Chapter 15.05


15.05.010    Violations of title generally.

15.05.020    Department of building inspection generally – Appointment and removal of building official.

15.05.030    Maintenance of buildings and structures.

15.05.010 Violations of title generally.

(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided, any person who shall violate any provision of this title or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof, or who shall erect, construct, alter, repair or maintain a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the building official or housing official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this title, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by fine of not more than $2,500.

(2) The imposition of the penalty described in subsection (1) of this section shall not preclude the city attorney from instituting appropriate action to prevent unlawful construction, to restrain, correct or abate a violation, to prevent illegal occupancy of a building, structure or premises, or to stop an illegal act, conduct, business or use of a building or structure in or about any premises. (Code 1964, §§ 8-51, 8-52; Code 1985, § 9-1; Ord. 2-27-97).

15.05.020 Department of building inspection generally – Appointment and removal of building official.

(1) The department of building inspection of the city is hereby created and the executive officer in charge thereof shall be known as the building official.

(2) The building official shall be appointed by the city manager and he shall not be removed from office except for cause and after opportunity has been granted him to be heard on specific relevant charges by and before the city manager.

(3) The building official hereby appointed shall also be the code official for the purposes set forth in this title, in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and as generally set forth in other chapters of this code, including Chapter 15.25 SCC. Wherever the term “building official” or the term “code official” appears herein, the term refers to one and the same person. (Code 1964, §§ 8-3, 8-4; Code 1985, § 9-2; Ord. 12-11-97).

15.05.030 Maintenance of buildings and structures.

(1) This section governs the maintenance of buildings and structures and all parts thereof, including residential housing, which existed or were under construction prior to September 1, 1973, and new buildings and structures built after September 1, 1973.

(2) All buildings and structures and all parts thereof shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition. All service equipment, means of egress, devices and safeguards which are required by this title in a building or structure when erected, altered or repaired shall be maintained in good working order.

(3) The owner or his designated agent shall be responsible for the safe and sanitary maintenance of a building or structure and its exit way facilities at all times. (Code 1964, § 8-45; Code 1985, § 9-3).