Ashland, OR Removal/Disposal of Non-Certified Woodstoves Upon Conveyance of Real Property

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Ashland, OR, US

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Type: Ordinance

Status: Adopted on 3/23/07

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SECTION 1. Section 9.24.010 of the Ashland Municipal Code is amended to add the following two new definitions lettered "A" and "C" and to re-letter the remaining definitions as follows:

9.24.010 Definitions
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions apply:

A. "Conveyance of Real Property" means the transfer of title to real property from one person or entity to another by any transfer means whatsoever, including but not limited to a transfer by deed, land sale contract, foreclosure, inheritance, bankruptcy or other action at law. For purposes of this ordinance a long term lease of ten years or more, with or without an option to purchase, shall be considered a conveyance of real property under this ordinance. A revocable inter vivos (living) trust shall not be deemed a conveyance.

B. A "High pollution period" means a period of time commencing three hours after initial designation as a red or yellow day by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (further referred to in this chapter as DEQ) or the Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services. In the event more than one consecutive days are designated as red or yellow, they shall all be considered a part of the same period.

C. "Non-Certified Woodstove" or "Fireplace Insert" also referred to as "non-certified device(s)", means a residential space heating device that has not been certified by either the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, (DEQ) or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as complying with smoke emission standards, such as those referenced in the definition of Oregon Certified Stove below. For purposes of the requirements of Section 9.24.055 below, "Non-Certified Woodstove" or "Fireplace Insert" does not include:

1. Exempt Devices, meaning heating devices exempt from certification requirements under the applicable Oregon or federal rules, including but not limited to pellet stoves.
2. Cook Stoves, meaning indoor wood burning appliances the primary purpose and design of which is to cook food.
3. Antique woodstoves, meaning a woodstove manufactured before 1940 with ornate construction and a current market value substantially higher than a common woodstove manufactured in the same time period.
4. Fireplaces not used for heating purposes.

SECTION 2. A new Section 9.24.055 is hereby added to the Ashland Municipal Code and shall read as follows:

9.24.055 Removal and Disposal of Non-Certified Woodstoves and Fireplace Inserts.

A. PROHIBITION. It shall be unlawful and a violation of the Ashland Municipal Code, for the Conveyance of Real Property to occur for any real property located within the City of Ashland in violation of the requirements of this Section, including specifically documented compliance with the Disclosure, Removal/Disposal and Certification requirements set forth herein. Notwithstanding the fine limitations of AMC Section 1.08.020, the fine for violation of any provision of this Section shall be a minimum of $250.00 and a maximum of $1000.00, excluding any required state and local assessments.

DISCLOSURE. The Seller of any real property located within the City of Ashland shall disclose to potential buyers as part of the seller's written property disclosure for the Conveyance of Real Property, the existence of any and all certified or non-certified woodstoves, fireplaces and fireplace inserts. The disclosure to the buyer shall be evidenced by a Disclosure Certificate executed by the seller with receipt acknowledged by the buyer, with seller certifying under penalty of perjury and false swearing, whether any of the woodstoves or fireplace inserts present on the real property are non-certified or otherwise nonconforming as to use or applicable emission standards. The Disclosure Certificate shall be executed prior to, or concurrent with closing, regardless of the manner of closing of any real estate transaction, and prior to any transfer of title involving real property located within the City of Ashland. Seller and Buyer shall use the standard Disclosure Certificate form, attached as Appendix A, as such form may be revised from time to time by Order of the City of Ashland Electric Department.

B. REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL. Except as otherwise provided for herein, all non-certified woodstoves and fireplace inserts shall be permanently removed from buildings or structures located on real property within the City of Ashland on or before the Conveyance of Real Property containing such non-certified devices. If the seller has assumed responsibility for removal, then such removal shall be completed on or before the closing date or title transfer date of the real property, whichever occurs first. If the Buyer has assumed responsibility for removal, or should the seller fail to remove the non-certified device(s), for any reason whatsoever, then buyer shall complete the removal within thirty (30) calendar days after closing or title transfer date, whichever is earlier. Proper disposal of the non-certified device(s) shall be evidenced by a receipt from a DEQ regulated landfill or a business licensed to recycle scrap metal. The removal of the non-certified device(s) shall be evidenced by a Removal Certificate executed by the buyer, with buyer certifying, under penalty of perjury and false swearing, that all non-certified devices referenced on the Disclosure Certificate have been removed and properly disposed of as required in this Section. The Removal Certificate shall be executed by buyer as early as possible after removal and disposal but in no case more than thirty (30) days after closing or transfer of title. Within thirty (30) days of the closing or transfer of title date, the buyer or buyer's designee, shall submit a true copy of the executed and acknowledged Disclosure Certificate and Removal Certificate and receipt for disposal to:

City of Ashland Conservation Division
Community Development Center
51 Winburn Way
Ashland, Oregon 97520

Buyer shall use the standard Removal Certificate form attached as Appendix B, as such form may be revised from time to time by Order of the City of Ashland Electric Department.

SECTION 3. Severability.
If any section, provision, clause, sentence, or paragraph of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall be held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other sections, provisions, clauses or paragraphs of this Ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Ordinance are declared to be severable.

SECTION 4. Codification.
Provisions of this Ordinance shall be incorporated in the Ashland Municipal Code and the word "ordinance" may be changed to "code", "article", "section", or another word, and the sections of this Ordinance may be renumbered, or re-lettered, provided however that Sections 3 thru 4, unincorporated "Whereas clauses" and boilerplate provisions need not be codified.