Chapter 15.12
EXCAVATIONS – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

Sections:

15.12.010    Excavation to be guarded.

15.12.020    Building material, moving houses, explosives.

15.12.030    Referral of applications.

15.12.040    Granting of permits.

15.12.050    Dust control.

15.12.010 Excavation to be guarded.

No person shall dig up, undermine, or in any way disturb or obstruct any street or alley or public place or cause the same to be done, or fill in or upon any such place any earth, offal or rock or any other matter or thing tending to disturb or obstruct the same without first obtaining permit from the street commissioner, nor leave any ditch or excavation in or upon any street, alley or public place open over night without providing the same with solid guard rails and a sufficient number of red lights at each end and along such ditch or excavation. (Ord. 69 § 37, 1913).

15.12.020 Building material, moving houses, explosives.

No person shall deposit any building material or other matter or erect or move any building in any street or public place so as to seriously or unnecessarily impede traffic or remove any part of any public sidewalk without express permission from the public works director, or leave any such material or building in any street or alley or any opening in any public sidewalk for any unnecessary length of time or during the nighttime without maintaining such lights or guards as to insure safety of travel, or explode any explosive without taking precautions as shall secure any person or property from injury. (Ord. 1061 § 18, 1997: Ord. 69 § 39, 1913).

15.12.030 Referral of applications.

All applications for grading permits shall be referred to the city planning and building department. The city planning and building department director shall determine if the proposed grading will adversely affect the character of the site for present lawful uses or with the future development of the site and adjacent properties for building or other purposes as indicated in the city of Chelan zoning ordinance or in the comprehensive plan for the city of Chelan. A civil engineer licensed to practice in the state of Washington appointed by the council shall determine the effect of the intended grading upon public and private property. The appointed civil engineer shall report their findings to the authorized administrator of this chapter. (Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 9) (part), 2017: Ord. 325 A § 7, 1963).

15.12.040 Granting of permits.

After the planning and building director and the appointed civil engineer have submitted their reports to the authorized administrator of this chapter, the authorized administrator shall ascertain whether such grading work complies with the other provisions of this chapter. If the application and plans so comply, the authorized administrator shall issue to said applicant a grading permit. A grading permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed one year. Upon approval of the application and issuance of the grading permit no work shall be done that is not provided for in the permit. The authorized administrator of this chapter is authorized to inspect the premises at any time to determine if the work is in accordance with the permit application and plans. (Ord. 1533 § 6 (Exh. 10) (part), 2017: Ord. 325 A § 8, 1963).

15.12.050 Dust control.

As part of a grading permit application, building permit application, or construction permit application, an applicant shall provide a dust control plan. The plan shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the administrator:

A. Special precautions to control dust at all times throughout the entire construction project, including on weekends and holidays, when necessary. Watering, or other appropriate and approved dust control measures will be required whenever dust conditions are present on the roadway, on adjacent streets when dust results from construction activities, and on cut and fill slopes.

B. Topsoil that is removed from a development shall be temporarily stockpiled and replaced as soon as possible to stabilize disturbed areas and to support landscaping and re-establish native vegetation. Soils shall be covered with a woven weed barrier that sheds moisture yet allows air flow or equivalent technique.

C. Areas disturbed by construction and subsequently restored, and all landscaped areas shall be irrigated using permanent or temporary methods for a minimum of two growing seasons. The administrator shall require weed control measures be implemented during the growing seasons as part of the dust control plan. The administrator may enforce nuisance regulations to ensure noxious weeds are controlled during construction, or at any time prior to a certificate of occupancy. (Ord. 1533 § 8 (Exh. 83) (part), 2017).