Chapter 15.48
SAFETY ASSESSMENT PLACARDS

Sections:

15.48.010    Intent.

15.48.020    Application of provisions.

15.48.030    Definitions.

15.48.040    Placards.

15.48.010 Intent.

This chapter establishes standard placards to be used to indicate the condition of a structure, following an earthquake or other destructive event, for continued occupancy. The chapter further authorizes the chief building official and his or her authorized representatives to post the appropriate placard at each entry to a building or structure upon completion of a safety assessment. (Ord. 1502 § 1 (part), 2007)

15.48.020 Application of provisions.

The provisions of this chapter are applicable to all buildings and structures of all occupancies regulated by the city of San Luis Obispo. The council may extend the provisions as necessary. (Ord. 1502 § 1 (part), 2007)

15.48.030 Definitions.

“Safety assessment” is a visual, nondestructive examination of a building or structure for the purpose of determining the condition for continued use. (Ord. 1502 § 1 (part), 2007)

15.48.040 Placards.

A. The following are verbal descriptions of the official jurisdiction placards to be used to designate the condition for occupancy of buildings or structures.

1. “Inspected – Lawful Occupancy Permitted” is to be posted on any building or structure wherein no apparent structural hazard has been found. This placard is not intended to mean that there is no damage to the building or structure.

2. “Restricted Use” is to be posted on each building or structure that has been damaged wherein the damage has resulted in some form of restriction to the continued occupancy. The individual who posts this placard will note in general terms the type of damage encountered and will clearly and concisely note the restriction on continued occupancy.

3. “Unsafe – Do Not Enter or Occupy” is to be posted on each building or structure that has been damaged such that continued occupancy poses a threat to life safety. Buildings or structures posted with this placard shall not be entered under any circumstances except as authorized in writing by the chief building official or his or her authorized representative. Safety assessment teams shall be authorized to enter these buildings at any time. This placard is not to be used or considered as a demolition order. The individual who posts this placard will note in general terms the type of damage encountered.

B. The placard must display the number of the ordinance codified in this chapter, name, address and phone number of the jurisdiction.

C. Once it has been attached to a building or structure, a placard is not to be removed, altered or covered until done so by an authorized representative of the chief building official. Pursuant to Chapter 1.12 of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to alter, remove, cover or deface a placard unless authorized pursuant to this section. (Ord. 1502 § 1 (part), 2007)