Board of Condemnation



Function

The Board of Condemnation is comprised of the Director of Health, the Building Inspector, and the Fire Marshal of the Town. The Board has the authority to investigate complaints, conduct hearings to determine if violations exist and to establish plans for the abatement of such violations for conditions that fall under the Blight Prevention Ordinance and the Unfit Property and Structures Ordinance.

Meetings

The Board of Condemnation generally meets the third Monday of the month at 2:00 pm in the first floor conference room of The Honorable John J. Sullivan Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road and via Conference Call Bridge. All schedules and locations are subject to change. Please check the Town Meetings Calendar for cancellations or location changes.

Board of Condemnation Member Listing

Seat Name Title
Fire Marshal Philip Higgins 2024 Chair
Chief Building Official Patrick Mahoney 2024 Vice-Chair
Director of Health Sands Cleary 2024 Secretary


About the Board of Condemnation

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Three - Director of Health, Building Inspector, Fire Marshal
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No
Town Code - Chapter 100-3

Description

The Board of Condemnation consists of the Director of Health, the Building Inspector and the Fire Marshal of the Town.

Powers and Duties

Unfit Structures: The Board of Condemnation can declare, as a menace to public safety, any dwelling or any commercial/industrial structure (with some exclusions) that have any of the following defects:

  • One which is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe or vermin-infested that it creates a serious hazard to the health or safety of the occupants or the public.
  • One which lacks hallway and porch illumination, ventilation, heating facilities (minimum of 55° F.) or sanitation facilities adequate to protect the health or safety of the occupants or the public.
  • One which, because of its general condition or location, is unsanitary or otherwise dangerous to the health or safety of the occupants or the public.
  • On which, for want of proper initial construction or proper repairs or by reason of age or dilapidated condition or from any other cause, may cause a fire or presents an unreasonable threat to life.
If the Board of Condemnation determines a building or property is a menace to public safety, it will determine the steps are necessary to address the issue or if the structure shall be demolished and set a time frame for resolving the issue. The Board must notify a building owner in writing.

Blight Prevention: Upon receiving a written complaint of a possible violation signed by the complainant, the Blight Prevention Officer shall make an investigation. If the building or structure is in a physically deteriorating condition which, if left unabated, would cause an unsafe or unsanitary condition or a nuisance to the general public which may be evidenced by one or more of the following conditions:
A.  Multiple missing, broken or boarded up windows and/or doors;
B.  Collapsing or missing walls or roof;
C.  Seriously damaged or missing siding;
D.  Fire or water damage;
E.  Infestation by rodents or other pests;
F.  Excessive amounts of garbage or trash on the property;
G. Inoperative or unregistered motor vehicles or inoperative boats parked, kept or stored on the premises unless garaged or the premises is properly permitted as a junkyard;
H.  Commercial parking lots left in a state of disrepair or abandonment; and
I.  Vacant buildings or structures left unsecured or unguarded against unauthorized entry.
J.  Graffiti

If the Board of Condemnation determines the building or structure is in a state of disrepair or is becoming dilapidated, it will determine the steps are necessary to address the issue and set a time frame for resolving the issue. The Board must notify a building owner in writing.  A blight complaint that meets one or more of the above criteria can be submitted here.