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(A) It is hereby found that there may exist from time to time within the town abandoned or unsafe structures which are found to be hazardous to the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the town due to the attraction of insects or rodents; conditions creating a fire hazard; dangerous conditions constituting a threat to children; or frequent use by vagrants as living quarters in the absence of sanitary facilities. The town may exercise its police power to declare said structures a nuisance and to abate said nuisance. Therefore, pursuant to the authority granted by G.S. §§160A-441 et seq., the contents of which are incorporated herein as if set out in full, it is the intent of this subchapter to provide for the repair, closing, or demolition of any such structures in accordance with the same provisions and procedures as are set forth by law for the repair, closing, or demolition of dwellings unfit for human habitation.
(B) When the Building Inspector finds any defects in a structure or finds that the structure has not been constructed in accordance with applicable state and local laws or that a structure because of its condition is dangerous or contains fire-hazardous conditions, it shall be his or her duty to notify the owner of the structure of its defects, hazardous conditions, or failure to comply with law. The owner shall immediately remedy the defects, hazardous conditions, or violations of law in the property. As used herein, structure shall include beach access walkways, steps, and detached decks.
(C) Defective conditions may include the following, without limiting the generality of this section: defects therein increasing the hazards of fire, accident, or other calamities; lack of adequate ventilation, light, or sanitary facilities; and dilapidation, disrepair, structural defects, and uncleanliness.
(Am. Ord. 2016-001, passed 2-11-16)