Whenever EH has reasonable grounds to believe that an environmental health violation exists, the following procedure is to be followed:
1. An environmental health violation is brought to the attention of the Story County EH Director.
2. An investigation is conducted to determine whether or not a violation exists.
3. If a violation exists, a Notice of Violation is provided to the violator and a copy to the complainant, if appropriate. In the case of a violation by a tenant, the property owner or agent should receive a copy of the notice. Such notice shall request voluntary compliance with the EH regulations and shall:
A. Be in writing;
B. Include a description of the nature of the violation, including the sections of the code violated;
C. Include the location and time of the violation;
D. Allow 30 days from the date of receipt or posting of the notice to correct/abate the violation, or to submit a compliance schedule to be approved by the EH Director;
E. Explain that failure to correct/abate the violation within the specified time will result in further action by the County, including prosecution as a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine or imprisonment, or the issuance of a citation and the assessment of a fine;
F. Explain that each day each violation continues after the compliance date may be deemed a separate offense;
G. Explain that the Notice of Violation may be appealed to the Board of Health within 30 days from the date of receipt or posting of the notice, that an appeal stays all proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from, that the Board of Health must act within 30 days from receipt of an appeal.
H. Be served by personal service or by certified mail return receipt requested, or in the event neither can be accomplished, by posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises.