(a)   The Building Inspector shall devote his whole time to the duties of the office.  He shall receive applications required by the Building Code, issue permits and furnish the prescribed certificates.  He shall examine premises for which permits have been issued and shall make necessary inspections to see that the provisions of law are complied with and that construction is prosecuted safely.  He shall enforce all provisions of the Building Code. He shall, when requested by proper authority, or when the public interest so requires, make investigations in connection with matters referred to in the Building Code and render written reports on the same.  To enforce compliance with law, to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to secure the necessary safeguards during construction or to require adequate exit facilities in buildings and structures, he shall issue such notices or orders as may be necessary.
   (b)   Inspections required under the provisions of the Building Code shall be made by the Building Inspector or his duly appointed assistant.  The Building Inspector may accept reports of inspectors of recognized inspection services, after investigation of their qualifications and reliability.  No certificate called for by any provision of the Building Code shall be issued on such reports unless the same are in writing and certified to by a responsible officer of such service.
   (c)   The Building Inspector shall keep comprehensive records of applications, permits issued, certificates issued, inspections made, reports rendered and notices or orders issued.  He shall retain on file copies of required plans and all documents relating to building work so long as any part of the building or structure to which they relate may be in existence.
   (d)   All such records shall be open to public inspection for good and sufficient reasons at the stated office hours, but shall not be removed from the office of the Building Inspector without his written consent.
   (e)   The Building Inspector shall make written reports to his immediate superior once each month, or more often if requested, including statements of permits and certificates issued, and orders promulgated.
(1970 Code Sec. 6-9)
   (f)   In addition, the Building Inspector or his assistant may issue a citation for violations of the City Building Code.  Violations for which citation may be issued include, but are not limited to:
      (1)   Failing to correct Code item as directed by the Building Inspector.
      (2)   Starting work prior to obtaining a permit.
      (3)   Failing to honor a stop-work order issued by the Building Inspector.
      (4)   Tampering with, or rendering inoperable, on-premises firefighting equipment, fire detection equipment or fire alarm systems.
   Each and every day during which any illegal erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, maintenance or use continues after official notice has been given in writing, shall be deemed a separate offense and subject to being re-cited for the offense.
(Ord. 1812.  Passed 7-1-93.)