[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Barrington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-4-2010 by Ord. No. 2009-5]
The purpose of this article is to require notice to the public and neighboring property owners before a building or structure may be demolished or removed within the Town of Barrington so as to provide reasonable safeguards for the protection of the public health, safety and general welfare during this activity.
Before a demolition permit required under the State Building Code or other statute or ordinance may be issued, the Building Official shall provide notice in accordance with this section from a list submitted by the property owner obtained from the Tax Assessor's office. Notice shall be sent via first-class mail, postage paid, in writing to the record owners of all property within 200 feet of the parcel upon which the building stands at least 10 days prior to the date of issuance of a demolition permit. Said notice shall be substantially in the format attached hereto and, at a minimum, include the name of the property owner and the owner's agent and their contact information, a statement of the intent to demolish or remove a building or structure, identification of the building or structure to be affected, the date or dates on or after which the activity will take place.
Editor's Note: Said format is on file in the Town offices.
The applicant for any demolition permit shall post a sign at the site of the building or structure to be demolished for at least a three-day period immediately prior to the date of demolition. On-site notice shall be supplied by the Town substantially in the format attached hereto of a sign notifying the public of the scheduled demolition. This sign shall be of a weather-resistant design, measuring a minimum 8.5 inches by 11 inches in size, erected in a location upon the site proposed for demolition which is visible from the nearest public or private street and fixed upon a support that is of sufficient height to make the sign visible from the nearest public or private street. Failure to post such sign for said three-day period shall be deemed a violation of the Code, and each day of such failure shall be deemed a separate violation. The Building Official may also issue a cease and desist order for such time as is necessary to provide such three-day notice.
In the event that the applicant fails to commence such demolition within 30 days of the date specified in the above-referenced notices, or in the event that active demolition work commences but ceases for any period of 90 days or more, new notice shall be given both by mail and by sign in accordance with the above-referenced time frames.
If the Building Official determines that the building or structure must be demolished or removed in the interest of public safety in a period of less than five days, notice in accordance with this section shall be given within as much time reasonably possible prior to demolition. In an emergency, nothing herein shall prevent the Building Official from exercising his/her authority under the Rhode Island State Building Code to order the demolition or removal of a building or structure immediately and without notice under this article.