[Ord. No. 883 §1, 8-27-2003]
It is the purpose of this Chapter to provide for effective monitoring and routine inspection of vacant buildings and structures that, due to housing code violations, may endanger the life, limb, health, property, safety or welfare of the general public, and this Chapter shall apply to all residential structures that have been vacant for more than six (6) months and that are subject to housing code violations.
[Ord. No. 883 §2, 8-27-2003]
The following words and phrases, when used in this Chapter, shall mean:
- HOUSING CODE
- A local building, fire, health, property maintenance, nuisance or other ordinance which contains standards regulating the condition or maintenance of residential buildings.
- RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE
- A structure devoted primarily to residential use, whether classified as residential or commercial, and regardless of the number of dwelling units contained within such structure.
[Ord. No. 883 §3, 8-27-2003]
Every parcel of residential property improved by a residential structure, or commercial property improved by a structure containing multiple dwelling units, that is vacant and has been vacant for at least six (6) months and is characterized by violations of the housing code shall be registered as a vacant residential structure.
[Ord. No. 883 §4, 8-27-2003]
Registration. The Building Commissioner for the City of Winchester, Missouri, or his designee shall investigate any property that may be subject to registration. Based upon his findings, the Building Commissioner may register property as a vacant residential structure subject to this Chapter.
Notice Of Registration. Within five (5) business days of such registration, the City Clerk shall notify the owners of the registered property by mail at their last known address according to the records of the City of Winchester and St. Louis County. Such notice shall state:
Time To Cure — Reconsideration. Within thirty (30) days of the date of notification, the property owner may complete any improvements to the property that may be necessary to remove the property from registration under this Chapter and may request a reinspection of the property.
Appeal Of Registration And/Or Reconsideration To Municipal Court. Within thirty (30) days of the date of such notification or within thirty (30) days of the date of reconsideration by the Building Commissioner, the property owner may appeal the decision to the office of the Municipal Court for the City of Winchester.