Chapter 14.16


14.16.010    Declaration.

14.16.020    Purpose.

14.16.030    Authority to enforce.

14.16.040    Adoption by reference.

14.16.050    Retroactive application to existing conditions.

14.16.060    Violations.

14.16.010 Declaration.

It is hereby found that there exist, in the various neighborhoods of the city of Omak, dwellings which are unfit for human habitation, and buildings, structures, and premises or portions thereof which are unfit for other uses due to dilapidation, disrepair, structural defects, defects increasing the hazards of fire, accidents, or other calamities, inadequate ventilation and uncleanliness, inadequate light of sanitary facilities, inadequate drainage, overcrowding, or due to their conditions which are inimical to the health and welfare of the residents of the city of Omak.

Said unfit dwellings and buildings, structures and premises or portions thereof are hereby declared a public nuisance and shall be abated as provided herein. (Ord. 1684 § 3 (part), 2010).

14.16.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to accomplish the following:

(a)    To provide minimum standards to safeguard life or limb, health, property, and welfare by regulating and controlling the use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all residential and nonresidential buildings and structures within the city.

(b)    To establish a just, equitable and reasonable means for the abatement of a public nuisance.

(c)    To provide a means for the expending of and collection thereof of taxpayer monies expending in the abatement of public nuisances. (Ord. 1684 § 3 (part), 2010).

14.16.030 Authority to enforce.

This chapter is a consolidation of the authority the State Legislature has directed at and provided the city with the enactment of Chapters 19.27 and 35.80 RCW and all other acts regulating the built environment and matters of local legislative determination. (Ord. 1684 § 3 (part), 2010).

14.16.040 Adoption by reference.

There shall be in effect in the city of Omak the following maintenance codes which are hereby adopted by reference:

(a)    Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, published by the International Conference of Building Officials, 1997 Edition.

(b)    Uniform Housing Code, published by the International Conference of Building Officials, 1997 Edition. (Ord. 1684 § 3 (part), 2010).

14.16.050 Retroactive application to existing conditions.

The provisions of this chapter apply to conditions arising after the adoption thereof, conditions not legally in existence at the adoption of this chapter and conditions which constitute a distinct hazard to life or property. (Ord. 1684 § 3 (part), 2010).

14.16.060 Violations.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to occupy, keep or maintain any building or structure or premises or portion thereof or cause or permit the same to be done in violation of these adopted codes or of this chapter. (Ord. 1684 § 3 (part), 2010).