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25.03.030 Inspector’s Right of Entry.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 188647, effective November 17, 2017.)  Whenever necessary to make an inspection to enforce any of the provisions of this Code, or whenever the Building Official or the Building Official’s authorized representative has reasonable cause to believe that there exists in any building or upon any premises any condition or Code violation which makes such building or premises unsafe, dangerous, or hazardous, the Building Official or the Building Official’s authorized representative may enter such building or premises at all reasonable times to inspect the same or to perform any duty imposed upon the building official by this Code. If such building or premises are occupied, proper credentials shall be presented with a request for entry. If such building or premises are unoccupied, a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other persons having charge or control of the building or premises shall be made to request entry.  If such entry is refused, the Building Official or the Building Official’s authorized representative shall have recourse to every remedy provided by law to secure entry.

When the Building Official or the Building Official’s authorized representative shall have first obtained a proper inspection warrant or other remedy provided by law to secure entry, no owner or occupant or any other persons having charge, care, or control of any building or premises shall fail or neglect, after proper request is made as herein provided, to promptly permit entry therein by the Building Official or the Building Official’s authorized representative for the purpose of inspection and examination pursuant to this Code.