City of Bel-Nor, MO
St. Louis County
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[R.O. 1993 § 515.010; Ord. No. 85 §§ 1-2, 11-27-1950]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to perform any construction work, including grading, excavating, carpenter work, or any work causing excessive noise within the confines of the City of Bel-Nor prior to 7:30 A.M.
B. 
Any person or persons who shall be guilty of a violation of Subsection (A) of this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than five dollars ($5.00) and not more than fifty dollars ($50.00).
[R.O. 1993 § 515.020; Ord. No. 232 §§ 1-5, 11-27-1972]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen shall by ordinance cause the owner or owners of any property or lot adjacent to any street or alley within the City of Bel-Nor to repair any sidewalk along the side of said property or lot in the City.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Street Commissioner to prepare and file in the City Office specifications for construction and repair of sidewalks within the City, including width, depth, base, materials and surfacing substantially in accordance with existing sidewalks within the City.
C. 
It is hereby declared to be the policy of this City that all sidewalks shall be maintained by adjoining lot owners in a clean, safe condition, free from pot holes or substantial cracks and relatively level. Any variation of sidewalks blocks or cracks in excess of one (1) inch shall be deemed unsafe and shall be forthwith repaired by the owner of the adjoining property.
D. 
Whenever the Board of Aldermen shall determine to have any sidewalk repaired, they shall cause ten (10) days' notice in writing to be served on the owner or owners of any such property or lot adjoining the existing sidewalk to begin to repair and complete the repairing of any such sidewalk in a reasonable time thereafter. Such notice shall contain a description of each property or lot and a general description of the character of such sidewalk, giving the length and breath thereof and the material of which it shall be composed. If at the expiration of fifteen (15) days after the service of said notice if in writing, or if by publication, at the end of four (4) weeks after such publication of notice, said owner or owners shall not in good faith have commenced to repair any such sidewalk as aforesaid and complete the same in a reasonable time thereafter in the judgment of the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Aldermen shall cause such sidewalk to be repaired out of the City's General Revenue Funds and the cost and expense thereof shall constitute a lien against such property or lot; and in such cases a certified copy of any special tax bill for such work, approved by the Board of Aldermen, shall in all cases be prima facie evidence that the work therein stated was done along the property therein described and the amount thereof as stated therein is due and correct and the provisions of the law and ordinances have been carried out; provided that the owner or owners of said property or lot may pay to the City the cost of repairing said sidewalk by the City at any time before the sale of said property or lot for such cost and expense.
E. 
If notice in writing cannot be personally served in the State or if the owner or owners are unknown and cannot be personally served, the Board of Aldermen shall cause four (4) weeks' notice to be published in the English language in some daily or weekly newspaper published in St. Louis County, setting forth all the facts required in the notice by personal service, as aforesaid.
[R.O. 1993 § 515.030; Ord. No. 57 §§ 1-2, 8-23-1948]
A. 
The connection into any sanitary sewer or septic tank of any downspouts or surface water drain from any building hereafter erected or now being constructed in the City of Bel-Nor is hereby prohibited.
B. 
Any person or persons, firm, corporation, owner, tenant or occupant who shall be guilty of a violation of Subsection (A) of this Section shall on conviction thereof be fined not less than five dollars ($5.00) and not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) and each day that such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense.
[R.O. 1993 § 515.040; Ord. No. 593 § 1, 5-20-1996]
Any lumber or building materials stored on any lot in the City, if otherwise allowed by law, must be neatly stacked in rear yard areas only and all materials must be at least six (6) inches above grade. Firewood must be neatly stacked and kept at least six (6) inches above grade. Stacked firewood may be stored in side and rear yards only. Firewood in decorative holders at least six (6) inches above grade and no more than four (4) feet in height and length may be stored on front porches or adjacent to the front entry of a structure.
[R.O. 1993 § 515.050; Ord. No. 597 § 1, 6-17-1996]
All principal buildings on any lot in the City of Bel-Nor shall display the numbers of the street address of each such building on the front of the building in numerals not less than three (3) inches nor more than five (5) inches high in such a manner that they may be readily observed from the public or private street, road, highway or other thoroughfare upon which the lot has its primary frontage.
[R.O. 1993 § 515.060; Ord. No. 659 § 2, 2-15-1999]
A. 
Compliance With Requirements. In addition to the provisions of Section 510.050 of this Code, it shall be unlawful for any owner to erect or cause to be erected an antenna or satellite dish within the City of Bel-Nor except as herein provided.
B. 
All Antennas And Satellite Dishes.
1. 
No antenna or satellite dish shall be erected which exceeds seventy-two (72) inches in height or seventy-two (72) inches in width.
2. 
No antenna or satellite dish may be located within ten (10) feet from any utility lines or easement.
3. 
No antenna or satellite dish may be erected or installed in such a manner that the antenna or satellite dish is more than seventy-two (72) inches above the highest point of the main structure located on the premises.
4. 
All antennas and satellite dishes shall be electrically grounded.
5. 
All antennas and satellite dishes shall be installed and maintained in a safe and secure manner and capable of remaining secure in winds of seventy (70) mph.
6. 
All cables or wire for antennas or satellite dishes shall be properly and firmly secured.
7. 
No antenna or satellite dish weighing two hundred fifty (250) pounds or more shall be mounted on any structure except if the owner of the structure submits to the City Enforcement Officer a written certificate from a State of Missouri licensed professional engineer that the load factors of the structure are sufficient to support the load of the antenna or satellite dish in winds of seventy (70) mph.
C. 
Satellite Dishes Larger Than One (1) Meter In Diameter. The following provisions shall be applicable to all satellite dishes larger than one (1) meter in diameter:
1. 
Not more than one (1) satellite dish may be erected on a lot.
2. 
A satellite dish may only be erected in the rear yard of a lot and within the side building lines of a dwelling or multi-family dwelling, but in no event not less than fifteen (15) feet from the side and rear lot lines.
3. 
Satellite dishes shall be shielded from visibility from the street or adjoining lots by the use of shrubs, plantings, vegetation or fencing.
D. 
Exceptions. If the property owner wishes to deviate from any of the provisions of this Section, the burden shall be on the property owner to show to the satisfaction of the Building Commissioner that the satellite dish cannot be installed and maintained in compliance with said provision(s) and also be used and/or receive reception in a reasonable manner.
E. 
Permit Required.
1. 
No owner shall erect or cause to be erected a satellite dish larger than one (1) meter in diameter within the City of Bel-Nor without applying for and thereafter obtaining a building permit.
2. 
The owner or person acting in his/her behalf shall make application for a building permit on forms designated by the City. The building permit shall set forth:
a. 
The name and address of the applicant;
b. 
The address of the lot upon which the satellite dish is intended to be erected;
c. 
The name and address of the person designated to erect the satellite dish;
d. 
The cost of construction;
e. 
The materials to be used, a photograph of the intended satellite dish, and the method for erection;
f. 
A plot plan for the lot showing the boundary lines of the property, the location and dimension of existing structures, existing setbacks from property lines, together with the dimensions and locations of the proposed satellite dish;
g. 
An elevation plan showing the height of the proposed satellite dish;
h. 
A construction detail showing the methods for anchoring the satellite dish and the types of materials to be used in construction; and
i. 
A landscape plan showing the types of materials and their proposed location for shielding the visibility of the satellite dish, as required by this Title.
3. 
The building permit application and supporting documents shall be submitted to the City Building Commissioner for his/her review, along with a fee as specified in this Code.
F. 
Expiration Or Revocation Of Permit.
1. 
In the event a permit is issued, construction must be completed within thirty (30) days from the date of issuance, unless the Building Commissioner extends the time for completion in writing.
2. 
If at any time after the permit is issued there should be any deviation from the original plans and specifications, the Building Commissioner shall order the stoppage of the work until the approval of any changes is given in writing. Revised plans shall be submitted in ample time to allow a certificate of approval before commencement of work on that part being revised. In the event that approval or changes is withheld, construction shall promptly proceed in accordance with the original plans and permit, or in the alternative, construction shall be abandoned and the partially erected satellite dish removed, restoring the premises to the condition that it was in prior to the beginning of construction.
G. 
Appeals And Variances. In the event the permit for the proposed satellite dish is denied by the Building Commissioner, the applicant shall have the right to appeal the denial to the Board of Aldermen. The applicant may make an original application to the Board of Aldermen for a variance from this Section. In the sole discretion of the Board, in light of the unique circumstances and equities of the situation, a variance may be granted.
[Ord. No. 1036, 5-18-2020]
A. 
The presence of open areas between and among the homes in Bel-Nor is a strong character-defining feature of the City. Over the years, development in the City has used similar lot coverage as traditionally found along a block to maintain the open character of the street and ensure compatibility with adjacent homes. Additionally, the required setbacks and yard requirements provide a soft, landscaped buffer between the structure and the street or other structures creating an inviting, unified appearance. Fences and other screening structures, unless strictly regulated, can detract from this appearance and should be limited to rear yards whenever possible.
B. 
Compliance With Requirements. In addition to the provisions of Chapter 405 of this Code, it shall be unlawful for any owner to erect or cause to be erected a fence within the City of Bel-Nor except as herein provided.
C. 
Definitions. As used in this Section the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUILDING LINE
That line which represents the closest points that the main building on a lot can be erected to the front, side and rear property lines.
YARD
An open space at grade between a building and the adjoining lot lines, unoccupied and unobstructed by any portion of a structure from the ground upward, except as otherwise provided herein. In measuring a yard for the purpose of determining the width of a side yard, the depth of a front yard or the depth of a rear yard, the minimum horizontal distance between the lot line and the main building shall be used.
YARD, FRONT
A yard extending across the front of a lot and being the minimum horizontal distance between the street or place line and the main building or any projections thereof other than the projections of the usual uncovered steps, uncovered balconies, or uncovered porch. On corner lots, the front yard shall be considered as parallel to the street upon which the lot has its least dimension.
YARD, REAR
A yard extending across the rear of a lot and being the required minimum horizontal distance between the rear lot line and the rear of the main building or any projections thereof other than the projections of uncovered steps, unenclosed balconies or unenclosed porches. On all lots, the rear yard shall be in the rear of the front yard.
YARD, SIDE
A yard between the main building and the side line of the lot, and extending from the required front yard to the required rear yard, and being the minimum horizontal distance between a side lot line and the side of the main building or any projections thereof.
D. 
Fence Permit.
1. 
No fence shall be erected within the City without obtaining a permit. There shall be a charge for issuance of a fence permit. Any fence erected without a permit shall be removed at the expense of the owner of the property on which such fence is located.
2. 
A building permit shall be required for the erection of a new fence, a replacement fence or replacement of a section of a fence that is greater than eight (8) feet in length or portions of a fence, which, in the aggregate, total eight (8) feet in length. Minor repairs to sections of existing fences less than eight (8) feet in length or which, in the aggregate, do not total eight (8) feet in length, shall be considered minor repairs and shall not require permits.
E. 
Fence Height.
1. 
Except as otherwise provided herein or as required for safety enclosures around pools, specified in Section 240.070 of this Code, no fence shall be erected under the provisions hereof which shall be less than four (4) feet nor greater than six (6) feet in height vertically at any point thereon, and no such fence shall be erected which has a closed surface. The surface of any fence must have a clear, open and unobscured area of not less than fifty percent (50%).
2. 
Fences not exceeding eight (8) feet in height may be constructed and installed on residential properties where such properties are adjacent to non-residential land uses, such as commercial or institutional properties, common walkways, trails, commercial or public parking lots, etc. Such fences shall only be installed along the common boundary between the residential property and the non-residential land use. Such fences may have surfaces that are less than fifty percent (50%) clear, open and unobstructed and may be solid.
F. 
Fence Location.
1. 
No fence shall be permitted within a front yard. A fence may not extend forward of the rear line of the main building. On corner lots, a fence is permitted along the side of the residential dwelling unit; however, the fence shall not extend beyond the front building line or the front yard setback, whichever is more restrictive.
2. 
It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to verify the property line location prior to erecting a fence or authorizing another person to erect a fence. In the case of a rental property, the tenant must furnish proof that the owner concurs with the request to erect a fence on the property.
3. 
Fences may be constructed across utility easements (typically in the rear year); however, the utility company has the right to remove a fence on the easement and the property owner or resident may be required to reinstall it upon completion of the utility work.
G. 
Fence Materials And Maintenance.
1. 
Preferred fence materials shall be wood or metal. The design, color and material of the fence shall be complementary, matching the principal structure on the property or architecturally conform to neighboring residential property. Vinyl fencing may be permitted provided it maintains a natural wood color and/or dark color or style. Chain-link fencing is permitted in non-residential areas provided that dark coated chain link fencing is used.
2. 
No fence shall be erected as a perimeter fence for an outside yard unless the side of the fence which reasonably appears to be more aesthetic, as compared to the other side, faces away from the property for which the fence was erected as the perimeter fence.
3. 
Barbed or razor wire and chain-link fences are prohibited in all areas zoned residential.
4. 
The owner of a fence is required to maintain the growth of weeds and grass between, beneath and adjacent to all fence to a height not exceeding seven (7) inches.
5. 
All fences shall be continuously maintained in an upright manner, ninety degrees (90°) vertical to the ground, free from defects, peeling paint, rusting, and exposed wood, compromised finishes. The owner shall repair, paint, remove or otherwise attend to any fence if it becomes unsightly or a menace to public safety, health or welfare.
H. 
Non-Conforming Fences.
1. 
Any fence in place as of the date of adoption of this Section which does not meet the regulations included herein shall be considered an authorized non-conforming structure. If a non-conforming fence is damaged or destroyed and the owner wishes to replace more than fifteen percent (15%) of the total linear footage of the fence, it shall lose its non-conforming status and must be brought into compliance with current regulations.
I. 
Solid Screening Structures.
1. 
Owners of property zoned single-family residential may install a solid screening structure to enhance privacy in a side or rear yard. The structure shall not exceed six (6) feet in height and shall not extend more than forty (40) linear feet in total distance. It may only be installed on the side of lots in a manner perpendicular to the street and/or parallel to the rear lot line of the lot.
2. 
For purposes of this Section, such screening structures shall be considered fences and will be subject to the same regulations concerning permits, materials, and maintenance.
J. 
Request For Waiver From Requirements.
1. 
An applicant for a fence permit may seek a waiver from a requirement or limitation set forth in this Section from the Board of Aldermen. An applicant may only request a waiver of one (1) requirement or limitation in order to help ensure the open character of the street and compatibility with adjacent homes.
2. 
Such request must be filed with the City Clerk and on forms prescribed by the City. The request must be accompanied by drawings, manufacturer's pictures or specifications; and such other documents as required by the City so that the request may be appropriately considered.
3. 
All requests must set forth the specific requirement or limitation for which the waiver is sought; the detailed reasons as to why the waiver is sought which shall include a detailed explanation as to the difficulty in complying with this Section; and the alternative requested by the applicant.
The Board of Aldermen shall not grant a waiver unless all of the following factors are shown by the applicant: (i) the property, itself, is subject to conditions which cause compliance with this Section to be extremely difficult (such conditions do not include financial considerations); (ii) the waiver will not adversely affect neighboring properties; (iii) the waiver will not impact the use of public rights-of-way or otherwise impact pedestrian or vehicular traffic; and (iv) the waiver and alternative fencing is the least impactful waiver and alternative available. Under no condition shall the Board grant a waiver for primarily financial reasons.