Sec. 24.1-46. Penalties.
(a) Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall not be granted a building permit or extended public utilities and any violation of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each lot or parcel of land subdivided, transferred or sold and the description of such lot or parcel by metes and bounds in the instrument of transfer or other document used in the process of selling or transferring shall not exempt the transaction from such penalties or from the remedies herein provided. If the violation is uncorrected at the time of the conviction, the court shall order the violator to abate or remedy the violation in compliance with the zoning ordinance, within a time period established by the court. Failure to remove or abate a zoning violation within the specified time period shall constitute a separate misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), and any such failure during any succeeding ten (10)-day period shall constitute a separate misdemeanor offense for each ten (10)-day period punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00).
(b) Any violation or attempted violation of this chapter, or of any regulation adopted hereunder may be restrained, corrected, or abated as the case may be by injunction or other appropriate proceeding. At any time after the filing of an injunction or other appropriate proceeding to restrain, correct, or abate a zoning ordinance violation and where the owner of the real property is a party to such proceeding, the zoning administrator may record a memorandum of lis pendens pursuant to Section 8.01-268 of the Code of Virginia. Any memorandum of lis pendens admitted to record in an action to enforce a zoning ordinance shall expire after one hundred eighty (180) days. If the city has initiated an enforcement proceeding against the owner of the real property and such owner subsequently transfers the ownership of the real property to an entity in which the owner holds an ownership interest greater than fifty (50) percent, the pending enforcement proceeding shall continue to be enforced against the owner. (Ord. No. O-10-034, 4-27-10, eff. 7-1-10)
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