The Code Enforcement Officer shall administer and enforce all provisions of this chapter except where otherwise herein specifically required. Wherever any permit is required herein, the same shall be applied for and shall be issued from the Code Enforcement Officer in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and other applicable regulations governing building construction and the issuance of building permits in the Town of Kingston. The Code Enforcement Officer shall have the right to enter upon, examine and inspect, or cause to be entered, examined and inspected, any building or property at any reasonable time for the purposes of carrying out the duties of the office and to determine compliance with the provisions of this chapter. A written report of each such examination and inspection shall be prepared on an appropriate form and kept on file.
In addition to all other authority conferred by law, the Code Enforcement Officer shall have the following powers and duties with respect to this chapter:
Issuance of building permits.
Except as otherwise specifically provided by this chapter, no building or structure shall be erected, altered, reconstructed or enlarged and no excavation for any building begun until the Code Enforcement Officer has issued a building permit stating that the proposed use and structure comply with all applicable provisions of this chapter.
All building permit applications shall be accompanied by two copies of a plot plan or an approved site plan, drawn to scale and accurately dimensioned, showing the location of all existing and proposed structures on the lot; the setbacks of structures from all lot lines and road lines; streams, ponds and wetlands, and such other information as may be required by the Code Enforcement Officer to determine compliance with this chapter and other applicable regulations. One copy of such plan, when approved by the Code Enforcement Officer, shall be returned to the applicant upon payment of the required building permit fee in accordance with a schedule established and reviewed annually by the Town Board.
A building permit shall expire one year from the date of issue if the permitted action is not substantially started.
Temporary building permits may be issued upon the approval of the Code Enforcement Officer for a period not to exceed one year for temporary uses and structures incidental to a construction project. Such temporary building permit shall be conditioned upon agreement by the applicant to remove any nonconforming uses or structures upon expiration of the permit.
Issuance of certificates of occupancy or use.
Except as otherwise specifically provided by this chapter, no use shall be established or land or structure occupied or otherwise used until the Code Enforcement Officer has issued a certificate of occupancy or use stating that the use, land and structure comply with all applicable provisions of this chapter.
More particularly, no certificate of occupancy or use shall be issued for any special use of a building or of land requiring special use permit or site plan approval by the Planning Board unless and until such special use permit or site plan approval has been granted by the Planning Board. Every certificate of occupancy or use for which special use permit or site plan approval has been granted, or in connection with which a variance has been granted by the Board of Appeals, shall contain a detailed statement of any conditions to which the same is subject and include, by attachment, a copy of such Planning Board or Board of Appeals decision.
Determine application completeness. The Code Enforcement Officer shall be responsible for determining the completeness of any application for a building permit, certificate of occupancy or use, special use permit or site plan review. The Code Enforcement Officer shall be responsible for determining compliance with the use, area and bulk requirements of this chapter.
Issuance of notices of violation. Whenever, in the opinion of the Code Enforcement Officer, after proper examination and inspection, there appears to exist a violation of any provision of this chapter, or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, he shall on his own initiative serve a written notice upon the appropriate person responsible for such alleged violation. Such notice shall inform the recipient of the following:
Issuance of stop-work orders. Whenever the Code Enforcement Officer has reasonable grounds to believe that work on any building or structure or any use of land is occurring either in violation of the provisions of this chapter, not in conformity with any application made, permit granted or other approval issued hereunder or in an unsafe or dangerous manner, the Code Enforcement Officer shall promptly notify the appropriate person responsible to suspend work on any such building or structure or the use of any such land. Such persons shall forthwith suspend such activity until such time that the stop order has been rescinded. Such order and notice shall be in writing, shall state the conditions under which the work or use may be resumed and may be served upon the person to whom it is directed either by delivering it personally to him or by posting the same upon a conspicuous portion of the building under construction or premises in use and additionally sending a copy of the same by certified mail.
Taking of emergency action. If, in the opinion of the Code Enforcement Officer, a violation exists which requires immediate action to avoid a direct hazard or imminent danger to the health, safety or welfare of occupants of a building, or to other persons, the Code Enforcement Officer may direct that such violation be immediately remedied or may take direct action on his own initiative to abate the hazard or danger. Any costs incurred by such action shall be paid for by the owner, occupant or person responsible for the violation. The Code Enforcement Officer shall keep on file an affidavit stating with fairness and accuracy the items of expense and date of execution of action taken and is furthermore authorized to institute a suit, if necessary, against the person liable for such expenses or place a lien against property, in order to recover said costs.
Authority. Pursuant to § 271 of Town Law, the Town of Kingston has created a Planning Board. Said Board consists of five members appointed by the Town Board in such manner and for such terms as provided in the Town Law. The Planning Board shall have all the powers and perform all the duties prescribed by statute and by this chapter. The Planning Board shall have original jurisdiction for all matters pertaining to this chapter pursuant to § 274-a of Town Law (site plan review).
Civil penalties. Violation of any provision or requirement of this chapter or violation of any statement, plan, application, permit or certificate approved under the provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be an offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding $350 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both, for conviction of a first offense; for conviction of a second offense, both of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $350 nor more than $700 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both; and, upon conviction for a third or subsequent offense, all of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $700 nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both. However, for the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon courts and judicial officers generally, violations of this chapter or violation of any statement, plan, application, permit or certificate approved under the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed misdemeanors and for such purpose only all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violations. The owner, general agent or contractor of a building premises, or part thereof, where such a violation has been committed or does exist and any agent, contractor, architect, builder, corporation or other person who commits, takes part in or assists in such violation shall be liable for such an offense. All such penalties shall be collectible by and in the name of the Town; each and every week that any such violation continues after notification that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Such notice shall be given in writing by the Code Enforcement Officer and shall be served by certified mail or personal service.
Court action. The imposition of penalties herein prescribed shall not preclude the Town or any person from instituting appropriate legal action or proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent an unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion, maintenance or use or to restrain by injunction, correct or abate a violation or to prevent the illegal occupancy of a building, land or premises.