(A)   If there exists within the town abandoned structures that the Building Inspector finds 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 abate the nuisance. Therefore, pursuant to the authority granted by G.S. §§ 160D-1201 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 abandoned 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 a local inspector finds any defects in a building, or finds the building has not been constructed in accordance with applicable state and local laws; or that a building, because of its condition, is dangerous or contains fire hazardous conditions; it shall be the inspector's duty to notify the owner or occupant of the building of its defects, hazardous conditions, or failure to comply with law. The owner or occupant shall each immediately remedy the defects, hazardous conditions, or violations of law in the property he owns.
   (C)   Defective conditions may include the following (without limiting the generality of this section):
      (1)   Defects increasing the hazards of fire, accident, or other calamities;
      (2)   Lack of adequate ventilation, light, or sanitary facilities;
      (3)   Dilapidation, disrepair, structural defects, or uncleanliness.
(Ord. 96-14, passed 9-3-96; Am. Ord. 02-10, passed 7-8-02; Am. Ord. 21-10, passed 6-15-21)