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(a) Administrative Authority. The Director of Solid Waste Management, or his or her agent, shall be responsible for the administration of this chapter and shall have the authority to enforce compliance through the use of administrative actions and civil and criminal penalties as authorized by this chapter.
(b) Right of Entry. The Director, or his or her agent, may, with proper identification, enter, at reasonable times, upon public or private property for the purposes of inspecting and investigating conditions relating to the enforcement of this chapter, but only after obtaining consent of the owner or occupant of the private property to be inspected, which owner or occupant has the authority, under law, to authorize such entry and inspection.
(c) Inspection Warrant.
(1) If such consent is not obtained for any reason or a justifiable reason exists for not seeking consent, including the inability to contact or locate the person with the authority to authorize such inspection, the Director shall obtain, from a County magistrate or judge, a warrant authorizing such entry, inspection or investigation upon such private property upon a showing of probable cause, supported by an affidavit, particularly describing the place, thing, or person to be inspected or investigated, and the purpose for which the inspection or investigation is to be made. Probable cause shall be deemed to exist either if reasonable administrative standards for conducting such inspection or investigation are satisfied, with respect to the particular place, thing or person, or if there exists probable cause to believe that there is a condition, object, activity, or circumstance which legally justifies such inspection or investigation. The supporting affidavit shall contain either a statement that consent to inspect or investigate has been sought and refused or not received or a description of the circumstances reasonably justifying the failure to seek such consent in order to effectively enforce this chapter.
(2) An inspection warrant shall be effective for the time specified therein, not to exceed ten days, unless extended or renewed by the judicial officer who signed and issued the original warrant, upon a showing that such extension or renewal is in the public interest. Such warrant shall be executed and returned to the judicial officer by whom it was issued within the time specified in the warrant or within the extended or renewed time. After the expiration of such time, the warrant, unless executed, shall be void. An inspection pursuant to such warrant may not be made in the absence of the owner, custodian or possessor of the particular place, thing, or person unless specifically authorized by the judicial officer upon a showing that such authority is reasonably necessary to effectuate the purpose of this chapter. An inspection pursuant to this warrant shall not be made by means of forcible entry, except that the judicial officer may expressly authorize a forcible entry where facts are shown sufficient to create a reasonable suspicion of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter which, if such violation existed, would be an immediate threat to health or safety, or where facts are shown establishing that reasonable attempts to serve a previous warrant have been unsuccessful. In the case of inspection of a dwelling, prior consent must be sought and refused, unless the issuing judicial officer finds that failure to seek consent is justified and that there is a reasonable suspicion of an immediate threat to public health or safety.
(d) Compliance With Inspection Warrants. No person shall willfully refuse to permit an inspection lawfully authorized by a warrant issued pursuant to this chapter.
(Ord. 02-09. Passed 5-20-02.)