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(A) Whenever necessary to make an inspection to enforce this code or other applicable laws, or whenever there is reasonable cause to believe there exists a violation of this code or other applicable laws in any building or upon any premises within the jurisdiction of the city, any authorized official of the city may, upon presentation of proper credentials, enter such building or premises at all reasonable times (as that phrase is defined in section 1-4-2 of this title) to inspect the same or to perform any duty imposed by this code or other applicable laws.
(B) Except in emergency situations or when consent of the owner and/or occupant of the building or premises to be inspected has been obtained, the city official shall give the owner and/or occupant, if they can be located after reasonable effort, twenty four (24) hours' written notice of the authorized official's intention to inspect through a notice of intention to inspect. The notice of intention to inspect shall state that the property owner has the right to refuse entry and, that in the event such entry is refused, inspection may be made only upon issuance of an administrative warrant or search warrant as allowed by law by a duly authorized judge.
(C) The written notice of intention to inspect shall be served by certified mail, return receipt requested. Where the authorized official intends to inspect within the next twenty four (24) hour period, the written notice shall be hand delivered. The notice of intention to inspect may be left with any person above the age of eighteen (18) who identifies himself/herself as an occupant, tenant or owner of the premises. If no one is at the premises at the time of delivery, the notice of intention to inspect shall be posted in two (2) conspicuous places on the premises.
(D) Prior to entering the premises, the authorized official conducting the inspection shall ascertain from the owner and/or occupant whether the notice of intention to inspect has been received and shall obtain permission for entry. Unless an emergency situation exists, if the owner and/or occupant refuses entry after such a request has been made, or if no actual contact is made with the owner and/or occupant prior to the attempt to enter, the official must seek assistance from any court of competent jurisdiction in obtaining such entry. (Ord. 1572, 4-24-2001)