PART THIRTEEN - BUILDING CODE
Chap. 1301.     Ohio Building Code.
Chap. 1311.     Residential Code of Ohio for  One,  Numbers.
Chap. 1321.   Local Building Code.
Chap. 1322.   House and Building Numbers.
Chap. 1323.     Smoke Detectors in Existing Residential Structures.
Chap. 1327.     Property Maintenance Code.
Chap. 1331.     National Electrical Code.
Chap. 1341.     Satellite Dish Antennas.
Chap. 1351.     Moving Structures.
Chap. 1361.     Miscellaneous Provisions.
CHAPTER 1301
Ohio Building Code
1301.01   Adoption.
1301.02   Purpose.
1301.03   Application.
1301.04   Compliance.
1301.05   New work.
1301.06   Notice of violations; adjudication or stop work order.
1301.07   File and distribution copies.
1301.08   Conflict.
1301.09   Enforcement.
1301.99   Penalty.
 
CROSS REFERENCES
See sectional histories for similar State law
Removal of unsafe structures - see Ohio R.C. 715.26(B), 715.261
Power to enact further and additional regulations - see Ohio R.C. 3781.01
Authorization by Board of Building Standards - see Ohio R.C. 3781.12
Enforcement - see Ohio R.C. 3781.03, 3781.031, 3781.10(E), 3781.102, 3781.19
Final jurisdiction - see Ohio R.C. 3781.04
Application - see Ohio R.C. 3781.06, 3781.10(E), 3781.11(A)
Submission of plans - see Ohio R.C. 3791.04
Dead bolt locks in apartment buildings - see Ohio R.C. 3781.103
Smoke detection system for apartments and condominiums - see Ohio R.C. 3781.104; OAC Ch. 4101:2-89
Use of public buildings by handicapped persons - see Ohio R.C. 3781.111
Energy conservation - see Ohio R.C. 3781.181; OAC Ch. 4101:2-25
Safety glazing - see Ohio R.C. 3781.51 et seq.
Abandoned service stations - see Ohio R.C. 3791.11 et seq.
Safety standards for refuse containers - see Ohio R.C. 3791.21; OAC  4101:2-88-01 et seq.
 
1301.01  ADOPTION.
   Pursuant to Ohio RC. 731.231, there is hereby adopted by the Municipality, the Ohio Building Code (OBC), as adopted by the Ohio Board of Building Standards, Department of Industrial Relations, effective January 1, 2002, and as published in Division 4101:2 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). All subsequent editions of the Ohio Building Code adopted by the Ohio Board of Building Standards, together with any amendments adopted thereto, shall continue in effect until amended by Council. 
(Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.02  PURPOSE.
   The purpose of the Ohio Building Code as adopted herein is:
   (a)    To provide uniform minimum standards and requirements for the erection, construction, repair, alteration and maintenance of buildings, including construction of industrialized units. Such standards shall relate to the conservation of energy, safety and sanitation of buildings for their intended use and occupancy.
   (b)   Formulate such standards and requirements, so far as is practicable, in terms of performance objectives, so as to make adequate performance for the use intended the test of acceptability.
   (c)    Permit to the fullest extent feasible, the use of materials and technical methods, devices and improvements, including the use of industrialized units which tend to reduce the cost of construction and erection without affecting minimum requirements for the health, safety and security of the occupants or users of buildings or industrialized units and without preferential treatment of types or classes, of materials or products or methods of construction.
   (d)   Encourage, so far as may be practicable, the standardization of construction practices, methods, equipment, material and techniques, including methods employed to produce industrialized units.
      (Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.03  APPLICATION.
   The Ohio Building Code as adopted herein applies to all buildings except as follows:
   (a)    One-family, two-family and three-family detached dwellings and structures incidental to those dwellings which are not constructed of industrialized units, except for energy conservation provisions required in OBC Chapter 13 entitled "Energy Efficiency" (See Ohio R.C. 3781.06, 3781.181, and 3781.182);
   (b)   Buildings owned by and used for a function of the United States government;
   (c)    Existing buildings where their location, parts, equipment and other items do not constitute a serious hazard unless otherwise regulated by OBC Chapter 34 entitled "Existing Structures";
   (d)    Buildings constructed in accordance with plans, which have been approved prior to the effective date of the Ohio Building Code;
   (e)    Buildings or structures which are incident to the use for agricultural purposes of the land on which such buildings or structures are located, provided such buildings or structures are not used in the business of retail trade, as set forth in Ohio R.C. 3781.06 and 3781.061;
   (f)    Agricultural labor camps as defined in Ohio R.C. 3733.41;
   (g)    One-family, two-family and three-family detached dwelling houses for which applications have been submitted to the Ohio Director of Human Services pursuant to Ohio R.C. 5104.03 for the purposes of operating type A family day-care homes as defined in Ohio R.C. 5104.01; and
   (h)    Buildings or structures which are designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with Federa1 standards and regulations and are used for Federal and State military purposes as provided in Ohio Administrative Code OAC 4101:2- 09(H).
      (Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.04  COMPLIANCE.
   (a)    No owner or any other person shall construct, erect, build or equip any building or structure to which the Ohio Building Code is applicable, or make any addition thereto or alteration thereof, except in case of repairs for maintenance without affecting the construction, sanitation, safety or other vital feature of such building or structure, without complying with this chapter, Ohio R.C. Chapters 3781 and 3791 or the Ohio Building Code, or fail to comply with any lawful order issued pursuant thereto.
   (b)    No architect, builder, engineer, plumber, carpenter, mason, contractor, subcontractor, foreman or employee shall violate or assist in violating this chapter, Ohio R.C. Chapters 3781 and 3791 or the Ohio Building Code, or fail to comply with any lawful order issued pursuant thereto.
   (c)    No owner or any other person shall proceed with the construction, erection, alteration or equipment of any building or structure to which the Ohio Building Code is applicable without complying with this chapter and the plan and specification submission and processing requirements of the Municipality, and until plans or drawings, specifications and data have been approved, or the industrialized unit has been inspected at the point
of origin.  (Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.05  NEW WORK.
   No buildings or its equipment or appurtenances, to which the Ohio Building Code is applicable under Section 1301.03, shall be erected, constructed or installed, except in conformity with OBC.
(Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.06  NOTICE OF VIOLATIONS; ADJUDICATION OR STOP WORK ORDER.
   (a)    When the Municipality finds that work or equipment is contrary to this chapter, approved plans therefor or the Ohio Building Code, notice in writing shall be sent to the owner of such building or structure or his agent. The notice shall state where and in what respect the work or equipment does not conform to such lawful requirements and specify a reasonable period of time in which to conform. (OAC 4101:2-1-34)
   (b)    Prior to enforcement of this chapter by any civil or criminal remedy, the Municipality shall issue an adjudication order within the meaning of Ohio R.C. 119.06 to 119.13 and Ohio Administrative Code 4101:2-1-35, or a stop work order as provided in OAC 4101:2-1-36. Failure to cease work after receipt of an adjudication order is a violation of this chapter pending completion of appeal as provided in Ohio R.C. 3781.19, and failure to cease work after receipt of a stop work order is a violation of this chapter and is hereby declared a public nuisance pending completion of appeal as provided in Ohio R.C. 3781.19.
(Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.07  FILE AND DISTRIBUTION COPIES.
   A complete copy of the Ohio Building Code, as adopted herein, is on file with the Building Department for public inspection in accordance with the Ohio Public Records Law.
(Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.08  CONFLICT.
   (a)    The Ohio Building Code shall supersede and govern any order, standard or rule of the Ohio Fire Code or the Division of State Fire Marshal, the Ohio Department of Commerce, the Ohio Department of Industrial Relations and the Ohio Division of Factory and Building Inspection therein, and the Ohio Department of Health, in all cases of conflict, except rules adopted and orders given by the Ohio Fire Marshall pursuant to Ohio R.C. Chapter 3743 entitled "Fireworks" shall prevail in the event of a conflict.
   (b)    In all other cases of conflict between the Ohio Building Code and any other Municipal ordinance or technical code adopted thereby, the more restrictive provision shall govern.
   (c)    Where a special provision is made in a use group classification of OBC and is inconsistent with a general provision of OBC relating to buildings generally, the special provision governs, unless it appears that the provisions are cumulative.
(Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.09  ENFORCEMENT.
   (a)    The Building Official shall enforce all the provisions of OBC relating to construction, arrangement, and erection of all buildings or parts thereof including fire protection as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 4101:2-2-02.
   (b)    The Fire Marshal or Fire Chief shall enforce all provisions of OBC relating to fire prevention as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 4101:2-2-02. 
(Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)
1301.99  PENALTY.
   Whoever violates any provision of this chapter or any Code adopted herein or fails to  comply with any lawful order issued pursuant thereto is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first  degree and shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisoned not more  than six months or both. Each day during which noncompliance or a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The Municipality may institute injunction proceedings in Common Pleas Court to abate the nuisance of failure to cease work after receipt of a stop work order as referred to in Section 1301.06(b).
(Ord.  125-2001.  Passed 12-13-01.)