city ordinances – chapter 4

CONSTRUCTION LICENSING, PERMITS AND REGULATION

SECTION 4.01. BUILDING CODE ADOPTED

SECTION 4.01. BUILDING CODE ADOPTED. The following are hereby adopted by reference as though set forth verbatim herein: (1) the Minnesota State Building Code (SBC), including the following options, Chapter 1310, Building Security, Chapter 1335, Flood Proofing Regulations; (2) the 1988 Uniform Building Code, including the following options, Chapters 1, 12, Division I, 26, 38, 55 and 70; (3) the Minnesota Plumbing Code, including the following options, Appendix C, Guide for Sizing the Water Supply System, and Appendix D, Sizing the Building Water Supply System; and, (4) Minnesota Rule 7080 – Individual Sewage Treatment Standards of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. One copy of said Code shall be marked CITY OF BUFFALO – OFFICIAL COPY and kept on file in the office of the City Administrator and open to inspection and use by the public.

Source: Ordinance No. 36, Series III

Effective Date: 2-7-92

SEC. 4.02. BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRED

SEC. 4.02. BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRED. It is unlawful for any person to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, or demolish any building or structure, or any part or portion thereof, including, but not limited to, the plumbing, electrical, ventilating, heating or air conditioning systems therein, or cause the same to be done, without first obtaining a separate building or mechanical permit for each such building, structure or mechanical components from the City.

SEC. 4.03. PERMIT FEES

SEC. 4.03. PERMIT FEES. Fees for permits under this Chapter, which may include a surcharge, shall be as provided in Chapter 3 of the Uniform Building Code, 1982 Edition.

Source: City Code

Effective Date: 10-1-85

 

SEC. 4.10. PERMITS AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MOVING BUILDINGS

SEC. 4.10. PERMITS AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MOVING BUILDINGS.

Subd. 1. Definitions. The following terms, as used in this Section, shall have the meanings stated:

1. “Highway” means a public thoroughfare for vehicular traffic which is a State trunk highway, County State-aid highway, or County road.

2. “Street” means a public thoroughfare for vehicular traffic which is not a State trunk highway, County State-aid highway or County road.

3. “Moving Permit” means a document allowing the use of a street or highway for the purpose of moving a building.

4. “Highway Moving Permit” means a permit to move a building on a highway for which a fee is charged which does not include route approval, but does include regulation of activities which do not involve the use of the highway; which activities include, but are not limited to, repairs or alterations to a municipal utility required by reason of such movement.

5. “Street Moving Permit” means a permit to move a building on a street for which a fee is charged which does include route approval, together with use of the street and activities including, but not limited to, repairs or alterations to a municipal utility required by reason of such movement.

6. “Combined Moving Permit” means a permit to move a building on both a street and a highway.

Subd. 2. Application. The application for a moving permit shall state the dimensions, weight, and approximate loaded height of the structure or building proposed to be moved, the places from which and to which it is to be moved, the route to be followed, the dates and times of moving and parking, the name and address of the mover, and the municipal utility and public property repairs or alterations that will be required by reason of such movement. In the case of a street moving permit or combined moving permit the application shall also state the size and weight of the structure or building proposed to be moved and the street alterations or repairs that will be required by reason of such movement.

Subd. 3. Permit and Fee. The moving permit shall state date or dates of moving, hours, routing, movement and parking. Permits shall be issued only for moving buildings by building movers licensed by the State of Minnesota. Fees to be charged shall be separate for each of the following: (1) a moving permit fee to cover use of streets and route approval, and (2) a fee equal to the anticipated amount required to compensate the City for any municipal utility and public property (other than streets) repairs or alterations occasioned by such movement. All permit fees shall be paid in advance of issuance.

Subd. 4. Building Permit and Code Compliance. Before any building is moved from one location to another within the City, or from a point of origin without the City to a destination within the City, regardless of the route of movement, it shall be inspected and a building permit shall have been issued for at least the work necessary to bring it into full compliance with the State Building Code.

Subd. 5. Unlawful Acts.

A. It is unlawful for any person to move a building on any street without a moving permit from the City.

B. It is unlawful for any person to move a building on any highway without a highway moving permit from the City.

C. It is unlawful to move any building (including a manufactured home) if the point of origin or destination (or both) is within the City, and regardless of the route of movement, without having paid in full all real and personal property taxes, special assessments and municipal utility charges due on the premises of origin and filing written proof of such payment with the City.

Subd. 6. Denial of a Permit. Any permit under this Section shall be denied upon a finding of any one of the following:

A. The building is in such state of deterioration or disrepair or is otherwise so structurally unsafe that it would constitute a danger to persons or property in the City.

B. The building is structurally unsafe or unfit for the purpose for which moved, if the location to which the building is to be moved is in the City.

C. If the location to which the building is to be moved is in the City, the building is in substantial variance with either the established or the expected pattern of building development within the neighborhood to which the building is to be moved. Comparative age, bulk, architectural style and quality of construction of both the building to be moved and the buildings existing in the neighborhood shall be considered in determining whether a building is in substantial variance.

Source: Ordinance No. 36, Series III

Effective Date: 2-7-92

 

SEC. 4.20. UNDERGROUND UTILITY CONSTRUCTION

SEC. 4.20. UNDERGROUND UTILITY CONSTRUCTION.

Subd. 1. Underground Construction Required. All utility lines hereafter installed, constructed or otherwise placed within the City for electric, telephone, TV cable or other like or similar services to serve residential, commercial and industrial customers in newly platted areas, and which utilize metallic conductors to carry electric current, whether owned, installed or constructed by the supplier, consumer or any party, shall be installed and placed underground, subject only to the exceptions hereinafter stated; however, above-ground placement, construction, modification or replacement of meters, gauges, transformers, street lighting and service connection pedestals shall be allowed. The requirements of this Section shall apply equally outside of the corporate limits of the City coincident with City jurisdiction of platting, subdivision regulation or comprehensive planning as may now or in the future be allowed by law. All companies installing and operating lines such as those described herein shall be referred to as “utility companies” for purposes of this Section.

Subd. 2. Exceptions to Application. The following exceptions to the strict applicability of this Section shall be allowed upon the conditions stated:

A. Transmission Lines. Above-ground placement, construction, modification or replacement of those lines commonly referred to as “high voltage transmission lines” upon which the conductor’s normal operating voltage equals or exceeds 23,000 volts (phase to phase) shall be allowed; provided, however, that sixty days prior to commencement of construction of such a project, the City shall be furnished notice of the proposed project and, upon request, the utility company involved shall furnish any relevant information regarding such project to the City. This Section shall not be construed as waiving the requirements of any other ordinance or regulation of the City as the same may apply to any such proposed project.

B. Technical and Economic Feasibility. Above-ground placement, construction, modification or replacement of lines shall be allowed in residential, commercial and industrial areas where the Council, following consideration and recommendation by the Planning Commission, finds that:

1. Underground placement would place an undue financial burden upon the landowner or the utility company or deprive the landowner of the preservation and enjoyment of substantial property rights; or,

2. Underground placement is impractical or not technically feasible due to topographical, subsoil or other existing conditions which adversely affect underground utility placement.

C. Temporary Service. Above-ground placement of temporary service lines shall only be allowed:

1. During the new construction of any project for a period not to exceed twenty-four months;

2. During any emergency to safeguard lives or property within the City;

3. For a period of not more than seven months when soil conditions make excavation impractical.

Subd. 3. Repair and Maintenance of Existing Installations. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prevent repair, maintenance, replacement or modification of existing overhead utility lines.

Subd. 4. Developer Responsibility. All owners, platters or developers are responsible for complying with the requirements of this Section, and prior to the final approval of any plat or development plan, shall submit to the Planning Commission written instruments from the appropriate utility companies showing that all necessary arrangements with said companies for installation of such utilities have been made.

Subd. 5. Placement.

A. All utility lines shall be placed within appropriate easements or dedicated public ways so as to cause minimum conflict with other underground services. Whenever feasible, all utilities shall be placed within the same trench.

B. All utility companies shall submit annually to the Building Inspector current maps revealing locations of underground installations, whether such installations were installed prior to the effective date of this Section or hereafter.

 

SEC. 4.21. PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS AND WATER WELLS

SEC. 4.21. PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS AND WATER WELLS.

Subd. 1. Private Sewage Disposal Systems. It is unlawful to construct, reconstruct or maintain any private sewage disposal system which is not in full compliance with the Individual Sewage Treatment Standards of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Sanitary Sewer Cooperatives, organized under Minnesota Statutes 308A or any other applicable law, shall not design, construct, install, own, manage, maintain, control or operate any individual sewage treatment systems (ISTS) or alternative discharging sewage systems (ADSS) within the City’s corporate limits without the City’s prior, written approval.

Source:  Ordinance 29, Series V
Effective Date:  04-06-00

Subd. 2. Private Water Wells. The Water Well Construction Code adopted by the Minnesota State Board of Health is hereby adopted by reference as though set forth verbatim herein. One copy of said Code shall be marked CITY OF BUFFALO – OFFICIAL COPY and kept on file in the office of the Administrator and open to inspection and use by the public. It is unlawful to construct any private water well except in accordance with said Code.

Source: City Code

Effective Date: 10-1-85

SEC. 4.99. VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR

SEC. 4.99. VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR. Every person violates a section, subdivision, paragraph or provision of this Chapter when he performs an act thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, or fails to act when such failure is thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, or performs an act prohibited or declared unlawful or fails to act when such failure is prohibited or declared unlawful by a Code adopted by reference by this Chapter, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as for a misdemeanor except as otherwise stated in specific provisions hereof.

Source: City Code

Effective Date: 10-1-85

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