Every permit issued under the provisions of the codes adopted by those chapters of this title preceding this chapter, shall expire and become null and void if the building or work authorized by such permit is not commenced within one hundred eighty days from the date of such permit, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work has commenced for a period of one hundred eighty days. For the purposes of this section, the one hundred eighty days will be deemed to have expired if no inspections have been called for within one hundred eighty days of the date of permit issuance or within one hundred eighty days after a validly called inspection. For an inspection to be a validly called inspection, for the purposes of this section, the work being inspected must be complete, ready for the inspection, and noted “approved” by the building official. Before such work can be recommenced, a new permit shall first be obtained and the fee therefore shall be one-half of the amount required for a new permit for such work provided no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for such work and, provided further, that such suspension or abandonment has not exceeded one year. Any permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for an extension of time within which he may commence work under that permit, when he is unable to commence work within the time required by this section for good and satisfactory reasons satisfactory to the building official. The building official, for all permits authorized by prior chapters of this title except Chapter 14.07 LMC, Fire Code, or the fire code official, for all fire code permits authorized by Chapter 14.07 LMC, may extend the time for action by the permittee for a period not exceeding one hundred eighty days upon written request by the permittee showing that circumstances beyond the control of the permittee have prevented action from being taken. No permit shall be extended more than once. The permittee shall pay a new full permit fee except for such fire code permits for which no fee is charged. All permits expire after eighteen months and must be renewed if the work is not yet completed. (Ord. 1208 §51, 2003; Ord. 1014 §25, 1995; Ord. 875 §13 (part), 1990).