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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.08 Rodent, Insect and Pest Control Part III

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Chapter 11.08
Rodent, Insect and Pest Control
PART III RAT CONTROL

Sections:

11.08.370 Definitions.
11.08.380 Control required.
11.08.390 Rat control section.
11.08.400 Inspections.
11.08.410 Permitting rat infestation.
11.08.420 Notice to owner or agent.
11.08.430 Failure of owner or agent to rat-stop and eliminate rat-harborages.
11.08.440 Duty to maintain building in rat-stopped condition.
11.08.450 Removal of rat-stoppage.
11.08.460 Interior harborages.
11.08.470 Notification of occupants of interior rat-infestation.
11.08.480 Failure of occupants to free building of rats.
11.08.490 Duty to maintain building in rat-free condition.
11.08.500 Notification owner, agent or occupants of exterior rat infestation.
11.08.510 Dumping waste.
11.08.520 Accumulation of garbage and rubbish.
11.08.530 Accumulation of salvageable material.
11.08.540 Storage of animal food.
11.08.550 Enforcement.
11.08.560 Penalty for violation of this part.

V.A.M.S.:

Pesticide act of 1974, S.B. No. 431, App. Pamph. p. 34.

263.010--263.240 insect pests

11.08.370 Definitions.

For the purposes of this part, the following definitions shall apply:

A. "Agent" means any individual, firm, partnership, or corporation which acts for the owner in the collection of rents, the making of repairs, the commencement or termination of tenancies, or as janitor or other person in charge of any building, premises, or vacant lot;

B. "Building" means any structure whether public or private that is adapted or intended for occupancy for dwelling purposes, for the transaction of business, for the 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, rooming houses, office buildings, public buildings, stores, theatres, markets, restaurants, grain elevators, abattoirs, warehouses, workshops, factories and all other houses, sheds, barns and other structures;

C. "Health officer" means the health commissioner of the city or his authorized representative;

D. "Occupant" means the individual, firm, partnership, or corporation that has the use of, controls or occupies any building, or any portion thereof, whether owner or tenant. In the case of a vacant building, or any vacant portion of a building, or in the case of a building having five or more families with common rights to a cellar or basement, the owner or agent shall have the responsibilities of an occupant of a building;

E. "Owner" means any person, who alone, jointly or severally with others shall be in actual possession, have charge, care or control of, any building or premises, or vacant lot within the city as owner, whether individual, firm, partnership or corporation or as trustee or guardian of the estate or person of the title holder, and shall include the owner of record as reflected by the city recorder's office;

F. "Rat-harborage" means any condition which may provide shelter or protection for rats, thus favoring their multiplication or existence;

G. "Rat-stoppage" means a form of rat-proofing to prevent the ingress of rats into buildings from the exterior or from one building to another. It consists essentially of the closing of all openings in the exterior walls, ground or first floors, basements, roofs and foundations, that may be reached by rats from the ground by reaching, climbing, jumping, or burrowing, with material or equipment impervious to rat-gnawing and in accordance with specifications promulgated by the health commissioner.
(Ord. 50560 1, 1961; Ord. 48292 1 (37), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 37: 1960 C. 527.010.)

Charter:

Art I 1(25) Nuisances

11.08.380 Control required.

All buildings and structures shall be rat-stopped, freed of rats and maintained in a rat-stopped and rat-free condition.
(Ord. 49562 1 (38a), 1959: prior Ord. 48292 1 (38a), 1957: 1948 Ch. 56 38(a): 1960 C. 527.020.)

11.08.390 Rat control section.

There is hereby established a section in the division of health of the department of health and hospitals to be known as the rat control section. This section shall be headed by a competent person as may be prescribed by the department of personnel.
(Ord. 49562 1 (38b), 1959: prior Ord. 48292 1 (38b), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 38 (b): 1960 C. 527.030.)

11.08.400 Inspections.

The health officer is hereby empowered to make such inspections of the interior and exterior of any building, structure, or of any premises or vacant lots as in his opinion may be necessary to determine full compliance with this part, and the health officer shall make periodic inspections at intervals of not more than six months of all rat-stopped business buildings, apartment houses, and tenement houses to determine evidence of rat infestation and the existence of new breaks or leaks in the rat stoppage, and when any evidence is found indicating the presence of rats or openings through which rats may again enter such buildings, the health officer shall serve the owner, occupant, or agent with written notice to abate the conditions found.
(Ord. 49562 1 (38d), 1959: prior Ord. 48292 1 (38d), 1957: 1948 C. Ch 56 38 (d): 1960 C. 527.050.)

11.08.410 Permitting rat infestation.

No owner, agent or occupant shall permit or allow any building to be infested with rats or shall permit or allow any condition to exist in or around such building or on any premises or any vacant lot which may be conducive to rat infestation.
(Ord. 48292 1 (39), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 39:1960 C. 527.060.)

11.08.420 Notice to owner or agent.

Upon the receipt of written notice from the health officer, the owner or agent of any building specified therein shall take immediate measures for the rat-stoppage of such building and for the elimination of rat-harborages within such building and on the premises, and unless said work has been completed in the time specified in the written notice or any written extension thereof that may be granted by the health officer, the owner or agent shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 48292 1 (40), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 40: 1960 C. 527.070.)

11.08.430 Failure of owner or agent to rat-stop and eliminate rat-harborages.

If the owner or agent fails to comply with such written notice or extension the health officer is authorized and directed after receiving competitive bids, to enter into a contract with any person, firm, or corporation for the rat-stoppage of such building, and for the elimination of rat-harborages within such building or on the premises. The cost of such contract shall be paid from the funds provided in Section 55 of Ordinance 48292, and the health officer shall submit bills for the cost thereof to the owner or agent of said building. If said bills are not paid, the health officer shall certify the amount due to the comptroller and said charge shall be a lien against the property where the work was done. The city counselor is empowered to take such action as may be necessary for their collection.
(Ord. 48292 1 (41), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 41: 1960 C. 527.080.)

11.08.440 Duty to maintain building in rat-stopped condition.

The owner or agent of any rat-stopped building shall maintain it in a rat-stopped condition and repair all breaks or leaks that may occur in the rat-stoppage.
(Ord. 48292 1 (42), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 42: 1960 C. 527.090.)

11.08.450 Removal of rat-stoppage.

It is unlawful for the occupant, owner, contractor, public utility company, plumber, or any other person to remove the rat-stoppage from any building for any purpose and fail to restore the same in a satisfactory condition or to make any new openings that are not closed or sealed against the entrance of rats.
(Ord. 48292 1 (43), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 43: 1960 C. 527.100.)

11.08.460 Interior harborages.

Whenever conditions inside or under any building provide such extensive harborage for rats that the health officer deems it necessary to eliminate such harborage, he may require the owner or agent to install concrete floors, or to replace wooden first or ground floors, or require the owner, agent, or occupant to correct such other interior rat-harborage as may be necessary to facilitate the eradication of rats in a reasonable time.
(Ord. 48292 1 (44), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 44: 1960 C. 527.110.)

11.08.470 Notification of occupants of interior rat-infestation.

Whenever the health officer notifies in writing the occupant or occupants of any building that there is evidence of rat-infestation of the building, such occupant or occupants shall take immediate and effective measures for freeing the premises so occupied of all rats.

The failure of any occupant to take effective measures for freeing his portion of the building or premises of rats after receiving the notice described in this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 48292 1 (45), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 45: 1960 C. 527.120.)

11.08.480 Failure of occupants to free building of rats.

Unless effective measures for freeing the building of rats are instituted by the occupant or occupants within the time specified by the health officer and unless continually maintained in a satisfactory manner until the building is free of rats, the health officer is hereby authorized, and directed, after receiving competitive bids, to enter into a contract with any person, firm, or corporation for eradication of rats in such building. The cost of such contract shall be paid from the funds provided in Section 55 of Ordinance 48292, and the health officer shall submit bills for the costs thereof to the occupant or occupants of the building. If the same are not paid, the health officer shall certify the amount due from occupant or occupants to the comptroller and the city counselor shall take such action as may be necessary to collect the same.
(Ord. 48292 1 (46), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 46: 1960 C. 527.130.)

11.08.490 Duty to maintain building in rat-free condition.

The occupant or occupants of a building shall maintain the building and premises in a rat-free condition.
(Ord. 48292 1 (47), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 47: 1960 C. 527.140.)

11.08.500 Notification of owner, agent or occupants of exterior rat infestation.

Whenever the health officer notifies in writing the owner, agent, or occupant or occupants of any premises that there is evidence of rat infestation on the outside of a building or on the premises or on a vacant lot, such owner, agent, occupant or occupants shall take immediate and effective measures for the elimination of rats from such premises or vacant lot.

The failure of any owner, agent, or occupant to take effective measures for the elimination of rat infestation on the premises or vacant lot after receiving the notice described in this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 48292 1 (48), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 48: 1960 C. 527.150.)

11.08.510 Dumping waste.

It is unlawful for a person, firm, partnership, or corporation to dump or place on any premises, land, or waterway any dead animals or any waste, vegetable or animal matter of any kind.
(Ord. 48292 1 (49), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 49: 1960 C. 527.160.)

11.08.520 Accumulation of garbage and rubbish.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, or corporation to place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage or rubbish in any building or premises, or on any vacant lot, so that the same may afford food or harborage for rats.
(Ord. 48292 1 (50), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 50: 1960 C. 527.170.)

11.08.530 Accumulation of salvageable material.

It is unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation, to accumulate or to permit the accumulation on any premises or on any open lot of any lumber, boxes, barrels, bricks, stones, or similar materials that may be permitted to remain thereon and which may afford harborage for rats, unless the same shall be evenly piled or stacked either on open racks that are elevated not less than twelve inches above the ground, or on a paved surface impervious to rats.
(Ord. 48292 1 (51), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 51: 1960 C. 527.180.)

11.08.540 Storage of animal food.

All food and feed kept within the city for feeding animals shall be kept and stored in rat free and rat proof containers, compartments, or rooms unless kept in a rat-stopped building.
(Ord. 48292 1 (52), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 52: 1960 C. 527.190.)

11.08.550 Enforcement.

It shall be the duty of the health officer to enforce the provisions of this part and to supervise the enforcement thereof by the rat control section.
(Ord. 49562 1 (38c), 1959: prior Ord. 48292 1 (38c), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 38 (c): 1960 C. 527.040.)

11.08.560 Penalty for violation of this part.

Any person, firm, partnership, or corporation who shall violate any provision or provisions of this part shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars and each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. 48292 1 (56), 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 56 56.)

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