1389.03  DEFINITIONS.
   The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation of the Code:
   (a)   "Code" means the Retail, Commercial and Industrial Building and Property Maintenance Code, being Chapter 1389 of the Codified Ordinances of the City.
   (b)   "Chief of Division of Inspections/Chief Building Official" means the person, or his authorized representative, responsible for the administrative planning, organization and supervision of the Building Department under the general direction of the Director of Public Safety, as outlined in Section 135.01.
   (c)   "Blighted area" means the same as defined in Ohio Revised Code 1728.01(e) as amended, incorporated herein.
   (d)   "Building" and "structure" means the same as defined in Sections 1167.07 and 1167.49 of the Planning and Zoning Code incorporated herein.
   (e)   "Retail, commercial and industrial property and buildings" means a lot or tract of land or building or other structure or grounds which are used or intended to be used or which property's last active use was primarily for retail, commercial and industrial purposes as described in Title Seven of the Zoning Code and Chapter 1153.02 of the Zoning Code, whether conforming or nonconforming.
   (f)   "Deteriorate" means to fall below the condition of good repair.
   (g)   "Excessive vegetation" means all vegetation, dead or alive, other than the following:  ground cover, shrubbery, flowers and trees which are planted and maintained in accordance with good landscape practice and the community standard in the City.
   (h)   "Exterior" means those portions of a building or structure or grounds which are exposed to public view from the outside.
   (i)   "Good repair" means a condition of sound maintenance of retail, commercial and industrial property and buildings in accordance with the standards of the community as a whole.
   (j)   "Graffiti" means unauthorized drawings or markings of an exterior surface, without regard to the content of the drawing or marking.
   (k)   "Grounds" means that portion of retail, commercial and industrial property which does not support a building or structure.
   (l)   "Nuisance" for the purpose of this Code, means:
      (1)   Any condition which violates this chapter, or
      (2)   Any other condition which contributes to the deterioration of retail, commercial and industrial property.
   (m)   "Obsolete" means no longer serving any current purpose, either aesthetic or functional.
   (n)   "Occupant" means any person who has actual or constructive possession of retail, commercial and industrial property and buildings, including but not limited to a lessee, sublessee, assignee, licensee or permittee whether with or without the consent of the owner.
   (o)   "Operator" means any person who has the charge, care or control of retail, commercial and industrial property and buildings, whether with or without the consent of the owner or occupant.
   (p)   "Owner" means any person who, alone or jointly with others, has legal or equitable title to retail, commercial and industrial property and buildings, with or without actual constructive possession thereof.
   (q)   "Person" means any entity, either natural or created by law, including but not limited to a natural person, corporation, partnership, association, executor, administrator, trustee, receiver, guardian or other fiduciary.
      (Ord. 1991-075.  Passed 3-26-91.)