§ 5-70Establishment; Director of Code
§ 5-70.1Assistant director.
§ 5-70.3Bureaus, offices and functions.
§ 5-70.4Office of Rent Control.
§ 5-70.5Bureau of Housing Inspection.
§ 5-70.6Bureau of the Construction Code
§ 5-70.7Bureau of Weights and Measures.
§ 5-71Bureau of Animal Control.
There shall be a Department of Code Enforcement, which shall be headed by a Director of Code Enforcement, who shall be appointed in the manner provided by law.
Except to the extent that the functions and supervision of the employees of the Department are regulated by state law, the Director shall direct and supervise all code enforcement activities in the City of Camden.
The powers granted to the Director and his subordinates shall not be construed to limit or impair the concurrent powers of the Police Department to enforce municipal ordinances and orders or those enforcement powers granted to the Fire Department under the Uniform Fire Code.
The Director shall be required to and shall be empowered to coordinate the activities of the Department with enforcement agencies established by local, state or federal law.
The Director shall be the public officer designated to carry out the duties prescribed by N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.5 relating to buildings that are unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use.
The Director may appoint one assistant director to head any of the divisions of the Department.
The Department of Code Enforcement shall be organized into two divisions: the Division of Inspections and the Division of Enforcement Control. The Divisions shall he headed by either the Director or the assistant director.
The following bureaus, offices and functions shall hereby be transferred to the Department of Code Enforcement and allocated amongst the divisions of the Department by the Director:
Bureau of the Construction Code Official.
Bureau of Housing Inspections.
Bureau of License and Inspection.
Office of Rent Control.
Bureau of Weights and Measures.
Zoning Enforcement Officer.
Bureau of Animal Control.
There shall be an Office of Rent Control whose function shall be to administer and enforce the provisions of legislation adopted by the City Council for rent control on March 12, 1981, as Ordinance No. MC-1719.
The Bureau of Housing inspection is hereby established within the Department of Code Enforcement.
The head of the Bureau of Housing inspection shall be the Supervisor of Housing Inspection, whose duties shall be:
Conducting and supervising the inspection of all occupied residential structures to ensure compliance with all housing ordinances and laws.
Issuing certificates of occupancy for all residential structures, except for those newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated.
The Bureau of the Construction Code Official is hereby established within the Department of Code Enforcement.
The Chief Building Inspector shall head the Bureau and shall serve as the Construction Code Officer of the City of Camden. The Bureau shall also consist of such other subcode officials as are required by law.
The Chief Building Inspector shall:
Conduct and administer the inspection of all nonresidential and unoccupied residential structures to assure compliance with all building ordinances and laws.
Be the public officer charged with carrying out the duties imposed by the Construction Code, as adopted by the City of Camden.
Be in charge of issuing building permits and certificates of occupancy for new and substantially rehabilitated structures.
Assure compliance with the requirements of the electrical standards of the City of Camden.
There shall be a Bureau of Weights and Measures, the head of which shall be the Superintendent of Weights and Measures. The Bureau shall inspect and seal weights and measures and enforce all laws and ordinances relating thereto. This Bureau shall take all measures to ensure that the consumers within the City of Camden shall receive fair weights and measures for articles purchased.
Within the Department of Code Enforcement, there shall be a Bureau of Animal Control. The head of the Bureau shall be the Supervising Animal Control Officer, who shall supervise the animal control officers. The Supervising Animal Control Officer shall serve under the supervision of the Director of Code Enforcement.
All City of Camden certified animal control officers authorized pursuant N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16a et seq. shall have the authority within the City of Camden to enforce all laws or ordinances enacted for the protection of animals, including but not limited to animal control, animal welfare and animal cruelty laws of the State of New Jersey or ordinances of the City of Camden. A certified animal control officer is authorized to refer investigations to the Camden City Police Department and all other appropriate law enforcement agencies concerning any violation of an animal control, animal welfare or animal cruelty law of the State of New Jersey or ordinance of the City of Camden.
The Supervising Animal Control Officer shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of City Council.