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"Start of construction" means the date a building permit was issued, provided the actual start of construction, repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, placement, or other improvement was within 180 days of the permit issuance date. The actual start of construction means either the first placement of a permanent construction element of a structure on a site (including but not limited to, the pouring of slab or footings, the installation of piles, the construction of columns, or any work beyond the stage of excavation) or the placement of a mobile home on a foundation. Permanent construction does not include land preparation, such as clearing, grading and filling; nor does it include the installation of streets and/or walk-ways; nor does it include excavation for a basement, footings, piers, or foundations or the erection of temporary forms; nor does it include the installation on the property of accessory buildings, such as garages or sheds not occupied as dwelling units or not part of the main structure. For a substantial improvement, the actual start of construction means the first alteration of any wall, ceiling, floor, or other structural part of a building, whether or not that alteration affects the external dimensions of the building.

This definition applies only to the "Flood hazard" regulations in chapters 30.43C, 30.43D, and 30.65 SCC. (Added by Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 05-068, Sept. 7, 2005, Eff date Sept. 24, 2005; Amended by Ord. 20-076, Nov. 4, 2020, Eff date Nov. 27, 2020).