§ 58-131. Definitions.  


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  • The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

    Business building means any structure, whether public or private, that is adapted for occupancy for transaction of business; for rendering of professional service; for amusement; for the display, sale or storage of goods, wares or merchandise; or for the performance of work or labor; including hotels, apartment buildings, tenement houses, roominghouses, office buildings, public buildings, stores, theaters, markets, restaurants, grain elevators, abattoirs, warehouses, workshops, factories and all outhouses, sheds, barns and other structures on premises used for business purposes.

    Health officer means the person designated in section 2-51 or his duly authorized representative.

    Occupant means the individual, partnership or corporation that uses or occupies any business building or part or fraction thereof, whether the actual owner or tenant. For vacant business buildings or vacant portions thereof, the owner, agent or custodian shall have the responsibility as occupant.

    Opening means any opening in the foundation, side or walls of any business building, including roof, chimney eaves, grills, windows, sidewalk grates and sidewalk elevators, through which a rat may pass.

    Owner means the actual owner, agent or custodian of the business building, whether individual, partnership or corporation. The lessee shall be construed as the owner for the purpose of this article when business building agreements hold the lessee responsible for maintenance and repairs.

    Premises means all business buildings, outhouses, sheds, barns, garages, docks, wharves, piers, grain elevators and abattoirs, whether public or private, and any and all other structures used in connection with the operation of any business building.

    Rat eradication means the elimination or extermination of rats within buildings by any or all of the accepted measures, such as poisoning, fumigation, trapping, clubbing, etc.

    Rat harborage means any condition which provides shelter or protection for rats, thus favoring their multiplication and continued existence in, under or outside of any structure.

    Rat stoppage means an inexpensive form of ratproofing designed to prevent the ingress of rats into business buildings. It is essentially the closing or protecting of all openings in exterior walls and foundations or the grates in a sidewalk of business buildings with ratproof materials installed in such a manner as to prevent rats from gaining entrance.

    Ratproofing means a form of construction to prevent the ingress of rats into business buildings from the exterior or from one business building or establishment to another. It consists essentially of treatment with material impervious to rat gnawing of all actual or potential openings in exterior walls, ground or first floors, basements, roofs and foundations that may be reached by rats from the ground by climbing or burrowing.

(Code 1968, § 15-27)

Cross reference

Definitions generally, § 1-2.