Q: If the City owns a house with a red or green tag, does this mean I can buy it from the City?
A: You can buy both red and green tagged properties. A red or green tag indicates that a structure is not safe to be in or habitable.
Red tag means that Code Enforcement has assessed the structure to be beyond feasible economic repair and/or beyond being repairable to meet regulatory compliance from a safety standpoint.
Green Tag indicates Repairs in one or more of three basic areas (electrical, plumbing, or structural) must be repaired to code before it can be occupied. Licensed repairmen must do the work, and a City Inspector must approve the repairs before the tag can be removed.
Waco has over 400 tagged structures, only a few belong to the City. Contact Inspection Services at 254-750-5972 for more information.