(A)   The Office of Housing Inspector is hereby created. Until otherwise provided by the Town Council, the Chief Building Code Officer or his or her designee shall be the Housing Inspector.
   (B)   The Housing Inspector shall have the powers as may be necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of this chapter, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in addition to others herein granted, the following powers:
      (1)   Investigations. To investigate dwellings in the town’s jurisdiction in order to determine which dwellings therein are unfit for human habitation and/or unsafe, being guided by the requirements set forth in this chapter;
      (2)   Oaths, witnesses and the like. To administer oaths, affirmations and to examine witnesses and receive evidence; and
      (3)   Right of entry. To enter upon and within premises and dwellings for the purpose of making examinations and investigations; provided that, the entries shall be made in a manner as to cause the least possible inconvenience to the persons in possession during reasonable hours and upon presentation of proper credentials.
(Ord. passed 7-21-2016)