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Chapter 29.35 Maintenance Requirements for the Exterior of Non-Residential Structures.

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(Chapter added by Ordinance No. 182488, effective February 21, 2009.)


29.35.010 General.

A.  The following requirements shall apply to non-residential properties.

 

B.  The exterior of non-residential structures shall be maintained to the building code requirements in effect at the time of construction, alteration, or repair.

 

C.  The specific minimum maintenance standards set forth in Subsections 29.35.020 through 29.35.100 shall apply to all non-residential structures.


29.35.020 Accessory Structures.

All accessory structures on non-residential property shall be maintained structurally safe and in good repair and sound condition.  Exterior steps and walkways shall be maintained free of unsafe obstructions or hazardous conditions.


29.35.030 Roofs.

The roof shall be maintained structurally sound, and have no exterior defects which might admit rain.  Storm water shall be channeled in an approved manner to an approved point of disposal.


29.35.040 Chimneys.

Every masonry, metal, or other chimney shall remain adequately supported, structurally sound and free from obstructions and shall be maintained in good repair and sound condition which ensures there will be no leakage or backup of noxious gases.  Loose bricks or blocks shall be rebonded. Loose or missing mortar shall be replaced.


29.35.050 Foundations and Structural Members.

A.  Foundation elements shall be adequately maintained to support the building and shall be free of rot, crumbling elements, or similar deterioration.

 

B.  The supporting structural members shall be maintained structurally sound, showing no evidence of deterioration or decay which could substantially impair their ability to carry imposed loads.


29.35.060 Exterior Walls and Exposed Surfaces.

A.  Every exterior wall and weather-exposed exterior surface or attachment shall be maintained to be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or timbers and any other conditions which might admit rain or dampness to the interior portions of the walls or the occupied spaces of the building.

 

B.  All exterior wood surfaces shall be substantially impervious to the adverse effects of weather and shall be maintained in good repair and sound condition. Wood used in repair of permanent structures and located nearer than six inches to earth shall be treated wood or wood having a natural resistance to decay.

 

C.  Exterior metal surfaces shall be protected from rust and corrosion where applicable.

 

D.  Every section of exterior brick, stone, masonry, or other veneer shall be maintained structurally sound.


29.35.070 Stairs and Porches.

Every stair, porch, and attachment to stairs or porches shall be maintained so as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the loads to which it is subjected, and shall be maintained in good repair and sound condition, including replacement as necessary of flooring, treads, risers, and stringers that evidence excessive wear, are broken, warped or loose.


29.35.080 Handrails and Guardrails.

Every handrail and guardrail shall be firmly fastened, and shall be maintained in good repair and sound condition capable of supporting the loads to which it is subjected, and meet the following requirement:

 

A.  Handrails and guardrails required by the building codes at the time of construction shall be maintained or, if removed, shall be replaced.


29.35.090 Windows.

Every window shall be substantially weather-tight, maintained in good repair and sound condition for its intended use and shall comply with the following:

 

A.  Every window shall be fully supplied with glass window panes or an approved substitute without open cracks and holes.

 

B.  Every window sash shall be in good repair and sound condition and fit weather-tight within its frames.

 

C.  Every window frame shall be maintained so as to exclude rain as completely as possible and to substantially exclude wind from entering the building.


29.35.100 Doors.

Every exterior door shall comply with the following:

 

A.  Every exterior door, door hinge, door lock, and strike plate shall be maintained in good working condition.

 

B.  Every exterior door shall be maintained in good repair and sound condition and be weather-tight.

 

C.  Every doorframe shall be maintained so as to substantially exclude rain and wind from entering the building.


29.35.110 Cleanliness and Sanitation.

All exterior property areas shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition free from any significant accumulation of rubbish or garbage.  All garbage shall be stored in receptacles which are watertight and free from holes and covered with tight fitting lids at all times.


29.35.120 Enforcement.

The Director’s authority to enforce the requirements of Title 29 shall be the sole and exclusive means of enforcement of the provisions of Title 29 as those provisions apply to non-residential structures.  There shall be no separate private right of enforcement action arising from any violation of Title 29 as those provisions apply to non-residential structures.  This limitation does not restrict the exercise of any private legal rights that may arise under contract or other applicable law.