Skip to code content (skip section selection)
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
BUILDING - an independent structure having a roof supported by columns or walls resting on its own foundation and includes dwelling, garage, barn, stable, shed, greenhouse, mobile home, plant, factory, warehouse, school or similar structure.
DANGEROUS BUILDING - all buildings or structures which have any or all of the following defects shall be deemed dangerous buildings:
(1) Those whose interior walls or other vertical structural members list, lean or buckle to such an extent that a plumb line passing through the center of gravity falls outside the middle third of its base.
(2) Those which, exclusive of the foundation, show damage or deterioration to 33% of the supporting member or members, or damage or deterioration to 50% of the non-supporting enclosing or outside walls or covering.
(3) Those which have improperly distributed loads upon the floors or roofs or in which the same are overloaded, or which have insufficient strength to be reasonably safe for the purpose used.
(4) Those which have been damaged by fire, wind or other causes so as to be dangerous to life, safety, or the general health and welfare of the occupants or the public.
(5) Those which are so damaged, dilapidated, decayed, unsafe, unsanitary, vermin-infested or which so utterly fail to provide the amenities essential to decent living that they are unfit for human habitation, or are likely to cause sickness or disease, so as to work injury to the health, safety or general welfare of those living therein.
(6) Those which have parts thereof which are so attached that they may fall and injure property or members of the public.
(7) Those which lack illumination, ventilation or sanitation facilities or because of another condition are unsafe, unsanitary, or dangerous to the health, safety, or general welfare of the occupants or the public.
(8) Those which because of their location are unsanitary, or otherwise dangerous, to the health or safety of the occupants or the public.
(9) Those existing in violation of any provisions of the Building Code, Fire Prevention Code, or other ordinances of Lamar Township.
DWELLING - any building which is wholly or partly used or intended to be used for living or sleeping by human occupants.
DWELLING UNIT - any room or group of rooms located within a dwelling and forming a single habitable unit with facilities which are used or intended to be used for living or sleeping by human occupants.
EXTERMINATION - control or elimination of insects, rodents or other pests by eliminating their harborage places, removing or making inaccessible, materials that may serve as their food, poisoning, spraying, fumigating, trapping, or by any other recognized and legal pest elimination methods.
GARBAGE - animal or vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
INFESTATION - presence, with or around a dwelling, of any insects, rodents or other pests.
OWNER - person who, alone or jointly or severally with others:
(1) Shall have legal title to any dwelling, or dwelling unit, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof.
(2) Shall have charge, care or control of any dwelling or dwelling unit, as owner or agent of the owner, or as executor, executrix, administrator, administratrix, or guardian of the estate of the owner. Any such person thus representing the actual owner shall be bound to comply with the provisions of this Part and with rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to the same extent as if he were the owner.
PERSON - any individual, firm, corporation, association or partnership, or other legal entity.
PROPERTY - a piece, parcel, lot or tract of land.
RUBBISH - combustible or non-combustible waste materials, except garbage, including residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke, and other combustible material, paper, rags, cartons, boxes, wood, excelsior, rubber, leather, tree branches, yard trimmings tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass, crockery and dust.
STRUCTURE - any thing constructed or erected with a fixed or ascertainable location on the ground or in water, whether or not affixed to the ground or anchored in the water, including buildings, walls, fences, platforms, docks, wharves, billboards, signs and walks.
Whenever the words “dwelling,” “dwelling unit,” or “premises” are used in this Part, they shall be construed as though they were followed by the words “or any part thereof.”
(Ord. 9-3-2013, 9/3/2013, § 2-201)