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The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, and shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this subchapter:
BASIC STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS. The parts of a building which provide the principal strength, stability, integrity, shape and safety of the building, including, but not limited to, plates, studs, joists, rafters, stringers, stairs, sub-flooring, flooring, sheathing, lathing, roofing, siding, window frames, door frames, porches, railings, eaves, chimneys, flashing, masonry and all other essential components.
BUILDING. Any structure, place, or any other construction built for the shelter or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or property of any kind or any part of such structure, shelter or property.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. A code enforcement officer of the City of Lincolnton or any agent of the code enforcement officer who is authorized by the code enforcement officer to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
NONRESIDENTIAL. Any building or structure or portion of a building or structure occupied or intended to be occupied, in whole or in part, for a use other than a dwelling, home, residing place, living space or sleeping space for one or more human beings, either permanently or transiently.
OCCUPANT. Any person who is a tenant or has actual possession of a nonresidential building or structure or part thereof.
OPERATOR. Any person who has charge, care, or control of a nonresidential building or structure, or part thereof.
OWNER. Any person who alone, or jointly, or severally with others:
(1) Shall have title in fee simple to any nonresidential building or structure, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof; or
(2) Shall have charge, care or control of any nonresidential building or structure as owner or agent of the owner, or as executor, executrix, administrator, administration, trustee 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 subchapter and of rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to the same extent as if he or she were the owner.
PARTIES IN INTEREST. All individuals, associations, and corporations who have interests of record in a nonresidential building or structure and any who are in possession thereof.
PREMISES. Any lot or parcel of land inclusive of any building or improvements located thereon. Safe means a condition which is not likely to do harm to humans or to real or personal property.
STRUCTURALLY SOUND. Substantially free from flaw, defect, decay or deterioration to the extent that the building or structure or structural member is capable of adequately or safely accomplishing the purpose for which it was intended or designed.
STRUCTURE. Anything constructed or placed upon a property which is supported by the ground or which is supported by any other structure, except a currently operable licensed vehicle.
UNSAFE. A condition which is reasonably likely to do harm to humans or to real or personal property if not corrected or stopped.
VACANT INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE. Any building or structure designed for the storage of goods or equipment in connection with manufacturing processes, which has not been used for that purpose for at least one year and has not been converted to another use.
VACANT MANUFACTURING FACILITY. Any building or structure previously used for the lawful production or manufacturing of goods, which has not been used for that purpose for at least one year and has not been converted to another use.
(Ord. - -, passed 3-2-2017)