b. Permitted Inspectors. Inspections required by this Ordinance shall be conducted only by individuals or agencies certified as an inspector by BOCA [Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc.] as to the type of premises to be inspected. No employee of the City shall be permitted to conduct such inspections. Any individual or agency desiring to conduct inspections required by this Ordinance shall provide proof of current certification to the City.
c. Timing of Inspections.
(i) As for any residential unit unoccupied or occupied by the owner on or after the effective date hereof, a Certificate of Inspection shall be issued and displayed prior to occupancy of such residential unit by anyone other than the owner and subsequent inspections shall occur as set forth in subparagraph (c) (ii).
(ii) As for any residential unit occupied by other than the owner as of the effective date hereof and for all subsequent inspections, inspections required by this Ordinance shall be completed and the Certificate of Inspection issued and displayed not later than December 31 of the year for which inspection is required. In no event shall such an inspection be conducted prior to January 1 of the year for which the inspection is required. The City shall be divided into districts as follows:
1. District I - First, Second and Fifth Wards of the City.
2. District II - Third Ward of the City.
3. District III - Fourth Ward of the City.
Residential Units subject to the inspection requirements of this Ordinance and located in District I shall be inspected during the calendar year in which the Ordinance shall become effective and every third year thereafter. Residential Units subject to the inspection requirements of this Ordinance and located in District II shall be inspected during the first calendar year subsequent to the year in which this Ordinance becomes effective and every third year thereafter. Residential Units subject to the inspection requirements of this Ordinance and located in District III shall be inspected during the second calendar year subsequent to the year in which this Ordinance becomes effective and every third year thereafter.
(i) Any residential unit occupied or to be occupied by other than the owner thereof shall be excepted from the inspection requirements of this Ordinance upon proof submitted to the Inspection Compliance Official that such unit is subject to a requirement by other governmental agency of safety inspection similar to inspection under Section 4(a) hereof at least once every three years and in compliance with such inspection requirements.
(ii) No residential unit which would otherwise be subject to the inspection requirements of this Ordinance shall be required to be inspected within the three (3) calendar years subsequent to the year in which any certificate of occupancy required before occupancy of new construction is issued.
(iii) When a Certificate of Inspection has been issued prior to a residential unit being occupied by other than the owner, said residential unit shall not be subject to reinspection under the terms of this Ordinance prior to the first applicable calendar year occurring after the calendar year subsequent to issuance of the initial Certificate of Inspection.
Section 5. Issuance and Display of Certificate of Compliance.
a. General Provision. Upon submission of proof that an inspection required by this Ordinance has been completed and that there were no violations found of the Code as in effect on the date of inspection or that any such violations have been corrected in accordance with said Code, the Inspection Compliance Officer shall issue a Certificate of Inspection for the structure with each residential unit therein which was inspected listed upon said Certificate. The Certificate of Inspection shall be displayed in plain view within the unit or structure...
Section 7. Responsible Party. The Owner of any residential unit which is subject to the inspection requirements of this Ordinance shall be responsible for compliance with the provisions of this Ordinance.
Section 8. Penalties. The Owner of any residential unit who has violated or permitted the violation of this Ordinance shall upon conviction thereof be sentenced to pay a fine of $ 600.00 and costs of prosecution with imprisonment, not exceeding ninety (90) days, if the fine and costs are not paid. Each violation of this Ordinance and each day the same is continued shall be deemed a separate offense.
Section 9. Fee Schedule The fee schedule for issuance for Certificates of Inspection shall be as follows:
a. Upon change from owner occupied or unoccupied to occupied by other than owner; $ 5.00
b. Inspections required by Section 4(c) (ii) of this Ordinance: