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Substitute Senate Bill No. 618

Public Act No. 07-26

AN ACT CONCERNING DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 29-406 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2007):

(a) No person shall demolish any building, structure or part thereof without obtaining a permit for the particular demolition undertaking from the building official of the town, city or borough wherein such building or part thereof is located. No person shall be eligible to receive a permit under this section unless he furnishes to the building official written evidence (1) of financial responsibility in the form of a certificate of insurance specifying demolition purposes and providing liability coverage for bodily injury of at least one hundred thousand dollars per person with an aggregate of at least three hundred thousand dollars, and for property damage of at least fifty thousand dollars per accident with an aggregate of at least one hundred thousand dollars; each such certificate shall provide that the town or city and its agents shall be saved harmless from any claim or claims arising out of the negligence of the applicant or his agents or employees in the course of the demolition operations; (2) in the form of a certificate of notice executed by all public utilities having service connections within the premises proposed to be demolished, stating that such utilities have severed such connections and service; [,] and (3) that he is the holder of a current valid certificate of registration issued under the provisions of section 29-402, except in the case of (A) a person who is engaged in the disassembling, transportation and reconstruction of historic buildings for historical purposes or who is engaged in the demolition of farm buildings or in the renovation, alteration or reconstruction of a single-family residence, or (B) an owner who is engaged in the demolition of a single-family residence or outbuilding, as provided in subsection (c) of section 29-402. No permit shall be issued under this section unless signed by the owner and the demolition contractor. Each such permit shall contain a printed intention on the part of the signers to comply with the provisions of this part.

(b) In addition to the powers granted pursuant to this part, any town, city or borough may, by ordinance, impose a waiting period of not more than [ninety] one hundred eighty days before granting any permit for the demolition of any building or structure or any part thereof.

Approved May 18, 2007