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A. Permit Void: It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent or architect or for any contractor or builder engaged in constructing, erecting, enlarging, remodeling, altering, repairing, raising, lowering, underpinning, moving or wrecking of any building, structure or portion thereof to make any departure from the plans as approved by the Building Commissioner without first obtaining the written consent of the Building Commissioner to such changes. Any such departure from the approved plans involving a violation of the requirements of any law or ordinance or any such change in the plans or construction without the consent of the Building Commissioner being obtained as required herein, shall operate to annul the permit which has been issued for such work and shall render the same void.
B. Stop Work Orders: In case any work requiring a permit is commenced without a permit or is done under a permit which is contrary to the approved plans, or to any law or ordinance, any Building Officer shall have the power to at once stop such work and to order all persons engaged therein to stop and desist therefrom. Such work shall not be resumed until a permit is issued authorizing the work or satisfactory assurance has been given and/or the Building Commissioner has consented, in writing, to the changes made in such approved plans. In either case, a permit or a new permit, as the case may be, must be issued before work proceeds, for which permit the usual fee shall be paid.
C. It is unlawful for any person, other than the Director of Community Development or his/her designee, to knowingly destroy, deface, remove, damage, impair, mar, cover, or obstruct any stop work order which a Building Officer has posted or affixed at a work site. A separate and distinct offense is committed for each stop work order which is violated and each day that a violation continues. A fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00), nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), shall be assessed for each offense under this section. (Ord. 18-12-27; amd. Ord. 21-03-05)