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24.10.060 Enforcement.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 168340, 176955, 187432, 188647 and 189806, effective December 18, 2019.)

A.  All permitted work shall be subject to inspection by the Director, and certain work shall have continuous inspection by special inspectors as specified in Section 24.20.  Approval as a result of an inspection will not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of this Title or of any other laws or regulations of the City.  Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this Title or of any other laws or regulations of the City shall not be valid.  The Director shall have the authority to make or require all inspections necessary to ascertain compliance with this Title and any other laws enforced by the Director.

B.  The Director, upon notification from the permit holder or the permit holder’s agent, shall either approve of those portions of the construction requiring inspection or shall notify the permit holder, or the permit holder’s agent, in writing, wherein the same fails to comply with the provisions of this Title.

C.  Stop Work Orders.  When it is necessary to obtain compliance with this Title, the Director may issue a stop work order requiring that all work, except work directly related to elimination of the violation, be immediately and completely stopped.  If the Director issues a stop work order, activity subject to the order may not be resumed until such time as the Director gives specific approval in writing.  The stop work order will be in writing, except when an emergency condition exists, the Director may issue a stop work order orally, followed by a written stop work order.  All stop work orders will conform to the requirements of City Code Section 3.30.080.  Any person subject to a stop work order may seek review of the order by the Director and may appeal the Director’s determination in accordance with City Code Section 3.30.080.

D.  It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish, equip, use, occupy, or maintain any building or structure in the City, or cause the same to be done, contrary to or in violation of any of the provisions of this Title.

E.  If an unoccupied structure or structure under construction is open or unattended, the Director may enter to determine if a hazardous condition exists.  If such a condition exists, the Director shall notify the owner of the condition and order the structure immediately secured against the entry of unauthorized persons.

F.  In the event the property owner, permit holder or the owner’s agent fails or neglects to carry out any requirement, or fails to correct any noted violation of this Title, the Director may gain compliance by any of the remedies outlined in Chapter 3.30 of the Code of the City of Portland and is authorized to institute any appropriate proceeding at law or in equity to restrain, correct, or abate such violation or to require the removal or termination of the unlawful occupancy of the building or structure in violation of the provisions of this Title or of the order or direction made pursuant thereto.