[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Columbia 3-7-2005 (Ch. 15.66 of the 1997 Code); amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
All real estate development within the City shall be required to comply with the requirements of this code, except for subdivisions the final subdivision plats for which were approved by the City Council after 1950. For historic building rehabilitation, the Secretary of the Interior's "Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings" shall establish the general guidelines to be followed by the Plan Commission concerning landmarks and older buildings in an historic district in the City.
Applications to the Plan Commission shall be submitted to the Building Official/Ordinance Administrator ("Building Official) with detailed wall elevations and wall sections of all exterior walls, building layout plans of sufficient detail showing the scope of the building, a site plan showing the building location and site improvements and pertinent specifications pertaining to the exterior walls of the building. All submitted documents shall be sealed, stamped and signed by the appropriate professional having responsibility.
The application and accompanying submittals shall be submitted by the Building Official to the Plan Commission within 15 days after receipt of the same by the Building Official for the Commission's review and recommendation to the City Council. The Plan Commission shall review each such application for compliance with the requirements of this code and shall make a recommendation to the City Council, for or against issuance of a building permit, within 30 days after the submittal of the application and all required supporting documents to the Commission. Failure of the Plan Commission to make its recommendation within the time aforesaid shall be deemed approval of the application as submitted and shall be acted upon by the City Council accordingly. Approval or disapproval of the application by the City Council, with the recommendation of the Plan Commission, shall be required before the City's Building Official shall be authorized to issue a building permit.
The Plan Commission shall review applications under the Commission's jurisdiction upon the applicant having paid to the City Clerk the nonrefundable fee, which fee will be established by the City's fee ordinance, and the submission of the application, plans, elevation studies, drawings and specifications to the Commission by the Building Official. No building permit shall be issued by the Building Official for applications required to be reviewed by the Plan Commission until the City Council has made its decision regarding the issuance of the building permit, as is more particularly made and provided for in this code. As soon as the Plan Commission has received and reviewed the application and applicable plans, elevation studies, detail drawings and specifications pertaining to the proposed construction, exterior renovation or addition, the Commission shall promptly make its recommendation regarding the issuance of a building permit to the City Council and within the thirty-day period aforesaid. The Building Official will inform all applicants for which Plan Commission review is required of the required review process at the time the application is made. Exterior construction, renovation or rehabilitation pertaining to buildings designated as landmarks by the Columbia Heritage and Preservation Commission shall be reviewed by the Plan Commission and the City Council before a building permit is issued. A certificate of appropriateness and recommendation regarding the application will be sent by the Columbia Heritage and Preservation Commission to the Plan Commission within 15 days of the issuance of the certificate of appropriateness by the Columbia Heritage and Preservation Commission and before the Plan Commission will make its recommendation. For Plan Commission review of construction, renovation or rehabilitation of landmark buildings and structures in the City, the applicant shall not be required to pay any fee for the Plan Commission's review, provided the applicant implements the recommendations of the Plan Commission regarding the construction, renovation or rehabilitation involved.
The Plan Commission shall be required to review and make its recommendation to the City Council upon applications referred to the Commission within 30 days of the date such application and all required supporting documents (including applicable plans, elevation studies, detail drawings and specifications pertaining to the proposed construction, exterior renovation or addition) are filed with the Commission by the Building Official, unless the applicant and the Commission jointly agree to extend the time for Commission review. For Plan Commission reviews involving a certificate of appropriateness issued by the Columbia Heritage and Preservation Commission, the time for completion of the Plan Commission's review will not commence to run until the Plan Commission has received the certificate of appropriateness and the recommendation of the Columbia Heritage and Preservation Commission regarding the issuance of the building permit. Plan Commission recommendations shall be forwarded to the City Council for action at the next successive regular meeting of the City Council to be held not less than five days after the decision of the Commission. The City Council shall be required to make its decision regarding the application within 30 days after the Plan Commission has made its recommendation regarding the issuance of the building permit. Failure of the City Council to act within the time aforesaid shall be deemed approval of the application and shall authorize the Building Official to issue the building permit, provided the applicant has otherwise complied with City ordinance requirements for building permit issuance.
For building permit applications that require a recommendation of the Plan Commission and City Council action, the Building Official shall promptly issue the requested building permit for applicants that are approved by the City Council, provided the applicant has otherwise complied with City ordinance requirements for building permit issuance. For applications which are approved by the City Council subject to an applicant making modifications to the building plans, the applicant must make the required modification in the applicant's building plans before the building permit will be issued by the Building Official. For applications which are disapproved, no building permit will issue until the applicant makes a new application which is approved by the City Council, after the recommendation of the Plan Commission. For all applications denied, or approved subject to modification, the City Council shall advise the Building Official and the applicant, in writing, as to the Council's decision on the building permit application; the Plan Commission's recommendation regarding the application; and the reasons for the denial or required modification.