ORDINANCE NO. ______
ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT CHAPTER 6
OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE OF ORDIANANCES SO
AS TO ADD SECTION 6-4 ENTITLED “VACANT BUILDINGS”
ORDAINED by the City Council of the City
of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:
WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux finds
that vacant and abandoned buildings create health hazards for the
surrounding community by providing shelter for stray animals, rats and
other vermin; and
WHEREAS, these vacant and abandoned buildings
become a breeding ground for illegal activity, crime and jeopardize the
safety of neighboring property owners, and the general public; and
WHEREAS, the general deterioration of unsecured
vacant buildings jeopardize the insurance coverage and market value of
adjacent properties; and
WHEREAS, police and firefighting personnel are at
risk when entering these vacant buildings that are often structurally
WHEREAS, The City will now require building owners
to take reasonable steps to secure their vacant properties.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council
of the City of Thibodaux that Chapter 6 of the Thibodaux City Code of
Ordinances is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to add Sub-Section 6-4
to read as follows:
Sec. 6-4. Vacant Buildings -- Owner Required To Act --
“Vacant building” defined.
For purposes of this section, "vacant building" means a
building which is not actually occupies by its owner, lessee or other
invitee, or at which substantially all lawful business operations or
residential occupancy has ceased, or which is substantially devoid of
content, that has been left unsecured or inadequately secured from
unauthorized entry to the extent that the premises may be entered and
utilized by vagrants or other univited persons as a place of harborage,
or any premises which by reason of dilapitation, deterioration, state of
disrepair, or other such status is otherwise detrimental to or endangers
public safety, health, or welfare.
of Owner. The owner or
registered agent of the owner of any building that has become vacant
shall, maintain the vacant building as follows:
and landscaping shall be kept mowed, maintained and trimmed.
building exteriors shall have adequate weather protection, including
paint and finish in good condition.
buildings and grounds must be secured against trespassers.
This includes maintaining all exterior doors, windows and yard
fencing in a good and secured condition.
on all buildings shall be in good, weather tight condition with no
accumulated trash or debris must be removed from the property
Insurance Required. The
owner of any building that has become vacant shall maintain liability
insurance, covering any damage to any person or any property caused by
any physical condition of or in the building.
The Building Inspector may issue rules and regulations for the
administration of this section. These rules may designate board-up
materials and methods which must be used when securing a building so
that the boarding is reasonably incapable of being removed by
trespassers or others acting without the building owner's consent. Any
person who violates any provision of this section or of the rules and
regulations issued hereunder shall be fined not less than $200.00 and
not more than $1,000.00 for each offense. Every day that a violation
continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
to Owner. If at any time
after making an inspection of a property the building inspector
determines that the building is vacant and open, the building inspector
shall notify the owner that the building must be enclosed and secured
within thirty (30) days or the City will commence condemnation
proceedings on the building. A written statement by the building inspector setting forth
the basis for his or her determination shall accompany the order.
May Secure Building. Upon
failure of an owner to secure a vacant building within the required
time, the City will secure the building in accordance with the
established rules and regulations.
Enforcement by Lien. The
cost of securing and enclosing a vacant building incurred by the City,
shall be recoverable from the owner or owners and shall be a lien on the
property upon which the building or structure shall also be enforceable
in the same manner as liens for delinquent property taxes.
The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote
thereon was as follows:
And the above ordinance was declared adopted this _______ day of
Eschete, Council Adm.
J. Mire, President