The Building Official, or his or her duly authorized representative, shall have the authority to enter any building or premises for the purpose of investigating the existence of suspected or reported damage or defects which constitute an immediate danger to human life or an immediate hazard to public safety or health. Notwithstanding any other provision of the code to the contrary except in emergency situations the Building Official or his or her authorized representative shall not enter any building or premises without the consent of the owner or occupant thereof, unless he or she possesses an investigation warrant authorizing entry and investigation of the premises. No person shall hinder or prevent the Building Official or his or her authorized representative, while in the performance of the duties herein described, from entering upon and into any and all premises under his or her jurisdiction, at all reasonable hours, for the purpose of inspecting the same to determine whether or not the provisions of this subchapter and all other applicable laws or ordinances pertaining to the protection of persons or property are observed therein.
(1994 Code, § 15.04.050)  (Ord. 72-101, passed - -1972)