Chapter 9


BUILDING REGULATIONS


Article 1. Building Inspector


§9-101               BUILDING INSPECTOR; POWER AND AUTHORITY. The Building Inspector shall be the Municipal official who shall have the duty of enforcing all building and housing regulations as herein prescribed. He shall inspect all buildings repaired, altered, built, or moved in the Municipality as often as necessary to insure compliance with all Municipal ordinances. He shall have the power and authority to order all work stopped on any construction, alteration, or relocation which violates any provisions prescribed herein. He shall issue permission to continue any construction, alteration, or relocation when he is satisfied that no provision will be violated. If the stop order is an oral one, it shall be followed by a written stop order within one (1) hour. Such written order may be served by any Municipal Policeman. In the event that the Governing Body fails to appoint a Building Inspector, the Chief of Police shall be the Building Inspector ex officio. (Ref 17-604 RS Neb.) (City Ordinance 323)


§9-102               BUILDING INSPECTOR; RIGHT OF ENTRY. It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse to allow the Building Inspector entry into any building or structure where the work of construction, alteration, repair, or relocation is taking place for the purpose of making official inspections at any reasonable hour.


§9-103               BUILDING INSPECTOR; PERMIT CARD. Upon the issuance of a building permit, the Building Inspector shall furnish to the applicant a permit card which shall be a distinctive color and shall contain the nature of the work, the location of the building, the number of the permit, and the date of issuance. The said card shall be prominently displayed on the principal frontage of the building site close to or upon the building or structure and shall so remain until the final inspection has been made.


§9-104               BUILDING INSPECTOR; TIME OF INSPECTION. The Building Inspector, upon notification from the permit holder or his agent, shall make the following inspections of the building or structure and shall either approve that portion of the construction as completed, or shall notify the permit holder, or his agent that the work fails to comply with the requirements of the Municipal Code;


Foundation inspection shall be made after trenches are excavated and the necessary forms erected; frame inspection shall be made after the roof, framing, fire-blocking, and backing is in place and all pipes, chimneys, and vents are complete; and final inspection shall be made after the building is completed and ready for occupancy. It shall be unlawful for any person to do work, or cause work to be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without the written approval of the Building Inspector.


§9-105               BUILDING INSPECTOR; APPEAL FROM DECISION. In the event it is claimed that the true intent and meaning of this Chapter has been wrongly interpreted by the Building Inspector; that the time allowed for compliance with any order of the Building Inspector is too short; or that conditions peculiar to a particular building make it unreasonably difficult to meet the literal requirements prescribed by this Chapter and the Building Inspector, the owner, his agent, or the occupant may file a notice of appeal within ten (10) days after the decision or order of the Building Inspector has been made. The Governing Body shall hear all appeals and shall have the power and authority, when appealed to, to modify the decision or order of the Building Inspector. Such a decision shall be final, subject only to any remedy which the aggrieved person may have at law or equity. Applications for review shall be in writing and shall state the reasons why the variance should be made. A variance shall be granted only where it is evident that reasonable safety and sanitation is assured and may include conditions not generally specified by this Code to achieve that end. A copy of any variance so granted shall be sent to both the Building Inspector and the applicant.