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The Director shall enforce all the provisions of this Chapter and shall act on any question relative to the mode or manner of construction and the materials to be used in the erection, addition to, alteration, repair, removal, demolition, installation of service equipment and the location, use, occupancy and maintenance of all buildings and structures, except as may otherwise be specifically provided for by statutory requirements or as herein provided:
(a) Applications and permits. He shall receive applications and issue permits for the erection and alteration of buildings and structures and inspect the premises for which such permits have been issued and enforce compliance with the provisions of this Chapter;
(b) Building notices and orders. He shall issue all necessary notices or orders to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to require the necessary safeguards during construction, to require adequate exitway facilities in existing buildings and structures and to ensure compliance with all the code requirements for the safety, health and general welfare of the public;
(c) Inspections. The Director must make all the required inspections or may accept reports of inspection by authoritative and recognized services or individuals, and all reports of those inspections must be in writing and certified by a responsible officer of the authoritative service or by the responsible individual; or the Director may engage expert opinion as necessary to report upon unusual technical issues that may arise, subject to the approval of the appointing authority. On the request of the Director of Housing and Community Affairs, under the authority of Chapter 26, the Director must investigate complaints of defects in construction that may violate Chapter 26.
(d) Research and investigations. The Director must investigate new developments in the building industry. Subject to local climatic or other conditions, the Director must accredit tests meeting the functional requirements of this Chapter conducted by accredited authoritative agencies listed in applicable regulations. The Director also may accept duly authenticated reports from the International Code Council, Inc., or from recognized authoritative sources of all new materials and methods of construction proposed for use which are not specifically provided for in this Chapter. The costs of all tests or other investigations required under this subsection must be paid by the applicant.
(e) Department records. He shall keep official records of applications received, permits and certificates issued, fees collected, reports of inspections, and notices and orders issued. File copies of all papers in connection with building operations shall be retained in the official records so long as the building or structure to which they relate remains in existence; and
(f) Hearings. Prior to the issuance of notices, orders and permits hereunder, the Director may, upon request, provide all interested parties with an opportunity for hearing after reasonable notice as specified in Section 8-15(c) of this Chapter. The notice shall state the time, place and issues involved. If the Director holds a hearing on a decision of the Department, the time for appeal to the Board of Appeals shall be stayed until a decision is made by the Director or until the Director has acted on a request for reconsideration, if any. A copy of the Director's decision or order shall be delivered or mailed promptly to each party to the hearing or to that party's attorney of record. Any party to a hearing conducted by the Director may, within ten (10) days following a decision by the Director, request in writing that the Director reconsider such decision;
(g) Annual report. At least annually, the Director shall compile a written statement of all permits and certificates issued, orders promulgated and materials approved. Interim reports shall be submitted as required. (1975 L.M.C., ch. 1, § 2; 1986 L.M.C., ch. 49, § 3; 1996 L.M.C., ch. 13, § 1; 2003 L.M.C., ch. 16, § 1.)
Editor’s note—See County Attorney Opinion dated 10/16/96 discussing an executive regulation that applies to any building for which the County finances all or part of the construction.