[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 4-13-1987 by L.L. No. 13-1987 (Ch. 65 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
The Suffolk County Legislature hereby finds as follows:
There exist in the County numerous County-owned or -leased buildings, structures or premises with conditions that are or may become substandard or fire hazards and which, in the absence of corrective action, may constitute a threat to the public health and safety.
Although there is a New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, there exists the need for a local law to address enforcement of this code.
Although the County Fire Marshal's Office is performing inspections of County buildings and writing building violations, it is also important to correct said violations in a reasonable time frame.
It is essential that fire code violations in County buildings be corrected in a timely manner so as to minimize the County risk exposure and to ensure the safety of all County employees.
Failure to comply with the state code is a breach of County government responsibility.
The state encourages local governments to exercise their full powers to administer and enforce the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
It is necessary to enact a local law which will set forth responsibility and compliance criteria and strengthen procedures to ensure County compliance with standards of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
In addition to and not in limitation of any power otherwise granted by law, the County Fire Marshal is hereby authorized to order, in writing, the remedying of any condition found to exist in, on or about any County-owned or County-leased building found to be in violation of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, i.e., Article 18 of the New York Executive Law, and to issue an order that the appropriate corrective measures be taken by the responsible parties. The Fire Marshal is further authorized to grant, in writing, such time as may be reasonably necessary to achieve compliance with such order.
Upon issuing an order compelling compliance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, the Fire Marshal shall file notice with the affected department head, the County Executive, the Commissioner of Public Works, the Division of Insurance and Risk Management and the Clerk of the County Legislature.
Responsibility for ensuring that the necessary steps are taken to correct fire code violations in a timely manner shall reside with the commissioner or director of the affected department and the Commissioner of Public Works for County-owned buildings or the landlord for leased buildings.
Each time that the County enters into lease to rent a building for County occupancy, the landlord's responsibility for the correction of violations of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall be stipulated and the responsibility for associated costs shall be stated, each as terms and conditions of any such lease.
Notification of all corrective measures taken under any order issued pursuant to this chapter shall be forwarded by the responsible party to the Clerk of the Legislature, the County Executive and the Fire Marshal within 30 days of the corrective action, unless otherwise specified.