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A. Jurisdiction: The city shall implement and enforce the building code within the territorial limits of the city.
B. Enforcement Official: The code enforcement officer appointed by the city council is hereby authorized to carry out the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the building code and to delegate authority thereunder to any of his subordinates appointed as such by the city council.
C. Right Of Entry: Upon presentation of proper credentials, the code enforcement officer or his duly authorized representatives may enter at any reasonable time any building, structure, or premises in the city to perform the duties imposed upon him by the building code.
D. Stop Work Orders: Whenever any work is being performed contrary to the provisions of the building code, the code enforcement officer may order the work stopped by written notice served on persons engaged in doing or causing such work to be performed, and such persons shall forthwith stop such work until otherwise authorized by the code enforcement officer.
E. Occupancy Violations:
1. Whenever any building is being used contrary to the provisions of the building code, the code enforcement officer shall issue notice and order such use discontinued. The notice and order shall:
a. Be in writing.
b. Describe the location and nature of the violation.
c. Establish a reasonable time for the remedy of any violation.
d. Be served upon the owner or his agent or the occupant, as the case may require.
2. Such notice nay be deemed to be properly served upon such owner or agent, or upon any such occupant, if a copy thereof is either served upon him personally, or sent by registered mail to his last known address, or if personal service cannot be made or if no address is known, then such service shall be made by posting such notice in a conspicuous place in or about such building. (1981 Code 502 § 2)
F. Issuance Of Citations: The city code enforcement officer is hereby authorized to issue citations for violations of or refusal to comply with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 251, 12-15-1987)
G. Violations; Penalty: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, convert, or demolish, equip, use, occupy, or maintain any building or system in the city, except an "agricultural building" as defined in Minnesota statutes section 16B.60, subdivision 6, or cause the same to be done contrary to or in violation of the provisions of the building code. Any person, firm, or corporation who does any act which constitutes a violation of the building code shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in section 1-4-1 of this code, plus the costs of prosecution in any case. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder. (1981 Code 502 § 2; amd. 2003 Code)