[Adopted 11-13-1967 (Ch. 5, Art. II, Sec. 5-41, of the Code of Ordinances)]
All buildings or structures which are structurally unsafe, insanitary or not provided with adequate egress or which constitute a fire hazard or are otherwise dangerous to human life or which, in relation to existing use, constitute a hazard to safety or health by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence or abandonment are, severally, for the purpose of this article, unsafe buildings. All such unsafe buildings are hereby declared to be illegal and shall be abated by repair and rehabilitation or by demolition in accordance with the procedures of this article.
The Building Inspector shall examine or cause to be examined every building reported as unsafe or damaged and shall make a written record of such examination.
[Amended 12-14-1981; 5-22-2000 by Ord. No. 8-2000]
Whenever the Building Inspector shall find any building or structure or portion thereof to be a danger to the health, safety or welfare of the public, he shall proceed pursuant to Article III of this chapter regarding emergency removal or repairs or pursuant to Article IV of this chapter regarding compelling the repair or removal of buildings or structures or pursuant to Article V of this chapter regarding issuance of orders to vacate.
If the Building Inspector finds that there is actual and immediate danger of failure or collapse so as to endanger life, such notice shall also require the building, structure or portion thereof to be vacated forthwith and not reoccupied until the specified repairs and improvements are completed, inspected and approved by the Building Inspector. The Building Inspector shall cause to be posted at each entrance to such building a notice as follows: "THIS BUILDING IS UNSAFE, AND ITS USE OR OCCUPANCY HAS BEEN PROHIBITED BY THE BUREAU OF CODE COMPLIANCE."
[Amended 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
Such notice shall remain posted until the required repairs are made or demolition is completed. It shall be unlawful for any person or his agents or other persons to remove such notice without written permission of the Building Inspector or for any person to enter the building, except for the purpose of making the required repairs or of demolishing same.
[Amended 10-25-1974; 12-14-1981; 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988]
The Code Compliance Supervisor and/or Building Inspector shall have the authority to ascertain and have removed by the owner, agent, operator and occupants any and all violations on property, premises, sidewalks and structures and/or structural appurtenances that might endanger the public health, safety and welfare and/or depreciate property values due to objects, materials and conditions on premises. This shall apply to all commercial, industrial and residential properties.