16-4-040  Rules of construction.
   In construing this chapter, the rules and definitions contained in Sections 16-4-040 and 16-4-050 shall be observed and applied, except when the context clearly indicates otherwise.
   (a)   Words used in the present tense shall include the future; the words used in the singular number shall include the plural number, and the plural the singular.
   (b)   The word “shall” is mandatory and not discretionary.
   (c)   The word “may” is permissive.
   (d)   Where the regulations imposed by any provision of this chapter are either more restrictive or less restrictive than comparable regulations imposed by any other provisions of this chapter or of any other law, ordinance, resolution, rule or regulation of any kind, the regulations which are more restrictive (or which impose higher standards or requirements) shall govern.
   (e)   In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety and welfare.
   (f)   This chapter is not intended to abrogate any easement, covenant or any other private agreement; provided that, where the regulations of this chapter are more restrictive (or impose higher standards or requirements) than such easements, covenants or other private agreements, the requirements of this chapter shall govern.
   (g)   “Him”, “he” or “his” means and includes both the male and female gender.
(Prior code §  194B-4.1)