Chapter 1.04


1.04.010    Definitions.

1.04.020    Grammatical interpretation.

1.04.030    Prohibited acts include causing and permitting.

1.04.040    Construction.

1.04.050    Repeal shall not revive any ordinances.

1.04.010 Definitions.

The following words and phrases, whenever used in the resolutions or ordinances of Amador County, shall be construed as defined in this section unless from the context a different meaning is intended or unless a different meaning is specifically defined and more particularly directed to the use of such words and phrases:

A.    "Board" means the board of supervisors of Amador County.

B.    "County" means the county of Amador, California, or the area within the limits of Amador County, and such territory outside of Amador County over which the county has jurisdiction or control by virtue of any constitutional or statutory provision.

C.    "Law" denotes applicable federal law, the Constitution and statutes of the state of California, the ordinances and resolutions of Amador County, and when appropriate, any and all rules and regulations which may be promulgated thereunder.

D.    "May" is permissive.

E.    "Month" means a calendar month.

F.    "Must" and "shall."  Each is mandatory.

G.    "Oath" shall be construed to include an affirmation or declaration in all cases in which, by law, an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and in such cases the words "swear" and "sworn" shall be equivalent to the words "affirm" and "affirmed."

H.    "Or" may be read "and" and "and" may be read "or" if the sense requires it.

I.    "Owner," applied to a building or land, includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, joint tenant or tenant by the entirety of the whole or a part of such building or land.

J.    "Person" means natural person, joint venture, joint stock company, partnership, association, club, company, corporation, business, trust, organization, or the manager, lessee, agent, servant, officer or employee of any of them.

K.    "Personal property" includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt.

L.    "Preceding" and "following" mean next before and next after, respectively.

M.    "Property" includes real and personal property.

N.    "Real property" includes lands, tenements and hereditaments.

O.    "Sidewalk" means that portion of a street between the curb line and the adjacent property line intended for the use of pedestrians.

P.    "State" means the state of California.

Q.    "Street" includes all streets, highways, avenues, lanes, alleys, courts, places, squares, curbs or other public ways in this county which have been or may hereafter be dedicated and open to public use, or such other public property so designated in any law of this state; except that this definition shall not include any streets, alleys or roads which are within the boundaries of any unincorporated city or town of this county unless specifically included therein.

R.    "Supervisors" or "all its members" means the total number of supervisors provided by the general laws of the state.

S.    "Tenant" and "occupant," applied to a building or land, include any person who occupies whole or a part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.

T.    Title of Office.  Use of the title of any officer, employee, board or commission means that officer, employee, department, board or commission of the county.

U.    "Written" includes printed, typewritten, mimeographed or multigraphed.

V.    "Year" means a calendar year.

W.    All words and phrases shall be construed and understood according to the common and approved usage of the language; but technical words and phrases and such others as may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in thy law shall be construed and understood according to such peculiar and appropriate meaning.

X.    When an act is required by an ordinance or resolution, the same being such that it may be done as well by an agent as by the principal, such requirement shall be construed as to include all such acts performed by an authorized agent.  (Ord. 504 §1, 1974).

1.04.020 Grammatical interpretation.

The following grammatical rules shall apply in the ordinances and resolutions of Amador County

A.    Gender.  The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter genders.

B.    Singular and Plural.  The singular number includes the plural and the plural includes the singular.

C.    Tenses.  Words used in the present tense include the past and the future tenses and vice versa, unless manifestly inapplicable.

D.    Use of Words and Phrases.  Words and phrases not specifically defined shall be construed according to the context and approved usage of the language.  (Ord. 504 §2, 1974).

1.04.030 Prohibited acts include causing and permitting.

Whenever in the ordinances or resolutions of Amador County any act or omission is made unlawful, it shall include causing, allowing, permitting, aiding, abetting, suffering or concealing the fact of such act or omission.  (Ord. 504 §3, 1974).

1.04.040 Construction.

The provisions of the ordinances and resolutions of Amador County, and all proceedings under them, are to be construed with a view to effect their objects and to promote justice.  (Ord. 504 §4, 1974).

1.04.050 Repeal shall not revive any ordinances.

The repeal of an ordinance shall not repeal the repealing clause of such ordinance or revive any ordinance which has been repealed thereby.  (Ord. 504 §5, 1974).