[HISTORY: Adopted City of Norwalk Common Council 8-9-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Department of Code Enforcement, which shall be composed of the Divisions of:
The Department shall be responsible for the administration of the entire building permit process and inspection procedure to provide an orderly transition from a building permit application to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. The entire procedure shall be accomplished with the coordination and cooperation of the applicable divisions of this Department and other departments involved in building construction.
The Division of Zoning Enforcement shall be responsible as described in Chapter 118 (Zoning) of the Code of the City of Norwalk.
The Division of Building Inspection shall be responsible as described in Chapter 26 (Building Code).
The Division of Code Coordination shall be responsible to review, process and expedite applications for building permits.
The Department shall be responsible for the administration of complaints and violations of the codes, regulations and requirements of the Zoning Regulations, the Building Code and the Conservation Commission.
The Department shall be responsible for the administration of the Code Enforcement Committee. This Committee shall consist of representatives of all departments involved in the building permit process.
The head of the Department of Code Enforcement shall be the Director of Code Enforcement, who shall be in charge of and responsible for the operation of the Department carrying out its functions and duties as set forth in this chapter. The Director shall also serve as the Chief Building Official. He shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Common Council, for a term of four years and may, at the beginning of a term, be made subject to a probationary period of service, after which time he may be removed during the term only for just cause and in accordance with the provisions of Section 29-260 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
The Director of Code Enforcement shall have a bachelor's degree in architecture or civil engineering, with five years' experience in a responsible capacity with the building construction industry. In lieu of this requirement, a registered architect or professional engineer licensed in the State of Connecticut or a building official licensed in the State of Connecticut with at least five years experience in any Connecticut building department will be acceptable. His compensation shall be fixed by ordinance. He shall not, without express consent of the Mayor and approval of the Common Council, engage in any business or hold any office, public or private, for which a salary or emolument is paid.
The Director shall recommend such personnel positions as are required to carry out the duties and responsibilities assigned to the Department pursuant to this ordinance. The duties and responsibilities of such personnel positions shall be set forth in written job descriptions, approved by the Common Council, and shall be further subject to such other approval of the Board of Estimate and Taxation as may be required by law. The Director may appoint and may remove assistants and employees of the Department in accordance with city policies and procedures. The Director may transfer temporarily any employee of a division of the Department to another division thereof to meet seasonal or other temporary demands for clerical and other types of assistance. The Director may designate amongst the heads of the divisions above-mentioned an Assistant Director of Code Enforcement, who, during the Director's temporary incapacity or absence, shall have all the powers and duties herein conferred or imposed upon the Director of Code Enforcement. The Mayor shall have the authority to make temporary reassignments of the Department employees to duties in other city departments during seasonal periods when the Department work load shall warrant such reassignment.
The Director shall act as Chairman of the Code Enforcement Committee or he may designate a staff member of the Department of Code Enforcement to act as Chairman.
In the temporary absence of the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Environmental Officer or Code Coordinator, or where other temporary demands occur, the Director may act in their behalf as required.
This Division shall consist of a Chief Building Official, Deputy Building Official, assistants and clerical staff as required.
This Division shall consist of an Environmental Officer, with assistants and clerical staff as required.
This Division shall consist of a Code Coordinator, with assistants and clerical staff as required.