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Title: Ordinances passed by the Legislative Council of Trinidad and Tobago during the year ..
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

Port-of-Spain Building Ordinance.

No. 2.-1912.

1st February.

AN ORDINANCE relating to the construction of new
Streets and Buildings in Port-of-Spain.





[L.S.]
GEORGE R. LE HUNTE,
GOVERNOR.
15th February, 1912.





E it enacted by the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago
with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council
thereof as follows:-
1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Port-of-Spain Short title.
Building Ordinance, 1912.
2. In the construction of this Ordinance the following Interpreta-
terms shall have the respective meanings hereafter assigned ~t~"
to them, that is to say:-
(a.) "The Board" means the Port-of-Spain Town
Board constituted under the Port-of-Spain Town
Board Ordinance, 1907.
(b.) The Chief Commissioner" means the Chief
Commissioner appointed under the Port-of-Spain
Town Board Ordinance, 1907, and any other
person acting as Chief Commissioner for the
time being with the authority of the Governor,





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(c.) "The Town Clerk and Treasurer" means the
person holding the office of Town Clerk and
Treasurer for the time being, and any person for
the time being performing the duties of Town
Clerk and Treasurer with the authority of the
Board.
(d.) The Town Engineer means the person holding
the office of Town Engineer for the time being,
and any person for the time being performing
the duties of Town Engineer with the authority
of the Board.
(e.) The Town" means the Town of Port-of-Spain
as defined by the Port-of-Spain Ordinance,
No. 211.
(f.) Person includes any body of persons, whether
corporate or unincorporated.
(g.) Owner" includes every person in possession or
in receipt either of the whole or of a part of the
rents and profits of any lands or tenements,
whether in his own right or as trustee or per-
sonal representative of any other person; or in
the occupation of such lands or tenements
otherwise than as a tenant from year to year, or
for a less term, or as a tenant at will.
(h.) Street" means highway, and any public bridge,
road, lane, footway, square, court, alley or
passage, whether a thoroughfare or not, and any
drain at the side of or across any street within
the town.
(i.) Builder" means the person who is employed to
build or to execute any work on a building or
structure ; or, where no such person is so
employed, the owner of the building or structure.
(j.) "Public Building" means a building used or
constructed or adapted to be used, either
ordinarily or occasionally, as a church, chapel,
or other place of public worship, or as a hospital,
workhouse, college, school (not being merely a
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public concert room, public ball room, public
lecture room, or public exhibition room, or as a
public place of assembly for persons admitted
thereto, by tickets or otherwise, or used or
constructed or adapted to be used either ordi-
narily or occasionally for any public purpose.
(k.) "Building of the Warehouse Class" means a
warehouse, factory, manufactory, brewery, dis-
tillery, foundry, and every other building not
being either a domestic or a public building.
(1.) "Domestic Building" means a dwelling house
or an office building or other out-building
appurtenant to a dwelling house, whether
attached thereto or not, or a shop or any other
building not being a public building cr of the
warehouse class.
(m.) "Dwelling house" means a building used or
constructed or adapted to be used wholly or
principally for human habitation.
(n.) Habitable Room" means a room constructed
or adapted to be inhabited.
(o.) Inhabited "; the expression inhabited"
applied to a room means a room in which some
person passes the night, or which is used as a
living room, including a room with regard to
which (until the contrary is proved), there is a
presumption that some person passes the night
therein or that it is used as a living room.
(p.) :" Continuing offence"; Where the beginning
of the execution of any work is an offence in
respect whereof the offender is liable under the
Ordinance or in respect of any bye-law, to a
penalty, the existence of the work during its
continuance in such a form and state as to be
in contravention of the Ordinance or of the bye-
law shall be deemed to be a continuing offence,
but a penalty shall not be incurred in respect
thereof after the expiration of one year from the
day when the offence was committed or the
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Extent of 3. This Ordinance shall apply to the Town of Port-of-
Application. Spain as defined in the Port-of-Spain Ordinance, No. 211.
Power to 4. On the application of any building owner the Board,
bye- laws in any case in which they shall think it expedient, may
heBoardmay dispense with the observance of any of the bye-laws
impose. contained in the first schedule hereto on such terms
and conditions as they may think proper, and in case
of the non-observance of any terms or conditions upon
which the Board may have dispensed with the observance
of any such bye-laws, such liabilities shall be incurred by
the building owner and such proceedings may be taken by
the Board as if such terms and conditions had been enacted
by such bye-laws.
Bye-laws in 5. The Bye-laws in the first Schedule to this Ordinance
Schedule, shall come into operation at the commencement of this
Ordinance and shall have the same force and effect for
all purposes as if the same had been made by Ordinance.
Power tomake 6. Subject to the approval of the Legislative Council,
in substitution to be expressed by Resolution, the Board may vary or
for, or in addi- revoke any of the Bye-laws in the preceding section
tiou to bye-
laws in the referred to, and may make all such other and further Bye-
schedule. laws as may be necessary for the carrying out of this
Ordinance, and may attach a penalty not exceeding 20
to the breach of any Bye-law made under the provisions
of this Ordinance and may attach a continuing penalty
not exceeding 5 for every day during which such breach
may continue, and may vary and annul any such Bye-laws.
Town 7. It shall not be lawful to let or occupy, or suffer to be
Engineer's
certificate of occupied, (except by caretakers, not exceeding two in
with Blanew number), any new building, or any building in course of
requiredbefore construction at the date of the passing of this Ordinance,
letting or
occupying new unless the Town Engineer shall have certified in writing
building. that such building complies in every respect with the
provisions of this Ordinance, and of all bye-laws made by
the Board relating to new buildings.
Power to vary 8.-(1.) The Board may, on the deposit of the plans and
ition and sections of any new street in pursuance of any bye-laws in
to abenin g force in the Town, by order vary the intended position,
nde direction or termination or level of any such new street so
streets. direction or termination or level of any such new street so












far as is necessary for the purpose of securing a more direct,
easier, or more convenient means of communication with
any other street or intended street, or for the purpose of
securing, at either end of the new street, an adequate
opening, or of securing compliance with any enactment or
bye-law in force in the Town for the regulation of streets
and buildings.

(2.) The Board may also, by their order, fix the points
at which the new street shall be deemed to commence or
end, and the limits of the new street as determined by the
points so fixed shall have effect for the purpose of this
Ordinance and of any bye-laws relating to new streets made
by the Board under this or any other Ordinance.

(3.) Where the Board make an order under this section,
a person shall not lay out or construct a new street other-
wise than in compliance with such order.

(4.) If any person acts in contravention of the provi-
sions of this section, he shall for every such offence be
liable to a penalty not exceeding 10, and in the case of a
continuing offence, to a further penalty not exceeding 40
shillings for every day during which such offence shall
continue.

PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

9. Every person who shall erect a public building shall Precautions
cause the same to be erected and maintained with such for sety o
precautions for the safety of the public as, having regard to
the special purpose for which such building is intended to
be used, shall be approved by the Board.

10. The Town Engineer, and any other person autho- Power toTown
rized in that behalf by the Board, may, at all reasonable enine~erto
times during the construction and after the completion of any inspection
public building, and at all times during which any building purposes of
shall be used as a public building, enter and inspect the evidence.
same, for the purpose of ascertaining whether such building


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is in conformity with the provisions of this Ordinance or
any regulations made by the Board with regard to public
buildings.

Not to be used 11.-(1.) No public building shall be used as such
af su eraxcept unless and until the Board by notice in writing addressed to
certificate, the owner thereof, shall have declared their approval of the
construction thereof, and of its suitability for the purpose
for which it is proposed to be used.

Alterations to (2.) After the Board shall have declared their approval,
be approved by no work affecting or likely to affect such building shall be
Board. done to, in or on such building, without the approval of
the Board.

conversion 12. Where it is proposed to convert or alter any
into public building, erected for a purpose other than a public purpose,
building into a public building, such conversion or alteration shall be
erected for
other purpose. carried out, and such building shall be constructed, in such
manner as shall be approved by the Town Engineer, and
the provisions of this Ordinance and of bye-laws made by
the Board applicable to public buildings shall apply to such
alteration or construction, as if it were the construction of
a public building.

Power of 13.-(1.) Whenever it appears to the Board that any
Board to place in the Town used as a public building is not so con-
tions necessary structed or maintained as to afford necessary protection to
he puba.o all persons who may resort thereto, the Board may, by
notice in writing require the owner of such place, within a
reasonable time, to be specified in such notice, to make
such alterations therein or thereto as shall be approved by
the Board.
Penalty. (2.) In case such owner fails to comply with the
requirements of such notice within the prescribed time, he
shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding 20, and to a
further penalty not exceeding 5 for every day after the
first day after the completion of such reasonable time as
aforesaid during which such default continues, and in default
of payment to imprisonment with or without hard labour
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(3.) The Board may, in lieu of such notice, or concur- Owner maybe
rently therewith, or at any time thereafter, and without hocause
prejudice to the recovery of penalties for the non-compliance w1ho ruling
therewith, by notice in writing served upon the owner of cease to be
such place, require such owner on or before a date to be b uidid g.publ
specified in such notice, by statement in writing under his
hand addressed to the Board, to show cause why such
building should not cease to be used as a public building,
or require such person, on such date and at such time and
place as shall be specified in such notice, to attend per-
sonally or by an agent duly authorized in writing in that
behalf before the Board, and show sufficient cause why such
building shall not cease to be used as a public building.
(4.) If such owner shall fail to show sufficient cause Failure to
why such building shall not cease to be used as a public how cause
building, the Board may by order addressed to the owner
thereof, prohibit the use of such place as a public building.
(5.) Every person who, after notice of a prohibition Penalty.
order issued by the Board under this section, allows or
suffers such building to be used as a public building, or who
uses such building as a public building, shall be liable to a
penalty not exceeding i2'-. for every day during which he
allows or suffers the same to be used, or during which he
uses the same, (as the case may be), after such notice of
prohibition.
PROJECTIONS.
14. No person shall put up any verandah, balcony, Verandah pro-
sunshade, weather-frame, orthe like, to project over any street, e~eng"er
except with the permission of the Board, and in the event
of such permission being given, then under and subject to
such terms and conditions as shall be therein prescribed.
Provided that in no case shall any such verandah, bal-
cony, sunshade, weather-frame, or the like projection, be
supported on pillars resting on the street.
15. It shall not be lawful for any person to make any Doors not to
door, window, or gate in such manner as to open over a 'iove"
public thoroughfare nor to project any door step or landing ''"... "'" "
into or across any public footpath nor to extend or affix any










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sunshade, signboard, lamp, grating, gutter or other un-
authorised projection from any building in such manner as
shall cause obstruction, danger or annoyance in any street
or to passengers thereon or so as to cause encroachment on
or over any street; Provided that in the case of theatres
and other public buildings the doors may with the consent
of the Board be made to open outwards over a public
thoroughfare; And provided further that, with respect to
all buildings, mouldings, cornices, or other architectural
embellishments and eave gutters may project over a street
to an extent not exceeding eighteen inches.
DANGEROUS BUILDINGS.
Dangerous 16.-(1.) Whenever any structure abutting on any
building-a
Notice to street shall be deemed by the Town Engineer to be dangerous
Owner. to passengers along such street, the Town Engineer shall give
notice in writing to the owner of such structure requiring
him forthwith to take down, secure or repair the same, as
the case may require, within a time to be specified in such
notice, and if such owner shall not begin to take down,
repair, or secure such structure within the space of three
days after service upon him of such notice, and complete
such repairs, or take down or secure such structure within
the time specified in such notice, the Town Engineer may
make complaint thereof before the Commissioner of the
Port-of-Spain District Court, and it shall be lawful for
such Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District Court
to order the owner to take down, secure or repair, to the
satisfaction of the Town Engineer, the same or such
part thereof as appears to such Commissioner of the Port-
of-Spain District Court to be in a dangerous state, within
a time to be fixed by him in such order.
"Structure." (2.) The term structure" in this section includes
any building, wall or other structure, or anything affixed to
or projecting from any building, wall or other structure.
penalty on (3.) If such order is not complied with within the time
noncompliance therein prescribed, the person on whom such order is made
theCommis- shall be guilty of an offence under this Ordinance, and shall
sioner. be liable to a penalty not exceeding 20, and to a further
penalty not exceeding 40 shillings for every day during the








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continuance of such non-compliance, and in default of pay-
ment to imprisonment for any term not exceeding three
months.
(4.) Whenever it shall be made known to the Board Dangerous
internal part
that any internal part of any building, (including any wall, of building.
partition or ceiling of any building) is in a state dangerous
to any occupier of such building or of any neighboring
building, the Board shall cause the same to be surveyed
and examined by the Town Engineer, and if the Town
Engineer, on such survey and examination shall be satisfied
that such structure is in a state dangerous to any such
occupiers as aforesaid, he shall serve a notice in writing on
the owner of such building requiring him forthwith to have
the same shored up or otherwise secured for the protection
of such occupier and to take down, secure, or repair the
same, as the case may require, within a time to be specified
in such notice.
(5.) If the owner shall fail, within the time therein Failure to
comply with
specified, to comply with any notice served upon him notice.
under this section, the Town Engineer may make com-
plaint thereof before the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain
District Court, and it shall be lawful for such Commis-
sioner of the Port-of-Spain District Court to order the
owner to take down, secure or repair to the satisfaction of
the Town Engineer the same or such part thereof as shall
appear to such Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District
Court to be dangerous to any occupiers, within a time
to be fixed by him in such order.
(6.) If such order is not complied with within the time Penalty.
therein prescribed, the owner on whom such order is made
shall be guilty of an offence under this Ordinance, and
shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding 20, and to a
further penalty of 40 shillings for every day during the
continuance of such non-compliance.

17. The owner of any lands in the Town shall, when- Demarcation
ever required by the Board by notice in writing, cause to apurteantto
be prepared and delivered to the Board within a period of buildings.
fourteen days from the service of the notice, a plan of such
lands showing the boundaries thereof in relation to some










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fixed point, and, in case any portions of such lands have
been leased or let in plots whereon any building or build-
ings have been erected, shewing also the boundaries of
every such plot, and the building or buildings, (if any),
standing on such plot.
Any owner who makes default in complying with the
requirements of any notice served upon him under this
section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding 10 and
to a further penalty not exceeding 5 shillings for every day
during which such non-compliance continues after written
notice thereof from the Board.
LANDS ADJOINING STREETS TO BE FENCED.
F"ing lands 18.-(1.) The Board may, by written notice to the
street. owner of any land adjoining any street, require such owner to
cause such land to be properly fenced to their satisfaction
and, where the fence of any such land is allowed to be, or
to remain, out of repair, to require such fence to be repaired
to their satisfaction.
(2.) Any owner who makes default in complying with
the requirements of any notice served upon him under this
section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding 10 and
to a further penalty of 5 shillings for every day after written
notice of the default from the Board, and in default of pay-
ment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
HOARDINGS.
Hoardings,&c. 19.-(1.) Except with the permission of the Town
ootwaoePon Engineer, who may grant such permission upon a written
street, except application and upon such terms and conditions as he may
by permission .
of lown consider necessary to provide for the safety and convenience
Engineer. of passengers and the occupiers of adjoining premises, no
public footway or thoroughfare shall during any building
operations or otherwise be occupied by any hoarding or
scaffolding or by any building materials whatever.
Ground (2.) In all cases the ground so occupied must be
occupiedby enclosed by the person obtaining such permission with a
hoarding, &c. .
tobe enclosed. hoarding for the protection of passengers and the side
drains shall in no way be obstructed by any such hoarding
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(3.) The pavement, side drains and concrete covering Holes in pave-
of a public thoroughfare shall in no case be broken up or or thordough
into by the excavation of holes for the purpose of securing fare not to be
made except
any hoarding or scaffold poles, except with the permission by permission.
in writing of the Town Engineer.

MISCELLANEOUS.
20.-(1.) The owner and the builder shall each be liable owner as well
for any act, matter or thing done or omitted to be done liable for
in contravention of any of the provisions of this Ordinance or "conravention
of any bye-laws made by the Board with respect to new
streets and buildings.
(2.) Provided that this enactment shall not prejudice
any remedy of an owner or other person against the builder.

21. All notices, orders or consents under this Ordinance Authentica-
.. tion of notices,
or under any bye-law for the time being in force relating &c., underthis
to new streets or new buildings shall be sufficiently authenti- "Builin Bye
cated if signed by the Town Engineer, or by any otherlaws.
officer duly authorized in that behalf by the Board.
22. All notices served by the Board or Town Engineer Notice served
?n builder to
on the Builder shall be as valid and binding against the be binding on
owner by whom such builder is employed as if such notice owner.
had been served on such owner.
23. Any person who shall act in contravention of any penalty for
of the provisions of this Ordinance or of the bye-laws set forth Ordinane or
in the first schedule to this Ordinance, or of any bye-laws Bye-r not
relating to new streets or to new buildings made by the provided for.
Board under this or any other Ordinance, or who shall fail
to comply with any notice or order made by the Board by
virtue of this Ordinance, or of any bye-law relating to new
streets or to new buildings, shall be guilty of an offence,
and on conviction thereof shall, except where otherwise
provided, be liable to a penalty not exceeding 10, and in
the case of a continuing offence to a further penalty not
exceeding 40 shillings for each day that such offence is
continued, and in default of payment to imprisonment with
or without hard labour for any term not exceeding three
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Appeal by 24.-(1.) Where any person deems himself aggrieved by
~"ved. any order or requirement of the Board under this Ordi-
nance or under the bye-laws set forth in the first schedule
to this Ordinance, or any bye-laws or regulations relating
to new streets and new buildings made by the Board under
this or any other Ordinance, such person may within seven
days after the service of such order or requirement, appeal
to the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District Court, and
such Commissioner may confirm or vary such order or
requirement, and may make such order in the matter as to
him may seem proper.
(2.) If such order is not complied with, the person on
whom it is made shall be guilty of an offence under this
Ordinance, and shall be liable for every such offence to a
penalty not exceeding 10 and to a further penalty not
exceeding 40 shillings for every day during which such
non-compliance shall continue, and in default of payment
to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
Appeal to full 25. Where any person deems himself aggrieved by an
court. order, determination, or conviction of the Commissioner
of the Port-of-Spain District Court under this Ordinance,
such person may appeal therefrom to the Full Court, subject
to the conditions and regulations following:-
(1.) The Appellant shall, within 10 days from the date
of the order, determination, or conviction, give notice to
the other party and to the Commissioner of the Port-of-
Spain District Court by whose act he deems himself
aggrieved, of his intention to appeal, and along with such
notice he shall give a statement in writing of the grounds
of his appeal.
(2.) Within 7 clear days after giving such notice as
aforesaid, the appellant shall enter into a recognizance
before some Justice of the Peace with a surety or sureties
in the sum of 30 at least, conditioned to appear and
prosecute such appeal at the next sitting of the Full Court,
and to abide the order of and pay such costs as shall be
awarded by such Court at such sitting or any adjournment
thereof.
Provided that in the event of any appeal by the Board
it shall not be necessary for the Board to enter into any
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(3.) The Chief Clerk in the office of the Commissioner
of the Port-of-Spain District Court shall forthwith cause to
be served upon the respondent or his solicitor a copy certified
under his hand of the notice of appeal, and shall notify the
appellant and respondent or their solicitors respectively of
the day on which the appeal will in the ordinary course of
business be on the list for hearing before the Full Court.
Provided always that the appellant shall not be heard
in support of such appeal unless such notice and statement
have been given and such recognisance entered into as
aforesaid, nor, on the hearing of the appeal shall he go into
evidence of any other grounds of appeal than those set
forth in such statement as aforesaid.
26.-(1.) All offences under this Ordinance, or any bye- Recovery of
laws made by the Board relating to New Streets and New penalties.
Buildings shall be deemed to be offences punishable under
the Summary Conviction Offences (Procedure) Ordinance"
No.1 and all such offences and all penalties, forfeitures, costs,
and expenses under this Ordinance directed to be recovered
in a summary manner on information or complaint, or the
recovery of which is not otherwise provided for, may be
prosecuted and recovered in a summary manner on informa-
tion or complaint before the Commissioner of the Port-of-
Spain District Court, and the procedure in all such cases
shall be according to the Summary Conviction Offences
(Procedure) Ordinance, and such Commissioner shall have
all the powers and jurisdiction conferred on a Stipendiary
Justice of the Peace under the provisions of such last
mentioned Ordinance.
(2.) All penalties, fines and costs recovered for offences Penalties to be
payable to
under this Ordinance, or under any bye-laws made by the B ed.to
Board and relating to New Streets and New Buildings shall
be paid to the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District
Court for the use of the Board.
27. Any complaint or information for any offence against Complaints or
the provisions of this Ordinance or of any bye-laws forf n~"s
made by the Board, relating to New Streets and New may bemade
Buildings may be made or laid in the name of the Board officers of the
by any officer or officers of the Board authorized in that authored
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provisions of specified enactments or in respect of specified
bye-laws; and any officer or officers of the Board authorized
in that behalf by the Board may conduct the proceedings
before the Commissioner of the Port-of-Spain District
Court in all cases in which the Board are complainants.
Power of 28. All powers given to the Board under this Ordinance
Ordinance
cumulative, shall be deemed to be in addition to and not in derogation
of any other powers conferred upon the Board by Ordinance,
law or custom, and such other powers may be exercised in
the same manner as if this Ordinance had not been passed.
Saving of 29. Nothing in this Ordinance shall exempt any person
penalties
incurred, from any penalty to which he would have been liable if this
Ordinance had not been passed, but no person shall be
liable, except in the case of a daily penalty for a continuing
offence, to more than one penalty in respect of the same
offence.
REPEALS.
Repeals. 30.-(1.) The enactments referred to in the second
schedule to this Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent
specified in the third column of the schedule.
(2.) All Ordinances, laws, bye-laws, rules and regula-
tions inconsistent with any of the provisions of this Ordi-
nance are hereby repealed;

saving. Provided that the repeals by this Ordinance effected
shall not affect,-
(a.) Anything duly done or suffered under any enact-
ment or bye-law hereby repealed; or
(b.) Any right or liability acquired, accrued or incurred
under any enactment hereby repealed; or
(c.) Any security given under any enactment hereby
repealed; or
(d.) Any penalty, forfeiture, or punishment incurred
in respect of any offence against any enactment
or bye-law hereby repealed; or
(e.) Any investigation, legal proceeding, or remedy
in respect of any such right, liability, security,
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and any such investigation, legal proceedings,
or remedy may be instituted, continued and
enforced and any such penalty, forfeiture or
punishment may be imposed, as if this Ordinance
had not been passed.
(3.) Provided also, that all orders, rules, regulations,
bye-laws, proclamations and appointments made under any
of the said enactments, and in force at the commencement
of this Ordinance, shall, so far as the same respectively are
not inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance
continue in force until they are revoked, altered, or other-
wise dealt with under this Ordinance, in like manner as if
they had been made under this Ordinance.
(4.) All acts, matters, and things done under the
authority of any enactment hereby repealed and which are
of any force and effect at the commencement of this Ordi-
nance shall be deemed to have been done under and by
virtue of this Ordinance.
31. The lands buildings and property of His Majesty Property of
shall be exempt frcm the operation of this Ordinance. His Majesty.
Passed in Council this First day of February, in the
year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve.

HARRY L. KNAGGS,
Clerk of the Council.

FIRST SCHEDULE.

Bye-Laws.
WITH RESPECT TO THE LAYING OUT AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW STREETS.
1.-(1.) Every person who shall intend to lay out a new street shall Notice of
give to the Board notice in writing of such intention, which shall be intention to
lay out-Plan
delivered or sent to the Town Engineer at his office in the Town Hall, and to accompany
shall at the same time deliver or send to the Town Engineer at his office Notice.
aforesaid a plan and sections of such intended streets drawn to a scale of
not less than one inch to every forty-four feet.
(2.) Such person shall shew on every such plan the names of the Particulars to
owners of the land through or over which such street shall be intended to be shown on
pass, the intended level and width of such street, the points of the com- Plan.
pass, the intended mode of construction and the intended position of such
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intended building lots and the intended sites, height, class and nature of
the buildings to be erected therein and the name and address of the person
intending to lay out such street.
Particulars to (3.) Such person shall shew on every such section the levels of the
be shown on
sections. present surface of the ground above some known datum, the intended level
and rate or rates of inclination of the intended street, the level and incli-
nations of the streets with which it is intended that such street shall be
connected and the intended h-vel of the lowest floors of intended buildings.
andto be (4.) Such person shall sign such plan or cause the same to be signed
Applicant. by his duly authorised agent.
Approval or 2. The Town Engineer shall, within one month after the delivery to him
disapproval of
plan. of any notice, plan, section, or description of any work required by any
bye-law made by the Board to be submitted to him for approval, signify in
writing his approval or disapproval of the intended work to the person
proposing to execute the same.
Notice before 8. Every person who shall intend to lay out or construct a new street
comencinge shall before beginning to lay out or construct such street deliver or send to
the Town Engineer at his office aforesaid notice in writing in which shall
be specified the date on which such person will begin to lay out or con-
struct such street.
Notice of 4. Where a person who shall lay out or construct a new street shall at
Contravention any reasonable time during the progress or after the completion of the
of Bye-laws. laying out or construction of such street, receive from the Town Engineer
notice in writing specifying any matters in respect of which the laying out
or construction of such street may be in contravention of any bye-laws
relating to new streets and requiring such person within a reasonable time,
which shall be specified in such notice, to cause anything done contrary to
any such bye-law to be amended or to do anything which by any such
bye-law may be required to be done but which has been omitted to he
dore, such person shall, within the time specified in such notice, comply
Notification of with the several requirements thereof so far as such requirements relate to
compliance matters in respect of which the laying out or construction of such street
with reuire- may be in contravention of any such bye-law, and shall, within a reasonable
ments of
Board. time after the complete' n of any work which may have been executed in
accordance with such requirements, deliver or send or cause to be delivered
or sent to the Town Engineer at his office notice in writing of the comple-
tion of such work.
Level of new 5. Every person who shall lay out a new street shall lay out such street
seterttned by at such level as the Board shall in each case determine.
Board.
Width of New 6. Every person who lays out a new street shall lay out and form such
Street. street at least thirty feet wide, unless a greater or less width shall in any
case be required or consented to by the Board, and the Board shall deter-
mine in each case what proportion of the width of such street shall be
laid out as a carriage way and footway respectively.
Definition of 7. The width of a new street shall be taken to mean the whole space
width, dedicated to the public measured at right angles to the course or direction
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8. Every person who constructs a new street shall adopt a suitable mode Materials for
of construction to be approved by the Board and use only sound, suitable Construction
and substantial material in the construction of such street. ofNewstreets.
9. When the proposed level of any new street shall have been determined Drainage of
by the Board, the Town Engineer shall specify the depth and inclination, New streets.
form, size, and materials of the drains to be constructed and other particu-
lars according to which the work for the proper drainage of such street
and of the adjoining properties shall be carried out.
10. Every person who lays out or constructs a new street shall at all Access to work
reasonable times during the laying out or construction of such street afford during
the Town Engineer and his duly authorised assistants free access to such construction.
street for the purpose of inspection.
11. Every person who shall lay out or construct a street shall within Notice of
14 days after the completion of the laying out or construction of such completion of
street deliver or send to the Town Engineer at his office notice in writing street.
of the completion of the laying out or construction of such street and
shall, at all reasonable times, within a period of 14 days after such notice
shall have been delivered or sent, afford the Town Engineer and his duly
authorised assistants free access to such street for the purpose of inspection.
12. Any person who shall lay out or construct any new street without Penalty for
Breach of Bye-
giving the notices or without delivering the plans and sections required o laws relating
be given and delivered by these bye-laws; or who shall lay out or to Newstreets.
construct any new street without having the plans thereof approved by
the Board: or who shall lay out or construct any new street in any wise
contrary to the plans and sections which have been approved by the Board;
or who shall otherwise offend against any of the foregoing bye-laws, shall
for each such offence be liable to a penalty not exceeding 20, and in the
case of a continuing offence to a further penalty not exceeding 5 for
every day during which such offence shall continue after notice thereof
from the Board, and in default of payment to imprisonment with or without
hard labour for any term not exceeding three months.

WITH RESPECT TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDINGS.
Building Sites and the Drainage thereof.
18. No piece of land shall be used as a site for the erection of any Building
building unless such site is of such a shape that the front of the building setes.
can be made parallel to the line of the streets which such building faces, Reses
or as nearly parallel to such line as the Board may consider practicable.
14. No person shall erect any building or structure, or construct any Buildings on
foundation of any building or structure, upon any site which shall have landimpregna-
been filled up with any material impregnated with foul matter or be matted 1
impregnated with any animal or vegetable matter, or upon which any such Conditions on
matter may have been deposited, unless and until such matter shall have whichallowed.
become innocuous or been properly removed by excavation from such site,
nor until all holes caused by such excavation shall have been filled up with
hard brick, dry inorganic material, concrete, or other suitable material
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Level of 15. No person shall place the under side of the lowest floor of a building
lowest floor, or structure at such a level as will render it liable to flooding, or construct
any building so that the site thereof cannot be efficiently and properly
drained to the satisfaction of the Town Engineer.
Building over 16. No building shall be constructed over any drain, ravine, or storm
drains
not allowed water channel, except with the written permission of the Board, and upon
except by such conditions as the Board may impose.
special leave.
Foundations.

Foundations. 17. Every person who shall erect a new building shall cause every wall,
pier, column or buttress thereof to be built on a foundation of cement
concrete of such width as the Town Engineer may require; provided that
the width shall in every case be such that the super-imposed load on the
soil shall not exceed one and a half tons per superficial foot.
Depth of 18. The underside of the concrete foundation shall be laid at a depth
underside of below the underside of the super-imposed wall of not less than two-thihds
concrete
foundation, of the thickness of such wall at the base thereof, nor in any case less than
nine inches deep.
Width of 19. The width of the foundation shall be reduced from below upwards,
foundation, by even steps or batter in either case at an inclination to the horizon, not
flatter than two and a quarter inches vertical, to three inches horizontal,
to a width not less than that of the super-imposed wall.

Damp course. 20. Every person who shall erect a new domestic building, and every
person who shall erect any other new building having enclosing walls con-
structed of brick, stone or cement concrete and having a timber floor, shall
cause every wall of such building to have a proper damp course of asphalt
or cement mortar composed of one part of Portland cement and two parts of
sand, (such asphalt or cement mortar to be not less than three-eights of an
inch thick), or other imperishable material approved by the Town Engineer
throughout the whole thickness of the wall beneath the lowest timbers and
nearer to the ground, but in no case at a height of less than six inches
above the surface of the ground adjoining such walls.

Walls.

Structure of 21.-(1.) Every person who shall erect a new building shall cause such
Externalwalle. building to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone, or
other incombustible materials, properly bonded and solidly put together
with,-
(a.) Geod mortar, compounded of good lime and clean, sharp sand,
in the proportion of not less than one part by measure of lime
to three parts by measure of sand; or
(b.) Good cement; or
(c.) Good mortar compounded of not less than one part of good
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(2.) Provided always that such person may construct any external Walls of
walls of any building with a frame-work of timber properly and securely timber framed
put together, if such walls be constructed in accordance with the following buildings.
rules:-
(a.) If the building is within the Central District of the town, or
within 15 feet of the boundary of the lands of an adjoining
owner, the space between the timbers shall be filled in complete
with bricks, stone, cement concrete, or other fire resisting
material efficiently secured thereto, and the timbers shall be
protected so as to be fire resisting.
(b.) If the building is not within the Central District of the town
and there shall be a clear open space of land not less than 15
feet in width on every side of such building except on the front
towards the street, exclusively belonging thereto, the timber
framework, constructed as described above, may be covered
externally with wood.
(3.) Provided also that where any building shall consist of more than Walls of
one storey,- Buildings of
more than one
(a.) If within the Central District or within 15 feet of the boundary storey.
of the land of an adjoining owner, the external walls of the
lower storey may be constructed of the materials described
above in (1) or in (2) (a) and the external walls of the upper
storey or storeys of the materials described above in (2) (a) ;
(b.) If not within the Central District and there shall be a clear
open space of land not less than 15 feet in width on every side
of such building except on the front towards the street, exclu-
sively belonging thereto, the external walls of the lower storey
or storeys may be constructed of the materials described above
in (1) or in (2) (a), and the external walls of the upper storey
or storeys of the materials described in (2) (b).
(4.) Cement shall be of a slow setting quality to comply with the Cement Con-
requirements of the last revise of the British Engineering Standards Con- create.
mittee, or otherwise of a brand and description approved by the Town
Engineer.
All sand is to be clean and sharp and free from organic or earthy
matter and is to be screened if required by the Town Engineer.
The aggregate may be broken stone or brick, or other hard substance
approved by the Town Engineer, or of gravel which is free from organic or
earthy matter.
No weaker mixture of concrete shall be used than that specified in the
following schedule:
Cement. Sand. Aggregate.
(i.) For walls 6 inches or less in thickness,
floors and slabs ...... 1 2 5
(ii.) For foundations, surface water drains,
pavements, and walls more than 6 inches
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The size of the broken stone or brick used for making concrete shall
depend on the thickness of the wall or other construction in which the
concrete is used and shall be as follows : -

Walls 6 inches thick and under ...Of a size which will pass through
a ring 2 inches internal dia-
meter.

Walls over 6 inches thick, including Of a size which will pass through
foundations, surface water drains a ring 2- inches internal dia-
and pavements. meter.

All concrete shall be mixed on an artificial platform, and in a manner
satisfactory to the Town Engineer.

"Central (5.) The term Central District" in this bye-law means the district
District"- enclosed by a line commencing at the Park Street Bridge over the Dry
meaning of. River, running thence westwards along Park Street as tar as Richmond
Street, thence down Richmond Street to Sackville Street, thence down
Sackville Street to the sea, thence southwards to the corner of Marine
Square, thence eastwards along Marine Square to the corner of St. Vincent
Street, thence down St. Vincent Street to South Quay, thence eastwards
along South Quay to the Dry River, and thence northwards along the
western bank of the Dry River to Park Street bridge; and such district
shall include all the premises abutting on both sides of each of the streets
above named, except South Quay.


Timber Framed Buildings.

Timberframed 22. All timber used in the frame-work of the walls, roofs and floors of
buildings, buildings shall be of hard wood, pitch pine or other wood of a description
approved by the Town Engineer.

Sills of build- 23. All sills, bearers, or girders of timber framed buildings intended
wings supported for residences, places of business or purposes other than out-houses, kitchens,
on brick or
concrete walls, stables, coach-houses, bath-rooms, privies or water-closets shall if sup.
ported on walls of brick, concrete or stone work, be bedded on a layer of
Portland cement mortar, not less than three-eights of an inch thick, mixed
not weaker than one of cement to two of sand, laid on top of supports and
extended to the whole width of the sill.

Jointsbetween 24. The joints between the vertical and horizontal members of the frame-
vertical and work of the walls of any building of which the sills are required to be
horizontal
members of bedded in cement mortar shall be securely put and held together with
framework of mortice and tenon joints, or any sill or wall plate may be checked into and
walls, securely bolted to the uprights as may be approved by the Town Engineer.

The braces in the frame-work of the walls of such building shall be of
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Architectural Projections.
25. Every coping, cornice, fascia window dressing, portico, verandah, Architectural
balcony, and balustrade, and every architectural projection and architec- projections or
tural decoration whatsoever, and also the eaves and cornices to any over- decorations.
hanging roof, except the cornices and dressings to the window fronts of
shops, and the joists, mouldings, hand, rails, and flooring of verandahs and
balconies and the eaves and cornices to detached dwelling houses distant at
least fifteen feet from any other building or from the land of any adjoining
owner, shall be of brick, tile, stone, artificial stone, slate, cement, or
other incombustible material, approved by the Town Engineer.
Roofs.
26. Every person who shall erect a new building, shall construct the Roofs.
roof of such building in accordance with the following regulations :-
(a.) All timber roofs with rafters shall be tied with tie-beams,
tie-plates, or collar-beams, the number of which shall depend
on the span of the roof as under:-
When the roof is under 10 feet span, the number shall be
not less than one to every third pair of rafters ;
When the roof is over ten feet and not over 15 feet span, the
number shall be not less than one to every alternate pair
of rafters;
When the roof is over 15 feet and not over 20 feet span, the
number shall be not less than one to every pair of
rafters;
(b.) The underside of any collar beam shall be in no case higher
above the wall-plate than half the vertical height from the
wall-plate to the ridge.
(c.) All roofs over 20 feet span shall be of a design approved by the
Town Engineer.
(d.) The flat, gutter and roof of every building, and every turret,
dormer, lantern light, sky-light or other erection placed on the
flat or the roof thereof shall be externally covered with slates,
tiles, metal or other incombustible materials, except wooden
cornices and barge boards not exceeding twelve inches in depth,
and the doors, door-frames, windows, window-frames of such
dormers, turrets, lantern-lights, sky-lights or other erections.
27. Except where a ceiling is provided, the underside of the roof of Inhabited
every inhabited room shall be close boarded. room-under
side of roof to
be ceiled or
Floors. close boarded.
28. Every person who shall construct a new building shall construct the Floors,
floor thereof in accordance with the following regulations:- Regulations
applicable to.
(a.) The level of the ground floor of every domestic building shall
be not less than six inches higher than the highest level of the
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(b.) The space, if any, between the under surface of any floor and
the underlying ground shall in no case be less than two feet
six inches in every part; and, except where such floor, measured
from the under surface thereof, is in every part thereof, three
feet or more above the highest level of the underlying ground,
such underlying ground shall be paved with cement concrete
not less than four inches in thickness, or with other imper-
meable materials as the Town Engineer may approve.
(c.) Floors of solid concrete may be boarded over, provided that the
boards shall be so laid as to leave no intervening space between
such boards and the concrete.
(d.) All wooden floors shall be properly grooved and tongued or
otherwise jointed so as to be reasonably water tight.
(e.) The floors of all buildings shall be constructed to bear safely
the maximum load to be carried. The live load on floors shall
be computed as follows :-
In dwelling houses, hotels, lodging houses and similar
'buildings, not less than seventy pounds per superficial
foot.
In places of public assembly, workshops, retail shops and
similar buildings, not less than one hundred and twenty
pounds per superficial foot.
In buildings of the warehouse class, not less than two
hundred and twenty-four pounds per superficial foot.
Floors of 29. The ground floor of every new building used or-itended to be used for
building used the manufacture, or for the storage for the purpose of sale, of any"articles
facture or intended for the food of man, or for any articles intended for the food of
storage of animals, shall be constructed of cement concrete, not less than six inches in
articles of
food. thickness or of such other impermeable material as the Town Engineer
may approve.
Staircases.
Staircases 80. Every person who shall erect a new building shall construct the
Regulations staircases therein according to the following regulations:-
applicable to.
(a.) He shall cause the treads to be not less than 8 inches in width
measured horizontally from face of riser to face of riser, and
the risers to be not more than 81 inches in height measured
vertically from top of tread to top of tread.
(b.) He shall cause every such staircase to be provided with proper
and sufficient handrails securely fixed.

Height of Buildings.
Height of 31. No person shall, except with the permission of the Board and subject
Buildings. to such conditions as to the Board shall seem proper, erect any building
exceeding 36 feet in height measured from the level of the street to the
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Open space about Buildings and V,,,','li,,l;: of Buildings.
32. Every person who shall erect a new dwelling house shall leave Open space in
between the building line and the street alignment an open space of fdronif
not less than four feet, which shall be free from any erection thereon above house.
the level of the ground, except the portico, step or other like projection
from such building, or any gate, fence, or wall.
33. Ev3ry person who shall erect a new dwelling house shall provide in Oven space in
the rear of such building an open space exclusively belonging to such rear of
dwelling
building of the aggregate extent of not less than 150 square feet free house.
from any erection thereon.
34. No out-building shall be erected on any part of the site of any Out-buildings.'
dwelling house which, in the opinion of the Town Engineer would interfere
unduly with the free circulation of air around and about such dwelling
house.
35. Every person who shall erect a new dwelling house shall construct Open space at
such building so that there shall be on each side of such building an well g
open space not less than four feet wide extending along the entire length house.
of such building and exclusively belonging thereto.
36. Every person who shall erect a new building shall construct every Rooms for
room in such building which shall be intended for human habitation in human
accordance with the following regulations, that is to say : habitation
(a.) Every such room shall have a clear superficial area of not less Size of rooms.
than 100 square feet, and shall not be less in length or width
than eight feet; Provided that this bye-law shall not apply to
a dressing room or other room attached to such room, but not
used as a sleeping room.
(b.) Every such room which is an attic, or a room wholly or partly Height of
in the roof of such building, shall, for at least two-thirds of habitable room
the area of the room, be not less than 9 feet in height. in the roof.
(c.) Every such room which is not an attic, or a room wholly or Height of
partly in the roof of such building, shall not in any part be inhabitedroom
less than ten feet in height measured from the floor to the notintheroof.
under side of the beam on which the upper floor or, (if there
be no upper floor) the roof rests.
87. If any person knowingly suffers any room not constructed in con- Penalty.
formity with the preceding bye-law to be inhabited, he shall be liable to a
penalty not exceeding 10/- for every day during which such room is
inhabited.
38. Every dwelling house shall have in the wall of each storey of such Ventilation
building which shall immediately front or abut on such open spaces as, in through
windows or
pursuance of the bye-laws in that behalf, shall be provided in connection doors.
with such building, a sufficient number of suitable windows or doors con-
structed in such a manner and placed in such a position that such windows
or doors shall afford effectual and adequate means of ventilation by direct
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Windows of 39. Every domestic building shall have in every habitable room of such
habitable building one window at the least opening directly into the external air, or
rooms. into a gallery or verandah, and the total area of such window, or, if there
be more than one window, of the several windows, clear of the sash frames,
shall be equal to at least one tenth of the floor area of the room ; and
every such window shall be so constructed that one half at the least may
be opened, and so that the opening in every case shall extend to the top of
the window; but a room having no external wall, or a room constructed
wholly or partially in the roof, may be ventilated through the roof by a
dormer window, or skylight, provided that such dormer window or sky-
light shall have a clear superficial area, clear of the sash frame, equal to
at least one tenth of the floor area of the room, and so constructed that
one half at least of such window or skylight may be opened, and that the
opening may extend in every case to the top of the window.
Ventilation 40. Every such habitable room shall, in addition to such window, or
through door opening directly into the external air or into a gallery or verandah,
latticework, be provided by means of standing jalousies or lattice work or otherwise,
&c. with apertures of an aggregate area of not less than one twentieth of the
floor area of the room. opening directly into the external air or into a
gallery or verandah which, as regards the ventilation thereof, satisfies the
requirements of any bye-laws in force with respect to the ventilation of a
habitable room, or which is otherwise adequately ventilated to the satis-
faction of the Board; but this section shall not apply where the windows
or the upper parts of the doors required in the three last preceding sec-
tions consist of standing jalousies, or are otherwise so constructed as, in
the opinion of the Town Engineer, to afford adequate and free ventilation
at all times.
Privies.
Privies. 41. Every person who shall construct a privy in connection with a
building shall construct the same in accordance with the following regula-
tions :
Size of Pit. (a.) He shall cause the pit of such privy to be dug not less than
4 feet deep, with a clear internal area of not less than 12 square
feet.
Construction (b.) He shall cause the sides of the pit to be constructed of cement
and materialconcrete not less than six inches thick carried up to a height
of not less than twelve inches above the floor level.
(c.) Where water is reached at a less depth than 4 feet, the sides
and bottom of the pit shall be constructed of cement concrete,
and the pit shall be made water-tight.
Minimum (d.) The minimum dimensions of the privy building shall be 4 feet
Prsions in length by 3 feet in width, and 7 feet in height up to the
eaves.
Door and (e.) Every privy shall have a suitable dooi, sad shall be ventilated
Ventilation. in the upper part of the opposite sides by means of openings
not less than three square feet in aggregate area, and commu-
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(f.) Privies shall in all cases be entirely disconnected from any Distance of
building or part of a building used for human habitation, and rivies from
Habitable
shall be erected at a distance of at least ten feet therefrom, buildings.
(g.) Every privy shall be constructed in such a manner and in such Means of
a position as to afford ready access to the pit of such privy for access.
the purpose of cleansing the same and of removing filth there-
from.
Drainage of Buildings and Yard.
42. Every person who shall erect a new building shall provide in con- Drainage of
nection with such building good and sufficient surface water drains of Buildings,
Syardsandopen
brick, stoneware, masonry or concrete or other approved material located, spaces.
constructed and graded to the satisfaction of the Town Engineer, delivering
into the side channel of an adjacent street or into such other stream or
channel as the Board may direct, and all yards, open spaces and passages
appurtenant to or used in connection with a new building shall be drained
in a similar manner.
Paving of Yards and open Spaces in connection with Dwelling Houses.
43. The owner of every building in connection with which there is any Paving of yard
yard or open space shall, whenever in the opinion of the Board it is neces- acd open
sary for the prevention or remedy of insanitary conditions that all or part pes
of such yard or open space should be paved, forthwith cause the same to
be properly paved with good cement concrete, or with good asphalt on a
proper foundation, and also sloped to a properly constructed channel so as
effectually to carry off all rain and waste water therefrom, and shall at all
times keep and maintain such pavement in good order and repair.
Notices, Plans and Inspection of Works.
44. (1.) Every person who shall intend to erect a new building shall Notice of
give to the Board notice in writing of such intention, which shall be intention to
erect new
delivered or sent to the Town Engineer at his office at the Town Hall, and building.
shall at the same time deliver or send to the Town Engineer at his office
aforesaid, complete plans and sections of every floor of such intended build-
ing, which shall be drawn in duplicate, in ink, on tracing linen to a scale
of not less than one inch to every eight feet, and shall show the position, Deposit of
form and dimensions of the several parts of such building, and of every Plans and
water closet, earth closet, privy, gully, and drain, and of every appurte- Sections.
nance, and in which the building shall be so described as to show whether
it is intended to be used as a dwelling house or otherwise.
(2.) Such person shall, at the same time, deliver or send to the Town
Engineer at his office aforesaid, a description in writing of the materials of
which it is intended that such building shall be constructed, and of the
intended mode of drainage.
(3.) Such person shall, whenever required by the Bcard, at the same
time deliver or send to the Town Engineer at his office aforesaid, a block
plan of such building, which shall be drawn to a scale of not less than one
inch to every forty-four feet, and shall show the position of the building
and of the appurtenances of the buildings immediately adjoining, the width
and level of the streets abutting thereon, the level of the lowest floor of such
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(4.) Such person shall also show on such plan the intended lines of
drainage of such building, and the intended size, depth, and inclination of
each drain.
(5.) The Town Engineer shall, within seven days after the delivery
to him of any notice, plan, section or description of any work required by
any bye-law made by the Board to be submitted to him for approval,
signify in writing his approval or disapproval of the intended work to the j
person proposing to execute the same.
Notice of day 45. Every person who shall intend to erect any building or otherwise to
on which
work will execute any work to which any of the bye-laws relating to new buildings
commence. may apply, shall before beginning to erect such building or to execute such
work, deliver or send to the Town Engineer at his office aforesaid notice in
writing in which shall be specified the date on which such person will
begin to erect such building or to execute such work.
Contravention 46. Where a person who shall erect a building or shall execute any other
of Bye-law; work to which the bye-laws relating to new buildings may apply, shall at
Notice by any reasonable time during the progress or after the completion of the
Engineer, erection of such building or of the execution of such work, receive from
the Town Engineer notice in writing specifying any matters in respect of
which the erection of such building, or the execution of such work may be
in contravention of any bye-laws relating to new buildings and requiring
such person within a reasonable, time, which shall be specified in such
notice, to cause anything done contrary to any such bye-laws to be
amended or to do anything which by any such bye-laws may be required
to be done but which has been omitted to be done, such person shall,
within the time specified in such notice, comply with the several require-
ments thereof so far as such requirements relate to matters in respect of
which the erection of such building or the execution of such work may be
in contravention of any such bye-law, and shall within a reasonable time
after the completion of any work which may have been executed in accord-
ance with such requirements, deliver or send to the Town Engineer at his
office notice in writing of the completion of such work, and shall at all
reasonable times within a period of three days after such notice shall have
been so delivered or sent afford the Town Engineer free access to such
work for the purpose of inspection.
Access to 47. Every person who shall erect a building or shall execute any other
works by work to which any rf the bye-laws relating to building shall apply, shall at
Engineer. all reasonable times during the erection of such building or the execution of
such work, afford the Town Engineer and his duly authorised assistants free
access to such building or work for the purpose of inspection.
Notice of 48. Every person wno shall elect any building shall within 14 days after
completion of the completion of the erection of such building deliver or send to the Town
Building. Jli r. at his office at the Town Hall notice in writing of the completion
of the erection of such building, and shall at all reasonable times within 14
days after such notice, and before such building shall beoccupied, afford the
Town Engineer and his assistants free access to eveiy part of such building
for the purpose of inspection.
Penalty of 49. Any person who erects or causes to be erected any new building
laws with without giving the notices or without delivering the plans and sections
respect to new required to be given and delivered by these bye-laws; or who shall erect
buildings.










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any new building without having the plans thereof approved by the Board;
or who shall erect any new building in any wise contrary to the plans and
sections which have been approved by the Board, or who shall otherwise
offend against any of the foregoing bye-laws relating to new buildings, shall
for each offence be liable to a penalty not exceeding 20, and in the case
of a continuing offence to a further penalty not exceeding 5 for every day
during which such offence continues after notice thereof from the Board, and
in default of payment to imprisonment with or without hard labour for any
term not exceeding three months.
WITH RESPECT TO THE ALTERATION OF BUILDINGS.
50.-(1.) Every person who shall intend to alter a building shall give to Notice of
the Boayd notice in writing of such intention, which shall be delivered or intention to al-
sert to the Town Engineer at his office, and shall at the same time deliver tBuidgs.
or send to the Town Engineer complete plans and sections of such intended Plans and
alteration, which shall be drawn, in duplicate, in ink on tracing linen to a Sections.
scale of not less than one inch to every eight feet, and shall show the
position, form and dimensions of the several parts of such building in or in
connection with which such alteration is intended to be made, and in such
plan and sections he shall cause such building to be so described as to show
whether the building, as proposed to be altered, is intended to be used as a
dwelling house or otherwise.
(2.) Such person shall at the same time deliver or send to the Town Description
Engineer a description in writing of the materials which it is intended to of Materials.
use in carrying out the intended alterations.
(3.) Such person shall, whenever required by the Board, at the same Block Plan.
time deliver or send to the Town Engineer, at his said office, a block plan
of the proposed alteration of such building, which shall be drawn in ink on
tracing linen to a scale of not less than one inch to every forty-four fiet.
51.--(1.) Every person who shall intend to alter a building shall before Notice of
beginning to execute any work in connection with such intended alteration, Date on which
deliver or send to the Town Engineer at his office, notice in writing, in ork or altera-
tion will be
which shall be specified the date on which such person shall begin to commenced.
execute such work.
(2.) The Town Engineer shall, within seven days after the delivery to
him of any notice, plan, section, or description of any work required by
any bye-law made by the Board to be submitted to him for approval,
signify in writing his approval or disapproval of the intended work to the
person proposing to execute the same.
52. Where a person who shall alter a building which has been erected Contravention
in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance and any bye- of Bye-laws-
laws made thereunder shall, at any reasonable time during the progress or twice by
after the completion of the work of alteration of such-building, receive Engineer.
from the Town Engineer notice in writing specifying any matters in respect
of which such building as altered by such work would, if at first so con-
structed, have contravened such Ordinance or such bye-laws, and requiring
such person within a reasonable time, which shall be specified in such notice,
to cause anything done contrary to such Ordinance or such bye-laws to be
amended or to do anything which by such Ordinance or by such bye-laws
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Notice of cor- done, such person shall, within the time specified in such notice, comply
pliance with with the several requirements thereof so far as such requirements relate to
Engineer's
requirements. matters in respect of which such building, if so altered, would, if at first
so constructed, have contravened such Ordinance or bye-laws, and shall
within 14 days after the completion of any work which may have been
executed in accordance with any such requirement, deliver or send to the
Town Engineer at his office notice in writing of the completion of such
work, and shall, at all reasonable times within a period of 14 days after
such notice shall have been delivered or sent, afford such Town Engineer
free access to such work for the purpose of inspection.
Access of 53. Every person who shall alter a building shall, at all reasonable times
Engineer to during the work of alteration, afford the Town Engineer free access to such
alteration building for the puTrose of inspecting such work.

Notice of 54. Every person who shall alter a building shall within 14 days after
completion of, the completion of the work of alteration, deliver or send to the Town
alterations. Engineer at his office notice in writing of the completion of such work, and
shall, at all reasonable times, within a period of 14 days after such notice
shall have been so delivered or sent, afford such Town Engineer free access
to such building for the purpose of inspecting such work.
55. Any person who alters or causes to be altered any building without
Penalty for giving the notices or without delivering the plans and sections required to
laws with be given and delivered by these bye-laws; or who shall alter any building
respect to without having the plan thereof approved by the Board; or who shall
alteration of
buildings, alter any building in any wise contrary to the plans and sections which
have been approved by the Board, or who shall otherwise offend against
any of the foregoing bye-laws relating to the alteration of buildings, shall
for each offence be liable to a penalty not exceeding 20, and in the case of
a continuing offence to a further penalty not exceeding 5 for every day
during which such offence shall continue after a notice thereof from the
Board, and in default of payment to imprisonment with or without hard
labour for any term not exceeding three months. -

SECOND SCHEDULE.

Enactments Repealed.

No. OF ORDINANCE. SHORT TITLE. EXTENT OF PE.'


No. 220 ... The Port-of-Spain Building Ordi- The whole.
nance
No. 221 ... The Port-of-Spain Suburban The whole, in so far as
Building Ordinance it relates to Port-of-
Spain.
No. 201 .. The Port-of-Spain Streets Man- Section 3.
agement Ordinance
No. 14 of 1910 ... The Port-of-Spain Town Board Sections 24 and 25.
Amendment Ordinance




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