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14B.130.090 Inspection of Property and Records.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinances 188178, 188602189078 and 191208, effective April 1, 2023.)

  1. A.  Upon presentation of proper credentials, an Applicant or Licensee shall allow any representative of the Bureau of Police or the Bureau of Development Services to enter the business location to ensure compliance with the provisions of Chapter 14B.130. The inspection will be for the limited purpose of inspecting the property and related records as provided in this Chapter and the administrative rules. Except by mutual agreement with the Applicant or Licensee or by court order, any inspection under this Section may occur only during the business’ normal business hours.
    1. 1.  The Director shall first present proper credentials and demand entry to the property. If entry is refused, the Director may attempt to secure entry by any legal means.
    2. 2.  If the Director has first obtained an inspection warrant to secure entry onto the property, no owner or occupant shall refuse, fail or neglect, after proper request, to promptly permit entry by the Director to the property.
  2. B.  It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant to refuse to permit entry by the Director to inspect the property under this Chapter after an inspection warrant has been obtained.
  3. C.  Grounds for Issuance of inspection warrants.
    1. 1.  Affidavit. An inspection warrant shall be issued only upon cause, supported by affidavit, particularly describing the applicant's status in applying for the warrant, the statute, ordinance or regulation requiring or authorizing the inspection or investigation, the property to be inspected or investigated and the purpose for which the inspection or investigation is to be made including the basis upon which cause exists to inspect. In addition, the affidavit shall contain either a statement that entry has been sought and refused, or facts or circumstances reasonably showing that the purposes of the inspection or investigation might be frustrated if entry were sought without an inspection warrant.
    2. 2.  Cause. Cause shall be deemed to exist if reasonable legislative or administrative standards for conducting a routine, periodic or area inspection are satisfied with respect to any building or upon any property, or there is probable cause to believe that a condition of nonconformity with this Chapter exists with respect to the designated property, or an investigation is reasonably believed to be necessary in order to discover or verify the condition of the property for conformity this Chapter.
  4. D.  Procedure for Issuance of inspection warrants.
    1. 1.  Examination. Before issuing an inspection warrant, the judge may examine under oath the applicant and any other witness and shall be satisfied of the existence of grounds for granting such application.
    2. 2.  Issuance. If the judge is satisfied that cause for the inspection or investigation exists and that the other requirements for granting the application are satisfied, the judge shall issue the warrant, particularly describing the person or persons authorized to execute the warrant, the property to be entered and the purpose of the inspection or investigation. The warrant shall contain a direction that it be executed on any day of the week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., or where the judge has specially determined upon a showing that it cannot be effectively executed between those hours, that it be executed at any additional or other time of the day or night.
    3. 3.  Police Assistance. In issuing an inspection warrant on unoccupied property, including inspection warrants pursuant to Section 14B.130.090, the judge may authorize any peace officer, as defined in Oregon Revised Statutes, to enter the described property to ensure the safety of the Director or representative of the bureau in completing the inspection.
  5. E.  Execution of inspection warrants.
    1. 1.  Occupied Property. Except as provided in Subsection 2. of this Section, in executing an inspection warrant, the person authorized to execute the warrant shall, before entry into the occupied premises, make a reasonable effort to present the person's credentials, authority and purpose to an occupant or person in possession of the property designated in the warrant and show the occupant or person in possession of the property the warrant or a copy thereof upon request.
    2. 2.  Unoccupied Property. In executing an inspection warrant, the person authorized to execute the warrant need not inform anyone of the person's authority and purpose, as prescribed in Subsection 1. of this Section, but may promptly enter the property if it is at the time unoccupied or not in the possession of any person or at the time reasonably believed to be in such condition. In such case a copy of the warrant shall be conspicuously posted upon the property.
    3. 3.  Return. An inspection warrant must be executed within 10 business days of its issue and returned to the judge by whom it was issued within 10 business days from its date of execution. After the expiration of the time prescribed by this Subsection, the warrant unless executed is void.