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Whenever the building official finds any work being performed in a manner either contrary to the provisions of this code or other pertinent laws or ordinances implemented through the enforcement of this code, the building official may issue a stop work order.

At the building official’s discretion, the stop work order shall either be in writing or through electronic communication and shall be sent or given to the owner of the subject property, or to the owner’s agent, or to the person doing the work.

Upon issuance of a stop work order, the work cited in the order shall immediately cease. The stop work order shall state the reason for the order and the conditions under which the cited work will be permitted to resume. If a stop work order is issued, the special investigation fee, pursuant to BMC 20.02.161, shall be assessed. Any person who continues work subject to the order, except such work as that person is directed by the city to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law. (Ord. 2344 § 1 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2269 § 16, 2018; Ord. 2052 § 2 (Exh. B), 2010; Ord. 1986 § 1, 2007; Ord. 1926 § 4, 2004).