§ 43.02. Definitions  


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  • Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings indicated in this section.

    (1) Dangerous structure: A structure which is potentially hazardous to persons or property, including, but not limited to:

    a. A structure which is in danger of partial or complete collapse;

    b. A structure with any exterior parts which are loose or in danger of falling; or

    c. A structure with any parts, such as floors, porches, railings, stairs, ramps, balconies or roofs, which are accessible and which are either collapsed, in danger of collapsing or unable to support the weight of normally imposed loads.

    (2) Enforcement officer: The director of the department of safety and inspections, or duly authorized representative.

    (3) Owner. Those shown to be the owner or owners on the records of the Ramsey County Department of Property Taxation, those identified as the owner or owners on a vacant building registration form, holder of an unrecorded contract for deed, a mortgagee or vendee in possession, a mortgagor or vendor in possession, assignee of rents, receiver, executor, trustee, lessee, other person, firm or corporation in control of the freehold of the premises or lesser state therein, mortgagee for the benefit of the owner or owners of the beneficial interests in possession, or its nominee. Any such person shall have a joint and several obligation for compliance with the provisions of this chapter.

    (4) Secured by other than normal means: A building secured by means other than those used in the design of the building.

    (5) Unoccupied: A building which is not being used for a legal occupancy as defined in the Saint Paul Legislative Code.

    (6) Unsecured: A building or portion of a building which is open to entry by unauthorized persons without the use of tools or ladders.

    (7) Vacant building; categorical classification standards: A building or portion of a building which is:

    a. Unoccupied and unsecured. A building or portion of a building meeting this definition is deemed a category I building.

    b. Unoccupied and secured by other than normal means. A building or portion of a building meeting this definition is deemed a category I building.

    c. Unoccupied and a dangerous structure. A building or portion of a building meeting this definition is deemed a category III building.

    d. Unoccupied and condemned. A building or portion of a building meeting this definition is deemed a category II building.

    e. Unoccupied and has multiple housing or building code violations. A building or portion of a building meeting this definition is deemed a category II building.

    f. Condemned and illegally occupied. A building or portion of a building meeting this definition is deemed a category II building.

    g. Unoccupied for a period of time over three hundred sixty-five (365) days and during which time the enforcement officer has issued an order to correct nuisance conditions. A building or portion of a building meeting this definition is deemed a category I building.

    For the purpose of regulating vacant buildings, the following additional categorical standards may also apply:

    Any category I building or portion thereof may be deemed a category II building where the building or portion thereof would also meet the combination of any two (2) category I classifications standards under this section.

    Any category I building or portion thereof may be deemed a category II building where the building or portion thereof also meets the definition of a vacant building under subdivision (7)(b) of this section or is unoccupied and has, for a period greater than thirty (30) days, no more than one (1) boarded window.

    Any category II building or portion thereof may be deemed a category III building where the building or portion thereof also meets the definition of a nuisance building under chapter 45.02 of this code or has been a category II vacant building for more than twenty-four (24) consecutive months. For the purpose of computing the number of months under this paragraph, the calculation shall commence as of the date the subject building becomes a vacant building as defined under section 43.02(7)a., b. and d.—g. No deferment, or any appeal filed with the legislative enforcement officer, regarding any enforcement action or order, shall serve to stay the computation of the number of months under this paragraph.

    (8) Code violations: violations of any code adopted and/or enforce by the city, which may include but not be limited to the St. Paul Legislative Code, codes covering plumbing, electrical, mechanical or building construction, installation or maintenance standards, zoning or fire codes.

(Ord. No. 17862, § 1, 8-13-91; C.F. No. 97-91, § 1, 3-5-97; C.F. No. 99-751, § 1, 9-1-99; C.F. No. 03-887, § 4, 11-5-03; C.F. No. 05-399, 5-25-05; C.F. No. 07-149, § 12, 3-28-07; C.F. No. 08-552, § 1, 6-18-08; C.F. No. 09-481, § 1, 6-3-09; C.F. No. 09-733, § 1, 8-12-09)