1496.03  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OWNERS AND OPERATORS.
   (a)   Hazards and Unsanitary Conditions.  The exterior of any premises and all structures thereon shall be kept free of all nuisances and of all hazards to the safety of occupants, pedestrians and other persons utilizing the premises, and free of hazards, which include, but are not limited to the following:
      (1)   Refuse.  Brush, weeds, broken glass, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths and accumulations of filth, garbage, trash, refuse and debris.
      (2)   Natural growth.  Dead and dying trees and limbs and other natural growth which, by reason of their rotting or deteriorating condition or storm damage, constitute a hazard to persons in the vicinity thereof.
      (3)   Overhangings; ice and snow.  Loose and overhanging objects and accumulations of ice and snow which, by reason of their location above ground level, constitute a danger of falling on persons in the vicinity thereof.
      (4)   Ground surface hazards; unsanitary conditions.  Holes, excavations, breaks, projections, obstructions, icy conditions, uncleared snow and excretions of pets and other animals on walks, driveways, parking lots, parking areas and other parts of premises which are accessible to and used by persons on such premises.  All such holes and excavations shall be filled and repaired, walks and steps replaced and other conditions removed, where necessary to eliminate hazards or unsanitary conditions with reasonable dispatch upon their discovery.
   (b)   Foundation Walls.  Foundation walls shall be kept structurally sound, free from defects and damage and capable of bearing imposed loads safely.
   (c)   Chimneys, Flues and Vent Attachments.  Chimneys, flues and vent attachments thereto shall be maintained structurally sound, free from defects and so as to capably perform at all times the functions for which they were designed.  Chimneys, flues, gas vents or other draft-producing equipment shall provide sufficient draft to develop the rated output of the connected equipment and shall be structurally safe, durable, smoketight and capable of withstanding the action of flue gases.
   (d)   Exterior Porches, Landings, Balconies, Stairs and Fire Escapes.  Exterior porches, landings, balconies, stairs and fire escapes shall be provided with banisters or railings properly designed and maintained to minimize the hazard of falling, and the same shall be kept structurally sound, in good repair and free from defects.
   (e)   Commercial Business Buildings.  Every commercial business building, including accessory structures in or about a building or on the lot on which such building is situated, and every building unit and every part thereof, including fences, shall be maintained in good repair by the operator.
   The provisions set forth above which apply to the exterior of a structure shall be complied with whether the property is occupied or vacant.
   (f)   Signs and Billboards.  All permanent signs and billboards exposed to public view permitted by reason of other regulations or as a lawful nonconforming use, shall be maintained in good repair.  All nonoperative or broken electrical signs shall be repaired or shall, with their supporting members, be removed forthwith.
   (g)   Store Fronts.  All store fronts shall be kept in good repair, painted where required, and shall not constitute a safety hazard or nuisance.  In the event that repairs to a store front become necessary, such repairs shall be made with reasonable dispatch and shall be permanent in nature.  Any cornice visible above a store front shall be kept in good repair.
   (h)   Awnings and Marquees.  All awnings and marquees and their accompanying structural members, which extend over any street, sidewalk or any other portion of the premises, shall be maintained in good repair and shall not constitute a nuisance or a safety hazard.  In the event that such awnings or marquees are not properly maintained in accordance with the foregoing, they shall, together with their supporting members, be removed forthwith.  In the event that such awnings or marquees are made of cloth, plastic or similar material, such cloth, plastic or similar material, where exposed to public view, shall be maintained and shall not show evidence of excessive weathering, ripping, tearing or other holes.  Nothing herein shall be construed to authorize any encroachment on streets, sidewalks or other parts of the public domain.
   (i)   General Maintenance of Exterior.  The exterior of every structure or accessory structure, including fences, signs and store fronts, shall be maintained in good repair.  All surfaces shall be maintained free of broken glass, loose shingles, crumbling stone or brick.
   (j)   Reconstruction of Walls and Sidings.  All reconstructions of walls and sidings shall be of standard quality and appearance.
   (k)   Floors, Interior Walls and Ceilings.  The floors, interior walls and ceilings of every structure shall be structurally sound and maintained in a clear and sanitary condition.
   (l)   Floors Generally.  Floors shall be considered to be structurally sound when capable of safely bearing imposed loads and shall be maintained at all times in a condition so as to be smooth, clean and free from cracks, breaks and other hazards.
   (m)   Washroom and Water Closet Compartment Floors.  Washroom and water closet compartment floors shall be surfaced with water-resistant material and shall be kept in a dry, clean and sanitary condition at all times.
   (n)   Supporting Structural Members.  Supporting structural members are to be kept structurally sound, free from deterioration and capable of bearing imposed loads safety.
   (o)   Walls and Ceilings Generally.  Walls and ceilings shall be considered to be in good repair when they are clean and free from cracks, breaks, loose plaster and similar conditions.  Walls and ceilings shall be kept clean, free of visible foreign matter, sanitary and well maintained at all times.
   (p)   Lighting of Washrooms and Water Closets.  Every washroom and water closet compartment shall be provided with permanently installed artificial lighting fixtures with a switch and wall plate, so located and maintained that there is no danger of short-circuiting from water from other bathroom facilities or from splashing of water.
   (q)   Electrical Service Generally.  All commercial business structures shall be properly connected and be provided with electric power through safely insulated conductors conforming to all codes of the City.
   (r)   Loose or Exposed Wiring; Insulation.  Except as hereinafter provided, all wiring or cables shall be properly affixed or attached to the structure, insulation shall be provided for all wiring and cables and kept in good repair, and no ceiling or wall fixture shall be used for supplying power to equipment other than that for which it is designed.
   (s)   Fuses.  Maximum fuse sizes consistent with safety shall be posted conspicuously on the inside cover of all fuse boxes and no fuse shall be installed therein in excess of the stated maximum.  However, owners shall not be responsible for unlawful fuse installations made without their knowledge, where the correct maximum is stated and the fuse box is located within any part of the premises which is in the exclusive possession of occupants other than the owner.
   (t)   Overloading of Circuits.  Overloading of circuits is prohibited.  Where the Superintendent of Building and Zoning Inspection finds, after notice and hearing, that, by reason of the appliances and fixtures, there is continuing overloading of an electrical line, thereby creating a hazard, the operator shall be required to install a line of sufficient capacity to absorb the load to which the line is subjected or otherwise eliminate the conditions causing the overload.  For the purposes of this section, the Superintendent may consider the peak seasonable load to which the line is subjected.
   (u)   Removal of Garbage.  The operator shall have the duty and responsibility of removing garbage.
   (v)   Storage of Flammable or Combustible Liquids, Etc.  Flammable or combustible liquids or other materials may not be stored on the premises unless they are of a type approved for storage by the regulations of the Division of Fire, and then only in such quantities as may be prescribed by such regulations. 
(Ord. 42-1981.  Passed 2-23-81.)