Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 9 – 50 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 Sec. 9.5.4. Inspections A. Agents and officials of the City shall have the right to inspect sites subject to the requirements of this Article to determine whether the measures, devices and open space areas required by this Article to control the rate and quality of stormwater are installed and operating as approved, whether such measures, devices and open space areas are being maintained and to determine if any encroachments or activities in any watercourse buffer area not permitted by this Article have occurred. B. Notice of this right to make inspections shall be included in the stormwater control and watercourse buffer permits. C. No person shall obstruct, hamper, delay, resist or interfere with City agents or officials while in the process of carrying out their official duties. Sec. 9.5.5. Enforcement A. Civil Penalties 1. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Article, any regulation, rule or order duly adopted pursuant to this Article; or who undertakes or continues any activity for which a stormwater control plan is required except in accordance with the terms, conditions and provisions of an approved plan shall be subject to the specific civil penalties set forth in Sec. 9.5.5.F. 2. The penalties shall be assessed by the PublicWorks Department. The initial civil penalty shall be assessed from the date of the violation. No penalty shall be assessed until the person alleged to be in violation is served by registered mail, certified mail-return receipt requested, personal service notice of violation or any other means authorized under N.C. Gen. Stat. §1A-1, Rule 4. 3. The notice shall specify a time by which the person must comply with this Article or any regulation, rule or order, duly adopted pursuant to this Article and inform the person of the actions that need to be taken to comply. 4. In setting the time for compliance, the City shall take into consideration the quantity and complexity of the work, the consequences of delay, the effectiveness of action taken by the violator and the staff investigative costs, but in no event shall the specified time limits be more than 10 calendar days for compliance, except a shorter time period may be required by the City inspector for an imminent threat to either severely degrade a watercourse or cause severe runoff. 5. The notice shall state that failure to correct the violation within the specified time period will result in the additional civil and criminal penalties for a continuing violation. If, after the allotted time period has expired, corrective action has not been completed, the additional civil penalties shall be assessed from the date of the initial violation. Each day of continuing violation thereafter shall constitute a separate violation. 6. The PublicWorks Department shall make written demand for payment upon the person in violation and shall set forth the amount of the penalty and the reason for assessing the penalty. Notice of the assessment shall be by registered or certified mail or any other means authorized under N.C. Gen. Stat. §1A-a, Rule 4. If the payment is not received within 30 days after demand for payment is made, the matter shall be referred to the City Attorney for institution of a civil action in the name of the City, in the appropriate division of the general court of justice inWake County for recovery of the penalty. Such civil actions must be filed within 3 years of the date the assessment was due. B. Stop-Work 1. A stop-work order may be issued if an activity is being conducted or was conducted in violation of this Article, any regulation, rule or order duly adopted pursuant to this Article or is being undertaken or continued for which a stormwater control plan is required except in accordance with the terms, conditions and provisions of an approved plan and that either: a. The activity is being conducted without an approved plan, a permit or both; b. The violation endangers life, property or both or that such endangerment is imminent; and c. The activity is being conducted without installing all protective measures and devices in accordance with the approved stormwater control plan. 2. All stop-work orders shall be in writing served on and directed to the person doing the work and shall state the specific work to be stopped, the specific reasons for the stoppage and the conditions under which the work may be resumed. 3. The stop-work order shall be rescinded by written notice if all the violations for which the stop-work order were issued are corrected, no other violations CHAPTER 9. ​NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION | Article 9.5. Watershed Protection Areas Sec. 9.5.4. Inspections

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