Unsafe Buildings and Structures: Town Code Section 10-54
An unsafe building or structure is classified as an existing structure (i) determined by the code official to be dangerous to the health, safety and welfare of the occupants of the structure or the public; (ii) that contains unsafe equipment; or (iii) that is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, structurally unsafe or of such faulty construction or unstable foundation that partial or complete collapse is likely. A vacant existing structure unsecured or open shall be deemed to be an unsafe structure.
A structure unfit for human occupancy is categorized as an existing structure determined by the code official to be dangerous to the health, safety and welfare of the occupants of the structure or the public because (i) of the degree to which the structure is in disrepair or lacks maintenance, ventilation, illumination, sanitary or heating facilities or other essential equipment, or (ii) the required plumbing and sanitary facilities are inoperable.
The town, its officials, agents or employees may proceed to compel the razing or repair of all unsafe, dangerous or insanitary public or private buildings, walls or structures which constitute a menace to the health and safety of the occupants thereof or the public.