There is hereby established the office of Zoning Administrator. As appointed by the Director of the Department of Planning and Development and approved by the Mayor, the Zoning Administrator shall be executive head of this office. Deputies who shall exercise all the powers of the Zoning Administrator may be designated by the Administrator. The compensation of the officials and employees of the office of Zoning Administrator shall be fixed in the usual manner by Council.
It shall be the duty of the Zoning Administrator, and he/she shall have the power to:
Receive, examine and process all applications for zoning permits;
Issue zoning permits and certificates of use and occupancy only where there is compliance with the provisions of this chapter and other governing statutes. Permits for construction or uses requiring a special exception or variance shall be issued only upon order of the Zoning Hearing Board. Permits requiring approval from Council or other governing bodies shall be issued only after receipt of approval from the same;
Receive applications for curative amendments and zoning changes, forwarding such requests to Council, the Planning Commission and other appropriate agencies;
Receive applications for special exceptions and forward these applications to the Planning Commission for review and recommendations and to the Zoning Hearing Board for action thereon;
Following refusal of a permit, receive applications for interpretation, appeals and variances and forward these applications to the Zoning Hearing Board for action thereon;
Conduct inspections and surveys to determine compliance or noncompliance with the terms of this chapter;
Issue stop-work and cease and desist orders and order, in writing, correction of all provisions of all applicable City codes. Such written orders shall be served personally or by certified mail upon persons, firms or corporations deemed by the Zoning Administrator to be violating the terms of this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any such order issued lawfully by the Zoning Administrator, and any person violating such order shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter;
Institute in the name of the City any appropriate action or proceedings to prevent the unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion, maintenance or use; to restrain, correct or abate such violation; so as to prevent the occupancy or use of any building, structure or land or to prevent any illegal act, conduct, business or use in or about such premises;
Revoke any order or zoning permit issued under a mistake of fact or contrary to the law or the provisions of this chapter;
Record and file all applications for zoning permits with accompanying plans and documents. All applications, plans and documents shall be public record;
Maintain a map or maps showing the current zoning and block classification of all land in the City; and
Maintain records of all applications for uses proposed in a floodplain area.