General Provision


For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning. ACCESSORY BUILDING. A subordinate building or structure, the use of which is incidental to that of the main building or to the use of the premises. ALTER or ALTERATION. Any change or modification in the construction or occupancy. AREA. As applied to the dimensions of a building, shall mean the maximum horizontal projected area of the building at grade. BUILDING. A structure for the shelter, support, or enclosure of persons, materials, or property of any kind, having a roof supported by columns or walls, and when separated by a division or party wall without openings, each portion of the building so separated shall be deemed a separate building. The term BUILDING shall be construed as if followed by the words “or part thereof.” BUILDING SETBACK AREA. The area of a lot or parcel of land lying between the front property line and the future widening line of an existing street or highway or the area of a lot or parcel of land lying between the boundary lines of a proposed street or highway. DWELLING. Any building which contains a dwelling until as hereinafter defined; provided, however, temporary housing as hereinafter defined shall not constitute a dwelling for purposes of this chapter. DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY. A building designed for or occupied by one family, wherein not more than two roomers or lodgers other than members of the family, are provided with shelter or meals. DWELLING UNIT. Any room or group of rooms or other part of a building which forms a single housekeeping unit with facilities which are used or are designed for living, sleeping, cooking and eating. FENCE. Any construction of wood, metal, wi4re mesh, masonry, or other material, erected for any purpose. GRADE. The average elevation of the finished ground surface touching the outside walls of a building or structure. LOT. A parcel of land occupied, or to be occupied, by one main building, together with the accessory buildings and used customarily incidental to it, and including such open spaces, dimensions, and area as are required in this building ordinance, and having its principal frontage on a public street or road. LOT, CORNER. The abutting on two or more streets at their intersections. LOT, INTERIOR. A lot other than a corner lot. MULTIPLE DWELLING. Any dwelling containing more than one dwelling unit. OCCUPANT. Any person living, sleeping, cooking, or eating in, or having actual possession of a dwelling unit. OWNER. Any person who alone, jointly, or with several other persons shall: (1) Having all or part of the legal title to any dwelling unit, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof, or shall have all or part of the beneficial ownership of any dwelling or dwelling unit and a right to present use and enjoyment thereof, including a mortgage in possession; or (2) Have charge, care, or control of any dwelling or dwelling unit as owner, or as executor, administrator, trustee, or guardian of the estate of the owner. Any person thus representing the actual owner shall be bound to comply with the owner’s obligation under this chapter. PARKING AREA. An open, unoccupied space permitted or required for use for parking of motor-driven vehicles. PROPERTY. Any interest of record or otherwise held by persons in land or building located within the city. SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE. A structure maintained and used as a single dwelling unit. Notwithstanding that a dwelling unit shares one or more walls with another dwelling unit, it is a single family residence if it has direct access to a street or thoroughfare and shares neither heating facilities, hot water equipment, nor any other essential facility or service with any other dwelling unit. STREET. Any public thoroughfare which has been dedicated or deeded to the public for public use. STREET LINE. A lot line dividing a lot from a street. STRUCTURE. Anything constructed or erected, the use of which required location on the ground or attached to something having a location on the ground. All regulations appertaining to a building shall be equally applicable to a structure. The term STRUCTURE shall be construed as if followed by the words “or part thereof.” SURFACE. The outermost layer or superficial area of the interior of a dwelling or dwelling unit, including but not limited to the outermost layer or superficial area of walls, ceilings, floor, stairs, windows, window sills, window frames, window sashes, doors, door frames, baseboards and woodwork of a dwelling or dwelling unit. VALUE or VALUATION. The estimated cost to replace the building in kind. (Ord. 90‑09, passed 12-17-90)
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