(A)   The building official shall devote his whole time to the duties of his office. He shall receive applications required by this code, issue permits and furnish the prescribing certificates. He shall examine premises for which permits have been issued and shall make necessary inspections to see that the provisions of law are complied with and that construction is prosecuted safely. He shall enforce all provisions of the building code. He shall, when requested by proper authority, or when the public interest so requires, make investigations in connection with matters referred to in the building code and render written reports on same to enforce compliance with the law, to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to secure the necessary safeguards during construction, or to require adequate exit facilities in buildings or structures, he shall issue such notices or orders as may be necessary, including issuance of citations for violations of all provisions of the code within the scope of his duties and responsibilities as building official. (Ord. 2795, 9-7-2010)
   (B)   Inspections required under the provisions of the building code shall be made by the building official or his duly appointed assistant. The building official may accept reports of inspections of recognized inspection services, after investigation of their qualifications and reliability. No certificate called for by any provision of the building code shall be issued on such reports unless the same are in writing and certified to by a responsible officer of such service.
   (C)   The building official shall keep comprehensive records of applications, of permits issued, of certificates issued, of inspections made, of reports rendered, and notices or orders issued. He shall retain on file copies of required plans and all documents relating to building work so long as any part of the building or structure to which they relate may be in existence.
   (D)   All such records shall be open to the public inspection for good and sufficient reasons at stated office hours, but shall not be removed from the office of the building official without his written consent.
   (E)   The building official shall make written reports to his immediate superior once each month, or more often if requested, including statements of permits and certificates issued, and orders promulgated. (Ord. 408, 1963)