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No excavation for a building or for site improvement, no site clearance, and no erection, alteration or movement of a building or structure or part thereof, shall be begun until a building permit has been applied for and issued by the Building Commissioner.
(a) Approval of Development Plans. Whenever a development plan has been submitted by a developer as required by this Zoning Code, the preliminary plan and final plan of the development area shall have been approved by the Planning Commission, and, in the case of a planned unit development area, by the Council, before a building permit may be issued by the Building Commissioner.
Before a permit shall be issued for a development proposed to be built in sections or phases, the plans for the total completed project shall have been first submitted to the City Engineer for approval.
(b) Compliance With Zoning Code and Other Ordinances. Permits for the construction of a building or land improvement or change in use may be issued by the Building Commissioner only if the work described in the application therefor clearly complies with all provisions of this Zoning Code and other ordinances of the City. If the proposed building or use does not clearly comply, the Building Commissioner shall not have the power to grant variances or make exceptions unless specifically so empowered.
(c) Conditional Use Permits. Whenever it is determined that a conditional use is required, a building permit for the building or use requiring the conditional use permit shall not be issued until such permit has been applied for and approved by the Planning Commission.
(d) Determination of Similar Use. Whenever a determination of a similar use has been applied for, a building permit for the building or use shall not be issued until the inclusion of such use as a permitted use has been made by the Planning Commission and approved by Council.
(Ord. 1970-232. Passed 9-15-71; Ord. 1979-121. Passed 7-18-79.)