Words used in the present tense include the future; words in the singular number include the plural; words in the plural include the singular; the word "building" includes the word "structure"; the word "person" includes a corporation or other organization; the term "used" includes the term "arranged" or "intended to be used" or "designed"; and the word "shall" is mandatory and not directory.
For the purpose of this title, certain terms and words are hereby defined as follows:
ACCESSORY USE OR BUILDING: A use or building customarily incidental to, and accessory to the principal and ordinary use of a building or premises located on the same premises with such principal use or building.
APARTMENT HOUSE: See definition of Dwelling, Multiple.
AUTOMOBILE STORAGE: The storage of new and used cars which are capable of immediate operation under their own power.
AUTOMOBILE TOURIST COURT: A group of three (3) or more units used either for sleeping or housekeeping purposes, other than apartment courts, bungalow courts, hotels, and lodging houses for temporary use of motorists and travelers. The term "automobile tourist court" shall also include "automobile cottage camp", "tourist camp", "motel" or any other name which pertains to such use.
BOARDING HOUSE: A building, other than a hotel or club, where meals are regularly served for compensation to more than six (6) persons not members of the family there residing.
BUILDING: A structure having a roof supported by walls and, when separated by a party wall without openings, it shall be deemed a separate building.
COMMUNITY GARAGE: A series of private garages of capacity of not more than one automobile each, located jointly on a common lot, and having no public shop or service in connection therewith.
DISTRICT: A section of the city for which regulations governing the area, height and use of buildings and premises are the same.
DWELLING, MULTIPLE: A building or portion thereof designed for or occupied as the home of three (3) or more families living independently of each other, including tenement houses, apartment houses and apartment hotels.
FAMILY: One or more persons living, sleeping and usually cooking and eating on the premises, as a single housekeeping unit.
FILLING STATIONS: A building and appurtenances located on a lot where gasoline, oil and other liquids used in the operation of motor vehicles are retailed and usually delivered directly into such vehicles.
FRONT LOT LINE: The line separating the lot from the street as officially platted out on the municipal map.
FRONT YARD: An open space extending across the full width of the lot from the front line of the building proper to the front lot line, and occupied only by uncovered steps and open or closed porches. (Porches shall not extend beyond 4 feet from the front of the building proper and shall not exceed 1/3 of the building proper in width.)
HARDSHIP: A condition immediately brought upon a property owner by a district change, and not personal hardship growing out of the owner's infirmities or financial standing.
HEIGHT OF BUILDING: The vertical distance from the ground in front of the building to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof; to the deck line of a mansard roof; to the junction of the wall and eaves of a building with a gable or hip roof.
HOME OCCUPATION: A minor use of a home where there is no sign or display that will indicate from the exterior that the building is being used in whole or in part for any other purposes than that of a dwelling; in connection with which, there is kept no stock in trade or commodity sold upon the premises; and in which no person is employed other than a member of the immediate family residing in the home.
HOTEL: A building in which lodging is provided with or without meals and open to transient guests.
LODGING HOUSE: A building other than a hotel where lodging is provided for six (6) or more persons not members of the family.
LOT: The land bounded by definite lines, and occupied by a building and its accessory buildings, and including the open spaces required under these regulations. It may, or may not, be a definite parcel as shown on the recorded plat.
NONCONFORMING USE: A use of a building or premises that does not conform with the regulations of the district in which it is situated.
NURSERY: A building or part of a building where six (6) or more children not members of the same family are cared for.
NURSING HOME: A building or part of building where six (6) or more sick or infirm persons are cared for.
ONE-FAMILY DWELLING: A detached building designed for or occupied exclusively by one family.
OPEN PORCH: Any porch with a roof without walls or glassed windows.
PORCH: A covered entrance to a building, commonly enclosed in part, projecting out from the main wall and having a separate roof.
PRIVATE GARAGE: A garage with capacity of not more than four (4) motor driven vehicles, and having no public shop or service in connection therewith, and if it is attached to a dwelling, it becomes a part of that residential building and is an accessory use to that building.
PUBLIC GARAGE: Any premises used for housing of cars for more than four (4) motor driven vehicles, or, where any such vehicles are equipped for operation, repaired, or kept for remuneration, hire or sale, not including showrooms or exhibition for model cars.
REAR LOT LINE: The lot line which is opposite to the front lot line.
REAR YARD: An open unoccupied space between the rear line of the building and the rear lot line, for the full width of the lot, and unoccupied except by accessory buildings.
SIDE LOT LINE: Any lot line other than a front lot line or a rear lot line.
SIDE STREET OR AVENUE: A street or avenue not running parallel to an alley and having the lesser number of building sites fronting upon it.
SIDE YARD: An open, unoccupied space on the same lot with a building, between the building and the side line of the lot, and extending through from the front yard to the rear yard.
STRUCTURAL ALTERATION: Any change in the supporting members of a building such as bearing walls or partitions, columns, beams or girders; excepting such alterations as may be required for the safety of the building.
TRAILER, CAMP CAR, TRAILER HOUSE: Any unit used for living or sleeping purposes which is equipped with wheels or similar devices, used for the purpose of transporting said unit from place to place, whether by motor power or other means, and such vehicles that are used as aforesaid that have had the wheels or equipment removed.
TRAILER COURT OR PARK: Any premises where two (2) or more trailer coaches are parked for living or sleeping purposes, or any premises used or set apart for the purpose of supplying to the public a parking space for one or more trailer coaches for living or sleeping purposes, and any buildings, structures, vehicles and enclosures used or intended for use as a part of the equipment of such trailer park.
TWO-FAMILY DWELLING: A building designed for, or occupied exclusively by, two (2) families living independently of each other.
USED CAR SALES LOT: A lot where new and used cars which are capable of immediate operation under their own power are displayed.
WALL SIGN: Any sign which is painted or otherwise depicted directly upon a wall, or any sign so affixed to a wall of a building, which does not project more than ten inches (10") from the building wall.
YARD AREAS: Areas comprising front yards, side yards and rear yards are the portions of the lot in relation to the front and rear of the lot, regardless in which direction the building faces. (1975 Code § 10-1-4; amd. 2015 Code)