§ 10.02  RULES OF INTERPRETATION.
   (A)   Generally. Unless otherwise provided herein, or by law or implication required, the same rules of construction, definition, and application shall govern the interpretation of this code as those governing the interpretation of state law.
   (B)   Specific rules of interpretation. The construction of all ordinances shall be by the following rules, unless that construction is plainly repugnant to the intent of the legislative body or of the context of the same ordinance.
      (1)   Acts by assistants. When a statute, code provisions, or ordinance requires an act to be done which, by law, an agent or deputy as well may do as the principal, that requisition shall be satisfied by the performance of the act by an authorized agent or deputy.
      (2)   Gender; singular and plural; tenses. Words denoting the masculine gender shall be deemed to include the feminine and neuter genders; words in the singular shall include the plural, and words in the plural shall include the singular; and the use of a verb in the present tense shall include the future, if applicable.
      (3)   General term. A general term following specific enumeration of terms is not to be limited to the class enumerated unless expressly so limited. General terms descriptive of an officer, act, proceeding, or thing shall have reference to a municipality concerned or affected.
Statutory reference:
   General terms descriptive of an officer, act, proceeding, and the like, see SDCL § 9-1-1