Chapter 18.73

18.73.000    Chapter Contents

(Ord. 7028 §6, 2016).


18.73.010    Violations -- Misdemeanor -- Gross Misdemeanor -- Civil Infraction.

18.73.020    Shoreline Management Act Penalties and Enforcement.

18.73.010 Violations -- Misdemeanor -- Gross Misdemeanor -- Civil Infraction

A.    Any person, firm, or corporation who knowingly violates or fails to comply with any term or provision of this title shall be deemed to have committed a misdemeanor, and if found guilty, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000), and/or to imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days or to both such fine and imprisonment. Each day shall be a separate offense. In the event of a continuing violation or failure to comply, the second and subsequent days shall constitute a gross misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) and/or imprisonment not to exceed three hundred and sixty-five (365) days or both such time and imprisonment. Continuing violation shall mean the same type of violation which is committed within a year of the initial violation.

B.    As an additional concurrent penalty, it shall be a civil infraction for a person, firm, or corporation to violate or fail to comply with any term or provision of this title. Each day shall be a separate infraction. A person, firm, or corporation found to have committed a civil infraction shall be assessed a monetary penalty as follows:

1.    First offense: Class 3 ($50), not including statutory assessments.

2.    Second offense arising out of the same facts as the first offense: Class 2 ($125), not including statutory assessments.

3.    Third offense arising out of the same facts as the first offense: Class 1 ($250), not including statutory assessments.

See also OMC Chapter 4.44, Uniform Code Enforcement.

(Ord. 7028 §6, 2016; Ord. 6173 §2, 2002; Ord. 6081 §65, 2001; Ord. 5904 §1, 1999; Ord. 5536 §1, 1995).

18.73.020 Shoreline Management Act Penalties and Enforcement

A.    The Shoreline Management Act imposes significant penalties for violation of the Act, regulations and master programs. A violation constitutes a gross misdemeanor, which is punishable by fine or imprisonment (RCW 90.58.220). In addition to the criminal penalty, the Act imposes liability on any person violating the Act or conditions of a permit for all damage to public or private property arising from the violation. Furthermore, the violator may have to restore an area affected by a violation, and pay the entire cost of restoration, including attorney's fees and court costs (RCW 90.58.230).

B.    Enforcement action may be taken by the City or Department of Ecology whenever a person has violated any provision of the Shoreline Management Act or Olympia’s Shoreline Master Program or other regulation promulgated under the Act. The choice of enforcement action and the severity of any penalty should be based on the nature of the violation, the damage or risk to the public or to public resources, and/or the existence or degree of bad faith of the person subject to the enforcement action.

(Ord. 7028 §6, 2016).