Velda City, MO
St. Louis County
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[CC 1974 §520.010; Ord. No. 141 §2, 7-22-1969]
For the purpose of this Article the term "family" as used herein is construed to mean as follows: An individual or married couple and the children thereof, and no more than two (2) other persons related directly to the individual or married couple by blood or marriage, or a group of not more than three (3) persons (including servants) not related by blood or marriage, living together as a single housekeeping unit in a dwelling unit.
[CC 1974 §520.020; Ord. No. 141 §3, 7-22-1969]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to hereafter occupy, or for any owner or agent thereof, to permit the occupancy or use of any building or part thereof, or annex thereto, for any purpose, until an inspection of said premises be effected by the City Building Commissioner approving the same, and an occupancy permit has been issued by said Building Commissioner.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to fail to inform purchasers or renters that an occupancy permit is required by the City before any occupancy takes place.
[CC 1974 §520.030; Ord. No. 141 §4, 7-22-1969]
A. 
The application for any occupancy permit for a residence or dwelling for family use, shall state the names, dates of birth and relationship of each of the persons who will occupy the premises for which the permit is sought. It shall also reflect the name and address of the owner or owners of the premises, or if unknown to the applicant, the name and address of the owner's agent or representative.
B. 
The application for any occupancy permit for any commercial building or structure shall state the precise nature of the enterprise, business, vocation or profession proposed to be conducted; the names of the owner or owners thereof, or if a corporation the names of its officers.
[CC 1974 §520.040; Ord. No. 141 §5, 7-22-1969]
A. 
No person shall occupy or let to another for occupancy any dwelling unit for the purpose of living therein which does not comply with the following:
1. 
Habitable rooms shall have a clear ceiling height of not less than seven (7) feet four (4) inches except that in attics or top half stories the ceiling height shall be not less than seven (7) feet over not less than one-third (⅓) of the area when used for sleeping, study or similar activity. In calculating the floor area of the room areas having a clear ceiling height of five (5) feet or more may be included.
2. 
Abbreviations of symbols in this Section shall be as follows:
DU — Dwelling Unit
DR — Dining Room
LR — Living Room
DA — Dining Area
K — Kitchen
BR — Bedroom
K-et — Kitchenette
NP — Not permitted
Each dwelling unit occupied by four (4) or more occupants shall contain a living room, kitchen, eating space and bedroom with minimum areas and least dimensions as scheduled below:
Minimum Area In Square Feet
Name of Space
1 BR DU
2 BR DU
3 or more
BR DU
Least Dimension
LR
140
140
150
10 feet
DR
80
80
100
7 feet 8 inches
K
50
50
60
3 feet
K'et
40
NP
NP
3 feet 4 inches
BR
70
70
70
7 feet
Total BR
100
170
3 BR 240
4 BR 340
DU 8 feet
LR — DA
160
160
180
LR — DR
200
200
220
LR — DA — K
210
210
220
K — DA
80
80
100
K — DR
120
120
140
K'et — DA
60
60
80
3. 
Every room occupied for sleeping purposes by one (1) occupant shall have a minimum floor area of seventy (70) square feet and every room occupied for sleeping purposes for more than one (1) occupant shall have a minimum floor area of at least fifty (50) square feet for each occupant. In any dwelling occupied by four (4) or more occupants no part of the living room, kitchen or eating space may be counted as part of the required space for sleeping purposes.
4. 
Every room used as a bedroom shall have access to at least one (1) water closet without passing through another room used as a bedroom.
[CC 1974 §520.050; Ord. No. 141 §6, 7-22-1969; Ord. No. 559 §1, 8-14-2002]
A. 
The City Building Commissioner shall make inspections to determine whether dwellings for which occupancy permits are sought within the City conform with the Building Code of the City, St. Louis County and the Normandy Fire Protection District with particular emphasis upon natural lighting, ventilation, toilet and bathroom facilities, garbage and rubbish storage requirements, sanitary facilities, plumbing, electrical wiring and service, and heating facilities. Licensed contractors in the fields of plumbing and electricity, a qualified or licensed roofer and Laclede Gas Company or other appropriate gas utility shall certify in writing that such facilities, utilities and services are in good working order. Such certifications are subject to the approval of the Building Commissioner.
B. 
Whenever the Building Commissioner has reasonable cause to believe that a building is being occupied in violation of the provisions of this Chapter he/she shall have the right to inspect said building to determine that said building conforms to the provisions as set out in Subsection (A) herein.
C. 
Whenever a person applies for a change or addition to their current occupancy permit the Building Commissioner shall have the right to reinspect the building as provided for above.
D. 
Whenever the Building Commissioner determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provision of this Article, he/she shall give notice of such alleged violation to the person or persons responsible therefor, which shall:
1. 
Be in writing.
2. 
Contain a statement of the reason why it is being violated.
3. 
Allow a reasonable time to remedy the violation.
4. 
Such written notice may be served upon the person or persons involved or interested and sent by registered mail to last known address of person seeking occupancy permit and inspection or posted in a conspicuous place in or about the dwelling inspected.
[CC 1974 §520.060; Ord. No. 141 §7, 7-22-1969]
A. 
The designation of dwellings or dwelling units as unfit for human habitation and the procedure for such declaration and placarding of such unfit facilities shall be as follows:
1. 
Any dwelling or dwelling unit which shall be found to have any of the following defects shall be declared unfit for human habitation and shall be so designated and placarded by the Building Commissioner when the responsible person has failed to correct or remedy the defects or condition set forth in a notice issued in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
a. 
One which is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe, or vermin-infected and infested that it creates a serious hazard to the health or safety of the occupants of such unit or of the public.
b. 
One which lacks illumination, ventilation or sanitation facilities adequate to protect the health or safety of the occupants or of the public.
c. 
One which because of its general condition is unsanitary, or otherwise dangerous to the health or safety of the occupants or of the public.
[CC 1974 §520.070; Ord. No. 141 §8, 7-22-1969]
No building, premises or dwelling unit which has been placarded as denying occupancy thereof shall be used for human habitation until reinspected by the Building Commissioner upon application therefor, and notice that defects or conditions have been performed and completed, and the Building Commissioner gives such applicant for occupancy his/her written approval thereof.
[CC 1974 §520.080; Ord. No. 141 §9, 7-22-1969]
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Building Commissioner as to defect or defects, conditions, etc., to be corrected before any occupancy permit be issued, may appeal such decision to the Board of Aldermen of the City for final determination. Upon notice of such appeal the Building Commissioner shall forthwith submit to the Board of Aldermen all papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from is taken.
[CC 1974 §520.090; Ord. No. 141 §10, 7-22-1969; Ord. No. 459 §1, 11-10-1993; Ord. No. 561 §1, 10-9-2002; Ord. No. 584 §2, 8-10-2005]
A. 
The fee for inspections as required by the Building Commissioner of Velda City shall be one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00) for each apartment inspection and two hundred dollars ($200.00) for each house inspection. Applicants for occupancy permits are required to obtain the other inspections described in Section 515.050(A) of this Chapter. The inspection includes housing inspection, roof inspection, electrical inspection and the plumbing inspection. For any and each reinspection needed, the fee shall be sixty dollars ($60.00). The fees shall be paid at the time of application therefore to the City Clerk for credit to the General Revenue Fund of the City.
B. 
The fee for occupancy permits shall be twenty dollars ($20.00) for each unit sought to be occupied and shall be paid at the time written application is made therefor to the City Clerk for credit to the General Revenue Fund of the City.
[Ord. No. 666 §4, 12-11-2013]
C. 
Every room occupied for sleeping purposes by one (1) occupant shall have a minimum floor area of seventy (70) square feet and every room occupied for sleeping purposes for more than one (1) occupant shall have a minimum floor area of at least fifty (50) square feet for each occupant. In any dwelling no part of the living room, kitchen, dining room or eating space may be counted as part of the required space for sleeping purposes. Basements cannot be converted to sleeping rooms or living quarters.
D. 
Every room used as a bedroom shall have access to at least one (1) water closet without passing through another room. Due to the construction of some dwellings, this shall be at the discretion of the Board of Aldermen.
[CC 1974 §520.100; Ord. No. 141 §11, 7-22-1969]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Article or knowingly making a false statement in the application for inspections or occupancy permit, or occupies any building or part thereof, without first obtaining such inspection and occupancy permit as in this Article provided, shall upon conviction thereof be assessed a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00). Each day that a premises is occupied within the City without the issuance of an occupancy permit, or without the inspection required thereof, shall be considered a separate violation.
[Ord. No. 422 §§1 — 2, 9-13-1989; Ord. No. 433 §§1 — 2, 9-12-1990]
A. 
No person, co-partnership, association or corporation, foreign or domestic, shall sell, exchange, rent or lease real estate in Velda City without first advising the potential purchaser and/or lessee of the need to obtain an occupancy permit from Velda City before occupancy of the premises can ensue.
B. 
Any person, co-partnership, association or corporation violating the provision of this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be assessed a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) per day.