Chapter 18. Property Maintenance Code

Sec. 9-18.01 Administration.

These regulations shall be known as the “International Property Maintenance Code,” and may be so cited, and will be referred to herein as “this Chapter.” This Code is one (1) of the technical codes of building regulations and is administered under Title 9, Chapter 1 of the Hercules Municipal Code. (Ord. 545 § 19, 2023)

Sec. 9-18.02 Adoption by Reference.

The International Property Maintenance Code, 2021 Edition, including appendices, as published by the International Code Council is adopted by reference and made a part of this Chapter as though fully set forth herein, subject to the additions and deletions as set forth in this Chapter. (Ord. 545 § 19, 2023)

Sec. 9-18.03 Copies on File.

One (1) copy of the 2021 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code, as adopted by Section 9-18.02, is on file in the office of the Chief Building Official for inspection by the public. (Ord. 545 § 19, 2023)

Sec. 9-18.04 Amendments, Additions, and Deletions.

Amending Section 302.4, “Weeds,” to read:

All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of twelve (12) inches.

Amending Section 304.14, “Insect Screens,” to read:

Every door, window and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm), and every screen door used for insect control shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.

Exception: Screens shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect repellant fans, are employed.

Amending Section 602.3, “Heat Supply,” to read:

Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling units or sleeping units on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat sufficient to maintain a temperature of not less than 68°F in all habitable rooms, bathrooms, and toilet rooms.

Amending Section 602.4, “Occupiable work spaces,” to read:

Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat sufficient to maintain a temperature of not less than 65°F

during the period the spaces are occupied.

Amending Section 604.2, “Service,” to read:

The size and usage of appliances and equipment shall serve as a basis for determining the need for additional facilities in accordance with the National Electrical Code. Dwelling units shall be served by a three-wire, 120/240 volt, single-phase electrical service having a rating of not less than 60 amperes.

Amending Section 702.1, “General,” to read:

A safe and unobstructed path of travel shall be provided from any point in a building or structure to the public way. Means of egress shall comply with the California Fire Code.

Amending Section 702.2, “Aisles,” to read:

The required width of aisles in accordance with the California Fire Code shall be unobstructed.

Amending Section 702.3, “Locked Doors,” to read:

All means of access doors shall be readily openable from the side from which egress is to be made without the need for keys, special knowledge or effort, except where the door hardware conforms to that permitted by the California Building Code.

Amending Section 704.1, “General,” to read:

All systems, devices and equipment to detect a fire, actuate an alarm, or suppress or control a fire or any combination thereof shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times in accordance with the California Fire Code.

(Ord. 500 § 18 (part), 2017)