This is a transcription of By-law 5-2003 for convenience only and should not be treated as a true copy. To request a copy of the signed version of the by-law, please contact the municipal office.
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By-Law No. 5-2003 Property Standards By-Law
Whereas under Section 15.1(3) of the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c.23, a by-law may be passed by the Council of a municipality prescribing the standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property within the municipality provided the official plan for the municipality includes provisions relating to property conditions;
And whereas the Official Plan for the former Municipalities of Bayfield, Hensall, Hay, Stanley and Zurich, which former municipalities now comprise the Municipality of Bluewater, includes provisions relating to property conditions;
And whereas the Council of The Municipality of Bluewater is desirous of passing a by-law under Section 15.1(3) of the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c.23;
And whereas Section 15.6(1) of the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c.23 requires that a by-law passed under Section 15.1(3) of the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c.23 shall provide for the establishment of a Property Standards Committee;
Now therefore the Council of The Municipality of Bluewater hereby enacts the following:
In this by-law:
- "Accessory Building" means a detached building or structure, not used for human habitation, that is subordinate to the primary use of the same property.
- "Apartment Building" means a building containing more than four dwelling units with individual access from an internal corridor system.
- "Approved" means acceptance by the Property Standards Officer.
- "Basement" means that space of a building that is partly below grade, which has half or more of its height, measured from floor to ceiling above the average exterior finished grade.
- "Bathroom" means a room containing a minimum of one water closet, one washbasin and one bathtub or one shower.
- "Building" means any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy
- "Cellar" means that space of a building that is partly or entirely below grade, which has more than half of its height, measured from floor to ceiling below the average exterior finished grade.
- "Debris" means the remains of something broken down or destroyed or, something discarded.
- "Dwelling" means a building or structure or part of a building or structure, occupied or capable of being occupied, in whole or in part for the purpose of human habitation.
- "Dwelling Unit" means a room or a suite of rooms operated as a housekeeping unit, used or intended to be used as a domicile by one or more persons and supporting general living conditions usually including cooking, eating, sleeping, and sanitary facilities.
- "First Storey" means that part of a building having a floor area closest to grade with a ceiling height of more than 1.8 metres (6 ft.) above grade.
- "Garbage" means food waste and/or unwanted or unused material.
- "Guard" means a protective barrier installed around openings in floor areas or on the open sides of a stairway, a landing, a balcony, a mezzanine, a gallery, a raised walkway, and other locations as required to prevent accidental falls from one level to another. Such barriers may or many not have openings through them.
- "Habitable Room" means any room in a dwelling unit used for or capable of being used for living, cooking, sleeping or eating purposes.
- "Maintenance" means the preservation and keeping in good repair of a property and building.
- "Means of Egress" means a continuous, unobstructed path of travel provided by a doorway, hallway, corridor, exterior passage way, balcony, lobby, stair, ramp, or other exit facility used for the escape of persons from any point within a building, a floor area, a room, or a contained open space to a public thoroughfare or an approved area of refuge usually located outside the building.
- "Multiple Dwelling" means a building containing three or more dwelling units.
- "Non-Habitable Room" means any room in a dwelling or dwelling unit other than a habitable room and includes a bathroom, a toilet room, laundry, pantry, lobby, corridor, stairway, closet, boiler room, or other space for service and maintenance of the dwelling for public use, and for access to and vertical travel between storeys, and basement or part thereof which does not comply with the standards of fitness for occupancy set out in this By-law.
- "Non-Residential Property" means a building or structure or part of a building or structure not occupied in whole or in part for the purpose of human habitation, and includes the lands and premises appurtenant and all of the outbuildings, fences or erections thereon or therein.
- "Noxious Weeds" means any weeds classed as noxious by the Weed Control Act, R.S.O 1990.
- "Person" means an individual, firm, corporation, association or partnership.
- "Property" means a building or structure or part of a building or structure and the lands upon which said buildings or structures sit, including all mobile homes, mobile buildings, mobile structures, accessory buildings and fences and includes vacant property.
- "Refuse" has the same meaning as garbage.
- "Repair" means the making of additions or alterations or the taking of such action as may be required so that the property conforms to the standards established in this by-law and to the requirements of other legislation.
- "Residential Property" means any property that is used or designed for use as a domestic establishment in which one or more persons usually sleep and prepare and serve meals, and includes any lands or buildings that are appurtenant to such establishment and all stairways, walkways, driveways, parking spaces, and fences associated with the dwelling or its yard.
- "Rubbish" has the same meaning as garbage.
- "Standards" means the standards of the physical condition and of occupancy prescribed for property by this By-law.
- "Sewage" means any liquid waste containing human, animal, vegetable, or mineral matter in suspension or solution but does not include roof water or storm water run-off.
- "Sewage System, municipal" means the municipal sanitary sewage system.
- "Sewage System, Approved Private" means a private sewage system approved by the regulatory authority.
- "Toilet Room" means a room containing a water closet and a wash basin.
- "Yard" means the land other than a publicly owned land around or appurtenant to the whole or any part of a residential or non-residential property and used or capable of being used in connection with the property.
Part 2—General Standards for all property
2.01 All repairs and maintenance of property shall be carried out with suitable and sufficient materials and in a manner accepted as good workmanship within the trades concerned. All new construction or repairs shall conform to the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Prevention and Protection Act where applicable.
2.02 Every yard including vacant lots shall be kept clean and free from:
- Garbage, refuse, rubbish or debris and objects or conditions that may create a health, fire, or accident hazard;
- Wrecked, dismantled, discarded or abandoned machinery, vehicles, trailers or boats unless it is necessary for the operation of a salvage, wrecking or recycling business enterprise lawfully situated on the property;
- Long grass, brush, undergrowth and noxious weeds as defined by the Weed Control Act. For the purposes of this selection, "long grass" shall mean grass that exceeds 20 cm. (8 inches) in height;
- Dilapidated, collapsed or partially constructed structures which are not currently under construction;
- Injurious insects, termites, rodents, vermin or other pests; and
- Dead, decayed or damaged trees and/or other natural growth.
2.03 Surface conditions of yards shall be maintained so as to:
- Prevent ponding of storm water unless in accordance with an approved grading plan, drainage plan or storm water management facility;
- Prevent soil instability or soil erosion;
- Prevent surface water run-off from entering basements;
- Be kept free of deep ruts and holes;
- Provide for safe passage under normal use and weather conditions, day or night.
Sewage and drainage
2.04 Sewage shall be discharged into the municipal sewage system or into an approved private sewage system.
2.05 Sewage of any kind shall not be discharged onto the surface of the ground, whether into a natural or artificial surface drainage system or otherwise.
2.06 Storm water run-off and roof drainage shall not be discharged onto sidewalks, stairs, or adjacent property.
Parking areas, walks and driveways
2.07 All areas used for vehicular traffic and parking shall have a surface covering of asphalt, concrete, or compacted stone or gravel and shall be kept in good repair free of dirt and litter.
2.08 Steps, sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces and other similar areas shall be maintained so as to afford safe passage under normal use and weather conditions day or night.
Accessory buildings, fences, and other structures
2.09 Accessory buildings, fences and other structures appurtenant to the property shall be maintained in structurally sound condition and in good repair.
2.10 Accessory buildings, fences, and other structures shall be protected from deterioration by the application of appropriate weather resistant materials including paint or other preservative.
2.11 Every building, dwelling, and dwelling unit shall have a sufficient number of suitable receptacles or shall have an alternative storage method to contain all garbage, refuse and ashes that may accumulate on the property between the regularly designated collection days. Such receptacles shall be constructed of watertight material, provided with a tight fitting cover, and shall maintained in a clean and odour free condition at all times.
2.12 All garbage, refuse, and ashes shall be promptly placed in a suitable container and made available for removal in accordance with the municipal garbage collection by-law where applicable.
2.13 Garbage storage areas shall be screened from public view.
2.14 The occupant of a residential property may provide for a compost heap in accordance with the health regulations, provided that the compost pile is no larger than one square metre and 1.8 metres in height and is enclosed on all sides by concrete block, or lumber, or in a forty-five gallon container, a metal frame building with a concrete floor, or a commercial plastic enclosed container designed for composting.
Part 3—Residential Standards
3.01 Every tenant, or occupant or lessee of a residential property shall maintain the property or part thereof and the land which they occupy or control, in a clean, sanitary and safe condition and shall dispose of garbage and debris on a regular basis, in accordance with municipal by-laws.
3.02 Every tenant, or occupant or lessee of a residential property shall maintain every floor, wall, ceiling and fixture, under their control, including hallways, entrances, laundry rooms, utility rooms, and other common areas, in a clean sanitary and safe condition.
3.03 Accumulations or storage of garbage, refuse, rubbish, debris, appliances, or furniture in a means of egress shall not be permitted.
3.04 Dwellings shall be kept free of rodents, vermin and insects at all times. Methods used for exterminating such pests shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Pesticides Act.
3.05 Openings, including windows, that might permit the entry of rodents, insects, vermin or other pests shall be appropriately screened or sealed.
3.06 Every part of a dwelling shall be maintained in a structurally sound condition so as to be capable of safely sustaining its own weight load and any additional load to which it may be subjected through normal use, having a level of safety as required by the Ontario Building Code.
3.07 Walls, roofs, and other exterior parts of a building shall be free from loose or improperly secured objects or materials.
3.08 Foundation walls of a dwelling shall be maintained so as to prevent the entrance of insects, vermin, rodents and excessive moisture. Maintenance includes the shoring of the walls to prevent settling, installing sub soil drains, where necessary, at the footings, grouting masonry cracks, dampproofing and waterproofing walls, joints, and floors.
3.09 Every dwelling, except for slab on grade construction, shall be supported by foundation walls or piers which extend below the frost line, or to solid rock.
3.10 Exterior walls of a dwelling and their components shall be free of unauthorized signs, painted slogans, graffiti and similar defacements.
Windows and doors
3.11 In a dwelling unit, all windows that are intended to be opened and all exterior doors shall have suitable hardware so as to allow locking or otherwise securing from inside the dwelling unit. At least one entrance door to a dwelling unit shall have suitable hardware so as to permit locking or securing from either inside or outside the dwelling unit.
3.12 Solid core doors shall be provided for all entrances to dwellings and dwelling units.
3.13 Every window in a leased dwelling unit that is located above the first storey of a multiple dwelling shall be equipped with an approved safety device that would prevent any part of the window from opening greater than would permit the passage of a 100mm diameter (3.9 inches) sphere. Such safety device shall not prevent the window from being fully opened during an emergency situation by an adult without the use of tools.
3.14 Roofs of dwellings and their components shall be maintained in a weather tight condition, free from loose or unsecured objects or materials.
3.15 The roofs of dwellings and accessory buildings shall be kept clear of accumulations of ice or snow or both.
3.16 Where eavestroughing, roof gutters, are provided they shall be kept in good repair, free from obstructions and properly secured to the building.
Walls, ceilings and floors
3.17 Every wall, ceiling and floor in a dwelling shall be maintained so as to provide a continuous surface free of holes, cracks, loose coverings or other defects. Walls surrounding showers and bathtubs shall be impervious to water.
3.18 Every floor in a dwelling shall be reasonably smooth and level and maintained so as to be free of all loose, warped, protruding, broken, or rotted boards or other material that might cause an accident or allow the entrance of rodents and other vermin or insects.
3.19 Every floor in a bathroom, toilet room, kitchen, shower room, and laundry room shall be maintained so as to be impervious to water and readily cleaned.
Stairs, porches and balconies
3.20 Inside and outside stairs, porches, balconies and landings shall be maintained so as to be free of holes, cracks, and other defects which may constitute accident hazards. Existing stair treads or risers that show excessive wear or are broken, warped or loose and any supporting structural members that are rotted or deteriorated shall be repaired or replaced.
3.21 A guard shall be installed and maintained in good repair on the open side of any stairway or ramp containing three (3) or more risers including the landing or a height of 600 mm (24") between adjacent levels. A handrail shall be installed and maintained good repair in all stairwells. Guardrails shall be installed and maintained good repair around all landings, porches, balconies. Guardrails, balustrades and handrails shall be constructed and maintained rigid in nature.
3.22 Every dwelling shall contain a kitchen area equipped with:
- a sink that is served with hot and cold running water and is surrounded by surfaces impervious to grease and water;
- suitable storage area of not less than 0.23 cubic metres (8 cubic feet);
- a counter or work area at least 610 mm (2 ft) in width by 1,220 mm (4 ft) in length, exclusive of the sink, and covered with a material that is impervious to moisture and grease and is easily cleanable; and
- a space provided for cooking and refrigeration appliances including the suitable electrical or gas connections.
Toilet and bathroom facilities
3.23 Every dwelling unit shall contain a bathroom consisting of at least one fully operational water closet, washbasin, and a bathtub or suitable shower unit. Every washbasin and bathtub or shower shall have an adequate supply of hot and cold running water. Every water closet shall have a suitable supply of running water.
3.24 Every required bathroom or toilet room shall be accessible from within the dwelling unit and shall be fully enclosed and provided with a door capable of being locked so as to allow privacy for the persons using said room.
3.25 Where toilet or bathroom facilities are shared by occupants of residential accommodation, other than self-contained dwelling units, an appropriate entrance shall be provided from a common passageway, hallway, corridor or other common space to the room or rooms containing the said facilities.
3.26 Each washbasin, a bathtub or shower, and one kitchen sink shall be equipped with an adequate supply of hot and cold running water. Hot water shall be supplied at a temperature of not less than 43 degrees Celsius (110? F).
3.27 Every dwelling unit shall be provided with an adequate supply of potable running water.
3.28 All plumbing, including drains, water supply pipes, water closets and other plumbing fixtures shall be maintained in good working condition free of leaks and defects and all water pipes and appurtenances thereto shall be protected from freezing.
3.29 All plumbing fixtures shall be connected to the sewage system through water seal traps.
3.30 Every fixture shall be of such materials, construction and design as will ensure that the exposed surface of all parts are hard, smooth, impervious to hot and cold water, readily accessible for cleansing and free from blemishes, cracks, stains, or other defects that may harbour germs or impede thorough cleansing.
3.31 Every dwelling and dwelling unit shall be wired for electricity and shall be connected to an approved electrical supply system.
3.32 The electrical wiring, fixtures, switches, receptacles, and appliances located or used in dwellings, dwelling units and accessory buildings shall be installed and maintained in good working order so as not to cause fire or electrical shock hazards. All electrical services shall conform to the regulations established by the Power Corporations Act, as amended.
3.33 Every habitable room in a dwelling shall have at least one electrical duplex outlet for each 11.1 square metres (120 sq. ft.) of floor space and for each additional 9.3 square metres (100 sq. ft.) of floor area, a duplex outlet shall be provided. Extension cords shall not be used on a permanent basis.
3.34 Every bathroom, toilet room, kitchen, laundry room, furnace room, basement, cellar and non-habitable work or storage room shall be provided with a permanent light fixture.
3.35 Lighting fixtures and appliances installed throughout a dwelling unit, including hallways, stairways, corridors, passage ways, garages and basements, shall provide sufficient illumination so as to avoid health or accident hazards in normal use.
Heating, heating systems, chimneys and vents
3.36 Every dwelling and building containing a residential dwelling unit or units shall be provided with suitable heating facilities capable of maintaining an indoor ambient temperature of 21 degrees Celsius (70? F.) in the occupied dwelling units. The heating system shall be maintained in good working condition so as to be capable of safely heating the individual dwelling unit to the required standard.
3.37 All fuel burning appliances, equipment, and accessories in a dwelling shall be installed and maintained to the standards provided by the Energy Act, as amended or other applicable legislation.
3.38 Where a heating system or part thereof that requires solid or liquid fuel to operate, a place or receptacle for such fuel shall be provided and maintained in a safe condition and in a convenient location so as to be free from fire or accident hazard.
3.39 Every dwelling shall be so constructed or otherwise separated to prevent the passage of smoke, fumes, and gases from that part of the dwelling which is not used, designed or intended to be used for human habitation into other parts of the dwelling used for habitation. Such separations shall conform to the Ontario Building Code.
3.40 All fuel burning appliances, equipment, and accessories in a dwelling shall be properly vented to the outside air by means of a smoke-pipe, vent pipe, chimney flue or other approved method.
3.41 Every chimney, smoke-pipe, flue and vent shall be installed and maintained in good repair so as to prevent the escape of smoke, fumes or gases from entering a dwelling unit. Maintenance includes the removal of all obstructions, sealing open joints, and the repair of loose or broken masonry units.
3.42 Every chimney, smoke-pipe, flue and vent shall be installed and maintained in good condition so as to prevent the heating of adjacent combustible material or structural members to unsafe temperatures.
Fire escapes, alarms and detectors
3.43 A listed fire alarm and a fire detection system, approved by the Canadian Standards Association or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, shall be provided by the owners of buildings of residential occupancies where sleeping accommodations are provided for more than ten (10) persons, except that such systems need not be provided where a public corridor or exit serves not more than four (4) dwelling units or individual leased sleeping rooms.
3.44 In addition to the provisions of Article 3.46 hereof, in every dwelling unit in a building, a listed smoke alarm, approved by the Canadian Standards Association or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, or detectors of the single station alarm type, audible within bedrooms when intervening doors are closed, shall be installed by the occupant between bedrooms or the sleeping area and the remainder of the dwelling unit, such as in a hallway or corridor serving such bedrooms or sleeping area. The products of combustion detector referred shall be:
- equipped with visual or audio indication that they are in operating condition;
- mounted on the ceiling or on a wall between 152.4 and 304.8 mm (6 to 12 inches) below the ceiling.
3.45 Buildings using fire escape as a secondary means of egress shall have the escape in good conditions, free from obstructions and easily reached through an open-able window or door.
3.46 Every dwelling and each dwelling unit contained therein shall have a safe, continuous and unobstructed passage from the interior of the dwelling and the dwelling unit to the outside at street or grade level.
3.47 Each dwelling containing more than one dwelling unit shall have at least two (2) exits, both of which may be common or the one of which may be common and the other may be an exterior stair or fire escape. Access to the stairs or fire escape shall be from corridors through doors at floor level, except access from a dwelling unit may be through a vertically mounted casement window having an unobstructed opening of not less than 1,067 by 559 mm, (42 x 22 inches) with a sill height of not more that 914 mm, (36 inches), above the inside floor. A single exit is permitted from a dwelling unit where the path of egress is through an exterior door located at or near ground level and access to such exit is not through a room not under the immediate control of the occupants of the dwelling unit.
3.48 Every habitable room except a kitchen, bathroom or toilet room shall have a window or windows, skylights or translucent panels, facing directly or indirectly to an outside space and admits as much natural light equal to not less than ten percent of the floor area for living an dining rooms and five percent of the floor area for bedrooms and other finished rooms.
3.49 Every habitable room in a dwelling unit, including kitchens, bathroom or toilet rooms, shall have openings for ventilation providing an unobstructed free flow of air of at least 0.28 square metres (3 sq. ft.), or an approved system of mechanical ventilation such that provide hourly air exchanges.
3.50 All systems of mechanical ventilation shall be maintained in good working order.
3.51 All enclosed areas including basements, cellars, crawl spaces and attics or roof spaces shall be adequately ventilated.
3.52 Elevators and other elevating devices including all mechanical and electrical equipment, lighting fixtures, lamps, control buttons, floor indicators, ventilation fans, and emergency communication systems shall be operational and maintained in good condition.
3.53 Owners of residential buildings or any person or persons acting on behalf of such owner shall not disconnect or cause to be disconnected any service or utility supplying heat, electricity, gas, refrigeration or water to any residential unit or building occupied by a tenant or lessee, except for such reasonable period of time as may be necessary for the purpose of repairing, replacing, or otherwise altering said service or utility.
3.54 The number of occupants, residing on a permanent basis in an individual dwelling unit, shall not exceed one person for every nine square metres (97 sq. ft), of habitable floor area. For the purpose of computing habitable floor area, any area with the minimum ceiling height less than 2.1 metres (7 ft.) shall not be considered.
3.55 No room shall be used for sleeping purposes unless it has a minimum width of two metres (6.6 ft.), and a floor area of at least seven square metres (75 sq. ft.). A room used for sleeping purposes by two or more persons shall have a floor area of at least four square metres (43 sq. ft.) per person.
3.56 Any basement, or portion thereof, used as a dwelling unit shall conform to the following requirements:
- each habitable room shall comply with all the requirements set out in this By-law;
- floors and walls shall be constructed so as to be damp proof and impervious to water leakage;
- each habitable room shall be separated from service rooms by a suitable fire separation and approved under the Ontario Building Code;
- access to each habitable room shall be gained without passage through a service room.
Part 4—Vacant Lands and Buildings
4.01 All repairs and maintenance of property shall be carried out with suitable and sufficient materials and in a manner accepted as good workmanship within the trades concerned. All new construction or repairs shall conform to the Ontario Building Code where applicable.
4.02 Vacant land shall be maintained to the standards as described in Part 2, Article 2.02, of this By-law.
4.03 Vacant land shall be graded, filled or otherwise drained so as to prevent recurrent ponding of water unless such ponding or water retention is based on an approved storm water management feature or facility or unless such ponding is part of a natural wetland area.
4.04 Vacant buildings shall be kept cleared of all garbage, rubbish, and debris and shall have all water, electrical and gas services turned off except for those services that are required for the security and maintenance of the property.
4.05 The owner or agent of a vacant building shall board up the building by covering all openings through which entry may be obtained with at least 12.7 mm (0.5 inch) weatherproof sheet plywood securely fastened to the building and painted a colour compatible with the surrounding walls.
Part 5—Non-Residential Property Standards
5.01 All repairs and maintenance of property shall be carried out with suitable and sufficient materials and in a manner accepted as good workmanship within the trades concerned. All new construction or repairs shall conform to the Ontario Building Code where applicable.
5.02 The yards of non-residential property shall be maintained to the standards as described in Part 2, Article 2.02 of this By-law.
5.03 The warehousing or storage of material or operative equipment that is required for the continuing operation of the industrial or commercial aspect of the property shall be maintained in a neat and orderly fashion so as not to create a fire or accident hazard or any unsightly condition and shall provide unobstructed access for emergency vehicles. Where conditions are such that a neat and orderly fashion is achieved but is still offensive to view, the offensive area shall be suitably enclosed by a solid wall or a painted board or metal fence not less than 1.8 metres (6 ft.) in height and maintained in good repair.
Parking areas, and driveways
5.04 All areas used for vehicular traffic and parking shall have a surface covering asphalt, concrete, or compacted stone or gravel and shall be kept in good repair free of dirt and litter.
5.05 All areas used for vehicular traffic, parking spaces and other similar areas shall be maintained so as to afford safe passage under normal use and weather conditions.
5.06 Every part of a building structure shall be maintained in a sound condition so as to be capable of safely sustaining its own weight load and any additional load to which it may be subjected through normal use, having a level of safety required by the Ontario Building Code. Structural members or materials that have been damaged or indicate evidence of deterioration shall be repaired or replaced.
5.07 Walls, roofs, and other exterior parts of a building or structure shall be free from loose or improperly secured objects or materials.
5.08 Exterior walls of a building or a structure and their components, including soffits, fascia, windows and doors, shall be maintained in good repair free from cracked, broken or loose masonry units, stucco, and other defective cladding and/or trim. Paint or some other suitable preservative or coating must be applied and maintained so as to prevent deterioration due to weather conditions, insects or other damage.
5.09 Exterior walls of a building or a structure and their components, shall be free of unauthorized signs, painted slogans, graffiti and similar defacements.
5.10 A guard rail shall be installed and maintained in good repair on the open side of any stairway or ramp containing three (3) or more risers including the landing or a height of 600 mm (24") between adjacent levels. A handrail shall be installed and maintained in good repair in all stairwells. Guardrails shall be installed and maintained in good repair around all landings, porches, balconies. Guardrails, balustrades and handrails shall be constructed and maintained rigid in nature.
5.11 All non-residential establishments shall install and maintain sufficient windows, skylights, and lighting fixtures necessary for the safety of all persons attending the premises or as may be required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act for industrial and commercial properties. However, lighting shall not be positioned so as to cause impairment of use or enjoyment of neighbouring properties.
Part 6—Administration and Enforcement
6.01 This By-law shall apply to all property within the limits of the municipality.
6.02 The imperial measurements contained in this By-law are given for reference only.
6.03 The Council of the municipality shall appoint a Property Standards Officer(s) to be responsible for the administration and enforcement of this By-law.
Property standards committee
6.04 Council shall appoint at large, by a Resolution or By-Law of Council no fewer than three (3) persons of the municipality to the Property Standards Committee for a term of office concurrent with Council.
6.05 Every person who initiates an appeal of an Order made section 15.2 (2) of the Ontario Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c23, shall submit a Notice of Appeal in the time frame and the manner as prescribed in section 15.3 (1) of the Act. All Notices of Appeal shall be accompanied by a non-refundable payment of $125 dollars.
6.07 The owner of any property which does not conform to the standards as set out in this By-law shall repair and/or maintain said property to comply with the standards or the property shall be cleared of all buildings, structures, debris or refuse and left in a levelled and graded condition.
6.08 An owner who fails to comply with an order that is final and binding under this by-law is guilty of an offence under section 36(1) of the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c.23, and is liable to a penalty or penalties as set out in section 36 of that Act.
6.10 If an article of this by-Law is for any reason held to be invalid, the remaining articles shall remain in effect until repealed.
6.11 Where a provision of this by-Law conflicts with the provisions of another by-law in force within the municipality, the provisions that establish the higher standards to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public shall prevail.
Repeal of previous by-laws and effective date
6.12 Part 1, Sections 1 to 12 of By-law 165-1981, Village of Bayfield, By-law 20-1996 Township of Hay, By-law 009-1991 Village of Hensall, By-law 11,1998 Township of Stanley and By-law 14-1987 Village of Zurich are hereby repealed.
6.13 This By-law comes into force and takes effect on the final passing thereof.
6.14 This By-law may be referred to as "The Property Standards By-law".
Read a first and second time this 6th day of January, 2003.
Read a third time and finally passed this 6th day of January, 2003.