[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Dobbs Ferry 2-1-1966 as Art. 16-3 of the 1966 Dobbs Ferry Village Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 1-22-1980 by L.L. No. 3-1980]
There is hereby created the office of Building Inspector. The Building Inspector shall be the administrative head of the Building Department. The Building Department shall have such other officers and employees as may from time to time be authorized by the Board of Trustees.
The Building Inspector shall have the following powers and duties:
He shall review all applications for permits as required by this Code.
He shall issue permits and furnish the prescribed certificates.
He shall examine premises for which permits have been issued and shall make the necessary inspections and issue the necessary orders to enforce the provisions of all the requirements of applicable laws and ordinances.
He shall issue rules where necessary to interpret or apply the provisions of this Code.
In the discharge of his duties, the Building Inspector or his authorized representative shall have the authority to enter any building, structure or premises in the Village at any reasonable hour to enforce the provisions of this Code.
He shall administer and enforce all statutes, local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to building, zoning and planning within the Village, and he shall have the following powers hereby delegated pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law:
[Added 12-4-1979 by L.L. No. 19-1979]
To promulgate rules and regulations and to amend the same from time to time, specifying the procedures, forms and process of the Building Department in the administration and enforcement of all statutes, local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to building, zoning and planning within the Village; provided, however, the rules and regulations promulgated by the Building Inspector pursuant to this section, and all amendments thereto, shall in no event become effective earlier than the 10th day next succeeding the filing of the complete text thereof in the office of the Village Clerk.
To issue and serve appearance tickets and file informations and misdemeanor complaints pursuant to Article 150 of the Criminal Procedure Law for all violations of said statutes, local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
Deputy Inspectors. In regard to the inspection of electrical installations, the Board of Trustees may deputize regular inspectors of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters as Deputy Inspectors to the Building Inspector. It shall be unlawful for the Building Inspector or any such Deputy Inspector to engage in the business or the sale, installation or maintenance of electric wiring, electric devices or electric equipment, either directly or indirectly, and he shall have no financial interest in any concern engaged in such business in the Village.
Disconnecting electricity. The Building Inspector or a Deputy Inspector shall have the authority to order the turning off or disconnecting by the utility from the source of supply of all electric currents, after notice to the landlord, tenants and occupants, and cause to be cut or disconnected, in cases of emergency, any wires where such electrical currents are dangerous to life and property or may interfere with the work of the Fire Department, until such wiring devices and equipment and their installation have been made safe as directed by him.
The Building Inspector shall keep complete official records of applications, inspections, permits, certificates, reports, orders, notices, rules and fees. He shall retain copies of all plans as long as the building or structure to which they relate remains in existence. All records shall be available for inspection at any reasonable hour but shall not be removed from the custody of the Department except under due process of law or in connection with the business of the Village.
The Building Inspector shall report to the Board of Trustees on the first day of each month the number of applications received and permits issued during the preceding month, together with the amount of fees prescribed by this Code paid for such permits and examinations. At the end of the fiscal year, he shall submit to the Board of Trustees an annual report of all business and activities of the Department, including the character and amounts of all fees connected therewith.