§ 3.1. Rules for construction of language.  


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  • 1.

    For the purpose of the administration and enforcement of this ordinance, and unless otherwise stated in this ordinance, the following rules of construction shall apply to the text of this ordinance:

    a.

    In the case of any difference of meaning or implications between the text of this ordinance and any caption, illustration, summary table, or illustrative table, the text shall control.

    b.

    The word "shall" is always mandatory and not discretionary. The word "may" is permissive.

    c.

    Words used in the present tense shall include the future; and words used in the singular number shall include the plural, and the plural the singular, unless the context clearly indicates the contrary.

    d.

    The phrase "used for" includes "arranged for," "designed for," "maintained for," "provided for," or "occupied for."

    e.

    The word "person" includes an individual, a corporation, a partnership, an incorporated association, or any other similar entity.

    f.

    Unless the context clearly indicates the contrary, where a regulation involves two or more items, conditions, provisions or events connected by the conjunction "and," "or," or "either…or," the conjunction shall be interpreted as follows:

    (1)

    "And" indicates that all the connected items, conditions, provisions or events shall apply;

    (2)

    "Or" indicates that the connected items, conditions, provisions, or events may apply singly or in any combination;

    (3)

    "Either…or" indicates that the connected items, conditions, provisions, or events shall apply singly but not in combination.

    g.

    The word "includes" shall not limit a term to the specified examples, but is intended to extend its meaning to all instances or circumstances of like kind or character.