressed properties. Properties that are “bank owned,” in foreclosure, or default are now required to register with Code Enforcement.

When to Register

Registration is required if a property located within the City of Colton is in default, foreclosure, or is “bank owned,” and becomes vacant or shows signs of vacancy. The beneficiary and trustee under a deed of trust shall perform an inspection of the property prior to recording a notice of default. Inspections must be performed monthly until either default / foreclosure is remedied or the property becomes vacant or shows signs of vacancy. Once a property becomes vacant or shows signs of vacancy, the trustee is responsible for maintenance and to register the property with the city.

Please refer to Colton Municipal Code Section 8.05 for additional requirements and details.


Registration is required annually and runs with the calendar year and is not pro-rated. Initial registration fees are $150 per property. Annual registration renewal fees of $75 per property are due January 1 of each year.