[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Smithfield 6-27-1978 (Ch. 7, Art. II, of the 1985 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 154.
There shall be a Building Official for the Town, who shall be appointed by the Town Council for a term of six years and whose compensation shall be fixed by the Town Council. The Building Official shall be appointed pursuant to Section 23-27.3-107.5 of the General Laws and shall be a resident and qualified elector of the Town within six months after appointment; provided, however, the Council may make a temporary appointment to evaluate the ability of the appointee to be building official.
The Building Official shall possess the necessary technical knowledge appropriate to construction of buildings so that he/she can carry out the function of the General Laws pursuant to G.L. Chapter 23-27.3 entitled "State Building Code."
In addition to other duties specifically defined by the General Laws, it shall be the duty of the Building Official to:
Issue all permits to builders or owners covering all phases or work to be constructed within the Town;
Have knowledge of all codes, zoning laws, subdivision laws, etc., in order that he/she may enlighten any person requiring such information;
Inspect all properties being built or added to at least three times and keep a record of his findings on field cards which can be transferred to permanent cards at a later date. Inspection shall include foundation, pre-lathing, final and any other inspections deemed necessary. The Building Official shall leave a sticker or card in or on the building after making his inspections to show the owner that the building has been accepted or rejected;
Act as the zoning enforcement officer and enforce all zoning laws adopted by the Town Council;
Act as the Minimum Housing Inspector;
Serve as the Building Inspector unless a Building Inspector is separately appointed;
Inform the Town Council, the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board where the application for a building permit is for land involving wetlands;
Inspect the prospective land on which any building is to be constructed, prior to the issuance of a building permit;
Serve as the Earth Removal Officer.
The Town Council is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint a Deputy Building Official, who shall work under the supervision and direction of the Town Building Official; the Deputy Building Official shall carry out the duties of the Town Building Official in the Building Official's absence and shall serve at the pleasure of the Council at a compensation to be determined by the Council.
The Town Council is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint a Building Inspector, who shall work under the supervision and direction of the Town Building Official.
The Town Council is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint one or more persons to carry out the functions of Mechanical Inspector, Electrical Inspector and Plumbing Inspector for the Town.
All inspectors shall serve under the supervision and direction of the Town Building Official and shall serve at the pleasure of the Town Council.