Chapter 18.02


18.02.010    Purpose.

18.02.020    Rules for construction of language.

18.02.030    Rules of interpretation.

18.02.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide precision in the interpretation of the zoning regulations. The meaning and construction of words and phrases defined in this chapter apply throughout this title, except where the context indicates a different meaning. (Ord. 1438 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2011)

18.02.020 Rules for construction of language.

In interpreting the various provisions of this title, the following rules of construction shall apply:

A.    The particular controls the general.

B.    Unless the context clearly indicates the contrary, the following conjunctions shall be interpreted as follows:

1.    “And” indicates that all connected words or provisions shall apply.

2.    “And/or” indicates that the connected words or provisions may apply singularly or in any combination.

3.    “Or” indicates that the connected words or provisions may apply singularly or in any combination.

4.    “Either...or” indicates that the connected words or provisions shall apply singularly but not in combination.

C.    In case of conflict between the text and a diagram or graphic, the text controls.

D.    All references to departments, committees, commissions, boards, or other public agencies are to those of the City of San Carlos, unless otherwise indicated.

E.    All references to public officials are to those of the City of San Carlos, and include designated deputies of such officials, unless otherwise indicated.

F.    All references to days are to calendar days, unless otherwise indicated. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, or a day when the City offices are closed, it shall be extended to the next working day. The end of a time period shall be the close of business on the last day of the period.

G.    The words “shall,” “will,” “must” and “is to” are always mandatory and not discretionary. The words “should” or “may” are permissive.

H.    The present tense includes the past and future tenses, and the future tense includes the past.

I.    The singular number includes the plural, and the plural, the singular.

J.    Sections and section headings contained herein shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify, or in any manner affect the scope, meaning, or intent of any section. (Ord. 1438 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2011)

18.02.030 Rules of interpretation.

The Director shall make the interpretation for any definition not expressly identified in this title or provide clarification and determination of these rules. (Ord. 1438 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2011)