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A. Applicability. Enforcement action by the department or local government may be taken whenever a person has violated this chapter. 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 persons subject to the enforcement action.

B. Site Inspections. The city is authorized to make site inspections and take such actions as necessary to enforce this chapter. The city shall present proper credentials and make a reasonable effort to contact any property owner before entering onto private property.

C. Unauthorized Alterations.

1. The city shall have the authority to issue a stop work order to cease all ongoing development work, and order restoration, rehabilitation or replacement measures at the responsible party’s expense to compensate for violation of provisions of this chapter. At a minimum, the structural and functional values of the critical area shall be restored and any hazard shall be reduced to a level equal to, or less than, the predevelopment conditions.

2. All development work shall remain stopped until a restoration plan has been approved by the city. Such a plan shall be prepared by a qualified professional. The city may, at the violator’s expense, seek expert advice in determining the adequacy of the plan. Inadequate plans shall be returned to the applicant or violator for revision and resubmittal.

D. Order to Cease and Desist.

1. Authority. The city shall have the authority to serve upon a person a cease and desist order if an activity being undertaken in critical areas, upon a reasonable belief, is in violation of Chapter 90.58 RCW or this chapter.

2. Contents. The order shall set forth:

a. A description of the specific nature, extent, and time of violation and the damage or potential damage;

b. A notice that the violation or the potential violation cease and desist or, in appropriate cases, the specific corrective action to be taken within a given time;

c. The amount of the civil penalty;

d. A statement that the person to whom the order is directed may request an administrative appeal hearing to review the violation and/or imposed penalty. Such request must be in writing, accompanied by applicable fees, and received by the city within ten working days after the order has been served.

3. Effective Date. The cease and desist order shall become effective immediately upon receipt by the person to whom the order is directed.

4. Compliance. Failure to comply with the terms of a cease and desist order can result in enforcement actions including, but not limited to, the issuance of a civil penalty.

E. Penalties. Any person, party, firm, corporation, or other legal entity convicted of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each day or portion of a day during which a violation of this chapter is committed or continued shall constitute a separate offense. Any development carried out contrary to the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a public nuisance and may be enjoined as provided by the statutes of the state of Washington. The city may levy civil penalties against any person, party, firm, corporation, or other legal entity for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. The civil penalty shall be assessed at a maximum rate of one thousand dollars per day per violation. Daily fines shall not be levied until after a violator has received a notice of violation and shall not be levied while the violator is making a good faith and diligent effort to correct the violation in cooperation with city enforcement personnel nor while a notice of violation is under appeal through the applicable appeal process.

(Ord. 1653 § 1 (Exh. A), 2023; Ord. 1335 § 1, 2010)