[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lowell 8-25-1992 (§ 5-3 of the 1988 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
When any building or other structure shall appear to the Building Official (Building Inspector) to be dangerous in case of fire, because windows and doors and/or the building or structure is otherwise open to the weather, or shall appear to be dangerous to life and limb or otherwise unsafe, the Building Official (Building Inspector) shall immediately notify the owner in writing (certified mail, return receipt requested, and regular mail) and/or his agent or mortgagee in possession of its dangerous condition, which notice shall constitute an order to the owner and/or his agent or mortgagee in possession to put the building in a safe and secure condition.
Said written notice shall be sent to the owner or his agent by certified mail (return receipt requested), with a copy sent by regular postage.
Any building or structure which is ordered secured for any reason hereunder shall be boarded in accordance with the following specifications: all openings, including but not limited to doors and windows from the cellar to the top floor inclusive, must be covered from the exterior with a minimum of one-half-inch-thick plywood secured with screws of a minimum length of 1 1/2 inches placed 12 inches on center of spikes.
If the owner or his agent or mortgagee in possession fails to comply within 10 days, the Building Official (Building Inspector) may cause bids to be called for by the Division of Planning and Development to have the building properly secured, and the costs and charges of such securing shall constitute a lien on the property under the provisions of MGL c. 139, § 3, as amended.
If such owner or mortgagee in possession fails or refuses to make the building safe and secure within 10 days after being so notified, said owner or mortgagee in possession shall be punished by a fine of $100 per day for every day's continuance of such failure or refusal after being so notified.
Each day during which any portion of a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The requirements of this chapter are in addition to and not in substitution for any and all requirements of the State Building Code, Sections 123 and 124, or any other law or regulation on this subject.