All permits, certificates and stop orders required by this resolution shall be issued by the County Zoning Administrator, who shall be the administrative and enforcing officer of the provisions of this resolution, and he or she shall have the authority to make all decisions and investigations necessary to properly carry out the provisions of this resolution. The County Zoning Administrator shall determine whether a use is similar to those uses listed, unless his or her decision be reversed by the Planning Commission. No required permit, certificate or order shall be issued by him or her if in his or her judgment the requirements of this resolution have not been met. No oversight or dereliction on part of the County Zoning Administrator or his or her authorized assistants or on the part of any official or employee of the County shall legalize or authorize the violation of any of the provisions of this resolution.
The Zoning Administrator may authorize waivers from the provisions of these regulations. Waivers may be granted for the purpose of encouraging flexibility and variety in land development. The Zoning Administrator will not look favorably on waiver requests for self-inflicted hardships. Such waivers may be granted if it is deemed by the Zoning Administrator to be in the public interest and does not impair the intent and purposes of this Code. Request for waivers of any requirements from the Pueblo County Code must be accompanied by a letter of justification. The conditions of any waiver authorized shall be stated in writing by the Zoning Administrator.
The County Zoning Administrator, or any duly authorized deputy inspector shall, if possible first secure permission of the occupant before entering upon any premises for the purpose of making inspections and necessary to the conduct of his or her duties in the administration and enforcement of this resolution.
Except as provided in the Agricultural Zone Districts, permits shall be secured from the County Zoning Administrator prior to the construction, moving, conversion, extension, enlargement or structural alteration of buildings or other structures.
A. Application Forms. Application for a zoning permit shall be made to the County Zoning Administrator on forms provided for that purpose.
B. Issuance. If, in the opinion of the County Zoning Administrator, the proposal as set forth in the application is in conformity with the provisions of this resolution, the County Zoning Administrator shall issue a zoning permit.
C. Disapproval. If, in the opinion of the County Zoning Administrator, the proposal as set forth in the application is not in conformance with the provisions of this resolution, the County Zoning Administrator shall refuse to issue a zoning permit. If an application for a zoning permit is not approved, the County Zoning Administrator shall state in writing on the application the reason for such disapproval.
D. Null or Void Permits. Any permit issued in violation of any of the provisions of this resolution shall be null and void and may not be construed as waiving any provision of this resolution. Any zoning permit issued under the provisions of this resolution shall be valid for one (1) year. If no construction has started within the one (1) year limit, then the Zoning Permit shall be null and void.
E. Existing Permits. Permits issued prior to the adoption of the resolution shall be valid for one (1) year from date of issuance as to use, provided the structure conforms to the yard requirements of the zone district in which it is located.
Whenever any building work is being done contrary to the provisions of this Title, or land or structures are being used contrary to this resolution, the County Zoning Administrator shall order the work or use stopped by notice in writing served on any person engaged in doing or causing such work to be done or such use to be continued, and any such person and all others engaged in doing or causing such work to be done or such use to be continued shall forthwith stop such work or use until authorized by the County Zoning Administrator to proceed with the work or continue the use.
Any person denied a permit, certificate or issued a stop order, when noncompliance with this resolution is the grounds for such action, or any other person or public official may appeal such action of the County Zoning Administrator to the Zoning Board of Appeals within thirty (30) days from the date of such action by the County Zoning Administrator.
Upon request of an applicant, the County Zoning Administrator shall issue a certificate of occupancy.