Title 45
Towns and Cities

Chapter 24.3
Housing Maintenance and Occupancy Code

R.I. Gen. Laws § 45-24.3-16

§ 45-24.3-16. Rules and regulations — Enforcement agencies — Housing board of review.

(a) The local authority is authorized to make, adopt, revise, and amend rules and regulations that it deems necessary for the carrying out of the purposes of this chapter.

(b) Establishment of enforcement agencies. The local authority will further provide for the creation and establishment of divisions, offices, departments, bureaus, and agencies and their respective officers, deputies, and agencies that may be required to enforce and administer the powers and duties authorized by this chapter.

(c) Housing board of review. The local authority will provide for the selection and organization of a housing board of review consisting of five (5) members, provided that the Westerly housing board of review shall have three (3) members, with two (2) members constituting a quorum. The local authority is authorized to designate the board of appeals as the housing board of review in the cities and towns where these boards of appeal now exist or may be authorized by law. The chairperson or, in his or her absence, the acting chairperson, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses. All hearings of the board are open to the public. Any housing board of review established pursuant to this chapter shall be governed by the following procedure:

(1) The board shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote upon each question, and keep records of its decisions and findings and the reasons therefor, and of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be filed immediately in the office of the board and be a public record.

(2) The housing board of review is governed by § 45-24.3-21 pertaining to appeals.

History of Section.
P.L. 1970, ch. 325, § 1; P.L. 1972, ch. 118, § 6; P.L. 2009, ch. 244, § 2; P.L. 2009, ch. 260, § 2.