The provisions of this chapter shall be administered and enforced by a person designated by the Town Board as the "Zoning Inspector," who shall have the power to make inspections of buildings or premises necessary to carry out his duties in the enforcement of this chapter. No building permit or certificate of occupancy required hereunder shall be issued by the Zoning Inspector except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter or as directed by the Board of Appeals under the provisions of Article VII.
The powers and duties of the Zoning Inspector shall be to:
Examine and approve applications pertaining to the use of land, buildings or structures when the applications conform to the provisions of this chapter.
Issue all building permits and certificates of occupancy and keep permanent records thereof.
Conduct such inspections of buildings, structures and uses of land as are necessary to determine compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
Receive, file and forward for appropriate action all applications for special uses, variations, interpretations and amendments to this chapter.
Maintain permanent and current records of the Zoning Ordinance, including all maps, amendments, special uses and variances.
Collect, receipt and account for all fees chargeable under the provisions of this chapter and pay all of the same into the appropriate town fund.
Register all nonconforming uses.
No building shall be erected, moved, externally altered, added to or enlarged, and no excavation for any building shall be begun, unless and until a building permit for such work has been issued by the Zoning Inspector.
Application for building permits shall be submitted in duplicate on a form or forms provided by the Zoning Inspector. Each application shall set forth the purpose for which the building is intended to be used and shall be accompanied by a plot plan showing the dimensions of the lot and the building and the dimensions of required and proposed yards. The Zoning Inspector may require such additional information, other than that called for on the application form, as may reasonably be needed for him to determine if the proposed building, its use and the use of the land are in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
A certificate of occupancy is required for any of the following:
Occupancy and use of a building hereafter erected, externally altered, moved or extended.
Change in the use of an existing building.
Occupancy and use of vacant land, except for any use consisting primarily of tilling the soil or similar agricultural use.
Change in the use of land, except for any use consisting primarily of tilling the soil or similar agricultural use.
A certificate of occupancy may be obtained, on application, from the Zoning Inspector. Such certificate shall be issued only if the proposed use of the building or land conforms to the provisions of this chapter. The Zoning Inspector shall make or cause to have made an inspection of each building or lot for which a certificate of occupancy has been applied before issuing such certificate. Such inspection shall be made within 15 days from the date of application, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays excepted. Failure to make such inspection and determination within the specified period of time shall be deemed to be approval of the application for a certificate of occupancy.
No certificate of occupancy need be obtained for any continuation of a nonconforming use existing on the effective date of this chapter, regardless of whether the premises housing such nonconforming use are externally altered, varied, etc.