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(A) Initial inspection. Owners of vacant properties who are required to file an owner's registration form under this section shall be subject to an initial inspection by the city or its designee to ensure the safety and maintenance of the vacant property by insuring compliance with all applicable codes and ordinances, including but not limited to the International Property Maintenance Code, Chapter 151 Building Regulations and Chapter 154 Zoning.
(B) Annual inspection. Any vacant property included on the vacant property registry of § 155.04 shall be subject to an annual inspection to insure continued compliance with all applicable codes and ordinances, including but not limited to the International Property Maintenance Code, Chapter 151 Building Regulations and Chapter 154 Zoning.
(C) Compliance with inspection violations. Any vacant property that is found to be in violation of any applicable city code or ordinance shall obtain the necessary permits, make required repairs and obtain any follow-up inspections from the city or its designee to ensure the building is safe, secure and maintained. The owner or the owner's agent shall certify by affidavit that all water, sewer, electrical, gas, HVAC, plumbing systems, roofing, structural systems, foundations, and drainage systems are sound, operational, or properly disconnected.
(D) (1) In a nonemergency situation where the owner or occupant demands a warrant for inspection of the premises, the enforcing agency shall obtain a warrant from a court of competent jurisdiction. The enforcing agency shall prepare the warrant, stating the address of the building to be inspected, the nature of the inspection, as defined in this or other applicable acts, and the reasons for the inspection. It shall be appropriate and sufficient to set forth the basis for inspection (e.g. complaint, area or recurrent violation basis). The warrant shall also state that it is issued pursuant to this section, and that it is for the purposes set forth in this chapter and applicable state law.
(2) If the court finds that the warrant is in proper form and in accord with this section, it shall be issued forthwith.
(3) In the event of an emergency no warrant shall be required.
(Ord. 19-005, passed 4-22-19)