§ 12-229. Duties and powers of the code official  

Effective on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • 12-229.1 Inspections. The code official shall make all of the required inspections, or shall accept reports of inspection by approved agencies or individuals. All reports of such inspections shall be in writing and be certified by a responsible officer of such approved agency or by the responsible individual. The code official is authorized to engage such expert opinion as deemed necessary to report upon unusual technical issues that arise, subject to the approval of the appointing authority.

    12-229.2 Right of entry. Where it is necessary to make an inspection to enforce the provisions of this code, or whenever the code official has reasonable cause to believe that there exists in a structure or upon a premises a condition in violation of this code, the code official is authorized to enter the structure or premises at reasonable times to inspect or perform the duties imposed by this code, provided that if such structure or premises is occupied the code official shall present credentials to the occupant and request entry. If such structure or premises is unoccupied, the code official shall first make reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person having charge or control of the structure or premises and request entry. If entry is refused, the code official shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry.

    12-229.3 Identification. The code official shall carry proper identification when inspecting structures or premises in the performance of duties under this code.

    12-229.4 Notices and orders. The code official shall issue all necessary notices or orders to ensure compliance with this code.

    12-229.5 Department records. The code official shall keep official records of all business and activities of the department specified in the provisions of this code. Such records shall be retained in the official records as long as the building or structure to which such records relate remains in existence, unless otherwise provided for by other regulations.

    12-229.6 Modifications. Whenever there are practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of this code, the Building Official shall have the authority to grant modifications to structures for individual cases as may be deemed necessary in his or her discretion. Should a modification be denied, the requester may appeal the Building Official's decision to the Board of Adjustment and Appeals. No modification from the terms of this code shall be issued unless the Board of Adjustment and Appeals finds, based on competent substantial written evidence submitted to the Planning & Development Department at least seven (7) business days before the day of the scheduled meeting of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals, that all of the following conditions are met:

    a. The requested modification is in compliance with the intent and purpose of this code;

    b. The requested modification does not lessen health, life, safety and fire requirements;

    c. The circumstances giving rise to the requested modification are peculiar to the structure and do not arise from the actions of a structure owner or occupant;

    d. The requested modification, if approved, will not confer any special privilege that is denied by the provisions of this code to other similarly situated structures;

    e. Literal interpretation of the provisions of this code would deprive the structure owner or occupant of rights commonly enjoyed by other similarly situated structures; and

    f. The requested modification, if approved, is the minimum modification that will allow reasonable use of the structure.

    All requests for modifications must be submitted to the City in writing. It is the requester's responsibility to include a proper mailing address with the written request for modification.

    While it is preferred that the requester provide evidence supporting the modification to the Board of Adjustment and Appeals at the time of making the written request, to ensure that the requester is given adequate opportunity to provide the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with all relevant evidence, the Planning & Development Director shall, upon receipt of a request for modification, forward a notice, along with a copy of this Section, to the address supplied by the requester that identifies the Board meeting date and the deadline for document submittal.

    Should a modification to this code be approved, the Board of Adjustment and Appeals shall draft a modification order and shall forward a copy of the modification order to the Code Official for placement in the Code Official's files and a copy of the modification order to the Building Official for placement in the Building Official's files.

    Modifications to this code granted by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals are not variances and do not run with the land, and upon the application for a building permit from the City for the subject building, structure or premises by the owner or occupant thereof, such modifications shall cease to be in existence and the subject building, structure or premises must be brought into compliance with this code as a condition of issuance of the permit.

    Any aggrieved person adversely affected by a decision of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals made pursuant to this Section shall, within thirty (30) days of rendition of the decision, make appeal to an applicable Court of law in accordance with the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure by filing with such Court a petition for writ of certiorari. Such an appeal shall be in the nature of that from a final administrative decision.

    12-229.7 Alternative materials, methods and equipment. The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material or method of construction shall be approved where the code official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety.

    12-229.8 Required testing. Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of this code, or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of this code, or in order to substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the code official shall have the authority, but not the obligation, to require tests to be made as evidence of compliance at the property owner's expense.

    12-229.9 Used material and equipment. The use of used materials which meet the requirements of this code for new materials is permitted. Materials, equipment and devices shall not be reused unless such elements are in good repair or have been reconditioned and tested when necessary, placed in good and proper working condition and approved by the code official.

    12-229.10 Approved materials and equipment. Materials, equipment and devices approved by the code official shall be constructed and installed in accordance with such approval. 

(Ord. No. 2016-02, § 1, 1-19-16)