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Ordinance Guide - Cleanup After Demolition or Removal of Structures

Cleanup After Demolition or Removal of Structures

ARTICLE X. CLEANUP AFTER DEMOLITION OR REMOVAL OF STRUCTURES

Sec. 10-441. Required.
(a) Within 30 days after any building or structure is demolished or removed from any lot or tract of land:
(1) All debris must be removed from the property.
(2) All holes or depressions in the ground must be filled to grade level.
(3) All lumber, pipes and all other buildings materials must be removed from the property or stored in such a manner that they are not a hazard to safety and do not create a condition where rats are likely to live or mosquitoes likely to breed.
(4) All pipes and conduits must be removed from above grade and must be removed or sealed below grade.
(5) All piers, pilings, steps and other appurtenances must be removed above grade.
(b) Each owner and each person having control over the property on which the building or structure stood prior to removal or demolition is individually responsible for completing such work or causing such work to be completed.
(Code 1968, § 18-83; Ord. No. 76-1919, § 1, 11-9-76; Ord. No. 93-1570, § 2(b), 12-8-93)

Sec. 10-442. Report, inspection where work believed not completed.
It shall be the duty of all city employees to make a report in writing to the neighborhood protection official whenever such employee has reason to believe a building or structure has been demolished or removed from a lot of land and the work required by this article has not been completed. Upon receipt of such written report, the neighborhood protection official shall inspect the lot or tract.
(Code 1968, § 18-84; Ord. No. 76-1919, § 1, 11-9-76; Ord. No. 89-1079, § 16, 7-12-89; Ord. No. 91-1102, § 5, 7-31-91; Ord. No. 93-514, § 26, 5-5-93; Ord. No. 93-1570, § 2(b), 12-8-93; Ord. No. 94-674, § 32, 7-6-94; Ord. No. 98-613, § 38, 8-5-98)

Sec. 10-443. Notice to complete work.
Whenever it shall come to the knowledge of the neighborhood protection official or a hearing officer designated pursuant to article IX of this chapter that a building or structure has been demolished or removed and that the work required by this article has not been completed, the neighborhood protection official or hearing officer shall cause written notice to be given by personal service or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner of the property or to any person having control over the property setting out the work required by this article which has not been completed. In such notice, the neighborhood protection official or hearing officer shall order the owner of the property or person having control over the property to complete or cause to be completed all work required by this article within 30 days of service of such notice.
(Code 1968, § 18-84; Ord. No. 76-1919, § 1, 11-9-76; Ord. No. 89-1079, § 17, 7-12-89; Ord. No. 91-1102, § 5, 7-31-91; Ord. No. 93-514, § 26, 5-5-93; Ord. No. 93-1570, § 2(b), 12-8-93; Ord. No. 94-674, § 32, 7-6-94; Ord. No. 98-613, § 38, 8-5-98)

Sec. 10-444. Penalty.
Failure to comply with the requirements of section 10-441 or to comply with the order of the neighborhood protection official or a hearing officer given pursuant to this article shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $250.00, nor more than $2,000.00. Each day such work is not completed in violation of this article shall constitute a separate offense.
(Code 1968, § 18-86; Ord. No. 76-1919, § 1, 11-9-76; Ord. No. 89-1079, § 18, 7-12-89; Ord. No. 91-1102, §§ 5, 10, 7-31-91; Ord. No. 93-514, § 26, 5-5-93; Ord. No. 93-1570, § 2(b), 12-8-93; Ord. No. 94-674, § 32, 7-6-94; Ord. No. 98-613, § 38, 8-5-98)
Charter references: Penalty for ordinance violation, Art. II, § 12.
Cross references: Assessment of fines against corporations, § 16-76; payment of fines, § 16-78; credit against fines for incarceration, § 35-6 et seq.
Secs. 10-445--10-450. Reserved.

Commentary

If you demolish a building in Houston, you have to clean up the site afterward. For more information, contact the Neighborhood Protection Team at 3-1-1.