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Chapter 15. Buildings and Building Regulations

Sec. 15-02. Building permits.

(1) Generally. No building or structure or part thereof, including foundations, footings, floors, concrete driveways or concrete slabs, or any sidewalk laid in any public right-of-way, shall hereafter be built, enlarged, altered or demolished within the city, or permanent building equipment installed except as hereinafter provided unless a permit therefor shall first be obtained by the owner or his agent from the building services supervisor.

(2) Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Building means any building or equipment thereof and any enlargement, alteration or demolishing of any building or structure or of permanent building equipment therein; also any material and any equipment of underground tanks, vaults, and similar structures.

Permanent building equipment means any and all provisions in buildings for either water, light, heat, power or ventilation service therein./p>

(3) Minor repairs. If it is the judgment of the building services supervisor, no permit shall be required for any repairs or minor alterations which do not affect or change the occupancy, use, areas, structural strength, fire protection, room arrangement, light or ventilation, access to or efficiency of any exit stairways or exits or exterior aesthetic appearances.

(4) Application for permit. Application for a building permit shall be made in writing upon a form furnished by the building services supervisor and shall state the name and address of the owner of the building and the owner of the land upon which it is erected, and the name and address of the designer, and shall describe the location of the building and the purpose for which it is to be used, and shall contain such other information as the building services supervisor may require which requirements may include a survey when existing lot lines have not been determined and when minimum building setbacks are in question. With such application there shall be submitted to the building services supervisor a complete set of plans and specifications covering the proposed building, alterations or improvements, including a plan showing the location of any proposed building with respect to adjoining streets, alleys, lot lines and buildings. All plans shall be drawn to a scale of not less than one-eighth inch per foot, on paper or cloth, in ink or by some process that will not fade or obliterate. All distances and dimensions shall be accurately measured. Drawings that do not show all necessary details to enable the building services supervisor to intelligently inspect and examine the drawings and the work thereunder shall be rejected. In buildings of reinforced concrete construction, the plans shall show the system of reinforcement; size and location of steel; and size of columns, girders, beams and slabs. All plans and specifications shall be submitted in duplicate; one set shall be returned after approval as hereinafter provided, the other set shall remain on file in the office of the building services supervisor.

(5) Sewer and water requirements. No building intended to be used for dwelling purposes or human habitation shall be built or used, nor shall any permit therefor be issued, unless the applicant for such permit shall produce to the building services supervisor satisfactory proof that sanitary sewer and water facilities have been provided for or will be provided for prior to the occupancy of such building. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued until such sanitary sewer and water facilities have been so provided. The words "sanitary sewer and water facilities" as used in this subsection shall include an acceptable substitute for city sanitary sewer and water facilities where city facilities do not exist.

(6) Waiver of plans. If, in the opinion of the building services supervisor, the character of the work is sufficiently described in the application, he may waive the filing of plans.

(7) Conditions for issuing permits. No building or structure intended for single- or two-family use shall hereafter be erected or used, nor shall any permit therefor be issued unless such building or structure shall be erected upon land which directly abuts an existing, open, public street, except where the board of public works has approved the opening of such street for the current year, providing access to the land upon which the building or structure is to be located.Aconnection between such land and such street by means of a private roadway, driveway or easement shall not satisfy this requirement. In the case of a corner lot, the street upon which the building or structure fronts shall meet the conditions in this subsection and the side street shall meet such conditions if access will be required from such side street for any purpose.

(8) Lot grades. Lot grades shall be as follows:

  1. Grade at building line. The finished lot grade at the building setback line nearest the street property line shall be a minimum of 18 inches above the sidewalk grade, if existing, or above the proposed sidewalk grade as determined by the city engineer of the City of Marshfield. As an alternative to the foregoing, and if the foregoing is impossible or impracticable, the building services supervisor may approve a grading plan showing the existing and proposed contours, a minimum five-percent slope away from the proposed building for a minimum distance of ten feet (if available), and providing for the drainage of the entire site with a minimum slope of two percent.
  2. Exceptions. The only exception to the foregoing rule in subsection (8)(a) of this section shall be nonresidential buildings on property lines. In these cases, the open side of the property shall conform to the grading requirements in subsection (8)(a) of this section.

(9) Parking lot drainage. Parking lot drainage shall be in accordance with the following:

  1. All parking lots for new development shall be drained to a public storm sewer where available. Method of drainage shall be on-site storm draining piping and catchbasins properly sized to convey all parking lot drainage. Sump pumps and all roof drainage draining onto a parking lot shall also be conveyed to a public storm sewer where available. The city engineering division shall review all site draining plans.
  2. This subsection shall not apply to one- and two-family construction, where finish elevations of a parking lot prevent gravity drainage to a storm sewer or where the city engineering division has determined that the parking lot drainage will overload the existing municipal storm sewer system. However, adequate precautions shall be taken to properly convey stormwater, roof drainage and sump pump drainage via ditches and/or other drainageways.
  3. All methods of drainage are subject to review and approval of the city engineering division. A site plan showing existing and proposed elevations shall be submitted for review. This may require installation of water detention basins on large developments to minimize downstream flooding and other adverse effects.

(Code 1982, 14.02)