Complaints or orders issued by the Inspector shall be served upon persons either personally or by registered or certified mail, but if the identities of any owners or the whereabouts of the persons are unknown and the same cannot be ascertained by the Inspector in the exercise of reasonable diligence, the Inspector shall make an affidavit to that effect and the serving of the complaint or order upon such person may be made by publication in a newspaper having general circulation in the town at least once no later than the time at which personal service would be required under the provisions of G.S. §§ 60A-441 through 160A-450. A copy of the complaint or order shall be posted in a conspicuous place on premises affected by the complaint or order. A copy of the complaint or order shall also be filed in the proper office for the filing of lis pendens notices in the county and the filing of the complaint shall have the same force and effect as other lis pendens notices provided by law.
(1992 Code, § 151.16)  (Ord. passed 8-13-1990)