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(1) No owner or person in charge of property shall allow conditions to exist thereon or therein, which attract or are likely to attract, feed or harbor rats or mice. The conditions prohibited by this section are nuisances subject to abatement as provided in this code. Conditions prohibited by this section include, but are not limited to:

(a) Open compost piles;

(b) Accumulated garbage, recycling or animal waste not stored in containers compliant with EC 6.055(2);

(c) Animal feed not stored in compliance with subsection (3) of this section; and,

(d) Overgrown vegetation that is used for habitation by rodents.

(2) All portions of every building or other structure, other than residences, in which handling, storing or keeping any substance on which rats and mice can feed shall be rodent-proof.

(3) All food for chickens, horses, mules, cows, goats, pigs or other domestic animals shall be kept and stored in accordance with EC 9.5250 (Urban Animal Keeping Standards) and either in a building, structure, part thereof, or container that is rodent-proof.

(4) All garbage or refuse consisting of waste material upon which rats or mice may feed shall be placed in covered rodent-proof containers of a type prescribed by the city manager or the manager’s designee, until collected by garbage haulers.

(5) All premises improved or unimproved, and all open lots, streets, sidewalks, alleys and other areas in the city shall be kept clean and free from all rubbish, as well as from loose material that might serve as a harbor for rats and mice. All lumber, boxes, barrels, loose iron and material that might harbor rats shall be placed upon supports in such manner as to provide no refuge for rats and mice.

(6) All improvements, repairs, construction and maintenance of a building or structure, or any equipment or fixtures therein shall comply with this section.

(7) The city manager or the manager’s designee is hereby authorized and empowered to make inspection of the exterior, interior and underneath any building or structure or premises in the city. It shall be unlawful for an owner or person in charge of property to fail to permit such inspection when requested to do so in accordance with law.

(Section 6.015 amended by Ordinance No. 19393, enacted July 28, 1986, effective January 28, 1987; and Ordinance No. 20598, enacted July 16, 2018, effective August 18, 2018.)