City of Pawtucket, RI
Providence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Pawtucket: Art. I, approved 10-11-1991 as Ch. No. 2227; Art. II, 5-5-1995 as Ch. No. 2385. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sale or possession of illegal drugs — See Ch. 108, Art. V.
Upkeep of vacant land — See Ch. 132, Art. I.
Glue sniffing — See Ch. 182, Art. I.
Housing standards — See Ch. 247.
Junkyards — See Ch. 251.
Littering — See Ch. 263.
Loitering for prostitution purposes — See Ch. 266, Art. II.
Nonresidential structures — See Ch. 288.
Prostitution — See Ch. 298, Art. VI.
Abandoned refrigerators — See Ch. 321.
Composting — See Ch. 347, Art. V.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 383.
[Approved 10-11-1991 as Ch. No. 2227]

§ 290-1 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
INVESTIGATIVE BODY
The Pawtucket Fire Division, the Pawtucket Division of Zoning and Code Enforcement, the Environmental Action Officer and any other person or department which is authorized by state law or city ordinance to conduct investigations of private property for the City of Pawtucket.
NUISANCE PROPERTY
Any property within the City of Pawtucket which is cited for two (2) or more separate and unrelated violations during two (2) or more separate inspections within a twelve-month period by an investigative body of the City of Pawtucket.

§ 290-2 Fee.

A. 
Any landlord who owns property in the City of Pawtucket and upon classification of said property as nuisance property by an investigative body shall be required to pay a nuisance investigation fee of two hundred dollars ($200.) to the office of Zoning and Code Enforcement for each subsequent investigation by an investigative body at which a law or code is cited for violation for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of classification as nuisance property.
B. 
Failure to pay said fee(s) within thirty (30) days of the citation will result in a lien being placed on the property.
[Approved 5-5-1995 as Ch. No. 2385]

§ 290-3 Authority of Director of Public Safety.

The Director of Public Safety shall have the authority to declare any building in the City of Pawtucket as a public nuisance.

§ 290-4 Term defined.

For the purpose of this ordinance the term "public nuisance" is defined to mean any condition or use of premises or of building exteriors which is detrimental to the property of others or which causes or tends to cause substantial diminution in value of other property in the neighborhood in which such premises are located, or a building that is a menace to the public health, welfare or safety or that is structurally unsafe, unsanitary or not provided with adequate safe egress, or that constitutes a fire hazard, or is otherwise dangerous to human life, or is otherwise no longer fit and habitable, or that in relation to existing use constitutes a hazard to the public health, welfare or safety by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence or abandonment. This includes, but is not limited to, the keeping or the depositing on or the scattering over the premises of any of the following:
A. 
Lumber, junk, trash or debris.
B. 
Abandoned, discarded or unused objects or equipment such as automobiles, furniture, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, cans or containers.
C. 
Any compost pile which is of such a nature so as to spread or harbor disease, emit unpleasant odors or harmful gas or attract rodents, vermin or other disease-carrying pests, animals or insects, provided that the presence of earthworms in a compost pile shall not constitute a nuisance.
D. 
The using of any part of the property or any public property adjacent thereto for the manufacture, sale, use or delivery of a controlled substance or from possessing on the property or any public property adjacent thereto with the intent to manufacture, sell, use or deliver a controlled substance classified in Schedule I or Schedule II of the Rhode Island General Laws, Chapter 28 of Title 21.
E. 
The using of any part of the property or any public property adjacent thereto, to receive or offer or agree to receive any person into any place, structure, house, building or room for the purpose of pandering or committing prostitution or for any other lewd or indecent act.