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104.2 Residential Building Department Personnel Duties and Responsibilities

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Municipal, township, or county residential building departments certified by the board shall have personnel qualified to perform the enforcement duties and responsibilities described in this section.
104.2.1 Residential Building Official
The residential building official is responsible for the enforcement of the rules of the board and of Chapters 3781. and 3791. of the Revised Code relating to the construction, arrangement, and the erection of residential buildings or parts thereof and may perform duties outlined in this section and in Sections 104.2.2.1 and 104.2.3.1 below. All residential building officials shall conduct themselves in a professional, courteous, impartial, responsive, and cooperative manner. Residential building officials shall be responsible to assure that a system is in place to track and audit all projects, to assure that all residential building department personnel perform their duties in accordance with this section, and for the overall administration of a residential building department as follows:
104.2.1.1 Applications and Plan Approvals
The residential building official shall receive applications, examine or cause the submitted construction documents to be examined, ascertain by such examinations whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of this code, and shall issue plan approvals for the construction, erection, alteration, demolition, and moving of buildings and structures.
104.2.1.2 Orders
The residential building official shall issue all orders in accordance with Section 109 to ensure compliance with this code.
104.2.1.3 Inspections
If the plans for the erection, construction, repair, alteration, relocating, or equipment of a building are subject to inspection by the residential building official, under Section 108, the residential building official shall make such inspections as the building official is authorized to make or shall cause to be made such inspections, investigations, and determinations as are necessary to determine whether or not the work which has been performed and the installations which have been made are in conformity with the approved construction documents.
104.2.1.4 Residential Department Records
The residential building official shall keep official records of applications received, certificate of plan approvals issued, notices and orders issued, certificates of occupancy, and other such records required by the rules of the board of building standards. Such information shall be retained in the official permanent record for each project. One set of approved residential construction documents shall be retained by the residential building official for a period of not less than one hundred eighty days from date of completion of the permitted work, or as required by the residential department's document retention regulations.
104.2.1.5 Department Reports
The residential building official shall be responsible for the submission of reports and any requested special information to the board of building standards as required in Section 103.2.6. Failure to submit these reports in a timely manner as required by rule or by special request or inquiry of the board of building standards may be grounds for board action as described in Section 103.3.10.
104.2.2 Residential Plans Examiners
A residential plans examiner is responsible for the examination of construction documents in accordance with Section 107, within the limits of their certification, to determine compliance with the rules of the board and may perform duties outlined in this section and in Section 104.2.3.1 below. All residential plan examiners shall effectively communicate the results of their plan review to the owner or the owner's representative and the residential building official. A residential plans examiner shall conduct themselves in a professional, courteous, impartial, responsive, and cooperative manner.
104.2.2.1 Residential Plans Examiner
A residential plans examiner is responsible for the examination of all types of residential construction documents to determine compliance with the rules of the board.
104.2.2.1.1 Residential Plans Examiner Trainee
A residential plans examiner trainee is responsible for the examination of all types of residential construction documents to determine compliance with the rules of the board under the direct supervision of an individual holding a residential plans examiner certification.
104.2.2.1.2 Electrical Plans Examiner
An electrical plans examiner is responsible for the examination of construction documents related to electrical systems to determine compliance with the rules of the board.
If the department does not have in its employ or under contract persons holding the electrical plans examiner certification, then the examination of the construction documents for compliance with the electrical provisions of the code shall be done by the residential plans examiner.
104.2.3 Residential Inspectors
A residential inspector is responsible for performing inspections and determining that work, for which they are certified to make inspections, is performed in compliance with the approved residential construction documents. All residential inspectors shall inspect the work to the extent of the approval given when residential construction documents were approved by the residential building official and for which the inspection was requested. All residential inspectors shall effectively communicate the results of their inspections as required by Section 108, and shall conduct themselves in a professional, courteous, impartial, responsive, and cooperative manner.
104.2.3.1 Residential Building Inspector
A residential building inspector is responsible to determine compliance with the approved residential construction documents in accordance with Section 108.
A residential building inspector trainee is designated to determine compliance with approved residential construction documents, in accordance with Section 108, under the direct supervision of an individual holding a residential building inspector certification.
104.2.3.2 Residential Plumbing Inspector
A residential plumbing inspector is responsible to determine plumbing system compliance with approved residential construction documents in accordance with Section 108.
A residential plumbing inspector trainee is designated to determine plumbing system compliance with approved residential construction documents, in accordance with Section 108, under the direct supervision of an individual holding a residential plumbing inspector certification.
104.2.3.3 Electrical Safety Inspector
An electrical safety inspector is responsible to determine electrical systems compliance with approved construction documents in accordance with Section 108.
An electrical safety inspector trainee is designated to determine electrical systems compliance with approved construction documents, in accordance with Section 108, under the direct supervision of an individual holding an electrical safety inspector certification.
104.2.3.4 Elective Inspectors
Residential building departments may elect to employ inspectors designated as responsible for making inspections to determine that work is performed in compliance with approved construction documents certified as follows:
104.2.3.4.1 Residential Mechanical Inspector
A residential mechanical inspector is responsible to determine compliance with the approved residential construction documents for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and the associated refrigeration, fuel gas, and heating piping systems in accordance with Section 108.
If the residential department does not have in its employ or under contract persons holding the residential mechanical inspector certification, then the enforcement of the mechanical provisions shall be done by the residential building inspector;
A residential mechanical inspector trainee is designated to determine compliance with the approved residential construction documents for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and the associated refrigeration, fuel gas, and heating piping systems, in accordance with Section 108, under the direct supervision of an individual holding a residential mechanical inspector certification.
104.2.4 Liability
Liability of certified residential building department personnel for any tortious act will be determined by Ohio courts to the applicable provisions of Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code.

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