Town of North Branford, CT
New Haven County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of North Branford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-20-1991 by Ord. No. 174]

§ 159-1 Purpose.

This article is enacted pursuant to Section 29-406(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes for the purpose of imposing a ninety-day waiting period before granting any permit for the demolition of any historic property. Such waiting period is intended to promote the cultural, economic, social and general welfare of the residents of North Branford and to enhance property values. It is further the intent of this article to provide sufficient time for all interested persons to consider or develop appropriate options to demolition, including attempts to find a purchaser who will retain or remove such historic property or who will present some other reasonable alternative to the last resort of demolition.

§ 159-2 Exemptions.

This article shall not apply to:
A. 
Buildings, structures, objects or sites defined as "historic properties" for purposes of Section 7-147p of the Connecticut General Statutes, the demolition of which is governed by Sections 7-147p through 7-147y, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes.
B. 
Abatement of a public nuisance as a remedy of last resort because of public necessity and emergency.
C. 
The removal or destruction of buildings to prevent the spread of a conflagration or to safeguard the public in a similar emergency.

§ 159-3 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DEMOLITION
Any wrecking activity directed to the disassembling, dismantling, dismembering and/or razing of any structure or building or part thereof, or the substantial disturbance or destruction of any object or site, not exempted under the provisions of Section 29-402(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes. "Demolition" shall not be construed to prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of any exterior architectural feature which does not involve a change in the appearance or design thereof nor to prevent the alteration of any such feature which is required by public safety because of a condition which is unsafe or dangerous due to deterioration.
HISTORIC PROPERTY
Any individual building or structure built for the support, shelter or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or property of any kind and which is significant in the history, architecture, archaeology and culture of North Branford, the state or the nation. "Historic property" shall also include objects or sites of comparable significance as above stated. A list of "historic properties" compiled by the Totoket Historical Society will be filed with the Building Official of the Town of North Branford for his or her use in the implementation of this article.

§ 159-4 Imposition of waiting period.

No person shall demolish any historic property or part thereof, as defined herein, without obtaining a demolition permit from the Building Official of the Town of North Branford in accordance with the provisions set forth in Sections 29-401 through 29-415, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes. Such Building Official shall review applications for permits to demolish historic property to determine compliance with the State Demolition Code and this article. If the Building Official of the Town of North Branford determines that the proposed demolition is subject to this article, the Building Official shall inform the applicant, in writing, that a waiting period of 90 days from the date of receipt of the application will be imposed before granting the required permit. A "Notice of Intent to Demolish" sign shall be furnished by the Building Official, which the applicant shall post in a conspicuous place on the site, viewable from a public street, within five days from its receipt. The sign shall be posted for the remainder of the ninety-day period from the date of application and shall state that a request for a demolition permit has been filed; the date of such filing; the location of the property; the owner(s) of the property; the effective permit date for commencement of demolition [which shall be calculated as 90 days from the date of filing of the application]; and that the application is on file in the office of the Building Official and is available for inspection. If demolition is not commenced within six months after issuance of a permit, the Building Official shall declare the permit null and void.

§ 159-4.1 Notice of proposed demolition.

[Added 6-19-2001 by Ord. No. 224; amended 10-18-2005 by Ord. No. 233]
Upon application for a demolition permit, the Building Official shall send, by regular mail, a notice of said proposed demolition to the Totoket Historical Society and each member of the North Branford Town Council within five days of receipt.

§ 159-5 Violations and penalties.

In addition to other penalties and remedies provided by law, each violation of the provisions of this article shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $100, with each day of such violation constituting a separate violation.