Chapter 15.44


15.44.010    Violations and penalties.

15.44.020    Continued violations.

15.44.040    Persons liable.

15.44.050    Violation--Civil remedies.

15.44.060    Codes preserved.

15.44.010 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this title, including the provisions of the various codes adopted by reference herein, or failing to comply therewith, or violating or failing to comply with any order issued or made pursuant to its provisions shall severally and for each and every violation and noncompliance, respectively, be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Any person so convicted shall be punished for each offense by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.  (Ord. 1142(part), 2006)

15.44.020 Continued violations.

The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue.  Any person, firm, or corporation shall be required to correct such violations or defects.  Each week after notice of violation to such person, firm, or corporation shall constitute a separate offense unless time for correction is otherwise expressly extended in writing by the official enforcing this title; provided, that where the building official has ordered any work or occupancy stopped or has revoked or suspended any permit or certificate, each and every day that such work or occupancy continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense.  (Ord. 1142(part), 2006)

15.44.040 Persons liable.

The owner, lessee, or tenant of any building, structure, premises, or part thereof, and any architect, engineer, builder, contractor, employee, agent, or other person who commits, authorizes, participates in, assists in, or who maintains after notice a violation of this title may each be found guilty of a separate offense and suffer the penalties provided in Section 15.44.010.  (Ord. 1142(part), 2006)

15.44.050 Violation--Civil remedies.

A.  In addition to any criminal proceedings brought to enforce this title and in addition to any fine or imprisonment provided for therein, continuing violations of this title may be enjoined or ordered abated in a civil proceeding for injunction or for abatement.  For purposes of abatement actions, such violations are declared to be public nuisances.  Any person, firm, or corporation violating the provisions of this title shall be liable for all costs of such proceedings, including reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses of abatement.  The provisions of this subsection are in addition to any other remedies available at law or equity.

B.  The prosecuting attorney’s office, on behalf of the city and the public, may pursue civil remedies to enforce compliance with the provisions of this title.  A private person directly affected by a violation of this title may pursue civil remedies to enforce compliance with its provisions or to recover damages for its violation.  (Ord. 1142(part), 2006)

15.44.060 Codes preserved.

Except as otherwise inconsistent with this chapter, the provisions of the codes adopted by reference in this title pertaining to violations shall remain in full force and effect.  (Ord. 1142(part), 2006)