Chapter 2.48


2.48.020    Purpose of provisions.

2.48.030    Technical building codes adopted.

2.48.100    Abatement of dangerous buildings.

2.48.110    Abatement of dangerous buildings – Amendments.

2.48.020 Purpose of provisions.

The prime purpose of this chapter is to incorporate and adopt by reference the 2000 Editions of various building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, and abatement of dangerous buildings codes and to set forth procedures for obtaining building permits and providing for exemptions from the International Building Code. (Ord. 1007 § 1, 2000; Ord. 944 § 1, 1997).

2.48.030 Technical building codes adopted.

A. The 2000 Editions of the following codes are adopted as the codes for Ritzville, Washington, together with any future amendments thereto:

1. International Building Code;

2. International Plumbing Code;

3. International Mechanical Code;

4. International Fire Code.

B. The 1997 Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings is hereby adopted.

C. Since the 2000 International Codes do not have a fee structure, the city council adopts for its fee structure the 1997 Uniform Codes produced by the ICBO with restrictions that were placed on that usage when it was adopted in Ordinance 944. (Ord. 2012 § 1, 2006; Ord. 1007 §§ 1, 2, 2000; Ord. 944 § 2, 1997).

2.48.100 Abatement of dangerous buildings.

A. Elimination of Board of Appeals.

1. The reference to the “board of appeals” or “board” within the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings is hereby eliminated. In its place, the mayor shall appoint a hearings examiner who shall in all respects perform the duties and functions of both the board of appeals and the hearings examiner as set out in the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings.

2. The term of appointment and other matters relating to said appointment of said hearings examiner may be set by resolution as the Ritzville city council may from time to time adopt. (Ord. 2012 § 2, 2006; Ord. 1058 § 1, 2003).

2.48.110 Abatement of dangerous buildings – Amendments.

A. Section 401.3 entitled “Service of Notice and Order” shall be amended and the following shall be substituted in its place:

Following approval by the Ritzville City Council, the notice and order, and any amended or supplemental notice and order, shall be served upon the record owner and posted on the property; and one copy thereof shall be served on each of the following if known to the building official or disclosed from official public records: the holder of any mortgage or deed of trust or other lien or encumbrance of record; the owner or holder of any lease of record; and the holder of any other estate or legal interest of record in or to the building or the land on which it is located. The failure of the building official to serve any person required herein to be served shall not invalidate any proceedings hereunder as to any other person duly served or relieve any such person from any duty or obligation imposed by the provisions of this section.

B. Paragraph 3 of Section 701.3 entitled “Failure to Commence Work” shall be amended and the following shall be substituted in its place:

3. The building official may, in addition to any other remedy herein provided, cause the building to be repaired to the extent necessary to correct the conditions which render the building dangerous as set forth in the notice and order; or, if the notice and order required demolition, to cause the building and the real property upon which it is situated to be sold at public auction and demolished or demolished and the materials, rubble and debris there from removed and the lot cleaned. Any such repair or sale and demolition work shall be accomplished and the cost thereof paid and recovered in the manner hereinafter provided in this code. Any surplus realized from the sale of any such building, and the real property upon which it is situated, or from the demolition thereof, over and above the cost of demolition and of cleaning the lot, shall be paid over to the person or persons lawfully entitled thereto.

C. Section 801.1 entitled “Procedure” shall be amended and the following shall be substituted in its place:

When any work of repair or demolition is to be done pursuant to Section 701.3, Item 3, of this code, the building official shall issue an order therefore to the director of public works and the work shall be accomplished by personnel of this jurisdiction or by private contract under the direction of said director or if the building and real property upon which it is situated are to be sold at public auction and demolished, the building official shall cause said auction to be conducted in a commercially reasonable manner and the demolition and clean up shall be a condition of the sale. Plans and specifications therefore may be prepared by said director, or the director may employ such architectural and engineering assistance on a contract basis as deemed reasonably necessary. If any part of the work is to be accomplished by private contract, standard public works contractual procedures shall be followed.

(Ord. 2012 §§ 3, 4, 5, 2006; Ord. 1058 § 2, 2003).