Buildings and Construction
Windows and Doors
15.52.120 Windows and doors
. A. Every exterior opening shall be fitted with a window, door, basement hatchway cover or crawl space cover, as appropriate, which shall be tight within its frame and maintained in a sound condition and in good repair to prevent the possibility of entrance of animals, rain and surface drainage water into the structure. Every doorway which gives access from a habitable room or area to the exterior of the structure shall be fitted with a door, equipped with hardware capable of ensuring security and privacy to the occupants of such habitable room or structure.
B. Every window shall be in good condition and fit tightly within its frame. All windows shall be fully supplied with glass windowpanes without open cracks or holes. Windowpanes may
only be repaired using a means specifically designed for glass repair and approved by the public officer, or another material may be substituted for the glass if it is similar in appearance and form to glass and is approved by the public officer. An entire window unit may be replaced with a building material suitable for exterior use and finished to match the adjacent wall surfaces. If screens, frames for screens or storm windows are provided, the entire assembly shall be maintained in good effective working condition and repair. When present, awnings are to be kept in good repair. Every other opening located within four feet of the ground level shall be protected against the possible entry of insects and rodents.
C. Every exterior door shall be maintained in good condition and when closed shall fit well within its frame. Every door hinge and door latch shall be maintained in effective working condition. Every door available as an exit shall be capable of being easily opened from the inside. Where a door has been previously painted and any door surface contains areas of chipping, peeling, scaling or missing paint which is observable from the property line, roadway or adjacent properties, then such surface shall be repainted or stripped of all paint and given a water-resistant coating if necessary.
D. No window or door on a residential or agricultural structure may be boarded over on a temporary or permanent basis unless approved by the property maintenance appeal board, and installed according to their conditions of approval. No window or door on a nonresidential structure may be boarded over on a temporary or permanent basis unless approved by the planning commission, and installed according to their conditions of approval. (Ord. 2379 §1(part), 1998)