Code of Conduct for Building Inspectors
Code of Conduct for Building Inspectors
This Code of Conduct applies to all Town Building Inspectors and must provide for its enforcement and include polices or guidelines to be used when responding to allegations that the Code of Conduct has been breached and disciplinary actions that may be taken if the Code of Conduct is breached.
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to:
- Promote appropriate standards of behavior and enforcement actions by Town Building Inspectors in the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty.
- Prevent practices which may constitute an abuse of power, including unethical or illegal practices, by all Town Building Inspectors in the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty; and to
- Promote appropriate standards of honesty and integrity in the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty by all Town Building Inspectors.
Building Officials in exercising their power and performing their duties under the Act, shall at all times:
- Promote the safety of buildings with reference to public health, fire protection, structural sufficiency, conservation and environmental integrity, and barrier-free accessibility;
- Take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of the public, Town staff and themselves;
- Apply the Building Code Act and the Building Code impartially, without influence and in accordance with all applicable legislation;
- Perform duties with due diligence, honesty, and integrity and with the highest professional standards in a fair and consistent manner that maintains and promotes public safety at all times.
- Only act within their area of qualifications obtained under the Building Code Act and to obtain qualifications as required to be appointed and to remain appointed under the Building Code Act.
- Maintain their specialized knowledge and understanding of the current and evolving building practices, building laws and regulations through continuous professional development;
- Comply with the Chief Building Official’s Conflict of Interest Policy, and
- Manage confidential and sensitive information according to the Town’s guidelines and relevant legislation and ensure that no information collected, produced or obtained in the course of their duties, whether reports, memos, verbal/written/electronic communication is disclosed without proper approval.
- A complaint from a member of the public must be in writing and must be signed by the person making the complaint. The complaint may be a letter, e-mail, facsimile or submitted via a prescribed form authorized by the Chief Building Official.
- A complainant may withdraw his/her complaint at any time; although the Town may continue to investigate the complaint if deemed appropriate to do so.
- The entire investigation process will be handled in as confidential a manner as possible by all parties involved. All records are subject to the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and may be subject to disclosure under the Act or by a court of law.
- Upon the receipt of a complaint, the Chief Building Official will review any allegations of breaches of this Code of Conduct made against a Building Services staff member.
- Where the allegations are against the Chief Building Official, the Director of Building & Planning, will review the allegations.
- Disciplinary action arising from violations of this Code of Conduct is the responsibility of the Town and will be based on the severity and frequency of the violation in accordance with relevant employment standards.
- The Chief Building Official or Director, as the case may be, will provide a written response to the complainant within 30 calendar days of receipt of the written complaint.
Disciplinary action arising from violations of the Code is the responsibility of the Town of Collingwood and the Chief Building Official, and will be based on the severity and frequency of the violation in accordance with employment laws and standards, and relevant collective agreements.
The Building Code Act states that the Code must be brought to the attention of the public. Building Services will advertise the Code on an ongoing basis via the Town website and will be posted in a conspicuous location at the Building Services front service counter.