Village of Amityville, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Amityville 12-14-2009 by L.L. No. 33-2009.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 36.
Building construction — See Ch. 49.
Conduct at fires — See Ch. 83.
Open fires — See Ch. 85.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 88.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 130.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law provided that it shall take effect on January 2, 2010, subject to acceptance and filing by the Secretary of State.

§ 81-1 Adoption of standards.

For the purpose of prescribing rules and regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire and explosion, there is hereby adopted the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and amendments thereto ("Uniform Code"), save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended. Said Uniform Code is hereby incorporated as fully as if set forth at length herein. A complete copy of said Uniform Code shall be kept in the office of the Village Clerk and shall be available for inspection and copying by the public during normal business hours.

§ 81-2 Establishment of Code Enforcement Department.

The Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer and the Fire Marshal.

§ 81-3 Fire inspectors.

The Code Enforcement Officer is designated as the fire inspector. The Board of Trustees shall have the authority to designate additional fire inspectors from time to time provided that they have been duly certified by New York State.

§ 81-4 Office of Fire Marshal; appointments.

The Office of Fire Marshal previously established is hereby continued. Said office shall consist of a Chief Fire Marshal and two Deputy Fire Marshals who shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, for a term of three years. Said terms shall be staggered so only one term expires each year. The Office of the Fire Marshal shall have the authority to determine the presence of flammable or combustible material in any building within the Village and to assist the Fire Department in the initial investigation of any fire in the Village.

§ 81-5 Right of entry.

The fire inspector(s) and members of the Office of the Fire Marshal shall have the power at any and all times to enter into and examine all buildings and ascertain if any flammable or combustible material is lodged therein.

§ 81-6 Inspection of buildings.

[Amended 3-8-2010 by L.L. No. 2-2010]
It shall be the duty of the Code Enforcement Officer to inspect all buildings and premises, as provided in § 49-11 of this Code for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any condition liable to cause fire or endanger life by fire or any violation of the provisions or intent of this chapter.

§ 81-7 Order to eliminate hazardous conditions.

Whenever the Code Enforcement Officer or the Office of the Fire Marshal shall find in any building or upon any premises dangerous or hazardous conditions or materials as follows, he shall order such dangerous conditions or materials to be removed or remedied in such manner as may be specified by the inspecting officer:
A. 
Dangerous or unlawful amounts of combustible or explosive or otherwise hazardous materials.
B. 
Hazardous conditions arising from defective or improperly installed equipment for handling or using combustible or explosive or otherwise hazardous materials.
C. 
Dangerous accumulations of rubbish, wastepaper, boxes, shavings or other highly combustible materials.
D. 
Accumulations of dust or waste material in air-conditioning or ventilating systems or of grease in kitchen or other exhaust ducts or inadequate clearances to unprotected combustible materials from hoods, grease extractors and ducts.
E. 
Obstructions to or on fire escapes, designated access openings in exterior walls for Fire Department use, stairs, passageways, doors or windows, liable to interfere with the operations of the Fire Department or egress of occupants in case of fire.
F. 
Any building or other structure which, for want of repairs, lack of adequate exit facilities, automatic or other fire alarm apparatus or fire extinguishing equipment, or by reason of age or dilapidated condition, or from any other cause, creates a hazardous condition.

§ 81-8 Service of process.

The service of process for violations of this chapter shall be made upon the owner, occupant or other person responsible for the conditions, either by delivering a copy of same to such person or by delivering the same to and leaving it with any person in charge of the premises, or in case no such person is found upon the premises, by affixing a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the door to the entrance of such premises. Whenever it may be necessary to serve such a process upon the owner of a premises, such process may be served either by delivering to and leaving with said person a copy of said process, or, if such owner is absent from the jurisdiction of the officer making the process, by sending such copy by certified or registered mail to the owner's last known post office address.

§ 81-9 Investigation of fires; reports.

A. 
The Office of the Fire Marshal may assist the Fire Chief in the investigation of the cause, origin and circumstances of every fire occurring in the Village which is of suspicious nature or which involves loss of life or injury to persons or by which property has been destroyed or substantially damaged. Such investigations shall be begun immediately upon the occurrence of such fire, and, if it appears that such fire is of suspicious origin, the Office of the Fire Marshal shall immediately notify the Police Department of the facts. The Police Department shall notify the proper authorities designated by law to pursue the investigation of such matters and shall further cooperate with the authorities in the collection of evidence and in the prosecution of the case.
B. 
Every fire shall be reported, in writing, by the Police Department to the Office of the Fire Marshal, within two days after the occurrence of the same. The report shall be in such form as shall be prescribed by the Office of the Fire Marshal. Every fire investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal shall be reported, in writing, to the Fire Department, within two days following the occurrence of the same, by the Fire Marshal or Deputy Fire Marshal performing such investigation. Said report shall contain a statement of facts relating to the cause, origin and circumstances of such fire, factors contributing to the spread of the fire, injury to persons, the extent of the damage, the insurance upon such property and such other information as may be required. The Fire Chief shall prepare a report of each and every fire on a form prescribed by the New York State Secretary of State and shall submit a copy of said report to the Office of the Fire Marshal as well as to the New York State agency whose duty it is to collect such reports. In the event that the Fire Department or the Office of the Fire Marshal shall require the services of another investigatory agency, the Fire Department shall request such assistance and shall receive any report issued by such agency and shall forward a copy of any such report to the Office of the Fire Marshal.
[Amended 3-8-2010 by L.L. No. 2-2010]
C. 
The Village Attorney and the Police Department, upon request of the Office of the Fire Marshal, shall assist the Office of the Fire Marshal in the investigation of any fire which, in their opinion, is of suspicious origin.

§ 81-10 Records.

The Fire Department shall keep a record of all fires and of all the facts concerning the same, including statistics as to the extent of such fires and the damage caused thereby. Said record shall be on a form prescribed by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

§ 81-11 Permits; fees.

A. 
A permit shall constitute permission to maintain, store or handle materials or to conduct processes which produce conditions hazardous to life or property or to install equipment used in connection with such activities. Such permit does not take the place of any license required by law. It shall not be transferable, and any change in use or occupancy of the premises shall require a new permit. Permits shall be required for the manufacture, storage or sale of the materials or the conducting of the operations as established by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. Annual fees for such permits shall be paid. Such fees shall be established and modified by the Board of Trustees by resolution.
B. 
Before a permit may be issued, the fire inspector shall inspect and approve the receptacles, vehicles, buildings or storage places to be used. In cases where laws or regulations enforceable by departments other than the Code Enforcement Officer are applicable, joint approval shall be obtained from all departments concerned.
C. 
All applications for a permit required by this chapter shall be made to the Code Enforcement Officer in such form and detail as it shall prescribe. Applications for permits shall be accompanied by such plans as required by the Code Enforcement Officer.
D. 
Permits shall at all times be kept on the premises designated therein and shall at all times be subject to inspection by any officer of the Fire or Police Department or the Code Enforcement Officer or the Office of the Fire Marshal.
E. 
One permit only shall be required by establishments dealing in or using two or more flammable, combustible or explosive materials to be kept in the establishment at any one time, but each of the materials shall be listed on the permit.

§ 81-12 Revocation of permit.

The Code Enforcement Officer may revoke a permit or approval issued if any violation of this chapter is found upon inspection or in case there has been any false statement or misrepresentation as to a material fact in the application or plans on which the permit or approval was based.

§ 81-13 Fireworks.

[Amended 1-24-2011 by L.L. No. 1-2011]
It shall be unlawful for any person to store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks within the Village without a permit issued by the Village Clerk in accordance with § 405.00 of the Penal Law.

§ 81-14 Modification of provisions.

The Code Enforcement Officer shall have the power to modify any of the provisions of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code upon application, in writing, by the owner or lessee or his duly authorized agent when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the code, provided that the spirit of the code shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification, when granted or allowed, and the decision of the Code Enforcement Officer thereon shall be entered upon the records of the Code Enforcement Officer, and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.

§ 81-15 Appeals from decisions of Code Enforcement Officer.

Whenever the Code Enforcement Officer shall disapprove an application or refuse to grant a permit applied for or when it is claimed that the provisions of the code do not apply or that the true intent and meaning of the code have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal from such decision to the Board of Trustees of the Village within 30 days of the date of the decision appealed.

§ 81-16 New materials, processes or occupancies requiring permits.

The Code Enforcement Officer shall determine and specify, after giving interested persons an opportunity to be heard, any new materials, processes or occupancies which shall require permits, in addition to those now enumerated in this chapter. The Code Enforcement Officer shall post such list on the bulletin board in the Village Office and distribute copies thereof to interested persons upon their request.

§ 81-17 Penalties for offenses.

Violation of any provision of this chapter or failure to comply with any order of the Code Enforcement Officer, or any member thereof the Office of the Fire Marshal shall be unlawful and shall be punishable in accordance with Chapter 1, Article II, of the Village Code.