Chapter 15.07


15.07.010    Permit required.

15.07.020    Application, investigation and permit issuance.

15.07.030    Demolition.

15.07.010 Permit required.

No building or structure shall be demolished unless: (A) an application is made for a separate permit as set forth in CHMC 15.04.020; (B) compliance with CHMC 15.04.150 for rodent abatement; (C) all necessary information has been submitted to the building official as provided in this chapter; and (D) a permit has been issued. Building demolition permits are exempt from project permit processing, as described in CHMC 19.01.007. (Ord. 948 § 3, 2016; Ord. 743 § 4, 1996; Ord. 674 § 1, 1993)

15.07.020 Application, investigation and permit issuance.

A. Application Contents. An application shall be filed with the building official for a demolition permit, and/or for the use of street or walk area deemed necessary for building demolition operations. The application shall specify the period of time needed to complete demolition, and the period of time the applicant desires to use the public areas. In addition, the application shall be accompanied by a plan for demolition, which shall depict the property upon which the demolition operations will take place, and any other abutting public or private area which may be affected by these operations. The plan shall demonstrate that adequate measures will be taken by the permittee for silt and drainage runoff protection to adjacent public and private properties, both during and after demolition operations have terminated.

B. Investigation. The building official shall inspect the area of demolition prior to permit issuance, and the public areas adjacent to the place of demolition to determine the traffic carried by the adjacent roadway and walks, and to determine the inconvenience and hazard to the public. Another inspection shall be done by the building official after demolition to determine the permittee’s compliance with the terms of the permit, to thereby release any bond required under subsection (D) of this section.

C. Limits of Use of Public Property. The building official has the discretion to limit the use of any public or street area, where individual circumstances would make such use of the public or street area hazardous to the public.

D. Permit Issuance. Upon completion of the investigation of the proposed demolition and/or use of the public area, the building official may grant the requested permit, subject to the applicant’s furnishing public liability insurance and a cash deposit and/or surety bonds as said official deems necessary to protect the city from any claims for damages to persons or injury to public utilities or any cause arising out of the use of the public area. The building official may revise the applicant’s or permittee’s plans and confine the use of the walk or street area to the area the official finds to allow the greatest safety to the public. The building official may alter conditions of the permit at any time said official finds that such use may cause damage to persons or things, or to any improvements of the city. The building official shall judge the adequacy of protective devices installed in any street area to safeguard utility and traffic facility devices.

E. Permit Expiration. Any demolition permit issued under this chapter shall automatically expire 30 days after the date of issuance. (Ord. 674 § 1, 1993)

15.07.030 Demolition.

Demolition operations shall be conducted in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal law, including, but not limited to, CHMC 8.10.030(E). Any permit issued under this chapter shall further be conditioned on the permittee’s compliance with the following:

A. Removal of Earth and Debris. Earth taken from excavations and rubbish from buildings shall not be stored on the sidewalk or other street area, but shall be removed daily as rapidly as produced. Where such materials are dry and apt to produce dust when handled, they shall be kept sufficiently moist to prevent the wind blowing the same about. The permittee shall keep all walks and street areas clean and free from mud and debris as required by the building official.

B. Clean Premises. The permittee shall remove all rubbish and materials and fill all excavations to existing grade at the original building site, and accomplish such other tasks as directed by the building official so that the premises are left in a safe and sanitary condition.

C. Disconnection and Capping of Utilities. Prior to demolition operations, the permittee shall disconnect and cap off all utilities (including, but not limited to, sanitary sewer, gas lines and water lines). The location of remaining, capped utilities shall be clearly marked by the permittee on the site.

D. Removal of Underground Tanks. In conjunction with the demolition operations, the permittee shall remove and properly dispose of all underground tanks (including, but not limited to, oil and gas tanks) as required by all applicable local, state and federal law.

E. Drainage. The permittee shall protect the adjacent private and public properties from silt and drainage runoff both during and after demolition operations, all as provided in the plans submitted with the application, and to the satisfaction of the building official. The release of any cash deposit or surety bonds required by the building official under CHMC 15.07.020 (D) may be conditioned upon the permittee’s compliance with this condition.

F. Pedestrian Protection and Traffic Control. The permittee shall comply with all safety requirements imposed by the building official on work adjacent to public walks and streets, including but not limited to, the use of flag persons to direct traffic as necessary for trucks on site, the use of appropriate safety signs, barricades and other protective devices. (Ord. 674 § 1, 1993)