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(a) General. The exterior of a structure shall be maintained in good repair, structural soundness and a sanitary condition to prevent posing a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the occupant or the public.
(b) Protective Treatment. All exterior surfaces including, but not limited to, doors, door and window frames, cornices, porches, trim, balconies, decks and fences shall be maintained in good condition. Exterior wood surfaces, other than decay-resistant woods, shall be protected from the elements and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment. Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted. All siding and masonry joints, as well as those between the building envelope and the perimeter of windows, doors and skylights shall be maintained weather-resistant and watertight. All metal surfaces subject to rust or corrosion shall be coated to inhibit such rust and corrosion and all surfaces with rust or corrosion shall be established and coated to inhibit future rust and corrosion. Oxidation stains shall be removed from exterior surfaces. Surfaces designed for stabilization by oxidation are exempt from this requirement.
(c) Premises Identification. Buildings, dwellings and structures shall have City approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 3 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch.
(d) Structural Members. All structural members shall be maintained in a sound condition, free from deterioration, and shall be capable of safely supporting the imposed dead and live loads.
(1) All foundation walls shall be maintained plumb and free from open cracks and breaks, and shall be kept in such condition so as to prevent the entry of rodents and other pests.
(2) All exterior walls shall be free from holes, breaks, and loose or rotting materials, and maintained weatherproof and properly surface-coated, where required, to prevent deterioration.
(f) Roofs and Drainage. The roof and flashing shall be sound, tight and not have defects that admit rain. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent dampness or deterioration in the walls or interior portion of the structure. Roof drains, gutters and downspouts shall be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions. Roof water shall not be discharged in a manner that creates a public nuisance.
(g) Decorative Features. All cornices, belt courses, corbels, terra cotta trim, wall facings and similar decorative features shall be maintained in good repair, with proper anchorage, and in a safe condition.
(h) Overhang Extensions. All overhang extensions including, but not limited to canopies, marquees, signs, metal awnings, fire escapes, standpipes, and exhaust ducts shall be maintained in good repair, properly anchored, and kept in a sound condition. When required, all exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment.
(i) Stairways, Decks, Porches and Balconies. Every exterior stairway, deck, porch and balcony, and all appurtenances attached thereto, shall be maintained structurally sound, in good repair, with proper anchorage and shall be capable of supporting the imposed loads.
(j) Chimneys and Towers. All chimneys, cooling towers, smoke stacks, and similar appurtenances shall be maintained structurally safe and sound, and in good repair. All exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment.
(k) Handrails and Guards. Every handrail and guard shall be firmly fastened and capable of supporting normally imposed loads and shall be maintained in good condition.
(l) Windows, Skylights and Door Frames.
(1) Every window, skylight, door and frame shall be kept in sound condition, good repair and shall be weather-tight.
(2) Glazing: All glazing materials shall be maintained free from cracks and holes.
(3) Openable Windows: Every window, other than a fixed window, shall be easily openable and capable of being held in position by window hardware.
(4) Insect Screens: During the period from March 1 to November 30, insect screening shall be required on all door, window and outside openings required for the ventilation of habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas, or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored. Such insect screening shall consist of approved tightly-fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm), and every swinging door shall have a self-closing device in good working order. Insect screening may not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect repellent fans, are employed.
(m) Doors. All exterior doors, door assemblies and hardware shall be maintained in good condition. Locks at all entrances to dwelling units, rooming units and guestrooms shall tightly secure the door. Locks on means of egress doors shall be in accordance with Chapter 1365.
(n) Basement Hatchways. Every basement hatchway shall be maintained in a manner that prevents the entrance of rodents, rain and surface drainage water.
(o) Guards for Basement Windows. Every basement window that is openable shall be supplied with rodent shields, storm windows or other approved protection against the entry of rodents.
(Ord. 04-36. Passed 1-18-05.)
(Ord. 04-36. Passed 1-18-05.)