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Chapter 10.50 Inspections

City Code Chapter

10.50.010 General.

(Amended by Ordinance 191000, effective October 21, 2022.)

  1. A. The Director may conduct inspections whenever it is necessary to enforce any provisions of this Title or the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual, to determine compliance with this Title and the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual or whenever the Director has reasonable cause to believe there exists any violation of this Title or the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual.
  2. B. Inspections will occur at reasonable times of the day.  If the Responsible Party is at the site when the inspection is occurring, the Director or authorized representative must first present proper credentials to the Responsible Party and request entry.  If such entry is thereupon refused, the Director will have recourse to any remedy provided by law to obtain entry, including obtaining an administrative search warrant.

10.50.020 Inspections for Activities that Do Not Require a Permit.

(Amended by Ordinance 191000, effective October 21, 2022.)

  1. A. Ground disturbing activities that do not require a merit will be inspected as the result of a complaint or whenever the Director becomes aware of a possible violation of this Title or the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual.
  2. B. Inspections in response to complaints will occur from one of the following locations:
    1. 1. The adjacent right-of-way;
    2. 2. Adjacent public property;
    3. 3. Adjacent private property with approval of entry from the property owner; or
    4. 4. The property that is the subject of the complaint with approval for entry by the property owner.

10.50.030 City Inspections.

(Amended by Ordinances 179690 and 191000, effective October 21, 2022.)

  1. The Director will conduct the following inspections on development activities that require a permit when an erosion, sediment, and pollutant control plan is required. It is the duty of the Responsible Party to notify the Director at the appropriate inspection phase as set forth below. Inspections of erosion, sediment and pollutant control measures may occur with other inspections being conducted on the development or construction project.
  2. A. Pre-construction inspection. The Director will conduct inspections after initial, temporary erosion, sediment and pollutant control measures have been put in place and prior to any ground disturbance in addition to that necessary for the installation of the erosion, sediment and pollutant control measures. When the development is being conducted in phases, this inspection will occur at the beginning of each phase.
  3. B. Permanent stabilization inspection. The Director will conduct inspections after permanent stabilization is in place. When the development is being conducted in phases, this inspection will occur after permanent stabilization has been installed for each phase.
  4. C. Interim inspections. The Director may conduct other inspections not specifically addressed above to determine compliance with this Title. When the Director determines an interim inspection is necessary, the interim inspection must be completed and receive inspection approval prior to subsequent inspections.
  5. D. Post-construction erosion control inspection. An inspection may be conducted after construction completion to determine the effectiveness of permanent erosion and sediment control measures. This inspection will be conducted six months after construction completion or at other times determined by the Director. This inspection may be conducted at sites other than special sites as determined by the Director.

10.50.040 Other Inspections.

(Amended by Ordinance 191000, effective October 21, 2022.)

  1. Where the Director has determined that special site conditions exist, the Director may require a special inspector to monitor erosion, sediment and pollutant control at that site.  The special inspector must be qualified to perform such monitoring.

10.50.050 Refusal of Entry.

(Amended by Ordinance 191000, effective October 21, 2022.) 

  1. No person may refuse entry or access to a permitted development project to any authorized representative of the Director who provides proper credentials and requests entry for the purpose of conducting an inspection.  In addition, no person may obstruct, hamper or interfere with any such representative while in the process of carrying out their official duties.

10.50.060 Release of Bond or Other Guarantee.

(Amended by Ordinances 179690 and 191000, effective October 21, 2022.)

  1. At the time of project approval, when the Director determines that all provisions of this Title and the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual have been met, the bond, letter of credit or other guarantee that has been provided will be released. Public works permit and contract performance guarantees will be released as dictated in the applicable permit or warranty agreements.