An ordinance amending Article 6 of Chapter 8 of the Columbus Code to allow liens to attach for costs of repairing and boarding of property; and for other purposes.


Section 8-84 is repealed in its entirety and replaced with a new Section 8-84 to read as follows:

Sec. 8-84. - Prohibited use or occupancy.

The building official, as provided by the International Building Code, may prohibit the further use or occupancy of a structure which he finds to be unsafe for human occupancy until such structure is repaired, altered or improved, or until the structure is demolished and removed. In this event the building official shall cause to be posted at such entrance to the building or structure a notice which shall read as follows: "This building is unsafe and its use or occupancy has been prohibited by the building official of Columbus, Georgia." Such notice shall remain posted until the required repairs, alterations or improvements are made or until the demolition is completed. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to remove such notice without permission of the building official, or for any person to enter or occupy the building except for the purpose of making the required repairs, alterations or improvements or for demolishing the said building or structure. In the event that a building has been declared unsafe, and there is no evidence that the owner is making the required repairs, the building official may direct that such building be boarded up in accordance with the Standards set forth in the International Property Maintenance Code pending demolition or other disposition of the property.

Section 8-85 is repealed in its entirety and replaced with a new Section 8-85 to read as follows:

Sec. 8-85. - Demolition costs to become lien against property.

The amount of the cost of boarding up, demolition, or removal of a building and the cost cleaning the lot shall be a lien against the real property upon which the building or structure is or was situated. Said lien shall be placed upon a special lien book designated "Demolition Lien Book," which shall be maintained by the clerk of superior court of Muscogee County. The director of finance of Columbus, Georgia, shall enforce the collection of any amount due on such lien in the following manner:

Section 8-87 is repealed in its entirety and replaced with a new Section 8-87 to read as follows:

Sec. 8-87. - Emergency situations.

In emergency cases where it reasonably appears there is imminent danger to the life or safety of any person or to the safety of any other property, the building official shall cause such building to be made safe or shall order the boarding up, repair or demolition of the building or structure and the cost of such boarding up, repair or demolition shall be recovered and collected as provided in this division.


All ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 12th day of April, 2016, introduced a second time at a regular meeting of said Council held on the ______ day of ________, 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ________ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting____________.
Councilor Baker voting____________.
Councilor Barnes voting___________.
Councilor Buck voting_____________.
Councilor Davis voting____________.
Councilor Henderson voting________.
Councilor Huff voting_____________.
Councilor Thomas voting___________.
Councilor Pugh voting_____________.
Councilor Woodson voting__________.

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