The county’s Health Officer may, upon reasonable cause to believe that a violation of the provisions of this chapter exists, investigate the situation to determine whether such a violation does in fact exist. He or she shall have the power, when in the performance of his or her duty and upon his or her presenting his or her credentials and identifying himself or herself as an employee of the county’s Health Department to the person apparently in control of the premises, if available, to enter upon the premises with permission or with a court order, to inspect any thing or condition which appears to be such a violation. With the consent of the owner or occupier of the premises or consistent with legal guidelines, he or she may examine the premises, things or conditions, take such samples and make such tests as needed, and take any other steps reasonably necessary for the proper investigation and determination of whether such a violation exists.
(1966 Code, § 25-12) (Ord. 619, § 2(part); Ord. 724, § 1(part))