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Acts or omissions, places, conditions and things or uses that injure or endanger the safety, health, welfare, comfort or general well-being of the general public or the environment are declared to be public nuisances. Public nuisances include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. The erecting, maintaining, using, placing, depositing, causing, allowing, leaving, or permitting to be or remain in or upon any private lot, building, structure, or premises, or in or upon any street, avenue, alley, park, parkway, or other public or private place in the city, any one or more of the following places, conditions, things or acts to the prejudice, danger, or annoyance of others or that interfere with safe travel;

B. Privies, vaults, cesspools, sumps, pits, wells or cisterns or like places which are not securely protected from insects, rodents, or other pests;

C. Filthy, littered or trash-covered premises, including all buildings and structures thereon and areas adjacent thereto;

D. Tin cans, bottles, glass, cans, ashes, small pieces of scrap iron, wire, metal, articles, bric-a-brac, broken stone or cement, broken crockery, broken glass, broken plaster and all other trash or abandoned material unless the same are kept in covered bins or metal receptacles approved by the city; provided, that any such receptacles approved by the King County or Pierce County health officer or designee shall be deemed approved by the city;

E. Trash, litter, rags, debris, accumulations of empty barrels, boxes, crates, packing cases, mattresses, bedding, excelsior, packing hay, straw, or other packing material, lumber not neatly piled, or other material, which provides harborage for insects, rodents, or other pests;

F. Any unsightly and dangerous building, billboard or structure, as determined by the city building official;

G. All places used or maintained as junkyards or dumping grounds, or for the wrecking, disassembling, repair or rebuilding of automobiles, trucks, tractors or machinery of any kind, or for the storing or leaving of worn-out wrecked or abandoned automobiles, trucks, tractors or machinery of any kind or of any of the parts thereof, or for the storing or leaving of any machinery or equipment used by contractors or builders or by other persons, which places are kept or maintained so as to provide harborage for insects, rodents or other pests, excluding properly zoned and licensed wrecking yards, junkyards or machinery being used;

H. Garbage disposed of in any manner other than provided in the solid waste code (Chapter 8.08 ACC);

I. Garbage cans which are not impervious to rodent gnawing or do not have tight-fitting lids;

J. Any putrid, unsound or unwholesome bones, meat, hides, skins or the whole or any part of any dead animal, fish or fowl, butchers’ trimmings or offal, or any waste, vegetable or animal matter in any quantity, garbage, human excreta or other offensive substance; provided, nothing in this subsection shall prevent the temporary retention of waste in a manner approved by the mayor or designee;

K. Blackberry vines or any tall grass or weeds which are infested with insects, rodents or other pests;

L. Grass clippings, cut brush or cut weeds which may create an insect or rodent harborage;

M. Nests, colonies, hives or apiaries of bees, Africanized honey bees, yellow jackets, hornets or wasps which are not in full compliance with Chapter 15.60 RCW or Chapter 16-602 WAC, or which are not in full compliance with the city’s zoning and land use codes or with the city’s business licensing and registration codes;

N. Any accumulation of combustible, explosive or flammable substances which are stored in a way that poses a threat or danger to life or property;

O. Ditches, holes, pits, accumulations of debris, dirt or construction materials or other materials, or breaks in impervious surface in any public right-of-way, or any other condition that obstructs or interferes with safe pedestrian or vehicular travel on or along said right-of-way; and

P. Failure, after reasonable notice, to restore a city street, sidewalk or related infrastructure facility to city standards after having destroyed, disrupted or adversely impacted such street, sidewalk or related infrastructure facility from its use for safe public travel;

Q. It is also a public nuisance to store, keep or allow junk to accumulate unless within a building or outdoor storage yard; provided further, that the building and/or outdoor storage yard must otherwise meet all other applicable requirements of the city including allowing for the storage of junk. For the purposes hereof, “junk” means old, unusable or discarded appliances, furniture, scrap wood, paper, cardboard, glass, demolition debris, rubber, metal, equipment, tires, machinery, toys, building materials (except for materials being used for an immediate construction project on the premises), woody debris, batteries, barrels, cans, motor vehicle parts, rags or similar items. The term “junk” also includes travel trailers, boats and boat trailers, truck campers, utility trailers, tent trailers or similar vehicles that are in disrepair, in an obvious state of abandonment, or that cannot legally be operated on public streets, roads or highways. The term “junk” does not include recyclable items that are associated with a permitted recycling industry; provided, that the indiscriminate storage of recyclables in areas not otherwise allowed for storage will be considered junk and a public nuisance;

R. Any and all other violations of the provisions of this title and ACC Titles 1, 5, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 20. (Ord. 6615 § 9, 2016; Ord. 5837 § 5, 2004; Ord. 5747 § 1, 2003; Ord. 2904 § 1, 1976; 1957 code § 7.04.280.)