The following amendments hereafter become a part of the Residential Code of Ohio for One-, Two-, and Three-Family Dwellings as if written in the Code itself:
   (a)   Front Yard Post Light Required. No occupancy permit shall be granted by the Building Commissioner for the occupancy of any new residential dwelling until a front yard post light, energized by either electricity or natural gas and in operating condition, has been placed on the premises. Electric lights shall be photo cell controlled and contain at least one 100-watt light bulb. A building permit for the construction of the new dwelling shall provide for an inspection of the underground installation to comply with the standards of the City. The location of such post light shall be standardized throughout the street or subdivision of such residential dwelling, insofar as practical, and such location shall be determined by the Building Commissioner. (Adopting Ordinance)
   (b)   Survey Pins Required. No occupancy permit shall be granted by the Building Commissioner for the occupancy of any new dwelling unless, prior to occupancy, visible survey pins have been accurately placed at the corners of the sublot. Such survey pins shall be so placed only after the completion of finish grading. However, if the dwelling is ready for occupancy, but in the opinion of the Building Commissioner finish grading cannot be immediately completed due to adverse weather conditions, the Building Commissioner may issue a Conditional Occupancy Permit upon obtaining a cash deposit from the builder in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) to guarantee the placement of survey pins after final grading. At such time, the deposit shall be returned one hundred twenty days of issuance of the Conditional Occupancy Permit.
   (c)   Location of Utility Lines. In a residential district, no water, gas, storm sewer, sanitary sewer or other underground utility line shall be located under or within three feet of any driveway or sidewalk paralleling such lines. However, when, in the opinion of the Building Commissioner, such condition is unavoidable, premium backfill adequately compacted shall be used in those trenches that are under or within three feet of such sidewalk or driveway. In all cases premium backfill adequately compacted shall be used in utility trenches crossing sidewalks or driveways.
   (d)   Basement Face Brick Covering Exposed Concrete or Block Walls. No occupancy permit shall be granted by the Building Commissioner for the occupancy of any new dwelling or building unless, prior to occupancy, all exterior exposed foundation walls from one course below finished grade to the building siding are covered with face brick as approved by the Building Commissioner.
   (e)   Wood Decks and Gazebos.
      (1)   Wood decks and gazebos shall meet all requirements for property line setbacks in accordance with Section 1270.12 of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations entitled "Yards for Accessory Buildings and Uses".
      (2)   Maximum gazebo height permitted is fifteen feet above finished grade.
   (f)   Concrete Patios. Concrete patios shall be installed in accordance with applicable provisions of Chapter 1462 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of North Royalton. Patios constructed of materials other than concrete shall be governed by manufacturers' instructions or accepted practices.
   (g)   Backfill Material. Neither slag nor foundry sand shall be permitted as backfill material. The City may require a contractor to submit for testing, at the contractor's expense, any backfill material. Testing shall be conducted at a laboratory approved by the City.
   (h)   Accessory Buildings and Detached Garages. 
      (1)   An accessory building shall be constructed upon, and attached to, a layer of concrete at least four inches thick and of at least the same perimeter measurements as the building.
      (2)   Accessory buildings with 200 square feet or less in area shall be placed on a 4 inch concrete slab on grade. Subject to the approval of the Building Commissioner and/or the City Engineer, the requirement for a concrete slab can be waived if hardships due to topography or drainage exist.
      (3)   To be considered detached, garages shall be at least twenty feet from any portion of the dwelling unit.
   (i)   Grading and Draining: Backfill Over Footing Drains. The backfill over footing drains shall be pervious material (washed gravel or limestone but not slag) of the type, size and gradation required for the particular type of drain construction being used, and shall be carried up at least thirty-six inches over drain tile but not closer than twelve inches from the established surface grade. The top twelve inches of backfill shall consist of six inches of impervious (clay) soil, topped with six inches of clayey top soil if the surface is to be covered with lawn or shrubs. If the surface adjacent to the foundation wall is to be paved or have some similar treatment, then the backfill near the top may be a suitable base for such construction.
(Ord. 2000-162. Passed 10-3-00; Ord. 02-50. Passed 4-16-02; Ord. 02-85. Passed 7-16-02; Ord. 05-145. Passed 9-20-05; Ord. 06-103. Passed 9-5-06; Ord. 16-35. Passed 2-2-16.)