It shall be the duty of the owner of every building regardless of the height to maintain the building’s exterior walls in a safe condition.
If, in the determination of the commissioner, any exterior wall or enclosure of any building, regardless of the height of the building, is in an unsafe condition, the building commissioner may require the owner: (1) to take appropriate precautionary measures, which may include the erection of a construction canopy; and (2) effect such repairs or reinforcements in a timely manner to remediate such unsafe condition.
In addition to any other requirements imposed by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the owner of any building found to have an exterior wall or enclosure in an unsafe condition shall:
take immediate action to have a critical examination performed upon the building;
provide to the building commissioner a critical examination report subject to the requirements of Section 13-196-035;
obtain all necessary permits and promptly begin and complete the removal, reinforcement and permanent repairs necessary to make the premises conform to the building provisions of this code, and provide structurally safe conditions; provided that nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the owner to make any repairs or perform any remedial work without the proper permits;
comply with the requirements of Section 13-196-036.
It shall be the duty of the owner and the duty of the professional to notify the commissioner immediately, by telephone and in writing, upon the determination by the professional that an exterior wall or enclosure is in an unsafe condition, or if any failure of an exterior wall is noted.
(Added Coun. J. 11-13-07, p. 15852, § 1)
Editor’s note – Coun. J. 11-13-07, p. 15852, § 1, repealed former § 13-196-037, which pertained to ongoing inspection and repair programs related to maintenance of exterior walls and enclosures.