(1) No person shall erect, construct, alter, repair, or maintain any residential building, as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code, within the unincorporated portion of any township in which a building department has authority to administer and enforce local residential building regulations or an existing structures code unless that person complies with the regulations and code.
(2) No person shall erect, construct, alter, repair, or maintain any residential building, as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code, within the unincorporated portion of any township in which a certified building department has jurisdiction to enforce the state residential building code unless that person fully complies with the state residential building code.
(3) No person shall erect, construct, alter, repair, or maintain any residential, commercial, or industrial buildings or structures within the unincorporated area of any township, if a board of township trustees has enacted building regulations under section 505.75 of the Revised Code that are necessary for participation in the national flood insurance program, without complying with those regulations.
(4) In addition to any remedies provided by law, if any building is being erected, constructed, altered, repaired, or maintained in violation of the building regulations, existing structures code, or state residential building code in townships in which a certified building department has jurisdiction, the board , the township building inspector, or any owner of an adjacent, contiguous, or neighboring property who would be especially damaged by the violation may institute a suit for injunction, abatement, or other appropriate action to prevent the violation of the building regulations or the state residential building code relating to the erection, construction, alteration, repair, or maintenance of that building.
(B) Sections 505.75 to 505.77 of the Revised Code do not confer any power on any board with respect to the location, erection, construction, reconstruction, change, alteration, maintenance, removal, use, or enlargement of any buildings or structures of any public utility or railroad, whether publicly or privately owned, or the use of land by any public utility or railroad for the operation of its business. Local building regulations the board adopts and the building code that the building department administers and enforces do not affect buildings or structures that exist or on which construction has begun on or before the date on which the building department begins enforcement of the building code or the date the board adopts the building regulations.
(C) No person shall violate any building regulation the board adopts under division (A) of section 505.75 of the Revised Code. Each day during which an illegal location, erection, construction, floodproofing, repair, alteration, or maintenance continues may be considered a separate offense.
Effective Date: 11-16-1977; 05-27-2005 .