The Code Enforcement Officer shall enforce and administer all of the provisions of this chapter and of those other applicable codes and ordinances for which the Office of Code Enforcement is the official administration and enforcement agency.
Specific duties. The duties of the Code Enforcement Officer shall include:
The receipt of applications.
The issuance of permits, notices, certificates and orders.
The making of inspections to determine conformance with applicable codes and ordinances.
The undertaking of systematic inspection programs.
The undertaking of research and investigation.
The recommendation of appropriate administrative rules for review and adoption by the Code Hearing Board.
The keeping of records.
The issuance of written annual reports.
Such other activities as may be required.
The enforcement of the various codes by appropriate legal action.
In the discharge of his duties, the Code Enforcement Officer or his authorized representative, upon showing proper identification where requested, is hereby authorized to enter and inspect, at any reasonable hour, any structure or premises in the Borough to enforce the provisions of this chapter and of those other applicable codes and ordinances.
The Code Enforcement Office and the owner, operator or occupant or other person in charge of any structure or premises subject to the provisions of this chapter may agree to an inspection by appointment at a mutually convenient time.
The owner, operator or occupant or other person in charge of any structure or premises shall give the Code Enforcement Officer entry and free access thereto and to every part of the structure or to the premises surrounding the structure.
If any owner, operator or occupant or other person in charge fails or refuses to permit entry and free access to the structure or premises under his control, or any part thereof, with respect to any authorized inspection, the Code Enforcement Officer may, upon a showing that probable cause exists for the inspection, file a complaint and petition for and obtain an order from a court of competent jurisdiction directing compliance with the inspection requirements of this chapter. Any person who refuses to comply with such an order issued pursuant to this section shall be subject to such penalties as may be authorized by law for violation of a court order.
Structures which contain dwellings which are unfit for human habitation or structures which are dangerous or unsafe and structures which contain dangerous conditions or materials, as defined by the applicable codes and ordinances of the municipality, are hereby declared to be public nuisances.
General procedure. The Code Enforcement Officer shall order the responsible owner, operator, occupant or person in charge of the structure or premises which is dangerous, unsafe or unfit for human habitation to vacate, repair and/or demolish said structures and to remove the public nuisance as provided for in this chapter and in the applicable codes and ordinances of the municipality, in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Failure to comply. Whenever an order to vacate, repair and/or demolish a structure which is a public nuisance because it is unsafe, dangerous or unfit for human habitation has not been complied with, the Code Enforcement Officer may, in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, proceed to cause the structure to be vacated, repaired and/or demolished or take such other action as is necessary to abate the nuisance.
Recovery of expense. The expenses incurred pursuant to § 122-7 and the other applicable codes and ordinances shall be paid by the responsible owner, operator or occupant or by the person who caused or maintained such a public nuisance. The Code Enforcement Officer shall file on his records an affidavit stating with fairness and accuracy the items and date of the expenses incurred. The Council of the municipality may institute a suit to recover such expenses, including a fifteen-percent administrative fee, to be charged against the property as a lien.