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(A) Rule-making authority. The Code Official shall have authority as necessary in the interest of public health, safety and general welfare to adopt and promulgate rules and procedures; to interpret and implement the provisions of this code; to secure the intent thereof; and to designate requirements applicable because of local climatic or other conditions. Such rules shall not have the effect of waiving structural or fire performance requirements specifically provided for in this code, or of violating accepted engineering methods involving public safety. Substantial rule making shall only be conducted by acts of City Council in amendment to this code.
(B) Inspections. The Code Official or designees shall make all of the required inspections, or shall accept reports of inspection by approved agencies or individuals. All reports of such inspections shall be in writing and be certified by a responsible officer of such approved agency or by the responsible individual. The Code Official is authorized to engage such expert opinion as deemed necessary to report upon unusual technical issues that arise, subject to the approval of the appointing authority.
(C) Right of entry. The Code Official, or designee, is authorized to enter the structure or premises at reasonable times to inspect or to perform the duties imposed by this code, provided that entry is requested and obtained from the owner or a court of competent jurisdiction. Where permission to enter has not been obtained, is denied, or the code official has probable cause to believe that there exists in a structure or upon a premises a condition which is a serious hazard the code official shall have recourse to remedies provided by law to secure entry.
(D) Identification. The Code Official shall carry proper identification when inspecting structures or premises in the performance of duties under this code.
(E) Notices and orders. The Code Official shall issue all necessary notices or orders to ensure compliance with this code.
(F) Department records. The Code Official shall keep official records of all business and activities of the department specified in the provisions of this code. Such records shall be retained in the official records in compliance with the approved city of Wadsworth schedule of records retention and disposition.
(Ord. 11-015, passed 5-4-11)