§ 91.99  PENALTY.
   (A)   Whoever violates any provision of this chapter for which no specific penalty is set forth shall be punished as provided in § 10.99.
   (B)   (1)   Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code, as adopted by this chapter, or fail to comply therewith, who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or who shall build in violation of any detailed statement, or specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, within the time fixed therein, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for each and every violation and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $50 for each violation, or imprisonment of not more than 30 days for each violation. Each day that the violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
      (2)   A violation of the occupancy limits established pursuant to the North Carolina State Building Code shall be a misdemeanor, subject to a $100 fine for the first offense, a $250 fine for the second offense, and a $500 fine and up to 30 days imprisonment for a third offense. Any occupancy violation incurred after one year shall constitute a first offense. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time. Violations of the fire code shall subject the offender to the civil penalties herein described if, after 30 days, violations have not been corrected. If violations are corrected within a reasonable time as prescribed by the Fire Inspector, then no fines will be levied, with the exception of occupancy limit violations, which shall result in an immediate fine as described herein. All fines and fees shall be collected by the city.
      (3)   The imposition of a penalty for such a violation shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions or restrict the city from seeking alternative enforcement remedies.
(`90 Code, § 8-32)