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(A) Residential building and nonresidential building or structure. Every building that shall appear to the inspector to be especially dangerous to life because of its liability to fire or because of bad conditions of walls, overloaded floors, defective construction, decay, unsafe wiring or heating system, inadequate means of egress, or other causes, shall be held to be unsafe, and the inspector shall affix a notice of the dangerous character of the structure to a conspicuous place on the exterior wall of the building.
(B) Nonresidential building or structure. In addition to the authority granted in division (A) of this section, an inspector may declare a nonresidential building or structure within a community development target area to be unsafe if it meets both of the following conditions:
(1) It appears to the inspector to be vacant or abandoned.
(2) It appears to the inspector to be in such dilapidated condition as to cause or contribute to blight, disease, vagrancy, fire or safety hazard, to be a danger to children, or to tend to attract persons intent on criminal activities or other activities that would constitute a public nuisance.
(C) If an inspector declares a nonresidential building or structure to be unsafe under division (B) of this section, the inspector must affix a notice of the unsafe character of the structure to a conspicuous place on the exterior wall of the building. For the purposes of this section, the term COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TARGET AREA means an area that has characteristics of a development zone under G.S. § 160A-129.3A, a nonresidential redevelopment area under G.S. § 160A-503(10), or an area with similar characteristics designated by the Town Council as being in a special need of revitalization for the benefit and welfare of its citizens.
(D) A municipality may expand divisions (B) and (C) of this section to apply to residential buildings by adopting an ordinance. Before adopting such an ordinance, a municipality shall hold a public hearing and shall provide notice of the hearing at least ten days in advance of the hearing.
(E) (1) If any person shall remove any notice that has been affixed to any building or structure by the inspector that states the dangerous character of the building or structure, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(2) (Effective October 1, 1994). If any person shall remove any notice that has been affixed to any building or structure by a local inspector and that states the dangerous character of the building or structure, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
(Ord. 2016-02, passed 9-15-2015) Penalty, see § 150.999
Unsafe buildings condemned, see G.S. § 160A-426
Removing notice from condemned buildings, see G.S. § 160A-427