[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson 5-16-1972 by Ord. No. 1-1972 (Ch. 46 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
On and after the effective date of this chapter, no person shall demolish or cause to be demolished any building or other structure within the City of Hudson without first obtaining a written permit therefor from the Building Inspector of the City of Hudson.
[Amended 7-17-1973 by Ord. No. 2-1973]
Prior to the issuance of a demolition permit, a certificate of insurance for liability shall be given to the Building Inspector of the City of Hudson. The limits of said liability for the demolition of buildings and structures shall be in the amounts as follows:
[Amended 7-17-1973 by Ord. No. 2-1973]
In the demolition of a structure, the person making application for a permit will obtain, prior to permit issuance, a letter of approval from the Building Inspector regarding extermination. The applicant will be issued a barricade permit; then he will erect an approved system of barricades, have the electric, gas and telephone services disconnected by the respective utility companies and shall be required to disconnect and cap the water service at the main and shall plug the sewer lateral or laterals at the structure foundation. All necessary permits shall be obtained from the Department of Public Works. Then an inspection will be made, and if the above-mentioned items have been completed in accordance with this code, a demolition permit will be issued.
The contractor shall obtain appropriate approval for water use on the site from the Department of Public Works for dust control and have sufficient lengths of one-and-one-half-inch and/or two-and-one-half-inch hose for this purpose. The contractor shall provide a flagman for traffic control when necessary, and should a street have to be closed, he shall obtain permission from the Superintendent of Public Works and notify the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief.
In cases of the demolition of an existing building which has a common or party wall with one or more adjoining buildings, the owner of the building to be demolished shall be responsible for and bear all costs in relation to the safeguard of the said adjacent wall.
Where beams, girders and joists are removed from party walls, these pockets shall be cleaned out and filled with solid masonry. Necessary repairs shall be made to put the party wall in a safe condition. This work shall be done by the contractor at the expense of the property owner having said demolition performed.
Where such demolition work is to be made and no immediate new construction is intended at the site, the adjacent wall, whether of the party type or otherwise, shall be left in an acceptable condition as far as appearance is concerned. In addition to the repair of all joists, pockets and similar openings, the owner of the demolished building will be required to remove all old plaster, wallpaper and other decorative material in addition to any loose wood, trim or other unrequired material, all subject to the approval of the Building Inspector.
In the case of the demolition of an existing building in which the removal of the building endangers the adjoining structure (and there is no party wall), it shall be the responsibility of the owner of the adjoining building to protect his property.
During the demolition work, debris must be systematically removed from the site and not allowed to pile up and cause any obstruction. Debris removed from the demolition work shall only be deposited at a site approved by the Superintendent of Public Works and Building Inspector. In all cases, it shall be the responsibility of the contractor to locate an approved site. Burning of debris within the City limits is prohibited.
When the buildings to be demolished contain a cellar or basement, the contractor shall remove all debris and organic material from the cellar or basement and then break up and/or perforate the cellar floor. The bearing or foundation wall shall be removed to a depth of 24 inches below the present grade or 24 inches below any future grade to be established. The material resulting from the cellar or foundation wall demolition may remain in the excavation, provided that the material is crushed and compacted.
Where there is no cellar or basement, the bearing or foundation wall shall be removed to a depth of 24 inches below the present grade, or 24 inches below any future grade to be established.
The Building Inspector of the City of Hudson shall inspect the demolition of any building or structure in the City of Hudson daily, and shall be empowered to halt any such demolition that in the judgment of the Building Inspector is not being performed in a safe and sanitary manner.
Immediately after said demolition the Hudson Building Inspector shall notify the City Treasurer in writing that said structure or building has been demolished.
[Added 12-13-1973 by Ord. No. 12-1973]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable as follows: by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or by a fine not exceeding $250, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.