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SEC. 98.0602.  EXPIRATION OF PERMITS.
   (Amended by Ord. No. 186,488, Eff. 12/27/19.)
 
   (a)   Every permit issued shall be valid for a period of two years from the date thereof, provided that any permit shall expire 180 days from date of issuance if the work authorized under any permit associated to the current scope of work has not been commenced; or shall expire whenever the Department determines the work authorized by any permit has been suspended, discontinued or abandoned for a continuous period of 180 days.
 
   EXCEPTION:
 
   1.   If the holder of any permit issued by the Department presents satisfactory evidence that unusual construction difficulties have prevented work from being started or continued without being suspended with the 180-day time period or completed within the two-year period of validity, the department or the Board may grant extensions of time reasonably necessary because of such difficulties.
 
   2.   If the permit(s) is related to or for a residential occupancy issued by the Department, and if the work authorized under any permit associated to the current scope of work for said residential occupancy has not been commenced, the permit(s) shall expire within 12 months after issuance.  If the holder of any permit concerning residential occupancy issued by the Department presents satisfactory evidence that unusual construction difficulties have prevented work from being started or continued without being suspended with the 12-month time period or completed within the two-year period of validity, the Department or the Board may grant extensions of time reasonably necessary because of such difficulties.
 
   Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the validity of a permit may be further restricted in the following conditions:
 
   1.   In the case that a building or structure has been ordered repaired or demolished in accordance with LAMC Sections 91.8903, 91.8904 or 91.8905, such time limits as are specified therein shall apply.
 
   2.   The Department or the Board may, because of unusual circumstances or conditions such as, but not limited to, the demolition of an imminently hazardous building, or a grading operation which may be subject to flooding during the rainy season, impose restrictions upon the time limits for expiration of any permit.
 
   3.   The time limit for the validity of relocation permits shall be as specified in LAMC Section 91.8306.
 
   4.   The time limit for the validity of tent permits shall be as specified in LAMC Subsection 91.106.1.3.
 
   5.   The time limit for the validity of permits for the installation of metal bars, grills, grates, security roll-down shutters, and similar devices, and of quick-release systems shall be as specified in LAMC Subsection 91.107.4.5.
 
   (b)   Permits which have expired shall have the site, building or project restored to the condition which existed immediately prior to the commencement of work described by such permit.
 
   (c)   It shall be unlawful for any owner, either before or after the issuance of a permit under this section, and notwithstanding the issuance of such permit, to fail to comply with any order, determination or action of the Department or Board.