The City Building Inspector shall conduct surveys and make inspections in any area of the city to determine whether all buildings and structures are in compliance with the city ordinances.  He or she shall investigate all complaints whether they are verbal, written, or in the form of a petition alleging, and charging that a violation of the city ordinances exists, and that a building, or structure is unfit, or unsafe for human habitation.  The Building Inspector is authorized upon properly identifying himself or herself to enter, inspect, survey, and investigate between the hours of 8:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m., or at any time if an emergency exists, or if requested by the owner, or occupant thereof.  He or she shall keep records of all complaints received, inspection reports, orders, and complaints issued.  The records shall be available for public inspection, and he or she shall prepare an annual report including statistics based on the records kept.  The Building Inspector shall have no financial interest in the furnishing of labor, materials, or appliances for the construction, alteration, or maintenance of a building, except where he or she is the owner of a building, and he or she shall not act as an agent for any dealer, or as an agent for the sale, lease, or rental of any real estate.  The Building Inspector shall report to the City Council as often as it may deem necessary, and shall have any other duties and issue the permits as it may direct.  The Building Inspector may be removed at any time for good and sufficient cause by the City Council.  In the event no individual is specifically appointed to be Building Inspector, the City Administrator shall be the ex officio Building Inspector.
(1973 Code, § 1-214)  (Ord. 801, passed 9-10-2009)