Yes. The ordinance is actually designed to incentivize rehabilitation, marketing of vacant buildings, and accommodate challenging circumstances. The following exemptions are possible:
Buildings that are vacant due to fire or extreme weather damage are exempt from registration and fees for a period of 90 days from the date of the fire or extreme weather event.
If a vacant building has a valid building permit for renovation, the building is exempt from registration until the expiration of the longest-running, active building permit.
Government agencies are exempt from registration and fees.
Annual renewal fees (after the first year) may be reduced by 50% if the building has no outstanding notices or orders regarding code violations.
A fee will be refunded if a building is successfully renovated and occupied within a year of fee payment.
The initial registration fee may be waived for up to a year if there is proof the building is being actively marketed for sale or lease.