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SEC. 11.2.04.  ADMINISTRATIVE FINES.
 
   (a)   The amount of the Administrative Fine shall be ascertained by the Enforcement Officer, in accordance with the Administrative Fine schedules set forth in Subsection (b) of this Section, subject to the following limitations:
 
   1.   For those Code sections that include the penalty of an infraction, an Administrative Violation issued instead of an infraction shall provide for an Administrative Fine that does not exceed the maximum fine set forth in this Code for that infraction.  If the amount of the fine for the infraction is not specified in this Code, the amount of the Administrative Fine shall not exceed the maximum fine provided for in Subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 36900 of the California Government Code.  (Amended by Ord. No. 184,766, Eff. 3/27/17.)
 
   2.   For Administrative Violations involving improvements to, or the use of, buildings, structures, or land for which permits or approval are required but were not obtained, the Administrative Fine levied shall be in the following amounts.  For Administrative Violations involving improvements to, or the use of, buildings, structures, or land for which no permit could have been obtained, as determined by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and no variance was sought, the Administrative Fine levied shall be at four times (4x) the following amounts.
 
 
SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THE IMPROVEMENT OR USE IN VIOLATION
ADMINISTRATIVE FINE PER DAY OF VIOLATION
First Violation
Second Violation
Third Violation and All Subsequent Violations
250 to less than 500
$1,000
$2,000
$4,000
500 to less than 2,500
$2,000
$4,000
$8,000
2,500 to less than 5,000
$3,000
$6,000
$12,000
5,000 to less than 10,000
$4,000
$8,000
$16,000
10,000 to less than 25,000
$8,000
$16,000
$32,000
25,000 or more
$16,000
$32,000
$64,000
 
Administrative Violations involving improvements of less than 250 square feet or that are not measureable by square footage shall be cited in accordance with Subsection (b) of this Section.
 
   3.   For Administrative Violations involving sign regulations, the Administrative Fine levied shall be in the following amounts:
 
 
SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THE SIGN IN VIOLATION
ADMINISTRATIVE FINE PER DAY OF VIOLATION
First Violation
Second Violation
Third Violation and All Subsequent Violations
Less than 150 square feet
$2,000
$4,000
$8,000
150 to less than 300 square feet
$4,000
$8,000
$16,000
300 to less than 450 square feet
$6,000
$12,000
$24,000
450 to less than 600 square feet
$8,000
$16,000
$32,000
600 to less than 750 square feet
$10,000
$20,000
$40,000
750 or more square feet
$12,000
$24,000
$48,000
 
   (b)   For all other Administrative Violations, the Administrative Fine imposed shall be in the following amounts, unless otherwise specified in this Code. (Amended by Ord. No. 185,451, Eff. 4/15/18.)
 
   1.   Two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) for a first violation; provided, however, that the amount shall be one hundred dollars ($100) for a first violation of any provision of Chapter V, Article 3, Sections 53.00 and following, of this Code.
 
   2.   Five hundred dollars ($500) for a second violation of the same code provision, statute, ordinance, order, condition or requirement; provided, however, that the amount shall be two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) for a second violation of the same provision of Chapter V, Article 3, Sections 53.00 and following, of this Code.
 
   3.   One thousand dollars ($1,000) for a third or any subsequent violation of the same code provision, statute, ordinance, order, condition or requirement; provided, however, that the amount shall be five hundred dollars ($500) for a third, and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for a fourth or any subsequent, violation of the same provision of Chapter V, Article 3, Sections 53.00 and following, of this Code.
 
   4.   Nothing in this section shall preclude or limit the Administrative Hearing Officer's authority to impose a greater Administrative Fine, not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), in accordance with Subsection (b) of Section 11.2.09.