The words and phrases used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, shall have the following meanings:
ABATE: To repair, replace, remove, destroy or otherwise remedy a conditionwhich constitutes a violation of this chapter by such means and in such a manner and to such an extent as the Enforcement Officer, or designee(s) in his or her judgment, determines is necessary in the interest of the general health, safety and welfare of the community.
BUILDING MATERIALS: Means and includes lumber, plumbing materials, wallboard, sheet metal, plaster, brick, cement, asphalt, concrete block, roofing materials, paint, solvents, fuel, cleaners, and similar materials.
CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF PERSONS: Three (3) or more persons from different households.
ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: The building inspector of the City of Orting or his or her designee.
PERSON: An individual, group of individuals, corporation, government or governmental agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, two (2) or more persons having a joint or common interest, or any other legal or commercial entity.
PREMISES: Any building, lot, parcel, real estate or land or portion of land whether improved or unimproved, including adjacent sidewalks, parking strips, planting strips, and permanent BMPs (see section 9-5A-4 of this code for definition of BMP).
PROPERTY: Any object of value that a person may lawfully acquire and hold, and/or any land and that which is affixed, incidental or appurtenant to land, including but not limited to any business or residence, grounds, vacant lots, facilities, parking area, loading area, landscaping, building or structure or any separate part, unit or portion thereof, or any business equipment, whether or not permanent.
PUBLIC NUISANCE: A thing, act, omission to act, occupation, or use of property which:
   A.   Annoys, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of the public;
   B.   Offends public decency;
   C.   Unlawfully interferes with, obstructs, or renders dangerous for passage any stream, river, channel, public park, square, street, alley, highway or sidewalk;
   D.   In any way renders the public insecure in life or use of property.
RESPONSIBLE PERSON: Unless otherwise defined, any of the following: any person who has titled ownership of the property or structure which is subject to this chapter; an occupant in control of the property or structure which is subject to this chapter; a developer, builder, or business operator or owner who is developing, building, or operating a business on the property or in a structure which is subject to this chapter; a mortgagee that has filed an action in foreclosure on the property that is subject to the regulation, based on breach or default of the mortgage agreement, until title to the property is transferred to a third party; a mortgagee of property that is subject to the regulation and has not been occupied by the owner, the owner's tenant, or a person having the owner's permission to occupy the premises for a period of at least ninety (90) days; and/or any person who has control over the property and/or who has created, caused, participated in, or has allowed a violation to occur.
(1973 Code § 8.16.020; amd. Ord. 2016-995, 9-28-2016; Ord. 2019-1057, 1-8-2020)