Knowledgebase-Demolition of Unsafe Buildings


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Title:Demolition of Unsafe Buildings
Summary:MTAS was asked about the demolition of unsafe buildings, associated utility connections, and historical significance of the demolition.
Original Author:Darden, Ron
Co-Author:
Product Create Date:07/19/2011
Last Reviewed on::08/17/2011
Subject:Code enforcement--Building demolition; Historical preservation
Type:General
Original Document: July 19 demolition.pdf

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Text of Document: July 19, 2011


Mrs. Janet Robinson, City Recorder
Town of Bell Buckle
8 Railroad Square
Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020

Dear Mrs. Robinson

You have asked about the demolition of unsafe buildings, associated utility connections, and historical significance of the demolition.

The town could by ordinance require a demolition permit for demolishing buildings or structures. Some cities that want to encourage the removal of unsightly and unsafe buildings require permits, but do not charge a fee for the permit.

The building official and fire department personnel (volunteer dept.) should attest to the unsafe condition of buildings and structures. If the town intends to cause demolitions of unsafe buildings and structures, the town should adopt the provisions of the state’s slum clearance ordinance and proceed accordingly.

The permit could require that the building official require that gas, electric, water and sewer connections be terminated prior to actual demolition. Permits for demolition in the historical zone could require approval of the historical commission.

In terms of properly disassembling a building or structure, the town could require that a refundable bond be posted to ensure that the entire structure is demolished and removed.

Please let me know if you need assistance in preparing an ordinance for demolition of buildings and structures.

Sincerely


Ron Darden
Municipal Management Consultant