The Building Inspector shall be the city official who shall have the duty of enforcing all city building and housing regulations, if any. He or she shall inspect all buildings repaired, altered, built or moved in the city as often as necessary to ensure compliance with all city ordinances. He or she shall have the power and authority to order, at the direction of the City Council, all work stopped on any construction, alteration or relocation which violates any provisions prescribed in any city building and housing regulations. He or she shall, at the direction of the City Council, issue permission to continue any construction, alteration, or relocation when the City Council is satisfied that no provision will be violated. If the stop order is an oral one, it shall be followed by a written stop order within one hour. This written order may be served by any city police officer. In the event that the city has building and housing regulations and the Mayor fails to appoint a Building Inspector, the chief city law enforcement officer shall be the Building Inspector ex officio.