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Enforcement; Violations
(a) This Zoning Ordinance shall be enforced by the Zoning Enforcement Officer. Whenever the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance are not clear, the Zoning Enforcement Officer or the Inspector of Buildings is authorized and directed to submit the matter to the Planning Board for the expression of its opinion. A decision shall not be made by the Inspector of Buildings or Zoning Enforcement Officer until the Planning Board has allowed 30 days to elapse without rendering an opinion or has rendered the requested opinion, whichever is earlier.

(b) If the Zoning Enforcement Officer shall be informed, or have reason to believe, that any provision of this Zoning Ordinance has been, is being, or may be violated, he or is agent shall investigate the facts and inspect the property in question. If he or she shall find such violation he or she shall give notice thereof in writing to the owner or to his duly authorized agent and to the occupant of the premises, and order that any use of any building or premises contrary to the provision of this Zoning Ordinance shall immediately cease.

(c) If the Zoning Enforcement Officer is requested in writing to enforce any provision of the Zoning Ordinance against any person allegedly in violation of the same and the Zoning Enforcement Officer declines to act, he or she shall notify, in writing, the party requesting such enforcement of any action or refusal to act, and the reasons therefore, within 14 days of receipt of such request.

(d) Penalty for non-compliance with any lawful order of the Zoning Enforcement Officer pertaining to the Zoning Ordinance shall be punished by a fine, to be determined by the Zoning Enforcement Officer, of not less than $100 nor more than $300 per violation; provided that nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit a determination by the Zoning Enforcement Officer that each day such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.