City of Richmond Heights, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 225.010 Definitions.

[CC 1984 §17-20; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-11]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
AGENT
Any individual, firm, partnership or corporation which acts for the owner in the collection of rents, the making of repairs, the commencement or termination of tenancies, or as janitor or other person in charge of any building, premises or vacant lot.
BUILDING
Any structure whether public or private that is adapted or intended for occupancy for dwelling purposes, for the transaction of business, for the rendering of professional service, for amusement, for the display, sale or storage of goods, wares or merchandise, or for the performance of work or labor, including hotels, rooming houses, office buildings, public buildings, stores, theaters, markets, restaurants, grain elevators, abattoirs, warehouses, workshops, factories and all other houses, sheds, barns and other structures.
OCCUPANT
The person who has the use of, controls or occupies any building or any portion thereof, whether owner or tenant. In the case of a vacant building or any vacant portion of a building, or in the case of a building having five (5) or more families with common rights to a cellar or basement, the owner or agent shall have the responsibilities of an occupant of a building.
OWNER
Any person who alone, jointly or severally with others shall be in actual possession, have charge, care or control of any building or premises or vacant lot within the City as owner, whether individual, firm, partnership or corporation or as trustee or guardian of the estate or person of the title holder, and shall include the owner of record as reflected by the St. Louis County Recorder's office.
RAT HARBORAGE
Any condition which may provide shelter or protection for rats, thus favoring their multiplication or existence.
RAT-STOPPAGE
A form of rat-proofing to prevent the ingress of rats into buildings from the exterior or from one (1) building to another. It consists essentially of the closing of all openings in the exterior walls, ground or first (1st) floors, basements, roofs and foundations which may be reached by rats from the ground by reaching, climbing, jumping or burrowing with material or equipment impervious to rat-gnawing and in accordance with specifications promulgated by the Health Commissioner.

Section 225.020 Rat-Stoppage Required.

[CC 1984 §17-21; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-12]
All buildings and structures shall be rat-stopped, freed of rats and maintained in a rat-stopped and rat-free condition.

Section 225.030 Enforcement of Article.

[CC 1984 §17-22; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-13]
The Health Officer shall enforce this Article.

Section 225.040 Inspections Required — Notice.

[CC 1984 §17-23; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-14]
A. 
The Health Officer shall make such inspections of the interior and exterior of any building, structure or of any premises or vacant lot as in his/her opinion may be necessary to determine full compliance with this Article. The Health Officer shall make periodic inspections at intervals of not more than six (6) months of all rat-stopped business buildings, apartment houses and tenement houses to determine evidence of rat infestation and the existence of new breaks or leaks in the rat-stopping.
B. 
When any evidence is found indicating the presence of rats or openings through which rats may again enter such buildings, the Health Department shall serve the owner, occupant or agent with written notice to abate the conditions found.

Section 225.050 Rat Conditions Prohibited.

[CC 1984 §17-24; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-15]
No owner, agent or occupant shall permit or allow any building to be infested with rats or permit or allow any condition to exist in or around such building or on any premises on any vacant lot which may be conducive to rat infestation.

Section 225.060 Notice To Correct Condition.

[CC 1984 §17-30; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-16]
Upon the receipt of written notice from the City, the owner or agent of any building specified therein shall take immediate measures for the rat-stoppage of such building and for the elimination of rat harborages within such buildings and on the premises. Unless the work has been completed in the time specified in the written notice or any written extension thereof that may be granted by the Health Department, the owner or agent shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section 225.070 Maintenance of Rat-Stopped Condition.

[CC 1984 §17-31; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-17]
The owner or agent of any rat-stopped building shall maintain it in a rat-stopped condition and repair all breaks or leaks that may occur in the rat-stoppage.

Section 225.080 Removal of Rat-Stoppage.

[CC 1984 §17-32; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-18]
No person shall remove the rat-stoppage from any building for any purpose and fail to restore the rat-stoppage in a satisfactory condition or fail to rat-stop new openings that are not closed or sealed against the entrance of rats.

Section 225.090 Elimination of Rat Harborages.

[CC 1984 §17-33; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-19]
Whenever conditions inside or under any building provide such extensive harborage for rats that the City deems it necessary to eliminate such harborage, it may require the owner or agent to install concrete floors, or to replace wooden first (1st) or ground floors, or require the owner, agent or occupant to correct such other interior rat harborage as may be necessary to facilitate the eradication of rats within a specified reasonable time.

Section 225.100 Correction of Rat Harborages — Cost. [1]

[CC 1984 §17-34; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-20]
A. 
Whenever the Health Department notifies in writing the occupants of any building that there is evidence of rat infestation of the building, such occupants shall take immediate and effective measures for freeing the premises so occupied of all rats.
B. 
Any occupant who fails to take effective measures for freeing his/her portion of the building or premises of rats after receiving the notice described in this Section shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in this Code.
[1]
Cross Reference — As to general penalty for Code, see §100.150.

Section 225.110 Correction By City — Costs.

[CC 1984 §17-40; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-21; Ord. No. 4235 §9, 9-6-1988]
A. 
Unless effective measures for freeing the building of rats are instituted by the occupants within the time specified by the City, and unless continually maintained in a satisfactory manner until the building is free of rats, the City may eradicate rats in such building, or after receiving competitive bids, enter into a contract with any person, firm or corporation for eradication of rats in such building.
B. 
The City shall submit bills for the costs thereof to the occupant or occupants of the building. If the same costs are not paid, the costs shall be certified to the City Manager. The City Attorney shall take such action as may be necessary to collect the costs.

Section 225.120 Maintenance of Rat-Free Condition.

[CC 1984 §17-41; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-22]
The occupants of a building shall maintain the building and premises in a rat-free condition.

Section 225.130 Correction of Exterior Rat Infestation.

[CC 1984 §17-42; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-23]
A. 
Whenever the City notifies, in writing, the owner, agent or occupant of any premises that there is evidence of rat infestation on the outside of a building or on the premises or on a vacant lot, such owner, agent or occupant shall take immediate and effective measures for the elimination of rats from such premises or vacant lot.
B. 
No owner, agent or occupant shall fail to take effective measures for the elimination of rat infestation on the premises or vacant lot after receiving the notice described in this Section.

Section 225.140 Dumping Prohibited.

[CC 1984 §17-43; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-24]
No person shall dump or place on any premises, land or waterway any dead animals or any waste, vegetable or animal matter of any kind.

Section 225.150 Accumulation of Garbage Prohibited.

[CC 1984 §17-44; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-25]
No person shall place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage or rubbish in any building or premises, or on any vacant lot, so that the garbage may afford food or harborage for rats.

Section 225.160 Stacking of Boxes or Similar Materials.

[CC 1984 §17-50; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-26]
No person shall permit the accumulation on any premises or on any open lot of any lumber, boxes, barrels, bricks, stones or similar materials that may be permitted to remain thereon and which may afford harborage for rats, unless the materials are evenly piled or stacked either on open racks that are elevated not less than twelve (12) inches above the ground or on a paved surface impervious to rats.

Section 225.170 Storage of Animal Food.

[CC 1984 §17-51; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-27]
All food and feed kept within the City for feeding animals shall be kept and stored in rat-free and rat-proof containers, compartments or rooms, unless kept in a rat-stopped building.

Section 225.180 Penalty.

[CC 1984 §17-52; Ord. No. 3028 §1, 11-15-1971; Ord. No. 3140 §17-28]
Any person found guilty of violating any provision of this Article shall be subject to the penalty set forth in Section 100.150 of this Code.