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For the purpose of this chapter, any building or structure which has any or all of the conditions or defects hereinafter described shall be deemed to be a dangerous building, provided that the conditions or defects exist to the extent that the life, health, property or safety of the public or its occupants are endangered.
(A) Whenever any door, aisle, passageway, stairway or other means of exit is not of sufficient width or size or is not so arranged as to provide safe and adequate means of exit in case of fire or panic.
(B) Whenever the walking surface of any aisle, passageway, stairway or other means of exit is so warped, worn, lose, torn or otherwise unsafe as to not provide safe and adequate means of exit in case of fire or panic.
(C) Whenever the stress in any materials, member or portion thereof, due to all dead and live loads, is more than 1-1/2 times the working stress or stresses allowed in the Building Code for new buildings of similar structure, purpose or location.
(D) Whenever any portion thereof has been damaged by fire, earthquake, wind, flood or by any other cause, to an extent that the structural strength or stability thereof is materially less than it was before the catastrophe and is less than the minimum requirements of the Building Code for new buildings of similar structure, purpose or location.
(E) Whenever any portion or member or appurtenance thereof is likely to fail, or become detached or dislodged, or to collapse and thereby injure persons or damage property.
(F) Whenever any portion of a building, or any member, appurtenance or ornamentation on the exterior thereof is not of sufficient strength or stability, or is not so anchored, attached or fastened in place so as to be capable of resisting a wind pressure of ½ of that specified in the Building Code for new buildings of similar structure, purpose or location without exceeding the working stresses permitted in the Building Code for the buildings.
(G) Whenever any portion thereof has wrecked, warped, buckled or settled to an extent that walls or other structural portions have materially less resistance to wind or earthquakes than is required in the case of similar new construction.
(H) Whenever the building or structure, or any portion thereof, because of:
(1) Dilapidation, deterioration or decay;
(2) Faulty construction;
(3) The removal, movement or instability of any portion of the ground necessary for the purpose of supporting the building;
(4) The deterioration, decay or inadequacy of its foundation; or
(5) Any other cause, is likely to partially of completely collapse.
(I) Whenever, for any reason, the building or structure, or any portion thereof, is manifestly unsafe for the purpose for which it is being used.
(J) Whenever the exterior walls or other vertical structural members list, lean or buckle to an extent that a plumb line passing through the center of gravity does not fall inside the middle 1/3 of the base.
(K) Whenever the building or structure, exclusive of the foundation, shows 33% or more damage or deterioration of its supporting member or members, 50% damage deterioration of its non-supporting members, enclosing or outside wall or coverings.
(L) Whenever the building or structure has been so damaged by fire, wind, earthquake or flood, or has become so dilapidated or deteriorated as to become:
(1) An attractive nuisance to children;
(2) A harbor for vagrants; criminals or immoral persons; or
(3) As to enable persons to resort thereto for the purpose of committing unlawful or immoral acts.
(M) Whenever any building or structure has been constructed, exits or is maintained in violation of any specific requirements or prohibition applicable to the building or structure provided by the building regulations of the jurisdiction, as specified in the Building Code, or of any law or ordinance of this state of jurisdiction relating to the condition, location or structure of buildings.
(N) Whenever any building or structure which, whether or not erected in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances, has in any non-supporting part, member if portion less than 50%, or in any supporting part, member or portion less than 66% of the:
(2) Fire-resisting qualities or characteristics; or
(3) Weather-resisting qualities or characteristics required by law in the case of newly constructed building of like area, height and occupancy in the same location.
(O) Whenever a building or structure, used or intended to be used for dwelling purposes, because of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, decay, damage, faulty construction or arrangement, inadequate light, air or sanitation facilities, or, otherwise, is determined by the health officer to be insanitary, unfit for human habitation or in a condition that is likely to cause sickness or disease.
(P) Whenever any building or structure, because of obsolescence, dilapidated condition, deterioration, damage, inadequate exits, lack of sufficient fire-resistive construction, faulty electric wiring, gas connections or heating apparatus, or other cause, is determined by the Fire Chief to be a fire hazard.
(Q) Whenever any building or structure is in a condition as to constitute a public nuisance known to the common law or in equity jurisprudence.
(R) Whenever any portion of a building or structure remains on a site after the demolition or destruction of the building or structure or whenever any building or structure is abandoned for a period on excess of 6 months so as to constitute the building or portion thereof an attractive nuisance or hazard to the public.
(Ord. 2003-2, passed 12-17-2003) Penalty, see § 10.99