The inspection officers are authorized and directed to make inspections to determine the condition of dwellings, dwelling units, rooming units and premises located within the city in order that they may perform their duties of safeguarding the health and safety of the occupants of the dwelling and the general public.
   (A)   For the purpose of making the inspections, the inspection officers are authorized to enter, examine and survey at all reasonable times all rental units. The owner or occupant of every rental unit or the person in charge thereof shall give the inspection officers access to such rental unit and its premises at all reasonable times for the purpose of such inspection, examination and survey; provided, however, that such inspection officer has, prior to entry thereof, positively identified him or herself as a person authorized pursuant to this chapter to enter upon the premises. At the time of each inspection, all pets must be controlled so that the inspection officer can move about the dwellings and surrounding property without interruption.
   (B)   The owner or the person assigned to manage the rental unit shall be entitled to 72 hours written notice from the inspection officer prior to conducting the inspection, examination or survey provided by the preceding section of this chapter. The landlord shall be responsible for notifying the occupant of the rental unit of the inspection when he or she receives notice of the intent to inspect from the inspection officer.
   (C)   This provision shall not be construed to limit or restrain the right of the inspection officer to make an inspection pursuant to any of the provisions of I.C. 36-7-9-1 et. al.
(Ord. 19-1998, passed 10-5-98)