Sec. 26-1. Definitions.
The following words whenever used in this chapter shall have the meanings respectively set forth unless a different meaning is clearly required by the context:
Building: Any structure for the support, shelter or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or property of any kind.
Noise: Any sound which annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities or which causes or tends to cause an adverse affect on humans, and as defined in Article III of this chapter pertaining to noise control.
Nuisance: The doing of any act or the omission to perform any duty, or the permitting of any condition or thing to exist that endangers life or health, obstructs or interferes with the reasonable or comfortable use of public or private property, tends to depreciate the value of the property of others, or in any way renders other persons insecure in the life or the use of property. Wherever the term nuisance is used in this chapter, it shall be deemed to mean a public nuisance.
Odor: Any smell from whatever source resulting from a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ and annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.
Person: Person shall include individuals, corporations, partnerships and all other legal entities which may hold title to real or personal property.
Premises: A tract of real property with a building or buildings thereon and shall include its grounds and other appurtenances.
Property: Both real property and personalty.
Public nuisance: A nuisance which is common to the public generally and which injures those citizens generally who may be so circumstanced as to come within its influence. A nuisance shall be deemed to be public if it is committed in such a place and in such a manner that the aggregation of private persons injured thereby is sufficiently great so as to constitute a public annoyance and inconvenience. (Code 1959, § 22.1-1; Ord. No. O-93-260, 9-28-93)
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