As used in this Chapter, the following words, terms, and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, unless a different meaning is plainly required:
“Abate” means to act to stop an activity, and/or to repair, replace, remove, or otherwise remedy a condition, where such activity or condition constitutes a violation of a regulation; provided, the actions must resolve the violation to the satisfaction of the City, or the Hearing Examiner if the matter has been mitigated or contested and found committed, and the actions taken and the manner in which they are performed must not endanger the general health, safety, and welfare of the community. For the purposes of this Chapter, the verbs “abate” and “correct” shall be interchangeable and have the same meaning.
“Act” means doing or performing something.
“City” means City of Snohomish, Washington.
“Code Enforcement Officer” means the City’s Code Enforcement Officers; building officials; building inspectors; construction inspectors; the Fire Marshal, or his or her designee; fire inspectors; the Chief of the Snohomish Police Department, or his or her designee; the City Planner, or his or her designee; the director of the Public Works Department, or his or her designee; or any other person or persons assigned or directed by the Mayor, or his or her designee, to enforce the regulations subject to the enforcement and penalty provisions of this Chapter.
“Correction Notice” means a written statement, issued by a Code Enforcement Officer, notifying a person that property under his or her control is in violation of one or more regulations and informing such person that a Notice of Violation may be issued and/or criminal charges filed if the violations are not abated.
“Day” or “Days,” as used in this Chapter, shall mean calendar days unless expressly stated otherwise in a given section or subsection. In addition, any portion of a twenty-four hour day shall constitute a full calendar day.
“Hearing Examiner” means the Snohomish Hearing Examiner and the office thereof established pursuant to Ch. 2.33 SMC.
“Notice of Violation” or “Notice of Civil Violation” means a written statement, issued by a Code Enforcement Officer, which contains the information required under SMC 1.14.080 and which notifies a person that he or she is responsible for one or more violations of the Snohomish Municipal Code.
“Omission” means a failure to act.
“Person” means any individual, firm, business, association, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, public or private, however organized. Because “person” shall include both human and non-human entities, any of the following pronouns may be used to describe a person: he, she, or it.
“Person Responsible for the Violation” means any of the following: a person who has titled ownership or legal control of the property or structure that is subject to the regulation; an occupant or other person in control of the property or structure that is subject to the regulation; a developer, builder, business operator, or owner who is developing, building, or operating a business on the property or in a structure that is subject to the regulation; or any person who created, caused, or has allowed the violation to occur.
“Regulation” means and includes any of the following, as now enacted or hereafter amended:
1. All Snohomish Municipal Code provisions making reference to this Chapter;
2. All standards, regulations, and procedures adopted by the City that make reference to this Chapter; and
3. The terms and conditions of any permit or approval issued by the City, or any concomitant agreement with the City pursuant to code provisions that make reference to this Chapter.
“Repeat Violation” means, as evidenced by the prior issuance of a correction notice or a notice of violation, that a violation has occurred on the same property within a two-year period, or a person responsible for a violation has committed a violation elsewhere within the City of Snohomish within a two-year period. To constitute a repeat violation, the violation need not be the same violation as the prior violation.
“Violation” or “civil violation” means an act or omission contrary to a regulation as defined in this section. A violation continues to exist until abated to the satisfaction of the City, with each day or portion thereof in which the violation continues constituting a separate violation.