City of Flora

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 20.1 Enforcement

ENFORCEMENT. It shall be the responsibility of the Administrative Official to cause enforcement of this Title. The Administrative Official is also responsible for keeping the zoning map up to date, and to have published no later than March 31 of each year a map clearly showing the existing zoning uses, divisions, restrictions, regulations and classifications. If there are no changes in zoning uses, divisions, restrictions, regulations and classifications during a calendar year, no map shall be published for such calendar year.

 20.2 Building Permits and Plats

BUILDING PERMITS AND PLATS. No building or structure shall hereafter be erected or structurally altered or remodeled until a building permit shall be issued by the Building Inspector stating that the building or structure, and the use of land, comply with the regulations of this Title and all building and health laws and ordinances. As used herein, "remodeled" is defined to mean to work over into a new arrangement, to make alterations to, or to reconstruct. Applications for a building permit shall be submitted to the Building Inspector and shall be reviewed by the Administrative Official prior to approval. This section shall apply to all structures erected, altered or remodeled in all districts, with the exception of farm buildings, farm dwellings and farm accessory uses located and permitted in the A-1 Agricultural District. Farm Buildings, farm dwellings and farm accessory uses shall mean any building or use primarily associated and used in normal operations of a farm.

All petitioners for such building permits shall submit with the application a plat, in duplicate, drawn to scale, showing the actual dimensions of the lot or lots to be built upon, the size of the building or structure to be erected or structurally altered, its location on the lot or lots and such other information as may be necessary to provide for the enforcement of these regulations. The property shall be surveyed by a licensed surveyor, if required by the City. A careful record of such applications and plats shall be kept on file in the office of the Building Inspector.

 20.3 Grading Permits

GRADING PERMITS. In all zoned districts, except A-1 Agricultural, grading, filling, excavating or any change in the grade or property that involves the moving, depletion or replacement of more than 50 cubic yards of material or changes the existing elevation by more than two feet requires a permit. Applications for a grading permit shall be submitted to the Building Inspector with a $10.00 fee and shall be accompanied by a plan in size suitable for filing, drawn to scale showing the areas to be graded, the depth of cut and fill, and an estimate of total cubic cut and fill. All applications for grading permits shall be reviewed by the Administrative Official prior to approval. A record of the applications and plans shall be kept in the office of the Building Inspector.

 20.4 Corrective Action

CORRECTIVE ACTION. Whenever the Administrative Official determines, whether following inspection conducted by the Building Inspector or otherwise, that any lot, structure, use or work thereon, is in violation of this Title, he shall cause to have notified the responsible party and shall recommend to the City that appropriate action be taken.

Contents of Violation Notification and Corrective Action Order. The notice of violation and corrective action order shall be in writing and shall include:

a. a description of the premises sufficient for identification:

b. a statement indicating the nature of the violation;

c. a statement of the remedial action necessary to effect compliance;

d. the date by which the violation must be corrected;

e. a statement that the alleged violator is entitled to a conference with the Administrative Official, or his designee, if he so desires;

f. the date by which an appeal of the corrective action order must be filed, and a statement of the procedure for so filing; and

g. a statement that failure to obey a correction action order my result in the imposition of fines.

Service of Notification and Corrective Action Order. The notification and corrective action order shall be deemed properly served upon the owner, occupant, or operator of the property or structure considered to be in violation if it is:

a. served upon him personally;

b. sent by certified mail to his last known address; or

c. posted in a conspicuous place on or about the affected premises.

 20.5 Penalty for Violation

PENALTY FOR VIOLATION. It shall be unlawful to use or occupy any building, structure or premises in violation of the terms of this Title. Any person who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with, or who resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this Title shall be considered to be in violation and shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each and every day that such violation continues. Any such person, having been served with an order to remove any such violation, failing to comply with such order within ten days (10) after such notice, or continuing to violate any provisions of the regulations in the respect named in such order, shall also be subject to a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500.00).

Nothing contained in this section shall prevent the City of Flora from taking any other lawful action that may be necessary to secure compliance with this Title