[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Watervliet 4-20-1972 as Div. 2 of Art. II of Ch. 6 of the Code of Ordinances of 1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby designated in the city a public official to be known as the "Inspector of Buildings," who shall be appointed by the General Manager.
The General Manager may appoint one (1) Deputy Inspector of Buildings or more, as the need may appear, to act under the supervision and direction of the Inspector of Buildings and to exercise any portion of the powers and duties of the Inspector of Buildings as directed by him. The compensation of such employees shall be as fixed by the Council.
The Inspector of Buildings shall not engage in any activity inconsistent with his duties, or with the interest of the Building Department; nor shall he, during the term of his employment, be engaged directly or indirectly in any building business, in the furnishing of labor, materials, supplies or appliances for or the supervision of the construction, alteration, demolition or maintenance of a building or the preparation of plans or specifications thereof within the city, except that this section shall not prohibit said official from engaging in any such activities in connection with the construction of a building or structure owned by him for his own personal use and occupancy or for the use and occupancy of members of his immediate family and not constructed for sale.
Except as otherwise specifically provided by chapter, this Code or other city ordinance, rule or regulation, or except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the Inspector of Buildings shall administer and enforce all of the provisions of laws, this Code or other city ordinances, rules and regulations applicable to the plans, specifications or permits for the construction, alteration and repair of buildings and structures and the installation and use of materials and equipment therein and the location, use and occupancy thereof.
The Inspector of Buildings shall promulgate rules and regulations subject to the approval of the Council to secure the intent and purpose of this chapter and a proper enforcement of the laws, provisions of this Code and other city ordinances, rules and regulations governing building plans, specifications, construction, alteration or repairs.
The Inspector of Buildings shall receive applications, approve plans and specifications and issue permits for the erection and alteration of buildings or structures or parts thereof and shall examine the premises for which such applications have been received, plans approved or such permits have been issued for the purpose of ensuring compliance with laws, ordinances, rules and regulations governing building construction or alterations.
The Inspector of Buildings shall issue, in writing, all appropriate notices or orders to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to require the necessary safeguards during construction and to ensure compliance during the entire course of construction with the requirements of such laws, ordinances, rules and regulations and such notices or orders may be served upon the property owner or his agent personally or by sending, by certified mail, a copy of such order to the owner or his agent at the address set forth in the application for permission for the construction or alteration of such building and by posting the same upon a conspicuous portion of the premises to which the notice applies; he shall make all inspections which are necessary or proper for the carrying out of his duties, except that he may accept written reports of inspection from other employees of the Department of Buildings or from generally recognized and authoritative service and inspection bureaus or agencies, provided that the reports are certified by a responsible official thereof.
Whenever it may be appropriate to determine compliance with the provisions of applicable laws, provisions of this Code and other city ordinances, rules and regulations covering building construction or alteration, the Inspector of Buildings may, in his discretion, accept and rely upon written reports of tests in the field by experienced, professional persons or by accredited and authoritative testing laboratories or service and inspection bureaus or agencies.
The Inspector of Buildings shall issue a certificate of occupancy where appropriate for a building constructed or altered in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, which certificate shall certify that the building conforms to the requirements of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
The Inspector of Buildings shall keep permanent official records of all transactions and activities conducted by him including all applications received, plans approved, permits and certificates issued, fees charged and collected, inspection reports, all rules and regulations promulgated by him with the consent of the Council and notices and orders issued. All such records shall be public records open to public inspection during normal business hours.
The Inspector of Buildings shall annually submit to the Council a written report and summary of all business conducted by the Department of Buildings, including approvals, permits and certificates issued, fees collected, orders and notices promulgated, inspections and tests made and appeals or litigation pending or concluded.