Chapter 17C.80
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE

Sections:

17C.80.010    International Property Maintenance Code Adopted.

17C.80.020    Authority Having Jurisdiction.

17C.80.030    Discretion of Building Official.

17C.80.040    Violations and Penalties.

17C.80.050    Means of Appeal.

17C.80.060    General Requirements.

17C.80.065    Occupancy Limitations.

17C.80.070    Chapters Not Adopted.

17C.80.080    Property Maintenance Plan.

17C.80.010 International Property Maintenance Code Adopted.

The current adopted edition of the International Property Maintenance Code, as published by the International Code Council, is hereby adopted as the maintenance code for unincorporated areas of Pierce County; except that the amendments in this Chapter shall govern over the published provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code. (Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014).

17C.80.020 Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Section 103 of the International Property Maintenance Code is deleted. See PCC 17C.10.030, "Creation of Enforcement Agency." Where the International Property Maintenance Code refers to the "code official", that person shall be known in Pierce County as the "Building Official." (Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014).

17C.80.030 Discretion of Building Official.

Where the International Property Maintenance Code purports to impose a mandatory duty upon the code official or the County by the use of the word "shall", such acts will be considered within the discretion of the Pierce County Building Official and the word "shall" in such provisions is deleted and replaced with the word "may".

A.    The obligations imposed upon the property owner, builder, manager, or occupant shall remain mandatory.

B.    The obligations in Section 107 of the International Property Maintenance Code entitled "Notices and Orders" shall remain mandatory.

(Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014).

17C.80.040 Violations and Penalties.

Section 106 of the International Property Maintenance Code is deleted. See PCC 17C.10.050, "Violations and Penalties." (Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014).

17C.80.050 Means of Appeal.

Section 111 of the International Property Maintenance Code is deleted. See PCC 17C.10.060, "Appeals." (Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014).

17C.80.060 General Requirements.

A.    Section 107.2, Notices and Orders, of the International Property Maintenance Code shall be amended by adding the following items 7 and 8:

7.    The notice shall also include a statement regarding owner and occupant responsibilities to maintain the property in accordance with the requirements of the International Property Maintenance Code.

8.    Notice or orders to board structures shall also require adherence to a property maintenance plan during any period in which a structure is boarded or under order to be boarded.

B.    Section 110.2, General, of the International Property Maintenance Code shall be amended to read as follows:

The code official shall order the owner or owner's authorized agent of any premises upon which is located any structure, which in the code official or owner's authorized agent's judgment after review is so deteriorated or dilapidated or has become so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, insanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation or occupancy, and such that it is unreasonable to repair the structure, to demolish and remove such structure; or if such structure is capable of being made safe by repairs, to repair and make safe and sanitary, or to board up and hold for future repair or to demolish and remove at the owner's option; or where there has been a cessation of normal construction of any structure for a period of more than two years, the code official shall order the owner or owner's authorized agent to demolish and remove such structure, or board up until future repair. Boarding the building up for future repair shall not extend beyond one year, unless approved by the building official. The owner or owner's authorized agent of any premises upon which a structure is located that has been boarded up for future repair shall be required to comply with a property maintenance plan during the full period of time that the structure is boarded.

C.    Sections 302.1, Sanitation, 302.2, Grading and Drainage, 302.5, Rodent Harborage, and 302.8, Motor Vehicles, of the International Property Maintenance Code are deleted.

1.    See also Chapter 8.08 PCC, Public Nuisances, Chapter 8.20 PCC, Rodent Control, and PCC Title 17A, Development Regulations – Site Development and Stormwater Drainage.

D.    Section 302.4 of the International Property Maintenance Code shall be amended as follows: Lots shall be maintained free of grass, weed, and other plant growth in excess of 24 inches in length within 100 feet of all structures on-site; provided, that lots on which a structure is located that has been boarded in accordance with the International Property Maintenance Code shall be maintained free of grass, weed, and other plant growth in excess of 12 inches in length within 200 feet of all structures on-site. Trees, maintained shrubbery, and other maintained ornamental landscaping shall be exempt.

E.    Section 303, Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs, is deleted in its entirety.

1.    See Chapter 8.44 PCC, Swimming Pools.

F.    Sections 304.2, Protective Treatments, 304.14, Insect Screens, and 304.18.1, Doors, are deleted.

G.    Section 305, Interior Structure, is deleted in its entirety.

H.    Section 308, Rubbish and Garbage, is deleted in its entirety.

1.    See Chapter 8.08 PCC, Public Nuisances.

I.    Section 309, Pest Elimination, is deleted in its entirety.

1.    See Chapter 8.08 PCC, Public Nuisances, and Chapter 8.20 PCC, Rodent Control.

(Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014).

17C.80.065 Occupancy Limitations.

Section 404.5, Overcrowding, is hereby adopted. The remainder of Chapter 4 is deleted. (Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016).

17C.80.070 Chapters Not Adopted.

Chapters 5, 6, 7, and Appendix A of International Property Maintenance Code are not adopted. (Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2014-4s § 1 (part), 2014).

17C.80.080 Property Maintenance Plan.

The owner or owner's authorized agent of any premises upon which a structure is located that has been boarded up for future repair shall be required to comply with a property maintenance plan during the full period of time that the structure is boarded. This plan shall be in a form approved by the code official and shall specify requirements for maintenance of the premises including, but not limited to, vegetation control and periodic inspection by the owner or the owner's agent. The code official may utilize a standardized plan for this purpose or may develop a specific plan for a premises based upon unique circumstances. (Ord. 2016-85s § 1 (part), 2016).