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Building Permits

§ 150.020 PERMIT REQUIRED.

(A) No persons shall erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, or move a building or make, install, alter, or repair improvements thereto within the city without first making application and obtaining a permit therefore from the City Commission.

(B) Ordinary upkeep and maintenance and minor repairs and alterations involving no change in character or use may be made to a building without filing an application or obtaining a permit, provided the repairs shall not violate any of the provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90) Penalty, see § 150.999

§ 150.021 APPLICATION FOR PERMIT.

(A) Form. An application for a permit, signed by the owner or his authorized agent, shall be filed with the City Commission. The application shall be accompanied by the plans and specifications required by this section and shall provide information as may reasonably be required by the Commission for an intelligent understanding of the proposed work

(B) Registered architects and engineers. Design for the construction or substantial remodeling of any building allowed by zoning regulation within the corporate limits of the city, except as listed below, shall be entrusted only to an architect or professional engineer acting within the scope of his professional registration under KRS Chapters 322 and 323. Single-family dwellings, and accessory building or structures thereto, are hereby exempted from this division.

(C) Plans and specifications.

(1) Two copies of plans and specifications shall accompany each application. Plans shall be drawn to scale with sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extend to work proposed. The plans and specifications together shall contain information sufficient to indicate that the work proposed will conform to the provisions of this chapter and all relevant deed restrictions, laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. The information shall be specific, and this chapter shall not be cited in whole or n part, nor shall the term “legal” or its equivalent be used as a substitute for specific information. Each set of plans and specifications hall give the address of the work, the name and the business and home address of the owner and the name and business address of the person who prepared and is responsible for them. The City Commission shall require drawings showing the location of the proposed building or structure and of every existing building or structure on the site or lot. A boundary line survey, if and where necessary, prepared by a qualified surveyor, may also be required by the City Commission.

(2) All plans submitted for approval shall contain a drawing or plat showing the lot plan, the location of the building on the lot, accurate dimensions of the building and lot, and other information as may be required by the City Commission.

(D) Time limitation. An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned six months after date of issuance; provided that, for cause, one or more extensions of time, for periods not exceeding 90 days each, may be allowed by the City Commission. (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)

§ 150.022 PERMIT FEE.

No permit shall be issued until the applicant shall have paid to the City Treasurer a permit fee of $500, $350 of which shall be refunded to the applicant upon completion of the proposed work in compliance with this chapter. (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90) (Ord 2003-02, passed 02/17/03)  Penalty, see § 150.999

§ 150.023 ISSUANCE OF PERMIT.

(A)        Examination of application.  The Director of Building shall examine or cause to be examined each application for a permit and the plans, specifications, and computations filed therewith and shall ascertain by the examination whether the construction indicated and described will not adversely affect the public safety, health, convenience, comfort and general welfare of the residents of the city, is in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and all other pertinent laws, ordinances and deed restrictions, is in uniformity and harmony of exterior design with existing structures on the lot on which the work is proposed and surrounding lots, and is so located so as to not adversely affect adjoining structures, uses and operations.

(B)        Action on application.

(1)  Approval.  The Director of Building shall act upon an application for a permit without unreasonable or unnecessary delay.  If the Director is satisfied that the work described n an application for a permit and the plans and specifications filed therewith will not adversely affect the public safety, health, convenience, comfort and general welfare of the residents of the city, conforms to the requirements of this chapter and al other pertinent laws, ordinances and deed restrictions, is in uniformity and harmony of exterior design with existing structures on the lot on which the work is proposed and surrounding lots, and is so located so as to not adversely affect adjoining structures, uses and operations he or she shall so report to the City Commission which, if it concurs in the Director’s report, shall issue a building permit.

(2)  Disapproval.  If the application for a permit and the plans and specifications filed therewith, describe work does not conform to the requirements of this chapter or other pertinent laws, ordinances or deed restrictions or does not contain sufficient information, the Director of Building shall so report to the City Commission, and, if the report of the Director is concurred in by the City Commission, no permit shall be issued.  In such event the plans and specifications shall be returned to the applicant with the refusal to issue a permit.  When requested by the applicant, the refusal shall be in writing and shall contain the reasons therefore.

(C)        Disposition of plans.  One set of approved plans, specifications, and computations shall be retained by the City Clerk and one set of the approved plans and specifications shall be returned to the applicant.  The latter set shall be kept at the site of work at all times during which the work authorized thereby is in progress and shall be open to inspection at all reasonable times by the Director of Building or his or her authorized representative.

(D)        Conditions of the permit.  A permit issued shall be construed to be a license to proceed with the work and shall not be construed as authority to violate, cancel, alter or set aside any of the provisions of this chapter or any other pertinent laws, ordinances or deed restrictions, nor shall the issuance of a permit prevent to the Director of Building from thereafter requiring a correction of errors in plans or in construction, or of violations of this chapter or any other applicable laws, ordinances, or deed restrictions.  Any permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by it shall have been commenced within six months after issuance, or, if after the work is commenced, such work is not completed within three months; provided that, for cause, one or more extensions of time, for periods not exceeding 30 days each, may be allowed in writing by the City Commission.

(E)        Posting of permit.  No building operations required a permit shall be commended until the permit holder or his authorized agent shall have posted a building permit card, in a conspicuous place, near the front of the premises, protected from the weather, and in a position as to permit the Director of Building to make entries thereon requesting inspection of the work.  The card shall be preserved and shall remain posted until completion of the work.

(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)  Penalty, see § 150.999

§ 150.024 RESPONSIBILITIES OF PERMIT APPLICANT.

(A)        The applicant shall be responsible for seeing that adequate provisions are made for drainage, both during the period of construction and after construction is completed.  He or she assumes the responsibility for assuring the city that water will not be diverted from its natural flow to the detriment of the land surrounding the building or structure which he or she is or has constructed, modified or demolished.

(B)        The applicant is charged with the responsibility of seeing that no debris, waste or rubbish from the project for which this permit is issued is discarded or abandoned within the boundaries of the city, either during, upon or after the completion of the project.

(C)        At all times, it shall be the duty of the applicant a to maintain the streets in the vicinity of the permit location in a clean condition.  The street shall not be allowed to become cluttered or covered with dirt or debris as a result of the construction, and the like activities.  (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)  Penalty, see § 150.999

§ 150.025 INSPECTIONS.

(A)        Existing building.  Before issuing a permit the Director of Building shall examine or cause to be examined all buildings for which an application has been received for a permit to enlarge, alter, repair, move or demolish the building.

(B)        At site.  The Director of Building shall inspect or cause to be inspected all buildings and structures from time to time during the completion of the work for which a permit was issued.  He or she shall make a record of every examination and inspection and of all violations of this chapter and of any other applicable law, ordinance, and deed restriction.

(C)        Procedure.  The Director of Building shall make, or cause to be made, the inspections called for by this section.  He or she may accept reports of inspectors of recognized inspection organizations, provided that after investigation he or she is a satisfied as to their qualifications and reliability.  No other approval call[ed] for by this section shall be based on the reports unless the same is in writing and certified by a responsible officer of such organizations.  (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)

§ 150.026 COMPLETION OF PROJECT; REFUND OF DEPOSITS.

Upon the completion of a project and the satisfaction of all sections of this chapter and all other pertinent laws, ordinances and deed restrictions, those funds on deposit with the city under § 150.022 of this chapter shall be refunded to the holder of the building permit. No building shall be occupied or used until final approval of project of Building Director.

(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90) Penalty, see § 150.999