City of Fredericktown, MO
Madison County
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Section 505.010 Purpose.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.005; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
The purpose of this Chapter is to deter neighborhood blight and deterioration, preserve property values, promote public safety, and encourage proper and sanitary maintenance of all dwelling units in the City. This Chapter shall be in addition to all other Chapters of the Municipal Code of the City of Fredericktown and does not repeal any existing ordinances. Chapter 505 shall apply to all permanent dwellings intended for habitation and accessory buildings thereof, except nursing or rest homes. This Chapter recognizes that some older structures may be entirely safe while not conforming to all provisions of modern building, electrical, and plumbing codes. Defects which constitute a fire, health, or safety hazard shall be corrected as set forth in this Chapter.

Section 505.020 Definitions.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.010; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words or phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section:
DWELLING
All structures designed or used as a human residence including, but not limited to, site built structures, mobile homes, manufactured homes, and modular homes.
DWELLING UNIT
Any apartment type unit within an apartment building used as a human residence.
ROOMING UNIT
Any room used as a human residence at a rooming house where an individual resides for more than one (1) week exclusive of motels and hotels.

Section 505.030 Inspections.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.015; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
The City Building Inspector or, in the absence of a City Building Inspector, such other person as may be designated by the Mayor shall make inspections to determine whether dwellings, dwelling units, rooming units, accessory structures, and premises located within the City conform to the requirements of this Chapter.

Section 505.040 Occupancy Permit.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.020; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
Prior to any dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit being newly occupied by any person, the owner of said property shall first obtain an occupancy permit. An occupancy permit from the City shall be required any time the occupancy of a dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit changes or when occupancy is established in the case of new construction. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of said property to obtain an approved inspection from the City before establishment of new occupancy by any person.

Section 505.050 Occupancy Permit Fee.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.025; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
The fee for the occupancy permit shall be twenty dollars ($20.00) for each dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit occupied. If a vacancy occurs within six (6) months of receiving an occupancy permit, the owner of the property may request an inspection waiver from the City and will not be charged an additional fee for reinspection nor required to purchase an additional occupancy permit. If the inspection meets City standards as set forth in this Chapter, an occupancy permit shall be issued.

Section 505.060 Completion Of Inspection And Notice Of Violation.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.030; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
It shall be the responsibility of the City to complete the inspection for the occupancy permit and either grant or deny the permit within three (3) working days of a request by a property owner for an occupancy permit. Whenever the building inspector determines a violation, he shall give written notice of the violation to the owner or his agent. Notice shall be considered served when delivered in person to the property owner or by certified mail to the last known address of the property owner or posted in a conspicuous place in or about the dwelling affected by such notice.

Section 505.070 Appeal.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.035; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
Where it is alleged that an error in judgment or interpretation has been made by the Building Inspector, an appeal may be made to the Board of Adjustments by filing a notice of appeal with the City Clerk at the City Hall of the City of Fredericktown within ten (10) days of the decision of the Building Inspector. The Board of Adjustments shall conduct a hearing and render an advisory opinion to the Board of Aldermen of the City of Fredericktown within thirty (30) days of the property owner's notice of appeal. The Board of Aldermen shall act on all appeals at the next scheduled council meeting.

Section 505.080 Violations And Penalties.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.040; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999]
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly make false statement in his application for an occupancy permit or for any property owner to allow his dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit to be occupied or continue to be occupied without first receiving an occupancy permit as required under Section 505.040. Any person found guilty of violating this law shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by confinement of not more than ninety (90) days or by both a fine and confinement. In addition, in instances where the dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit constitutes a dangerous building or public nuisance, the Building Inspector is authorized to abate such conditions by legal proceedings in such manner as generally provided for abatement of nuisances elsewhere in the Municipal Code of the City of Fredericktown.

Section 505.090 General Safety And Maintenance Requirements.

[R.O. 2013 § 506.045; Ord. No. 99-40 § 1, 10-25-1999; Ord. No. 02-57 §§ 1 — 2, 11-25-2002]
A. 
No person shall occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy any dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit for the purpose of living therein which does not comply with the following requirements and no occupancy permit shall be issued unless said premises meet the following requirements:
1. 
Every dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit shall be clean, sanitary and safe for human occupancy. Every dwelling shall contain the following:
a. 
Kitchen sink in good working condition and properly connected to an approved water and sewer system.
b. 
Water closet equipped with a flush toilet, lavatory basin or sink, shower or bathtub, all in good working condition and properly connected to an approved water and sewer system.
2. 
Every foundation, floor, wall, ceiling and roof shall be structurally sound, reasonably weathertight, watertight and rodentproof; shall be capable of affording privacy; and shall be kept in good repair. Mobile homes shall be properly anchored and underpinned with vinyl or metal siding commercially manufactured for use with that particular type, size and style of home.
3. 
Every window, exterior door and basement hatchway shall be reasonably weathertight, watertight and rodentproof and shall be kept in satisfactory working condition and in good repair.
4. 
Every inside and outside stair, porch and appurtenance thereto shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the load that normal use may cause to be placed thereon and shall be kept in satisfactory condition and good repair.
5. 
Every plumbing fixture, water and waste pipe, and sanitary sewerage facility shall be properly installed and maintained in good sanitary working condition.
6. 
If the building has gutters, downspouts and other storm drainage facilities, then they shall be properly installed and maintained in good working condition.
7. 
Every water closet compartment floor surface and bathroom floor surface shall be constructed and maintained so as to be reasonably impervious to water so as to be kept in clean, sanitary and dry condition.
8. 
All equipment and their appropriate supply systems, including gas, electricity, oil, water, wood, or coal, shall be constructed or installed so that they will function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in satisfactory working condition.
9. 
All stoves and fireplaces shall be constructed or installed so that they will function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in satisfactory working condition. Any mobile home equipped with a factory-installed fireplace or wood-burning stove shall be equipped with a smokestack or flue which shall be vented through the roof of the structure in such manner as to allow for the clean and safe operation thereof. No add-on fireplaces or wood-burning stoves shall be allowed in any mobile home.
10. 
Any auxiliary structures, such as sheds, barns, garages, fences, retaining walls, or other outbuildings, shall be constructed and maintained in a safe working condition. Any outbuilding found damaged, decayed, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe, or vermin-infested so as to be a public nuisance shall be corrected or the structure removed.
11. 
Exterior painted surfaces, including fences, which have peeled, scaled, deteriorated, or failed to the extent of being unsightly shall be corrected.
12. 
All trash, debris, abandoned vehicles, or parts thereof shall be removed from the premises. Weeds and grasses shall be cut shorter than twelve (12) inches.
13. 
All hard surface areas, including concrete, asphalt, brick, or stone driveways and sidewalks, shall be free of large cracks, potholes and depressions to the extent that such defects might reasonably endanger public safety.