City of Cohoes, NY
Albany County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Cohoes as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Planning Commission — See Ch. 60.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 124.
Hazardous Liquids — See Ch. 171.
Residential Occupancy — See Ch. 214.
Zoning — See Ch. 285.
[Adopted 9-8-1992 by Ord. No. 54-1992]

§ 152-1 Sprinklers required.

All multiple dwellings classified as lodging houses, transient occupancies, regardless of height or number of stories, as defined in 9 NYCRR 701.3(b)(2) shall require a sprinkler system as set forth in 9 NYCRR 1060.4 throughout the entire building.

§ 152-2 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 12-10-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996]
Any person, firm or corporation found in violation of this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for one year, or both, per individual occupancy each day the violation continues.
[Adopted 6-27-2000 by Ord. No. 5-2000]

§ 152-3 Purpose; applicability.

This article shall provide for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) in the City of Cohoes. Except as otherwise provided within this article, state law or the Uniform Code, all premises, regardless of use, are subject to the provisions which follow.

§ 152-4 Prevalence of more restrictive standards.

Where the provisions of this article conflict with or impose a different requirement than any other provisions of this code, local or general law, the provision which establishes the stricter standard or requirement shall govern.

§ 152-5 Enforcement.

The Uniform Code and the provisions of this article shall be administered and enforced by the Director of Code Enforcement or his/her designees, and/or Fire Chief, or his/her designees.

§ 152-6 Violations.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or a corporation to construct, alter, repair, move, remove, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building, structure or premises, or any portion thereof, in violation of any of the provisions of this article, or to fail in any manner to comply with the lawful notice, directive or order of the Code Enforcement Department or the Fire Chief. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or a corporation to construct, alter, repair, move, remove, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building, structure or premises, or any part thereof, in a manner not permitted by the approved building permit or certificate of occupancy.
B. 
Any and all persons or entities constructing, operating, owning, occupying, maintaining, using or permitting the use of any building, property or premises, as well as any builder, design professional, contractor, subcontractor or agent of any such person or entity, who commits or takes part in or assists in a violation of the Uniform Code or this article may be charged as provided in this article.

§ 152-7 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Each and every violation of the Uniform Code or of the rules and regulations or orders promulgated thereunder shall be deemed a violation of this article.
B. 
Unless otherwise stated herein, each violation of the Uniform Code, this article or the rules, regulations or orders promulgated hereunder shall deem a separate violation. In order to provide effective deterrence, each day on which a violation exists is considered to be and may be separately charged as an individual violation. Penalties or fines may be charged separately for each day on which the violation continues to exist.
C. 
Unless otherwise stated herein, the penalty for each offense or violation and for each day on which an offense or violation exists shall be not more than $250 and/or 15 days in jail.
D. 
Unless otherwise stated herein, the penalty for failure to comply with a lawful order of the Code Enforcement Officer shall be not more than $250 and/or 15 days in jail and/or appropriate community service per offense. Each day on which a continuing violation exists is considered to be and may be separately charged as an individual offense.
[Amended 1-24-2006 by Ord. No. 1-2006]
E. 
The penalty for failure to obtain a building permit prior to commencement of any work shall be deemed a violation, and any person or entity and/or agents thereof found guilty of this violation shall be subject to a fine as described below:
(1) 
First offense within a twelve-month period: a fine of not more than $250.
(2) 
Second and subsequent offense within a twelve-month period: a fine of not more than $1,000.

§ 152-8 State law option.

[Added 3-27-2001 by Ord. No. 5-2001]
Nothing in this article shall preclude prosecution of the Uniform Code pursuant to the New York State Executive Law or the imposition of fines or penalties contained in the New York State Executive Law or any other general law.