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Chapter 10 - Uniform Building Code

Chapter 10 - Uniform Building Code

26.1001 Adoption of code-Exceptions.


The Uniform Building Code, Short Form, 1964 Edition, Volume I, as approved by the International Conference of Building Officials, is hereby adopted and shall have full force and effect of law in American Samoa, with the following exceptions:

(a) Section 201 of the Uniform Building Code is amended to read as follows:

“Section 201—There is hereby established in the Territory of American Samoa, the ‘Building Department’, which shall be under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works. The Governor shall appoint a building official who shall be charged with administration and en-forcement of this Code”.

(b) The term “Governor” shall be substituted for the terms “city council” and “mayor” where they appear in Chapter 2 of the Code, and the term “city” as defined in Section 404 of the Code is amended to read as follows:

“city , as used in this Code, is the Territory of American Samoa”.

(c) Table No. 3-A—Building Permit Fees of the Uniform Building Code, is amended to read as follows:

Total Valuation Fee

$100 or less No fee $100, to and including $2,000 $ 2.00 More than $2,000, to and including $10,000 5.00 Each additional $1 ,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000 2.00 Each additional $1 ,000 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000 1.00 Each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof, more than $50,000 0.50 Any agricultural structure and Samoan fales No fee

(d) Table No. 25-A—Available square feet per occupant of the Uniform Building Code, is amended by deleting the figure “300” in the square feet per occupant column which applies to dwelling and substituting therefor the figure, “100”.

(e) The term “one year” shall be substituted for the term “60 days” where it appears in the first sentence of subsection (d) of Section 302 of the Code.

26.1002 Application to erect building-Information required.


Each application to erect a building must be in writing and accompanied by a sketch showing the location of the proposed structure, its dimensions, structural details, the number, locations, and dimensions of its doors, windows and other openings for light and ventilation, its sanitary facilities, and the methods of entering the building and portions thereof so as to prevent collapse or separation during high winds.

26.1003 Application to erect building-Fee.


Each application must be accompanied by a minimum fee of $1. A larger fee may be charged in the case of business buildings where inspections are necessary, such fee to be reasonable in view of the service to be rendered.

26.1004 Inspection of completed building.


Upon completion of each building, it must be inspected by a representative of the Department of Public Works to determine whether or not the plans have been followed and whether or not the building is safe for occupancy.

26.1005 Removal of structures on government property.


Any building or other structure erected or located on land owned by the Government of the United States or the government of American Samoa must be removed at the expense of the owner within 30 days after receipt of written notice therefor signed by the Governor.

26.1006 Destruction of unsafe buildings.


If any building or other structure is considered to be in such a dilapidated condition as to be unsafe and dangerous, the owner shall tear down and remove the building within 30 days after receipt of written notice to do so signed by the Governor.

26.1007 Violation-Penalty.


Any person violating any provision of this chapter is guilty of a class C misdemeanor and any building erected in violation of this chapter must be removed or altered in accordance with the order of the Governor at the expense of the owner thereof.