City of North Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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[1]
Editor's Note: Section 1 of an ordinance enacted April 28, 1981, and effective July 1, 1981, repealed §§ 8-1 — 8-10, which comprised Ch. 8, "Fire Department." The deleted sections derived from ordinances adopted on the following dates: April 14, 1964; April 8, 1969; April 22, 1969; Feb. 20, 1970; June 9, 1970; Sept. 26, 1972; Oct. 10, 1972; July 23, 1974; Nov. 28, 1978; Aug. 28, 1979.
In a separate ordinance enacted April 28, 1981, the city amended the Code by adding a new Ch. 8, as set out herein.
Cross references: Disability of firemen and police resulting from performance of duty, § 2-13; authority of police relative to traffic, § 13-3.

Sec. 8-1 Establishment of department.

Sec. 8-2 Commissioner of public safety; position established.

Sec. 8-3 Function of department.

Sec. 8-4 Head of department.

Sec. 8-5 Powers of commissioner as chief.

Sec. 8-6 Reference elsewhere.

Sec. 8-7 Power of commissioner of public safety generally.

Sec. 8-8 Reserved.

Sec. 8-9 Rules and regulations.

Sec. 8-10 Assistance to the commissioner of public safety.

Sec. 8-11 Duties and responsibilities of commissioner of public safety.

Sec. 8-12 Fire division—Establishment.

Sec. 8-12.1 Same—Director.

Sec. 8-13 Same—Senior officer.

Sec. 8-14 Same—Captains to keep record of their respective companies.

Sec. 8-15 Same—Qualification of members.

Sec. 8-16 Same—Control at fires.

Sec. 8-17 Same—Calls for aid from other cities.

Sec. 8-18 Demolishing buildings to prevent spread of fire.

Sec. 8-19 Uniforms of fire division.

Sec. 8-20 Police division—Establishment.

Sec. 8-20.1 Same—Director.

Sec. 8-21 Same—Senior officer.

Sec. 8-21.1 Police aid to other cities and towns.

Sec. 8-22 Qualifications of members of police.

Sec. 8-23 Special police officers.

Sec. 8-24 School traffic supervisors.

Sec. 8-25 Descriptive list of persons arrested.

Sec. 8-26 Police officers to report defects, etc., in streets, etc., and investigate and report accidents.

Sec. 8-27 Duty of police to assist city solicitor in obtaining evidence, etc., in cases involving city.

Sec. 8-28 Police to cooperate with fire division at fires.

Sec. 8-29 Uniforms of police division.

Sec. 8-30 Division of civil defense.

Sec. 8-31 Director of civil defense.

Sec. 8-32 Duration of section 8-30.

Sec. 8-33 References to related legislative acts.

Sec. 8-34 Wire and alarm division; establishment.

Sec. 8-35 Inspector of wires; appointment; duties generally.

Sec. 8-36 Assistant inspector of wires.

Sec. 8-37 Devotion of wire inspectors to duty.

Sec. 8-38 Wiring plans for buildings—To be filed with inspector of wires.

Sec. 8-39 Same—Approval or rejection; right of appeal.

Sec. 8-40 Concealment of wires until after inspection prohibited.

Sec. 8-41 Public buildings, inspections division.

Sec. 8-42 Superintendent of public buildings and building inspector—Powers and duties generally.

Sec. 8-43 Same - Devotion to duty.

Sec. 8-43.1 Same - Charges.

Sec. 8-44 Same—Records.

Sec. 8-45 Inspection Division; establishment.

Sec. 8-46 Housing Code Inspector.

Sec. 8-47 Rental dwelling units.

Sec. 8-48 Plumbing Inspector—Appointment; powers and duties.

Sec. 8-49 Same—Duties as Inspector of Gas Piping, etc.

Sec. 8-50 Same—Devotion of entire time to duties.

Sec. 8-51 State Plumbing Code adopted.

Sec. 8-52 Enforcement of plumbing regulations.

Sec. 8-53 Inspector of Weights and Measures—Appointment.

Sec. 8-54 Same—Enforcement of laws.

Sec. 8-55 Same—Collection and disposition of fees.

Sec. 8-56 Same—Certificates to owners of articles sealed.

Sec. 8-57 Same—Office and hours; custodian of public scales.

Sec. 8-58 Same—Records.

Sec. 8-59 City physician-Position established; duties.

Sec. 8-60 Same—Examination of certain persons.

Sec. 8-61 Same—Nature of services defined.

Sec. 8-62 Same—Extra compensation.

Sec. 8-63 Reserved.

Sec. 8-64 Records and books.

Sec. 8-65 Severability clause.

Sec. 8-1 Establishment of department.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
A department of public safety is hereby established. Said department shall be composed of a police division, a fire division, a civil defense division, a wire and alarm division, a public buildings division, an inspection division and the city physician.

Sec. 8-2 Commissioner of public safety; position established.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
There shall be a commissioner of public safety, who shall be appointed by the mayor, for a five-year term. The commissioner of public safety shall be compensated according to the compensation plan. Said commissioner of public safety shall not be subject to the provisions of Chapter 31 of the General Laws.

Sec. 8-3 Function of department.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
It shall be the function of the department to provide public safety services as authorized in accordance with law.

Sec. 8-4 Head of department.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The department shall be headed by the commissioner of public safety, to be appointed by the mayor for a five-year term.

Sec. 8-5 Powers of commissioner as chief.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The commissioner of public safety shall also, except as otherwise provided in these Revised Ordinances, have all of the powers and be subject to the duties of the positions of fire chief and police chief as referenced, mentioned or cited elsewhere in these Revised Ordinances or in the General or Special Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; but said position shall not be governed by Chapter 31 of the General Laws.

Sec. 8-6 Reference elsewhere.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
Any reference to fire chief or police chief elsewhere in these Revised Ordinances shall be deemed to mean the commissioner of public safety as herein provided.

Sec. 8-7 Power of commissioner of public safety generally.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
(a) 
The commissioner of public safety shall have all of the powers conferred by the general and special laws relative to the heads of police and fire departments.
(b) 
The commissioner of public safety shall have all of the powers conferred by the Revised Ordinances of the City of North Adams on police chief and fire chief.
(c) 
The commissioner of public safety shall have all of the power conferred by all rules and regulations of the police department and the fire department on the fire chief and the police chief.

Sec. 8-8 Reserved. [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted Nov. 27, 1984, repealed § 8-8 which pertained to the deputy commissioner of public safety as derived from an ordinance adopted April 28, 1981.

Sec. 8-9 Rules and regulations.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The commissioner, with the approval of the mayor, shall promulgate rules and regulations for the department, its divisions, officers and employees; provided, however, that no rules and regulations for the police division and the fire division shall be placed in force without the prior consent of the city council. Said regulations and rules shall govern the operation, administration and management of the department, and the conduct of its employees. The Revised Ordinances shall apply, regulations and rules to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sec. 8-10 Assistance to the commissioner of public safety.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
All firefighters, police officers and other personnel of the department shall perform such duties as the commissioner shall direct and shall be subject to his direction and control. Every employee shall assist.

Sec. 8-11 Duties and responsibilities of commissioner of public safety.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
It shall be the duty and responsibility of the commissioner of public safety, subject to the mayor, to direct, control and supervise the fire division, the police division, the civil defense division, the wire and alarm division, the public buildings division, the inspection division and the city physician.

Sec. 8-12 Fire division—Establishment.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
A fire division is hereby established, and shall consist of such personnel as the mayor and city council shall authorize by appropriation. It shall be the function of the division to provide firefighting services.
(a) 
An officer or other permanent member of the fire division shall be permitted to engage in other business or occupation provided that such activity does not interfere with the proper discharge of his duties and provided that such activity does not impair his independence of judgment in the exercise of his official duties and provided that such activity does not constitute a violation of Massachusetts General Laws, Annotated, Chapter 268A, as amended.
(b) 
Any such employee who seeks to engage in such activity shall submit a written statement to the commissioner of public safety setting forth the nature and extent of such activity.

Sec. 8-12.1 Same—Director.

[Ord. of 11-27-1984]
There shall be a fire division director, who shall be appointed by the mayor for a three-year term. The fire division director shall be compensated according to the compensation plan. The fire division director shall perform such duties and have such powers as the commissioner of public safety shall direct. In the absence of the commissioner of public safety, the fire division director, with the approval of the mayor, may be designated to be in charge of the department of public safety. Said fire division director shall not be subject to the provisions of Chapter 31 of the General Laws.

Sec. 8-13 Same—Senior officer.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981; Ord. of 11-27-1984]
The fire division director, with the approval of the mayor, may designate from time to time as needed, one of the ranking officers of the fire division to perform such duties and have such powers as the fire division director, in the absence of the fire division director.

Sec. 8-14 Same—Captains to keep record of their respective companies.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
It shall be the duty of the officers of the division to preserve order and discipline in the division and require and enforce compliance with the rules and regulations of the division, and to report to the commissioner of public safety forthwith and in writing, the name of each and every member who shall be guilty of any neglect of duty or disobedience of orders.

Sec. 8-15 Same—Qualification of members.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
No person, other than one presently on the eligible civil service list, shall be a member of the [fire] division who does not have a valid license to drive motor vehicles issued by the registrar of motor vehicles of the commonwealth, and who is not a resident to the city and a citizen of the United States.
When any officer or member of the [fire] division ceases to be a resident of the city, he shall resign from the division, and failure so to resign shall be sufficient cause for his removal. Nothing herein contained shall affect the enforcement of the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 31.

Sec. 8-16 Same—Control at fires.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
In the absence of the commissioner of public safety, the officer in charge at fire division headquarters shall have sole and absolute authority until the arrival of the commissioner, unless otherwise ordered by the commissioner.

Sec. 8-17 Same—Calls for aid from other cities.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The commissioner of public safety or officer in charge of the fire division, with the approval of the mayor, is hereby authorized and may order officers, members and apparatus of the division to go to the aid of another city, town or fire district in this commonwealth or in any adjoining state in extinguishing fires therein; when, in the judgment of the commissioner of public safety or officer in charge, conditions warrant such action.

Sec. 8-18 Demolishing buildings to prevent spread of fire.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
Whenever it shall be determined at any fire by the officer in charge that it is necessary to pull down or demolish any building in order to prevent the spreading of fire, the same may be done by his order in accordance with the statute in such case made and provided.

Sec. 8-19 Uniforms of fire division.

[Ord. of 4-28-81]
All members of the fire division, while on duty, shall wear such uniforms, hat and badge as the commissioner shall specify.
Upon the permanent appointment of a member to the fire division, the city shall provide such member with a dress uniform as the commissioner shall specify.

Sec. 8-20 Police division—Establishment.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
A police division is hereby established, and shall consist of such personnel as the mayor and city council shall authorize by appropriation. It shall be the function of the division to provide police services.
(a) 
An officer or other permanent member of the police division shall be permitted to engage in other business or occupation provided that such activity does not interfere with the proper discharge of his duties and provided that such activity does not impair his independence of judgment in the exercise of his official duties and provided that such activity does not constitute a violation of Massachusetts General laws, Annotated, Chapter 268A as amended.
(b) 
Any such employee who seeks to engage in such activity shall submit a written statement to the commissioner of public safety setting forth the nature and extent of such activity.

Sec. 8-20.1 Same—Director.

[Ord. of 11-27-1984]
There shall be a police division director, who shall be appointed by the mayor for a three-year term. The police division director shall be compensated according to the compensation plan. The police division director shall perform such duties and have such powers as the commissioner of public safety shall direct. In the absence of the commissioner of public safety, the police division director, with the approval of the mayor, may be designated to be in charge of the department of public safety. Said police division director shall not be subject to the provisions of Chapter 31 of the General Laws.

Sec. 8-21 Same—Senior officer.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981; Ord. of 11-27-1984]
The police division director, with the approval of the mayor, may designate, from time to time as needed, one of the ranking officers of the police division to perform such duties and have such powers as the police division director, in the absence of the police division director.

Sec. 8-21.1 Police aid to other cities and towns.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The police, with approval of the mayor, is hereby authorized to go to aid another city or town at the request of such city or town in the suppression of riots or other forms of violence therein.

Sec. 8-22 Qualifications of members of police.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
No person shall be a member of the police division who is less than 19 years of age. Members of the division may reside outside the city; provided that they reside within the commonwealth and within 10 miles of the limits of such city. Members of the division must be citizens of the United States.

Sec. 8-23 Special police officers.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The mayor may, from time to time, appoint such number of special police officers or officers for special duty, to serve with or without pay, as he may determine, and may limit their time and place of service. They shall be certified as to fitness by the commissioner of public safety. The persons thus appointed shall be subject to the provisions of law and of the city ordinances so far as the same are applicable and shall have all the powers of a police officer, as limited by appointment.
(a) 
Said special police officers shall exercise police powers only during hours while employed in the endeavor for which the special police appointment was obtained.
(b) 
Said special police officer shall not possess, carry or utilize a weapon in his capacity as a special police officer without first having obtained written approval for the weapon from the commissioner of public safety.
(c) 
No special police powers shall be exercised by a person appointed hereunder for the benefit of a private person unless said private person shall have, as a condition precedent, deposited with the city clerk a certificate of liability insurance, naming the City of North Adams as an additional insured, in an amount approved by the city solicitor.

Sec. 8-24 School traffic supervisors.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The mayor may appoint school traffic supervisors, male or female, to be paid when actually employed. Their compensation shall be determined by the city council. These supervisors shall not be empowered to enforce the provisions of Chapter 90 of the General Laws or of Chapter 13 of this Code or any other city ordinance relating to the operation, standing or use of motor vehicles. Their sole duty and responsibility shall be to stop traffic to allow school children to cross streets in safety. These supervisors shall be known as the North Adams school traffic supervisors, shall obey all lawful orders of the commissioner of public safety and [shall] be subject to the rules and regulations governing them. Their hours and tours of duty shall be prescribed by the commissioner of public safety, and they shall be furnished the following equipment: Caps, white traffic belts, badges, whistles and gloves.

Sec. 8-25 Descriptive list of persons arrested.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The commissioner of public safety shall keep or cause to be kept at the police station a complete descriptive list of each person arrested and brought to the station, giving his name, nativity, age, height, complexion, color of hair and eyes, the amount of money he may have in his possession, his present residence and the offense for which he is arrested, all of which shall be entered in a book to be furnished by the city; and the same shall be delivered by the commissioner of public safety to his successor in office.

Sec. 8-26 Police officers to report defects, etc., in streets, etc., and investigate and report accidents.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
It shall be the duty of each and every police officer to take notice of all leaking water pipes, all nuisances, defects and obstructions in the streets, bridges, sidewalks, lanes, alleys, courts, public places and squares of the city, and to report the same to the commissioner of public services. It shall also be the duty of each and every police officer immediately to investigate any accident or other occurrence coming to his notice which might involve liability to the city, to procure the names of all witnesses thereto, and at once to report the same with all information obtained to the commissioner of public safety, who shall forthwith transmit such information to the city solicitor.

Sec. 8-27 Duty of police to assist city solicitor in obtaining evidence, etc., in cases involving city.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
To assist the city solicitor in obtaining evidence, etc., in cases involving the city, the commissioner of public safety, at the request of the city solicitor, shall designate one or more of the officers of the police division to assist the city solicitor in obtaining evidence, summoning witnesses and performing such other service as may be desirable in the preparation for trial of cases in which the city is interested, or in the investigation of claims against the city. Such services shall be rendered without additional compensation.

Sec. 8-28 Police to cooperate with fire division at fires.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The members of the police division shall, in such manner as the commissioner of public safety may require, aid the fire division by clearing the streets or grounds in the immediate vicinity of a fire, or performing other police service, so that the members of the fire division may not be hindered or obstructed in the performance of their duties.

Sec. 8-29 Uniforms of police division.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The members of the [police] division shall be uniformed and equipped in such a manner as the commissioner of public safety shall specify.

Sec. 8-30 Division of civil defense.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
There is hereby established a division of civil defense, hereinafter called the division. It shall be the function of the division to have charge of civil defense as defined in Section 1, Chapter 639, Acts of 1950 and to perform civil defense functions as authorized or directed by such chapter or by any and all executive orders or general regulations promulgated thereunder, and to exercise any authority delegated to it by the governor under Chapter 639.
The director may, with approval of the commissioner within the limits of the amount appropriated therefor, appoint such experts, clerks and other assistants as the work of the division may require and may remove them, and may make such expenditures as may be necessary to execute effectively the purposes of Chapter 639, Acts of 1950.
The director shall also have authority with approval of the commissioner to appoint district coordinators and may accept and may receive, with approval of the mayor on behalf of the city, services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds, by way of gift or grant, for purposes of civil defense, offered by the federal government or any agency or officer thereof or any person, subject to the terms of the offer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer. The director shall cause appropriate records to be kept of all matters relating to such gifts, grants or loans.

Sec. 8-31 Director of civil defense.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The division shall be under the direction of a director of civil defense, herein called the director, who shall be appointed as prescribed by law. The director shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the division subject to the direction and control of the commissioner of public safety.

Sec. 8-32 Duration of section 8-30.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
Section 8-30 shall remain in force during the effective period of Chapter 639, Acts of 1950 and any act in amendment or continuation thereof or substitution therefor.

Sec. 8-33 References to related legislative acts.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
All references to Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, as now in force, shall be applicable to any act or acts in amendment or continuation of or substitution for such Chapter 639.

Sec. 8-34 Wire and alarm division; establishment.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
A division of wire and alarm is hereby established, which division shall be responsible for enforcement of the 1981 Massachusetts Electrical Code, Form FPR-11, and for maintenance of fire alarm and police signal system.

Sec. 8-35 Inspector of wires; appointment; duties generally.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The mayor may appoint an inspector of wires, who shall also be superintendent of the fire alarm and police signal system, and who shall be under the direction and control of the commissioner of public safety.

Sec. 8-36 Assistant inspector of wires.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The mayor may appoint an assistant inspector of wires who shall assist the inspector of wires in the performance of duties and who shall perform the duties of that office and shall have the power thereof in the absence of the inspector of wires.

Sec. 8-37 Devotion of wire inspectors to duty.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The inspector of wires and the assistant inspector of wires shall give their whole time to the city.

Sec. 8-38 Wiring plans for buildings—To be filed with inspector of wires.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
No person shall construct within a building a wiring system designed to carry an electric light, heat or power current, until the owner or person constructing the same has filed with the inspector of wires a plan thereof showing the whole wiring system within the building and the points of connection with outside circuits. No person shall add to or alter within a building any portion of wiring system designed to carry an electric light, heat or power current, except to make necessary repairs, until the owner or person constructing the same has filed with the inspector of wires a plan thereof and of such portions of the whole wiring system within the building and the points of connection with outside circuits as the inspector of wires shall require.

Sec. 8-39 Same—Approval or rejection; right of appeal.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
No person shall commence the work provided for in the wiring plans, until they are approved in writing by the inspector of wires. Plans and specifications shall be approved or rejected within one week of the time of filing. The failure of the inspector of wires to approve such plans or specifications within one week after filing shall be tantamount to a denial of the application. In case any application is denied, the applicant may, within one week thereafter, appeal the denial to the commissioner of public safety.
After a plan has been approved, no alteration therein shall be allowed, except on a new application and permits as provided in this section.

Sec. 8-40 Concealment of wires until after inspection prohibited.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
No wires specified in this chapter shall be covered or concealed from view until approved by the inspector of wires, who shall examine the same within three weekdays, Sundays and legal holidays excepted, after notice that they are ready for inspection. No electric current shall be turned into such wires until they have been approved.

Sec. 8-41 Public buildings, inspections division.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The division of public buildings and building inspection is hereby established, consisting of a superintendent who shall have control and management of the division and shall also serve as building inspector. The superintendent of public buildings shall be appointed by the mayor. The term of the superintendent shall be coterminous with the term of the mayor.

Sec. 8-42 Superintendent of public buildings and building inspector—Powers and duties generally.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The superintendent of public buildings and building inspector shall have supervision, direction and control of the construction, alteration and repair of public buildings, except school buildings which shall remain under the control of the school committee.
He shall administer and enforce zoning regulations as required by statutes or ordinances. He shall also be the inspector of buildings and have control over the enforcement of the regulations relating to and the direction, repair and construction of buildings. The building inspector 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 meets the requirement of law. He shall enforce all laws relating to the construction, alteration, repair, removal, demolition, occupance, location and maintenance of buildings and structures, except as may be otherwise provided for. He shall, when requested by the Mayor or City Council, or when the interests of the City so require, make investigations in connection with matters referred to in the Building Code and render written reports on the same. For the purpose of enforcing compliance with laws, to remove illegal or unsafe conditions or to require adequate exit facilities in existing buildings and structures, he shall issue such notices or orders as may be necessary. He shall perform such other duties as may by statute or ordinance be required of him, and may perform such other duties as are within the discretion of an Inspector of Buildings.

Sec. 8-43 Same - Devotion to duty.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Superintendent of Public Buildings and Building Inspector shall devote his entire time to the care and maintenance of public buildings, enforcement of zoning regulations and to the inspection of buildings and the enforcement of all regulations pertaining thereto.

Sec. 8-43.1 Same - Charges.

[Ord. of 9-28-1982; Ord. of 5-8-1984; Ord. of 8-28-1984; Ord. of 7-9-1991; Ord. of 11-14-2000; Ord. No. 6-10-2003; Ord. of 2-22-2005]
The Building Inspector shall charge the following fees for the following permits issued:
(1) 
New residential building, including additions: $0.25 per square foot.
Minimum fee: $20.
Maximum fee: $1,000.
(2) 
New accessory building (garages, barns, storage buildings, decks, etc.): $0.15 per square foot.
Minimum fee: $15.
Maximum fee: $500.
(3) 
New commercial/industrial building: $0.30 per square foot.
Minimum fee: $25.
Maximum fee: $8,000.
(4) 
New educational/religious building: $0.20 per square foot.
Minimum fee: $20.
Maximum fee: $7,500.
(5) 
Residential renovations: $6 per $1,000
Minimum fee: $15.
Maximum fee: $1,000.
Nonresidential renovations: $8 per $1,000 (Commercial and industrial)
Minimum fee: $25.
Maximum fee: $8,000.
(6) 
Demolition.
Under 500 square feet: $50.
Over 500 square feet: $75.
(7) 
New elevator installations: $50 per elevator.
(8) 
Wood stoves: $20 per stove.
(9) 
Plumbing permits: $25 per application, plus $5 per fixture, not to exceed $500.
(10) 
Gas permits: $25 per application plus $10 per fixture, not to exceed $500.
(11) 
Sign permits: $1.25 per square foot under 100 square feet; an additional $2.25 per square feet over 100 square feet.
(12) 
Aboveground pools: $25.
Inground pools: $0.20 per square feet of pool; minimum of $25.
(13) 
Zoning Board of Appeals. (variance and special permits): $125.
(14) 
Zoning permits (fences, sheds, temporary signs): $20.
(15) 
Certificates of annual inspection: $50.
Reinspection: $25.
Certificates of Inspection (multifamily dwellings): $100.
Reinspection: $35.
(16) 
Certificate of use and occupancy: $25.

Sec. 8-44 Same—Records.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Superintendent of Public Buildings and Building Inspector shall keep a detailed record of all the work performed by him.

Sec. 8-45 Inspection Division; establishment.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Division of Inspection is hereby established, consisting of a Housing Code Inspector, a Plumbing Inspector and an Inspector of Weights and Measures.

Sec. 8-46 Housing Code Inspector.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The position of Housing Code Inspector is hereby created to inspect any and all housing in the City in order that such housing comply with the minimum standards of fitness for human habitation and the sanitary code of the state; and that such Housing Code Inspector shall have the power of enforcement of the provisions of such code. Said Housing Code Inspector shall serve under the direction of the Commissioner of Public Safety. He shall be compensated according to the compensation plan and shall be subject to the Board of Health as provided in Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 111.

Sec. 8-47 Rental dwelling units.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981; Ord. of 2-9-1999; Ord. of 5-8-2007]
Whenever a rental dwelling unit becomes vacant, the owner, managing agent or person in charge thereof shall have it inspected by the Housing Code Inspector, prior to its being reoccupied, to determine whether or not it is in compliance with Chapter II of the State Sanitary Code, as amended, entitled "Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation." If the Housing Code Inspector finds that it does comply with the provisions of the State Sanitary Code, he shall issue a certificate of compliance for such dwelling unit. If he finds that it is not in compliance, he shall specify in writing the specific grounds of noncompliance, and such dwelling unit shall not be reoccupied until such defects have been corrected to the satisfaction of the Housing Code Inspector and he has issued a certificate of compliance.
If the Housing Code Inspector fails to make an inspection of a rental dwelling unit within five working days from the date of the written request for such an inspection by the owner, managing agent or person in charge thereof, such rental dwelling unit may be rented the same as if a certificate of compliance had been issued, and such owner, managing agent or person in charge thereof shall not be in violation of this section for so doing.

Sec. 8-48 Plumbing Inspector—Appointment; powers and duties.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Mayor shall appoint an Inspector of Plumbing in accordance with and subject to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 142. The Inspector of Plumbing shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his duties. He shall have the supervision of all plumbing in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code and all the rules and regulations thereof and he shall have the right, power and authority in accordance therewith to enter any and all buildings and to examine and test the plumbing therein at reasonable times. He shall, at all times so far as his power and authority will permit, enforce compliance with the provisions of the statutes of the commonwealth and the Plumbing Code. He shall immediately report all violations of the Plumbing Code and applicable statutes to the Building Inspector, and he shall perform such other appropriate duties as may be required by such Building Inspector. He shall also investigate complaints relating to plumbing as may be required by the Board of Health.

Sec. 8-49 Same—Duties as Inspector of Gas Piping, etc.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Inspector of Plumbing shall also be the Inspector of Gas Piping and Gas Appliances, as provided for under Chapter 143 of the General Laws, and have the control and the enforcement of the rules and regulations relating to the installation of gas piping and gas appliances established from time to time by a board in the State Department of Public Safety.

Sec. 8-50 Same—Devotion of entire time to duties.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Inspector of Plumbing shall devote his entire time to the inspection of plumbing and to such other appropriate duties as may be required by the Building Inspector and shall not engage in the business of plumbing, nor be directly or indirectly connected with a plumbing firm whose business is the selling of plumbing materials or equipment.

Sec. 8-51 State Plumbing Code adopted.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Massachusetts State Plumbing Code established under Chapter 358 of the Acts of 1965 or as thereafter established from time to time shall apply with full force and effect to any and all plumbing.

Sec. 8-52 Enforcement of plumbing regulations.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Superintendent of Public Buildings and Building Inspector shall have control of the enforcement of this chapter and other regulations relating to plumbing.

Sec. 8-53 Inspector of Weights and Measures—Appointment.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Inspector of Weights and Measures shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall report to the Commissioner of Public Safety.

Sec. 8-54 Same—Enforcement of laws.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The Inspector of Weights and Measures shall enforce all laws pertaining to weighing and measuring devices and to the giving of false or insufficient weight or measure.

Sec. 8-55 Same—Collection and disposition of fees.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The inspector of weights and measures shall collect the fees and charges which by law he is allowed to receive, and shall pay over to the city treasurer each month all sums of money so received by him.

Sec. 8-56 Same—Certificates to owners of articles sealed.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The inspector of weights and measures shall, at the time of sealing, furnish the owner of the articles sealed, or his agent, with a certificate stating the name and address of the owner of the article, the date when sealed, and the amount of fee, if any, collected, which certificate shall be signed by the inspector.

Sec. 8-57 Same—Office and hours; custodian of public scales.

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The inspector of weights and measures shall have an office at the City Hall, and shall establish office hours for the convenience of the public who desire to have scales, weights and measures tested. He shall have the care and custody of all public scales of the city.

Sec. 8-58 Same—Records.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
The inspector of weights and measures shall keep a detailed record of all work performed by him, and shall annually make a report as required by law.

Sec. 8-59 City physician-Position established; duties.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
A city physician shall be appointed by the mayor and shall serve under the direction of the commissioner of public safety. The city physician shall be compensated according to the compensation plan. Said city physician shall be subject to the board of health as provided in Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 111.
He shall, when requested by the city solicitor, examine the condition of persons who have sustained injury for which the city may be liable, and furnish him with a written report of his examination and also give evidence as a witness in any action affecting the interest of the city when requested by the city solicitor. He shall, when requested by the head of any department, make a physical or mental examination of any person preparatory to testifying and shall thereafter testify with reference thereto in any proceeding wherein the interests of the city may be involved.

Sec. 8-60 Same—Examination of certain persons.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
It shall be the duty of the city physician, upon request of the mayor or any department head, to examine any person claiming compensation under sections 2-8 to 2-26 for any period of disability, and to report the results of such examination to the mayor or department head as frequently as requested during such period of disability. It shall also be the duty of the city physician to report to the mayor or department head requesting such examination when the total disability of the person examined terminates. This section shall not operate or be construed to entitle any disabled person to medical treatment or services by the city physician.
He shall, at the request of the officer in charge at the police station, attend and examine any prisoner and shall render such medical or surgical treatment as may be necessary.

Sec. 8-61 Same—Nature of services defined.

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The professional services to be rendered by the city physician under this article shall be such as are ordinarily rendered or performed by a duly qualified physician.

Sec. 8-62 Same—Extra compensation.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
He [the city physician] shall render monthly bills for any services for which he may be entitled to extra compensation concerning the professional services rendered during the preceding month.

Sec. 8-63 Reserved. [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted Nov. 27, 1984, repealed § 8-63 which pertained to the sanitarian as derived from an ordinance enacted April 28, 1981.

Sec. 8-64 Records and books.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981]
Any person within any division so designated by the commissioner shall keep a written record of all doings of that division, and shall make such record available to the commissioner and the mayor.

Sec. 8-65 Severability clause.

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In the event that any portion of this chapter is declared null and void by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect any remaining portions.