(a)   A residential building under active construction/renovation and having valid building and zoning permits at the time of initial inspection shall be exempt from registration until the expiration of the longest running, currently active building permit.
   (b)   A building which has suffered fire damage or damage caused by extreme weather conditions shall be exempt from the registration requirement for a period of 90 days after the date of the fire or extreme weather event, if the property Owner submits a request for exemption in writing to the Zoning Inspector. This request shall include the names and addresses of all Owners, and a statement of intent to repair and reoccupy the building in an expedient manner, or the intent to demolish the building.
   (c)   A building that is for sale and listed with a realtor licensed by the State of Ohio shall be exempted for a period of 12 months from the start of vacancy, provided that the Owner submits proof to the Zoning Inspector of such listing and for sale status.
   (d)   Any Owner of a vacant building may request an exemption from the provisions of this Chapter by filing a written application with the Zoning Inspector, who shall timely consider same. In determining whether a request for exemption should be granted, the Zoning Inspector shall consider the following: the applicant's prior record as it pertains to the Zoning Code and the Property Maintenance Code, any outstanding Geauga County Building Code violations; the amount of vacant property the applicant currently has within the Village; and the length of time that the building for which the exception is sought has been vacant.
(Ord. 16-127. Passed 10-13-16.)