[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ridgefield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Building Code
Article II Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy
[Adopted 6-5-1974 as §§ 3-1 and 3-2 of the 1974 Code]
For the purposes of regulating building and construction within the Town, the State Building Code and all codes, rules or regulations incorporated therein by reference shall be in force in the Town.
Any person who shall violate a provision of the State Building Code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof, or shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of any approved plan or directive of the Building Official or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of the code, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
Any person who shall continue any work in or about the building after having been served with a stop order, except such work as he is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe conditions, shall be liable to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500. Each day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Adopted 6-18-1980 (§ 3-6 of the 1974 Code); amended 6-25-1986; 6-12-1996]
No building permit shall be issued until all requirements of the Connecticut General Statutes have been met, until a certificate of appropriateness has been issued by the Historic District Commission where subject property is within an existing historic district, until favorable Fire Marshal plan review for properties under Fire Marshal jurisdiction and until zoning, septic and sewer hookup permits have been issued by corresponding municipal authorities.
No certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of occupancy shall be issued in the Town of Ridgefield until such time as the applicant for a certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of occupancy has in his possession the required statement from the Town Health Department that the installation of any septic system or sewerage hookup was done in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Health Department, that a driveway permit has been issued, that a certificate of compliance has been issued by the office of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and that written certification has been obtained from the local Fire Marshal that any applicable requirements of any duly adopted state and/or local fire safety code have been met.
In addition to the requirements of the preceding provisions of this article, and pursuant to authority granted by Connecticut Public Act No. 95-320, no building permit shall be issued by the Ridgefield Building Official relative to any structure or property in the Town of Ridgefield unless one of the following requirements is satisfied:
The owner, or an authorized agent, obtains from the Ridgefield Tax Collector and presents to the Building Official a written statement that the real property taxes for the subject property are paid and current through the date of permit application.
The owner, or an authorized agent, obtains from the Ridgefield Tax Collector and presents to the Building Official a written statement that a written agreement has been entered into by the Tax Collector and property owner for the payment of all past-due taxes attributable to the subject property and that the property owner is in compliance with the terms of the agreement; with no default having occurred in any payment called for in a one-year period prior to application.
The owner, or an authorized agent, obtains from the Ridgefield Fire Marshal a written statement that the subject structure has been damaged or destroyed by fire or other casualty loss and that the work for which the permit is requested is necessary for repair and/or restoration.
The Ridgefield Building Official determines, after consultation with other Town officials as necessary, that the work for which the permit is requested is necessary for lawful compliance with applicable safety codes and that failure to comply would constitute a danger to occupants or the general public, or is necessary for lawful compliance with a court order or state or federal regulation, including, but not necessarily limited to, laws to protect the handicapped.