(A)   General provisions. The following industrial exterior property maintenance standards are applicable to all industrial structures, industrial uses and portions of mixed use structures which are devoted to industrial use, including all exterior and structural requirements, soundness and maintenance.
   (B)   Structural soundness and maintenance of industrial structures. Every foundation, floor, wall, ceiling and roof of every industrial structure shall be so constructed and maintained and be kept in good repair and in safe condition so as to make all interior areas weather-tight, water-tight, rodent-proof and so as to be fit for human use and so as to not adversely affect the neighborhood in which they are located. Good repair, maintenance and safe condition shall include but is not limited to the following.
      (1)   Foundations. Foundations shall support the building at all points and shall be free of all holes and cracks which admit rodents, water or dampness to the interior of the building or lessen the capability of the foundation to support the building.
      (2)   Exterior walls and surfaces. Exterior walls and other exterior surface materials shall be free of holes, cracks, loose or rotting boards and timbers or any other condition which might admit rodents, rain or dampness to the interior of the building.
      (3)   Windows. Windows shall be fully supplied with window glass or an approved substitute which is glazed and is without open cracks or holes, shall have sashes in good condition which fit within frames, and be maintained so as to exclude adverse weather elements from entering the structure.
      (4)   Exterior doors. Doors shall be maintained so as to be structurally sound, fit within frames so as to be weatherproof, windproof and waterproof and be provided with door hinges and door latches which are in good working condition.
      (5)   Roof. Roof members, covering and flashing shall be structurally sound and tight so as to prevent the entrance of moisture and be maintained by renewal, repair, waterproofing or other suitable means. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent rain water from causing dampness in the interior portion of the building or adversely affect adjacent properties.
      (6)   Gutters. Rain gutters, downspouts, leaders or other means of water diversion shall be provided to collect/conduct and discharge all water from the roof and be maintained so as not to leak or cause dampness in the walls, ceiling or basements or adversely affect adjacent properties.
      (7)   Chimneys. Chimneys shall be free of cracks, holes or missing portions and be maintained in sound condition.
      (8)   Structural member. Any structural member of a structure which has become deteriorated or damaged to the extent that is does not serve the purpose as originally intended shall be repaired or replaced as is necessary to serve the purpose as originally intended.
      (9)   Exterior surface. Except for materials that have been designed or manufactured to remain untreated, all exterior wood, composition or metal surfaces shall be protected from the elements by paint or other protective covering. Surfaces shall be maintained so as to be kept clean and free of flaking, loose or peeling paint or covering.
   (C)   Exterior property and structure exteriors. All buildings and the exterior of all premises shall be properly maintained to achieve a presentable appearance and to avoid blighting effects and hazardous conditions.
      (1)   Maintenance.
         (a)   The exterior of all premises and every structure thereon, including but not limited to, walls, roofs, cornices, chimneys, drains, towers, fire escapes, stairs, fronts, signs, windows, doors, awnings, marquees and all surfaces thereof, shall be maintained so as to avoid any blighting effects on neighboring properties and shall be painted or protected where necessary for the purpose of preservation.
         (b)   All canopies, marquees, signs, awnings, exterior stairways, fire escapes, standpipes, exhaust ducts and similar overhanging extensions, including their supporting structures were exposed to public view, shall be maintained in good condition and shall not show evidence of ripping, tearing or deterioration. Prohibited and obsolete signs shall be removed or replaced pursuant to the applicable sections of the codified ordinances.
      (2)   Fences and walls.
         (a)   All fences, retaining walls or similar structures shall be anchored firmly in the ground, shall be constructed in a workmanlike manner and maintained in that same manner so that such approved fences, retaining walls or similar structures shall always be in the state of good structural repair. If any fence, retaining wall or similar structure is found not to be in the state of good structural repair, it shall be removed, replaced or repaired as required.
         (b)   Except when constructed of materials that have been designed or manufactured to remain untreated, all fences shall be treated periodically with paint or chemicals so as to retard deterioration.
      (3)   Hazards. Hazards and unsanitary conditions shall be eliminated.
      (4)   Drainage swales. Swales are to be maintained by the owners of the parcels on which they are located, and at no time will anyone plant shrubs and/or trees or discharge, empty or place any material fill or waste into any swale so as to impede or divert drainage flow. Smaller swales can be mowed as part of the yard. Larger swales in meadow situations should be mowed less frequently in order to allow grasses to grow taller to retard runoff and prevent erosion. Swales in woodland areas should be left in their natural condition leaving understory growth to retard runoff and prevent erosion.
      (5)   Traffic markings. All traffic markings such as directional arrows, lane division lines, parking space lines, stop signs and the like shall be maintained so as to be clearly visible and easily recognized.
      (6)   Conduct of business. All storage of trash and garbage containers and/or dumpsters shall be effectively screened from view in a manner approved by the appropriate boards and commissions or the Code Inspector.
      (7)   Exterior light fixtures. Exterior lighting fixtures over steps, paths, walkways, courts, drives and parking lots shall be neatly maintained in operable condition and lighted for sufficient periods of time before and after business hours to provide for pedestrian and employee safety and properly aimed so as not to shine on adjacent properties.
      (8)   Exterior stairways. All exterior stairways on all industrial premises shall be in accordance with the following provisions.
         (a)   Stairways shall be maintained free of holes, grooves and cracks which constitute a safety hazard.
         (b)   Stairways shall be maintained free of rotted or deteriorated supports.
         (c)   Stairways shall have treads of uniform width and risers of uniform height.
         (d)   Stairway handrails and/or railings shall be firmly fastened and be maintained in good condition. Where the absence of handrails and/or railings create a hazardous condition, the Code Inspector may require their installation in accordance with the provisions of the Building Code.
   (D) Accessory structures. All structures accessory to industrial use including signs, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair or shall be razed to grade level and debris removed from the premises.
(Ord. 2022-06A, passed 11-8-2022)