(1) "Service station" means any facility designed and constructed primarily for use in the retail sale of gasoline, other petroleum products, and related accessories; except that "service station" does not include any such facility that has been converted for use for another bona fide business purpose, on and after the date of commencement of such other use.
(2) "Abandoned service station" means any service station that has not been used for the retail sale of gasoline, other petroleum products, and related accessories for a continuous period of six months, whenever failure to reasonably secure station buildings from ready access by unauthorized persons and to reasonably maintain the station's premises has resulted in conditions that endanger the public health, welfare, safety, or morals; provided, that such conditions include, but are not limited to, the presence of defective or deteriorated electrical wiring, heating apparatus, and gas connections, or of unprotected gasoline storage tanks, piping, and valves, or any combination of the foregoing; and provided further that the casual and intermittent use of a service station for the retail sale of any item described in division (A)(1) of this section during such six-month period shall not be held to prevent the station from being determined an abandoned service station if it meets the other qualifications of this division.
(B) No person shall construct, renew operation of, or continue operation of a service station unless, prior to the commencement of construction or renewed operation and during the period of continued operation, a valid bond is on file as provided in division (C) of this section. The bond shall be obtained by the owner of the property if the owner is also the owner of the service station. If the owner of the property is not the owner of the service station, then the bond shall be obtained by the lessee of the property; except that such lessee shall be other than any person who leases and operates the service station pursuant to a contract with a supplier of gasoline and petroleum products. The bond shall identify and list the name and address of the property owner and any lessee other than a person who leases and operates the service station pursuant to a contract with a supplier of gasoline and petroleum products.
(C) The bond required by division (B) of this section shall be filed annually with the executive authority of the municipal corporation in which the service station is, or is to be, located, or with the clerk of the board of county commissioners if the service station is not, or is not to be, located within a municipal corporation. The bond shall either be a cash bond or have sufficient sureties approved by the executive authority or clerk with whom it is filed. The bond shall be for a term of one year and shall be renewed annually. The bond shall be in the amount of three thousand dollars for each service station to provide for the repair or removal of the service station and its appurtenances and restoration of the property. The bond shall be conditioned upon the repair or removal of the service station and restoration of the property if the service station is determined to be an abandoned service station as provided in section 3791.12 of the Revised Code. If the service station is determined to be an abandoned service station, and division (D) or (F) of section 3791.12 of the Revised Code applies, the bond shall be forfeited and the proceeds applied to the costs of repair or removal and restoration as provided in section 3791.13 of the Revised Code. If the amount of the bond exceeds the costs of repair or removal and restoration, the excess shall be returned to the depositor.
Repealed by 130th General Assembly File No. 7, HB 51, §101.02, eff. 7/1/2013.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127,HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.
Effective Date: 11-07-1975
Related Legislative Provision: See 130th General Assembly File No. 7, HB 51, §803.10.