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(A) It is unlawful for any person, association, firm or corporation to engage in, conduct or carry on, or permit to be engaged in, conducted or carried on, in or upon any premises, the business of massage/bodywork, or to render or permit to be rendered massage or bodywork services at a location removed from a massage/bodywork business, in the absence of a permit issued pursuant to the provisions set forth in this chapter.
(B) Any massage/bodywork business operated, conducted or maintained contrary to the provisions of this chapter shall be unlawful and a public nuisance; and the City Attorney may, at his or her discretion, in addition to or in lieu of prosecuting a criminal action hereunder, commence an action or actions, proceeding or proceedings, for the abatement, removal and enjoinment thereof, in any manner provided by law.
(C) A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, or failure to comply with any of its mandatory requirements, shall constitute a misdemeanor; except that, notwithstanding any other provision of this code, any such violation constituting a misdemeanor under this chapter may, at the discretion of the City Attorney, be charged and prosecuted as an infraction.
(D) (1) Any violation of this chapter prosecuted as a misdemeanor shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than six months, or by both fine and imprisonment.
(2) Any infraction prosecuted under the provisions of this chapter shall be made punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.
(E) Each person shall be charged with a separate offense for each and every day during which any violation of any provision of this chapter is committed, continued or permitted by such person, and shall, upon conviction, be punished accordingly.
(F) Pursuant to the City Attorney's prosecutorial discretion, the city may enforce violations of this chapter as criminal, civil and/or administrative violations utilizing administrative remedies.
(G) It is the duty of the Police Chief to enforce rules and regulations in accordance with this chapter.
(Ord. 2006-003, passed 3-13-06; Am. Ord. 2008-004, passed 3-10-08)