Town of Ridgefield, CT
Fairfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ridgefield 3-4-2020. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
APPLICANT
Any person or entity who files an application with the Town of Ridgefield for a demolition permit.
BUILDING
Any structure built for the support, shelter or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or property of any kind.
DEMOLITION
Any wrecking activity directed to the disassembling, dismantling, dismembering of any structure or building.
STRUCTURE
An assembly of materials above or below ground level forming a construction for occupancy or other use.
A. 
Permits are required pursuant to Chapter 541, Part IV, of the Connecticut General Statutes Demolition Code, which provides that:
(1) 
No person, firm, corporation or other entity shall demolish any building, structure or part thereof without first obtaining a permit from the Building Department.
(2) 
Swimming pools and certain other structures are exempt from said permit requirements pursuant to Connecticut State Building Code Section 105.2.
B. 
The permit application shall include the following:
(1) 
The common name, if any, and actual street address of the building or structure to be demolished.
(2) 
Tax Assessor's map and lot identification.
(3) 
The name, address and telephone number of the owner of the building or structure to be demolished.
(4) 
If the property is located within the Ridgefield historic districts, an issued certificate of appropriateness from the Ridgefield Historic District Commission.
(5) 
Inspection report indicating the presence of or absence of asbestos.
(6) 
A copy of the notification to the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health if asbestos is found present.
(7) 
The applicant shall also provide documentation that it is in compliance with Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 541, § 29-402, License for demolition business; application; fees; refusal or revocation. Exemptions, and § 29-406, Permit for demolition of particular structure. Exemption. Waiting period.
(8) 
As required by Chapter 541 of the Connecticut General Statutes § 29-407, Notice(s) of intent to demolish a structure letter to the adjoining property owners. A copy of the letter, postal receipt and return receipt to be presented with application.
(9) 
Notice of intent to demolish a structure letter mailed registered or certified to the Ridgefield Historic District Commission. A copy of the letter, postal receipt and return receipt to be presented with application.
(10) 
Notice of intent to demolish a structure letter mailed registered or certified to the Ridgefield Historical Society. A copy of the letter, postal receipt and return receipt to be presented with application.
(11) 
Notice of intent to demolish a structure letter mailed registered or certified to the Town Clerk and posted in the Town Clerk's office. A copy of the letter, postal receipt and return receipt to be presented with application.
C. 
If the applicant is not the owner of the premises upon which the building or structure is situated, the owner must sign an authorization letter authorizing an applicant to proceed with the work on their behalf. If said applicant is not the demolition license certificate holder, then an additional letter of authorization shall be required for said individual.
D. 
No permit shall be issued until:
(1) 
All the requirements set forth in §§ 136-2 and 136-3 have been satisfied;
(2) 
Verification and approval of an inland wetlands review; and
(3) 
Department of Public Works/Highway approval.
A. 
Recipients of notice.
(1) 
As required by § 136-2A, the applicant desiring to perform such demolition shall provide a notice of intent to demolish a structure, via registered or certified mail to the following recipients:
(a) 
All adjoining owners of property;
(b) 
The Ridgefield Historic District Commission;
(c) 
The Ridgefield Historical Society; and
(d) 
Town Clerk.
(2) 
The registered or certified mail receipts shall be submitted to the Building Department at the time of the application.
B. 
The notice of intent to demolish a structure shall contain at least the following information:
(1) 
Name and address of property owner;
(2) 
Property address to be demolished;
(3) 
Existing use of the property;
(4) 
Property Assessor's tax number; and
(5) 
Owner's signature.
A. 
With respect to any application to demolish any building, structure or part thereof that was built before 1950 or is otherwise historically, architecturally or culturally significant, if a written objection together with the written support for such objection from either The Ridgefield Historic District Commission or The Ridgefield Historical Society, to the issuance of the demolition permit is filed with the Building Department via registered or certified mail by any individual, firm, corporation, organization or other entity within thirty (30) days following the date of the permit application acceptance by the Building Department, the chief Building Official, or his designee, shall delay the issuance of the permit for a period of ninety (90) days from the receipt of the initial written objection. If no objection to the demolition of the subject building, structure or part thereof is filed within thirty (30) days of the date of the permit application acceptance by the Building Department, the chief Building Official may issue the permit forthwith.
B. 
The ninety-day delay period is intended to provide an objecting party a reasonable period of time to further investigate the historical background and preservation benefit of the structure and to communicate with the property owner possible alternatives to the demolition of the structure.
C. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this chapter, the issuance of a demolition permit shall not be delayed more than ninety (90) days from the date an initial objection is filed to the issuance of a permit under Subsection A above.
D. 
During the waiting period referred to in this section, the applicant shall take no action toward demolition of the building, structure or part thereof, including, but not limited to, site remediation and asbestos abatement. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply in the event that the Chief Building Official determines that compliance with the subsection would result in a danger to public health.
A. 
The Building Official is authorized to institute any and all actions or proceedings, in law or in equity, as he/she may deem necessary and appropriate to obtain compliance with the requirements of this chapter or to prevent a threatened violation thereof.
B. 
During the application processing period and during the demolition delay period, if applicable, the owner shall take reasonable steps to protect the building or structure to prevent deterioration.
C. 
Any person failing to abide by the provisions of this chapter or Connecticut General Statutes §§ 29-401 through 29-415 shall be fined the maximum amount allowed or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes § 29-414.
A. 
Emergency measures shall be taken and enforced pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes § 29-252a, otherwise known as the currently adopted building code.