§ 14-201.  Rules of Interpretation.
In the interpretation of this Zoning Code the rules and definitions of this § 14-201 (Rules of Interpretation) shall be observed and applied.
(1)   Words used or defined in one tense or form shall include other tenses and derivative forms.
(2)   Words in the singular number include the plural number, and words in the plural number include the singular number.
(3)   The masculine gender shall include the feminine, and the feminine gender shall include the masculine.
(4)   The words "must", "shall", and "may not" are mandatory.
(5)   The words "may" and "should" are permissive.
(6)   The terms "standards", "regulations", and "requirements" are used to mandate a specific course of action that the applicant must incorporate in the project application. Compliance with standards, regulations, and requirements is mandatory. Statements of standards, regulations, and requirements are indicated by use of the terms "must", "shall", or "may not" in the rule or directive.
(7)   The term "guideline" is used for actions that are strongly encouraged to fulfill the intent of subject provision. Guidelines are indicated by use of the terms "may" or "should". Failure to meet a guideline cannot be used as a basis for the City's denial of a project application. 8
(8)   The words "Philadelphia Code" mean The Philadelphia Code of the City of Philadelphia.
(9)   The word "person" includes individuals, firms, corporations, associations, and any other similar entities, including governmental agencies.
(10)   The word "City" means the City of Philadelphia.
(11)   The words "City Council" mean the City Council of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(12)   The word "Commonwealth" means the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(13)   In case of any difference of meaning or implication between the text of this Zoning Code and any caption or illustration, the text shall control.
(14)   Where the meaning of a restriction in this Zoning Code is ambiguous and the intent cannot be discerned through the usual rules of statutory construction, the restriction shall be construed in favor of the landowner, provided that the resulting construction does not lead to irrationality in the Zoning Code.
(15)   The term "days" shall refer to calendar days, unless otherwise stated by other provisions of the Zoning Code. 9

 

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8
   Amended, Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013).
9
   Added, Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013).