[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of East Hampton 11-13-2012. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to define, prohibit, and abate blight and nuisances and to protect, preserve, and promote public health, safety, and welfare, and to preserve and protect property values.
This chapter shall apply uniformly to the maintenance of all residential, nonresidential, and undeveloped premises now in existence or hereafter constructed, maintained, or modified but shall exclude agricultural lands as defined in § 22-3(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, land dedicated as public or semipublic open space or preserved in its natural state through conservation easements, or areas designated as inland wetlands and watercourses.
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter.
- BLIGHTED PREMISES
- Any building, structure, or parcel of land, except exempt property as defined below, in which at least one of the following conditions exists:
- A. It is dilapidated as documented by the Building Official;
- B. It is a fire hazard as determined by the Fire Marshal or as documented by the Fire Department;
- C. It is determined by the Building Official or the Health Department that the condition of the building, structure, or parcel of land poses a serious or immediate danger to the safety, health, or general welfare of the community;
- D. It is not being maintained in accordance to the State of Connecticut Building Code (2005);
- E. It is a factor creating a substantial interference with the reasonable and lawful use and enjoyment of abutting premises or which blocks or interferes with the use of any public sidewalk and/or private street or right-of-way or any road sign.
- Material which is incapable of immediately performing the function for which it was designed, including, but not limited to abandoned, discarded, or unused objects; junk comprised of machinery equipment or vehicles, automobiles, boats and recreational vehicles which are unregistered, missing parts, not complete in appearance and/or in an obvious state of disrepair; parts of vehicles; furniture, appliances, and tires which are in the public view.
- No longer adequate for the purpose or use for which it was intended or having fallen into partial or total ruin or decay.
- EXEMPT PROPERTY
- Any building or structure undergoing legal demolition, construction, remodeling, restoration, repair, or renovation permitted by the Town, provided that the blighted condition will be corrected within the time established by the appropriate Town official and further provided that the building or structure remains in compliance with required permits as issued by the Town of East Hampton.
No person, firm, corporation, or other legal entity shall cause, allow or maintain any blighted premises, as defined in the preceding section, to be created or continued on any real property located within the Town of East Hampton. Any exempt property, as defined in the preceding section, shall not be considered a blighted premises, and therefore not subject to the provision hereof.
The provisions in this chapter shall not be construed to prevent the enforcement of other statutes, codes, ordinances, or regulations which prescribe standards other than those provided in this chapter.
In any case where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a provision of any zoning, building, fire, safety, or health ordinance, regulation, or other code of the Town or state, the provision which establishes the higher standard for the promotion and protection of the public health and safety, and property values, shall prevail.
This chapter shall not affect violations of any other ordinances, codes, or regulations existing prior to the effective date of this code, and any such violations may be governed and continue to be punishable under the provisions of those ordinances, codes, or regulations in effect at the time the violation was committed.
Any owner, lessee, or occupant of premises subject to this chapter may be jointly and severally obligated to comply with the provisions of this chapter.
Complaints may be submitted to the Building Official by members of the public. Such complaints must be in writing and signed.
Whenever the Building Official determines that there have been violations of any provision of this chapter, such official shall give notice of such violation to the person responsible therefor, as hereinafter provided. Such notice shall:
Be in writing, with a copy of such notice sent to such owner, lessee or occupant, as the case may require, by U.S. Certified Mail (or its equivalent) at each such party's last known address as evidenced in the Town's records;
Set forth the violations of this chapter;
Specify a final date for the correction of any violation;
Be served upon the owner, lessee, or the occupant as the case may require, provided such notice shall be deemed to be properly served upon such owner, lessee, or upon such occupant if a copy thereof is posted in a conspicuous place in or about the dwelling affected by this notice, or if such person is served with such notice by any other method authorized or required under the laws of this state;
Contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect permanent compliance with the provisions of this chapter; and
State that the penalties and enforcement provisions of this chapter will become effective on the final date set for the correction of any violation.
The Building Official in the Town of East Hampton is authorized to issue a citation or summons for a violation of this chapter.
In addition thereto, the Town of East Hampton is authorized to initiate legal proceedings in the Superior Court for the immediate correction of the violation(s), collection of any penalties, and the recovery of all costs, including costs of remedial action(s) authorized by the court and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Town of East Hampton to enforce this chapter and should not preclude the Town's ability to recover or save from immediate damage.
All fines, court costs, costs of remedial action, and attorneys' fees, as ordered by the court, shall constitute a lien on the subject premises, as provided by C.G.S. § 7-148aa.