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For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. The Residential Building and Code Enforcement Official of the city and any other person duly authorized by the city or any other governmental authority to perform building inspections in the city.
INSECURE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE. A building or structure that has become abandoned, deserted or vacant and left unsecured and open to entrance and occupation by squatters.
PUBLIC NUISANCE. Any condition resulting from the destruction or damage of buildings or other structures or land or resulting from any lack of reasonable or adequate maintenance of buildings or other structures or land that causes a deterioration and blighting influence on nearby properties thereby depreciating the enjoyment and use of the property in the immediate vicinity to such an extent that it is harmful to the community. PUBLIC NUISANCES include, but are not limited to, insecure, unsafe or structurally defective buildings or other structures.
STRUCTURALLY DEFECTIVE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE. A building or structure that is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, structurally unsafe or of such faulty construction or unstable foundation, that partial or complete collapse is possible.
UNFIT FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY. In disrepair or lacking maintenance to such a degree that it is so unsanitary, vermin or rat infested, containing filth and/or contamination, or lacking ventilation, illumination, sanitary or heating facilities as to be dangerous to the health or safety of human occupants.
UNSAFE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE. A building or structure that is dangerous to the life, health, property or safety of the public or the occupants by not providing minimum safeguards to protect or warn occupants in the event of fire or because it contains unsafe equipment or is unfit for human occupancy.
UNSAFE EQUIPMENT. Any boiler, heating equipment, elevator, electrical wiring or device, flammable liquid containers or other equipment on the premises or within the building or structure which is in such disrepair or condition that such equipment is a hazard to life, health, property or safety of the public or occupants.
(Ord. 10-039, passed 6-15-10)