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(a) Upon receipt of a residential rental permit application, the City shall schedule a time to inspect the premises for the purpose of determining compliance or noncompliance with the provisions of the City of Conneaut Residential Rental Inspection Permit Inspection Sheet.
(b) Such inspections, by the City, shall be made between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or other agreed upon time and date and the City shall at all times cooperate with the applicant in setting up a date and time for such inspections. Where there are more than one rental dwelling units in the same building or lot, the City shall endeavor to inspect such dwellings on the same day when reasonably practicable.
(c) The City must present proper identification to the owner, agent or present occupant of the premises before entering.
(d) (1) In order to safeguard the safety, health and welfare of the public, the Planning and Zoning Manager, or his/her duly designated representative, is authorized to gain consensual entry to any dwelling or premises, and any parts thereof, at any reasonable time for the purpose of making inspections and performing duties under this code.
(2) If any owner, occupant, or other person in charge of a dwelling subject to the provisions of this code refuses, impedes, inhibits, interferes with, restricts or obstructs entry and free access to any part of the dwelling or premises where inspection authorized by this code is sought, the Planning and Zoning Manager, or his/her duly designated representative, shall be permitted to seek, in a court of competent jurisdiction, a warrant for administrative inspection. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to state or imply that anyone refusing consensual entry is committing a criminal offense.
(3) Any warrant for administrative inspection shall allow for the inspection of the subject dwelling and premises, and any parts thereof, pursuant to the provisions of this code and shall be so limited in scope.
(4) Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the authority of the Planning and Zoning Inspector, or his/her duly designated representative, to gain access to any dwelling or premises in emergency circumstances or otherwise pursuant to law.
(5) The City may waive the inspection requirement set forth in this ordinance for government or non-profit owned, operated or subsidized rental dwelling units which provide certified inspection reports meeting or exceeding the City inspection standards set forth in this ordinance, and shall issue a no-cost permit.
(Ord. 51-18. Passed 9-10-18.)