[Ord. No. 338 Art. X §A, 11-14-1991]
There is hereby created the position of Administrative Officer. The Administrative Officer shall be any person recommended as such by the Planning and Zoning Board, and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
[Ord. No. 338 Art. X §B, 11-14-1991]
The powers and duties of the Administrative Officer shall be as follows:
Issue all Zoning Permits and make and maintain records thereof.
Issue all Certificates of Occupancy and make and maintain records thereof.
Conduct inspections of buildings, structures, and the use of land to determine compliance with the terms of this Chapter.
Require that all construction or work of any type be stopped when such work is not in compliance with this Chapter.
Revoke any permit which was unlawfully issued or any permit wherein defective work has been performed, and when such work has not been corrected within ninety (90) days of notification.
Maintain permanent and current records of this Chapter, including, but not limited to, all maps, amendments, variances, appeals, and applications.
Provide and maintain a public information bureau relative to all matters arising out of this Chapter.
Forward to the Planning Commission all applications for amendments to this Chapter.
Forward to the Board of Adjustment, applications for appeals, variances, or other matters on which the Board of Adjustment is required by this Chapter to act upon.
Issue permits regulating the erection and uses of tents for periods not to exceed ten (10) days for specific purposes such as: temporary carnivals, churches, charities, or charitable uses, and revival meetings, such uses not being detrimental to the public health, safety, morals, comfort, convenience, or general welfare; provided however, that said tents or operations are in conformance with all other ordinances of the City of Gerald.
Initiate, direct, and review, from time to time, a study of the provisions of this Chapter, and to make such reports available to the Planning Commission not less than once a year.
[Ord. No. 338 Art. X §C, 11-14-1991]
No building or other structure shall be erected, moved, added to, or structurally altered without a permit therefore.
No Zoning Permit for exterior alteration or construction of any building or structure shall be issued unless plans and specifications show that the building or structure, and its proposed use, will be in compliance with provisions of the Zoning Code.
A temporary Zoning Permit may be issued by the Administrative Official for a period not exceeding six (6) months during alteration or construction for partial occupancy of a building, pending its completion, or for bazaars, carnivals, and revivals, provided that such temporary permit shall require such conditions and safeguards as will protect the safety of the occupants and the public.
The failure to obtain the necessary Zoning Permit shall be punishable under Section 405.410 of this Chapter.
Zoning Permits issued on the basis of plans and applications approved by the Administrative Official authorize only the use, arrangement, and construction set forth in such approved plans and specifications. Any use, arrangement, or construction which is at variance with that authorized by this Chapter shall be deemed a violation of this Chapter and shall be punishable as provided by Section 405.410 of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 338 Art. X §D, 11-14-1991]
Applications for Zoning Permits shall be accompanied by a duplicate set of plans drawn to scale with the following information indicated in order to determine compliance with this Chapter:
The shape and dimensions of the lot on which the proposed building or use is to be erected or conducted;
The location of the said lot with respect to adjacent rights-of-way;
The shape, dimensions, and location of all buildings, existing and proposed, on the said lot;
The nature of the proposed use of the building or land including extent and location of the use on the said lot;
The location and dimensions of off-street parking and loading space and the means of ingress and egress to such space; and
Any other information which the Administrative Official may deem necessary for consideration in enforcing the provisions of this Chapter.
If the Zoning Permit is denied on the basis of this Chapter, the applicant may appeal the action of the Administrative Official to the Board of Adjustment.
No Building Permit for alteration, repair, or construction of any building or structure shall be issued unless the plans and specifications show that the building or structure, and its proposed use, will be in compliance with provisions of the Zoning Code and a Zoning Permit has been issued. No permit shall be valid for a period of greater than one (1) year from the date of issuance unless the subject of the permit has been substantially completed.
[Ord. No. 338 Art. X §F, 11-14-1991; Ord. No. 386 §2, 9-8-1994]
The owner or general agent of a building or premises where a violation of any provision of said regulations has been committed or shall exist, or the lessee or tenant of an entire building or entire premises where such violation has been committed or shall exist, or the owner, general agent, lessee or tenant of any part of the building or premises in which such violation has been committed or shall exist, or the general agent, architect, builder, contractor or any other person who commits, takes part or assists in any such violation or who maintains any building or premises in which any such violation shall exist shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) and not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each and every day that such violation continues, but if the offense be willful on conviction thereof, the punishment shall be a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for each and every day that such violation shall continue or by imprisonment for ten (10) days for each and every day such violation shall continue, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
The owner or tenant of any building, structure, mobile home, premises, or part thereof, any architect, builder, contractor, agent or other persons who commits, participates in, assists in, or maintains such violations may be found guilty of a separate offense and be subject to the penalties herein provided.
Nothing herein contained shall prevent the City from taking such other lawful action as it deems necessary to prevent or remedy any violation.