A.   This chapter shall not be construed to prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of exterior architectural features, walls, landscapes, etc., in or on any designated property that does not involve a change in design, materials or external appearance thereof, nor does this chapter prevent the construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or removal of any such feature when the planning and community development department certifies to the council that such action is required for the public safety due to unsafe or dangerous conditions which cannot be rectified through the use of the California historical building code.
   B.   Every owner of a designated historic resource shall maintain and keep such resource in a manner that ensures the continued availability of such premises for lawful and reasonable uses, its continued eligibility for listing on the City's Register of Historic Resources, does not constitute "demolition by neglect" and prevents deterioration, dilapidation and decay of any portion of such resource. Specifically, it shall be the responsibility of the owner of a designated resource to maintain in good repair the building, walls, and landscaping in order to prevent deterioration of exterior architectural and scenic features. In order to prevent demolition by neglect the City may repair a historic resource and treat the cost of repairs as a lien against the property. (Ord. 2899 §4, 2019: Ord. 1954 §13, 1986)