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(a) General. The Code Official, or his designee, shall be responsible for enforcing the provisions of this Code.
(b) Authority. The Code Official shall have the authority to:
(1) Adopt and promulgate administrative rules and procedures to aid in the administration and enforcement of this Code;
(2) To interpret and implement the provisions of this Code and to secure the intent thereof;
(3) To designate requirements applicable because of local climatic or other conditions.
Any administrative rules or procedures adopted and promulgated by the Code Official shall not have the effect of waiving structural or fire performance requirements specifically provided for in this Code, nor shall they violate accepted engineering methods involving public safety.
(c) Inspections. The Code Official shall make all inspections required by this Code, or shall accept reports of inspection by approved agencies or individuals. All reports of such inspections shall be in writing and be certified by a responsible officer of such approved agency or by the responsible individual. The Code Official is authorized to engage such experts or professionals, as he may deem necessary, to report upon unusual technical issues that arise, subject to the approval of the City Manager.
(d) Right of Entry. The Code Official is authorized to enter any building, dwelling, structure or premises at reasonable times, and upon reasonable notice to the owner, in order to inspect; however such right shall be subject to constitutional restrictions on unreasonable searches and seizures. If entry is refused or not obtained, the Code Official is authorized to pursue recourse as provided by law including, but not limited to, seeking an administrative search warrant.
(e) Identification. The Code Official shall carry proper identification when inspecting structures or premises in the performance of his duties under this Code.
(f) Notices and orders. The Code Official shall issue all necessary notices or orders to ensure compliance with this Code, in accordance with Section 1355.05 .
(g) Department Records. The Code Official shall keep official records of all business and activities of the Department, as specified in this Code. Such records shall be retained as long as the building, dwelling, structure or premises to which such records relate remains in existence, unless otherwise provided for by other regulations.
(h) Coordination of Inspections. Whenever, in the enforcement of this Code, the Code Official finds that any other official of the City is engaged in the process of enforcing another City code or ordinance, it shall be the duty of the Code Official to coordinate his inspections and administrative orders with those of the other officials, as fully as practicable, so that visits of numerous inspectors and multiple or conflicting orders can be minimized. Whenever an inspector from any agency or department of the City observes an apparent or actual violation of any provision of this Code, the inspector shall report his findings to the Code Official.
(i) Appeals. Any person adversely affected by an administrative decision regarding any rule, requirement or interpretation made by the Code Official may appeal such decision to the Appeals Board.
(Ord. 04-36. Passed 1-18-05.)
(Ord. 04-36. Passed 1-18-05.)