City of Rochester, NY
Monroe County
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Editor's Note: Former § 39-301, Amusement devices, was repealed 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341.
All antennae and masts shall be of substantial, incombustible material and construction, structurally safe, self-supporting or securely guyed and shall be grounded electrically in an approved manner.
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263; 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-312]
Prior to the issuance of any building permit for demolition, the applicant must meet, to the satisfaction of the Commissioner, the standards for demolition approval and associated regulations as established in Chapter 47A, Demolition Regulations, of the Municipal Code.
A. 
Requirements. All electrical systems which are part of structures regulated by this chapter shall be designed and installed so that under normal conditions of use such systems will not be a potential danger to health or welfare, or a source of ignition, or a radiation hazard, or otherwise become a nuisance. Compliance with generally accepted standards applicable to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall constitute compliance with this section.
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263]
B. 
Permits. A building permit will be required for all planned electrical work where its operation requires more than 50 volts, or less than 50 volts when covered by provisions of the National Electrical Code.
C. 
Exceptions. A building permit for electrical work is not required for:
(1) 
Any work done by persons employed by manufacturers or purveyors of electrical equipment in servicing their own products.
[Amended 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341]
(2) 
The connection or disconnection of portable plug-in appliances to permanently installed receptacles or the attachment or disconnect of input terminals of electrical appliances; the replacement of defective devices with directly interchangeable types, i.e. fuses, lamps, switches (when enclosing boxes are not disturbed), receptacles, sockets, motors, transformers, ballasts, relays, timers, heaters, circuit breakers or fuseholders that are part of a control-assembly and similar devices that generally do not disturb the fixed wiring system; any electrical work performed on portables themselves or within the internal assembly of appliances; all classes of normal adjustments to electrical devices; and the rewinding and repair of motors and similar devices.
(3) 
Transmission lines from the source of supply to the service connection on the premises where used or any electrical installation that occurs beyond the defined "service connection."
[Amended 10-11-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-323]
(4) 
Public service companies authorized to generate or sell electricity.
(5) 
Automotive, railway, aeronautical or marine equipment.
D. 
Fees. Fees shall be charged in accordance with § 39-221.
E. 
Standards and rules. The Commissioner is hereby authorized to adopt any standards, procedures, rules, regulations and forms that are necessary to effective administration and enforcement of this section.
[Amended 2-7-1984 by Ord. No. 84-40; 12-8-1992 by Ord. No. 92-422]
F. 
Inspections.
[Added 10-11-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-323]
(1) 
Before being concealed or enclosed, all electrical work shall be inspected in accordance with the requirements of the NYSUFP & BC.
(2) 
Certificates or a written report of the approval or rejection of any electrical installation after an inspection thereof shall be issued, and a copy may be obtained by request from the licensed electrical inspector.
A. 
Objective. It is the objective of this section to provide an optional program of electrical certification for those industries employing full-time electricians who are licensed by the City. Optional electrical certification is limited to the electrical work performed within the boundaries of property owned or leased by the employing industry. The certification shall be in lieu of building permits for electrical work required by § 39-304.
B. 
Filing. The industry shall require a licensed electrician to file a certificate of electrical work semiannually. Each certificate shall cover work completed by the industry within the preceding semiannual period. Each certificate for the period January 1 through June 30 shall be filed by October 31, and each certificate for the period July 1 through December 31 shall be filed by April 30. The certificate of electrical work shall contain such information as required by the Commissioner.
C. 
Fees. A fee shall be charged in accordance with § 39-223.
A. 
It is the intent of this section to provide construction standards for facilities which sell certain flammable liquids at retail. These standards are in addition to those of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. These flammable liquids are those which produce flammable vapors at ordinary temperatures. (See also Chapter 54, Fire Prevention Code, of the City Code.)
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263]
B. 
(Reserved)[1]
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Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, which prohibited combining certain uses of a building with sales of flammable liquids, was repealed 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341.
C. 
Any combination of any other use of a building with such retail sales of flammable liquids requires fire separation in accordance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263]
D. 
Storage tanks.
(1) 
Location. All storage tanks for retail sales of gasoline shall be installed underground and at least 15 feet from all building lines and all interior lot lines and at least five feet from all street lot lines.
(2) 
Capacity. Each storage tank shall be less than 10,001 gallons in capacity with no more than 20,000 gallons' total capacity on any single site.
(3) 
Structure. Each storage tank shall be suitably anchored with adequate precautions against flooding or floating. Each tank will be designed to be vented and to withstand anticipated hydrostatic pressure.
E. 
Dispensing pumps.
(1) 
Location. All dispensing pump islands for retail sales of such flammable liquids shall be installed at least 20 feet from side and rear lot lines and at least 12 feet from the street line.
(2) 
Structure. All such pumps and their piping shall be sufficiently protected against physical damage from vehicles either by mounting on a concrete island or by equivalent means, adequately illuminated for use during night hours.
A. 
General requirements. All types of fences, walls and retaining walls, permanent or temporary, shall be subject to the location and height limitations as regulated by the Zoning Code, Chapter 120. All such structures shall be constructed and maintained to be safely self-supporting.
[Amended 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341]
B. 
Barbed wire. The use of barbed wire shall not be allowed in any district without prior permission in writing from the Commissioner. Barbed wire shall not be permitted in any residential zoning district.
[Amended 4-15-1997 by Ord. No. 97-133]
C. 
Razor wire or electrified, sharp or hazardous points, other than barbed wire cited above in Subsection B, are prohibited in any location, including the top or at any portion of a fence in any district.
[Added 4-15-1997 by Ord. No. 97-133]
D. 
A fence of barbed wire, or of which barbed wire is a part, must not be constructed or maintained along the line of a street, except that when required for security purposes in times of national emergency, the Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development may issue a permit for the construction of a fence of barbed wire, or of which barbed wire is a part, along the line of a street.[1]
[Amended 6-16-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-179]
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Editor's Note: This subsection was formerly § 47-6A and was redesignated as § 39-307D by Ord. No. 97-133.
[Added 10-11-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-323]
A. 
Requirements. No plumbing work regulated by the provisions of this code or of the NYSUFP & BC shall be performed by anyone without first obtaining a permit for such work from the Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development.
B. 
Property owner's liability. Every property owner having plumbing work performed shall be responsible for having such work done by a City of Rochester registered and licensed master plumber, who shall have obtained all required and necessary permits, and shall have materials installed and labor performed in accordance and compliance with applicable plumbing codes.
C. 
Permit application.
(1) 
Form. Application for a plumbing permit shall be made to the Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development in such form as the Commissioner shall prescribe.
(2) 
By whom.
(a) 
Application shall be made by the licensed and registered master plumber, except that an owner/occupant of a single-family dwelling doing his or her own work inside the dwelling may make application for a permit.
(b) 
In cases where one master plumber completes the rough work, in whole or in part, and a second master plumber is called upon to continue with or complete the plumbing work, each shall obtain a separate permit to cover his or her own work.
(3) 
Contents of a permit application.
(a) 
The application shall contain a general description of the proposed work, the materials used and specifications, its location, the use and occupancy of all parts of the building or structure and of all portions of the site or lot not covered by the building or structure; the names and addresses of the owner and the applicant, contractor, architect and engineer, if applicable; and the responsible employees if the owner is a corporate body.
(b) 
The application shall also contain such other information as may reasonably be required by the Commissioner to establish compliance of the proposed work with the requirements of applicable plumbing laws, ordinances and regulations.
(4) 
Plans and specifications.
(a) 
Each application for a plumbing permit shall be accompanied by sufficient copies of plans, or drawings, and specifications; a site plan describing the nature and character of the work to be performed and the materials to be incorporated, drawn to scale, showing the locations and size of all proposed plumbing work and all existing structures on the site; and such other details required by the Commissioner. The Commissioner may waive the requirements for filing plans, specifications and site plans for minor work.
(b) 
Plans and specifications shall bear the signature of the person responsible for the design and drawings and, where required by § 7209 or 7307 of the Education Law of the State of New York, the seal of the licensed architect or the licensed professional engineer.
(c) 
For ordinary, simple plumbing installations, such as in single or double dwellings, either ink or pencil drawings or sketches, and descriptions of the work, may be sufficient.
(d) 
Plans and specifications submitted for review as part of the building permit process shall be sufficient in number and detail for review and issuance of required plumbing permits.
(5) 
Changes in the work. Changes in the plumbing work (change orders) affecting public health and/or life safety shall be filed with the Commissioner and reviewed by the Commissioner prior to the commencement of such change of work. When changes in plumbing work are found to be necessary or are made, the Commissioner may require additional plans and specifications and the issuance of additional permits.
(6) 
Time limit on applications.
(a) 
A plumbing permit application shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be voided three months after its date of filing unless a plumbing permit shall have been issued or an extension granted by the Commissioner for reasonable causes.
(b) 
Work shall not commence until a permit is issued.
(7) 
Denial of an application.
(a) 
Applications for plumbing permits which are subject to the provisions of this code and which are denied by the Commissioner may be appealed to the Examining Board of Plumbers for relief as stipulated in § 40-4B of this Code.
(b) 
Applications for plumbing permits which are subject to the provisions of the NYSUFP & BC, and which are denied by the Commissioner may be appealed for relief to the New York Department of State Regional Board of Review.
D. 
Catch basins, manholes and cleanouts. All catch basins shall comply with the catch basin trap detail.
E. 
Applications for street connections. All applications, permits and permit cards for excavations and/or cutting of pavement for connections to public sewers or water mains shall be obtained from the Department of Environmental Services. Permits for all connections to public sewers shall be obtained from the Rochester Pure Waters District.
F. 
Inspections. The Commissioner shall inspect or cause to be inspected by a City of Rochester licensed plumbing inspector all plumbing work performed requiring a permit.
(1) 
Before being concealed or enclosed, all plumbing and drainage work shall be tested and/or inspected in accordance with the requirements of the NYSUFP & BC.
(2) 
Certificates or a written report of the approval or rejection of any plumbing system after an inspection and/or testing thereof shall be issued, and a copy may be obtained by request from the licensed plumbing inspector.
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Editor's Note: Former § 39-308, Fire escapes, as amended, was repealed 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341.
A. 
The Commissioner shall accept foundation depths in plans sealed by a registered architect or professional engineer licensed by the State of New York as a certification that the design meets the Building Code.
B. 
In the absence of drawings sealed by an architect or engineer, the bottoms of foundations are required to be not less than four feet zero inches below the adjoining ground surface. Lesser foundation depths may be permitted for one-story accessory structures such as garages and porches with the approval of the Commissioner.
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263; 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341; 3-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-71]
Marquees and awnings shall be constructed in accordance with applicable provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and Chapter 104 of the Municipal Code, Streets and Street Encroachments.
A. 
Definitions and general provisions. See Zoning Code, Chapter 120, for definitions and general provisions regarding signs.
[Amended 11-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-354; 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341]
B. 
Materials and construction. Signs not exceeding 12 square feet in area may be constructed of combustible materials. All other signs shall be constructed of incombustible materials, except that all cappings, decorations, letterings and moldings may be constructed of approved combustible materials and that wall signs not exceeding 40 square feet in area and installed on buildings three stories or less in height may be constructed of approved combustible materials. All signs shall be securely supported from the building construction and structurally safe. Structural supports shall be constructed of incombustible materials, unless the Commissioner approves otherwise.
C. 
Projection beyond the street line. Signs shall be constructed in accordance with Chapter 104 of the Municipal Code, Streets and Street Encroachments.
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263; 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341]
D. 
Structural requirements. All signs meet the requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263]
E. 
Roof signs. All signs to be erected on the roofs of buildings or structures shall be designed by a registered architect or a professional engineer, licensed by the State of New York. All drawings, calculations and specifications submitted must bear the signature and seal of such architect or engineer.
A. 
Public swimming pools shall meet the requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
[Amended 6-27-1985 by Ord. No. 85-263]
B. 
Private family swimming pools. All swimming pools, whether aboveground or in-ground, shall be certified as having been designed and installed in conformance with the standards of good practice as recommended in Suggested Minimum Standards for Residential Swimming Pools, as adopted by the National Swimming Pool Institute. The Commissioner may require that private swimming pool plans be sealed by a registered architect or professional engineer licensed by the State of New York.
C. 
Note. All swimming pools, whether aboveground or in-ground, shall conform to the requirements of the Zoning Code, Chapter 120, of the City Code.
[Amended 11-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-354; 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341]
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Editor's Note: Former § 39-313, Carpeting, as amended, was repealed 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341.
[Added 1-23-1979 by Ord. No. 79-33]
A. 
All newly constructed single-family and two-family dwellings shall be secured by providing all entrance/exit doors with locks in order to discourage intrusion from the exterior.
B. 
All newly constructed multiple dwellings shall be secured by providing all entrance/exit doors with locks to discourage intrusion from the exterior and by providing a doorbell/buzzer system to unlock the main entrance door. In addition, accessory use areas, such as storage rooms, service and maintenance rooms, workshop areas, laundry rooms, refuse rooms and utility rooms, shall be locked or otherwise secured or protected at all times in order to discourage intrusion.
C. 
Locks shall not interfere with egress requirements as applicable in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
[Added 10-21-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-341]