[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Passaic 9-29-1977 as Ord. No. 432-77. Section 95-1 added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- VACANT BUILDING
- Any building or structure, including any appurtenances thereto, which has been unoccupied for a period of 60 days or more or which has become unoccupied due to fire, flood or other natural calamity or which has been ordered vacated because the building has been declared unfit for habitation or as a hazard to life, limb or the general welfare of the occupants or the general public; except that this shall not apply to any building which is unoccupied because of a current alteration being performed under application and plan approved by the construction official having jurisdiction.
Every building that shall become vacant shall be sealed or closed by the owner of said building, in the following manner, to prevent unauthorized entry within the time prescribed by the Construction Official of the City of Passaic in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey, after said building shall become vacant:
Every opening with the exception of the entry door shall be sealed with five-eighths-inch plyscore overlapping the casing on the exterior.
Each piece of plyscore shall have two two-by-fours nailed on each side with ten-penny clinched nailing and fastened to the building with two five-eighths-inch or four three-eighths-inch carriage bolts fastened through two two-by-fours overlapping the casing on the interior.
The entrance door shall be sealed in the same manner, except that the door must have attached to it a hasp with padlock, which key shall be available to all city agencies for inspection purposes.
Each opening shall be painted with two coats of exterior oil base paint of a color to match or blend with the existing exterior color of the building.
If the owner fails to comply with an order to seal a building, the Construction Official may cause such building to be sealed and all costs that are incurred by this action shall be placed as a municipal lien against the real property upon which such costs were incurred.