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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.
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 §
APPLICATION FOR PERMIT.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
ISSUANCE OF PERMIT.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
90-09, passed 12-17-90) Penalty,
see § 150.999
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PERMIT APPLICANT.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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.
90-09, passed 12-17-90) Penalty,
see § 150.999