Town of Southampton, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton 4-28-2015 by L.L. No. 12-2015.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Junkyards and junk dealers — See Ch. 199.
Littering and handbills — See Ch. 211.
Junked and abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 316.
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Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Ch. 205, Landfills, transfer stations and Scavenger Waste, adopted 7-9-1985 by L.L. No. 4-1985, as amended. Section 5 of this local law stated that it would take effect 10-1-2015.

§ 205-1 Applicability.

The rules and regulations of this chapter shall apply to all generators of solid waste located within the Town of Southampton and to all Town disposal areas, including Town waste transfer stations, private garbage and/or recycling transfer stations to which Town waste is transported, and the refuse hauler/carters performing transportation operations.

§ 205-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BULK GOODS
Solid waste, transported by a self-hauler, which is too large or bulky to be contained in a tied Town garbage bag.
CANS
Containers comprised of aluminum, tin, steel or a combination thereof which contain or formerly contained only food and/or beverage substances.
CARDBOARD
All corrugated cardboard, brown paper, or paperboard commodities normally used for packing, mailing, shipping or containerizing goods, merchandise or other material, but shall not include wax-coated or soiled cardboard.
COLLECTION VEHICLE
Any vehicle licensed by the Town of Southampton Waste Management Division to operate commercially within the Town for the purpose of collecting and transporting garbage, rubbish, ashes, refuse, liquid waste or recyclable material or any other waste material, except hazardous waste, as defined pursuant to regulations promulgated under the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, Article 27, and/or the Federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976.
COMMERCIAL SELF-HAULER
A small business consisting of home renovation, estate care, or landscaping operating a vehicle utilized by anyone who is not a refuse hauler/carter or in the business of collecting and transporting solid waste.
GLASS
All clear (flint)-, green- and brown (amber)-colored glass containers. "Glass" shall not mean wired glass, crystal, ceramics or plate, window, laminated or mirrored glass.
A. 
A solid waste or a combination of solid wastes which, because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics, may:
(1) 
Cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness; or
(2) 
Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported or disposed of or otherwise managed.
B. 
Includes but is not limited to explosives, hazardous radioactive materials, toxic substances and those substances which the administrator of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency has caused to be included in the listing of hazardous waste promulgated by said Agency pursuant to 42 U.S.C.A. § 6921(b).
ILLEGAL DUMPING
Deposition of solid waste and/or recyclables at a location other than a facility legally licensed, permitted, and duly authorized to accept such material.
LAND-CLEARING DEBRIS
Soil, sod, stumps, trees in excess of three inches, and chipped vegetative material as a result of the clearing of any property.
METAL
Any of the various opaque, fusible, ductile and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons and yield basic oxides and hydroxides, including any alloys or combinations thereof.
NEWSPAPER
Includes newsprint and all newspaper and newspaper advertisements, supplements, comics and enclosures.
NONRECYCLABLE WASTE
Same as "solid waste."
NONRESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Those properties not zoned for residences, including, but not limited to, industrial, commercial, and business parcels.
NONRESIDENTIAL SELF-HAULER
Any person engaged in the transporting of solid waste originating from a building or parcel of land with four or more dwelling units or any single business or single industrial use.
PAPER
All high-grade office paper, newspaper, fine paper, bond paper, office paper, xerographic paper, mimeo paper, duplication paper, magazines, paperback books, school paper, catalogs, computer paper and similar cellulosic material, but shall not mean wax paper, plastic- or foil-coated paper, styrofoam, wax-coated food and beverage containers, carbon paper, blueprint paper, food-contaminated paper, soiled paper, cardboard, or brown paper and paper board.
PERMITTED CARTER
Any individual, association, partnership, firm, corporation, not-for-profit organization, or any other person permitted by the Town of Southampton to operate within the Town for the purposes of collection, pickup, transfer, removal and/or disposal of solid waste and/or recyclables.
PLASTICS
Containers composed of high-density polyethylenes, polyethylene terephthalate or other specific plastics as the Town Board may designate.
REFUSE HAULER/CARTER
Any individual, association, partnership, firm, corporation, not-for-profit organization, or any other person so deemed by the Town to do collection, transfer and/or transportation of garbage, refuse, recyclable material (including, but not limited to scrap metal), construction or demolition debris, or solid waste from premises defined herein as "residential" and "nonresidential," or who removes solid waste from residential and nonresidential premises which he or she does not own, lease or occupy, whether or not such person is engaged in the business of collecting or removing solid waste.
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
A property within the Town of Southampton which is zoned to allow not more than three units per lot.
RESIDENTIAL SELF-HAULER
A Town resident and/or renter or guest of same and the vehicle utilized in the transporting of solid waste originating from a residence or residential parcel of land within the Town of Southampton having three or fewer dwelling units.
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid waste consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, including, but not limited to, nonrecyclable paper, wrappings, cigarettes, wood, wires, glass, bedding, furniture and similar materials which are not designated recyclable materials.
SOLID WASTE
All putrescible and nonputrescible materials or substances discarded or rejected as having served their original intended use or as being spent, useless, worthless or in excess to the owner at the time of such discard or rejection, including garbage, refuse, litter and rubbish, but not including designated recyclable materials or materials to be separated.
TOWN GARBAGE BAG
A plastic bag bearing the logo of the seal of the Town of Southampton, of such size and design as shall be determined by the Town Board, to be used by all self-haulers for the disposal of solid waste.
VEGETATIVE YARD WASTE
That certain material consisting of leaves, brush, and tree limbs less than three inches in diameter, but exclusive of stumps or grass clippings.
WHITE GOODS
Discarded household appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washing machines and other old metal items.

§ 205-3 Regulations.

A. 
Town transfer station disposal areas shall be open during such hours as the Town Board may designate and amend from time to time by resolution.
B. 
The personnel in charge of Town transfer station disposal areas shall have full power and authority to direct the manner of deposit of material at different locations within the disposal area that are designated for the deposit of specific types of materials, and anyone using said disposal area shall obey the instructions of said personnel and shall deposit the various types of material only in the areas or containers designated for such types of materials.
C. 
The Town transfer station disposal area personnel shall designate the unloading area at disposal areas by appropriate signs at both ends of said area. No person may deposit materials other than those designated by these signs. No person other than the authorized personnel of the disposal area may go beyond the signs and enter the area reserved for the posit of this material.
D. 
The personnel in charge of each Town transfer station disposal area shall be responsible for the directing of movements of traffic within said disposal area, and anyone operating a vehicle within said disposal area shall obey the instructions of said personnel in this regard. No person shall park a vehicle between the signs designating an unloading zone except for the purpose and time required to unload.
E. 
The Town disposal areas are maintained by the taxpayers of the Town of Southampton and are provided for the use of the residents of the Town of Southampton only. No material of any sort that is collected or transported from outside the limits of the Town of Southampton shall be deposited in said disposal areas, unless so authorized by Town Board resolution.
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit any waste, garbage or rubbish of any kind on land of the Town of Southampton outside the areas designated for the deposit of those materials.
G. 
No person shall dump, throw, or place in any manner any rubbish, refuse, dirt or any material whatsoever in or upon such Town disposal area nor at any time except that indicated by such sign or signs or directions.
H. 
Any oral directions given by any person in charge of any Town disposal area shall take precedence over any sign or displayed directions.
I. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit any waste, garbage or rubbish outside the gates of any Town disposal area and/or any refuse hauler/carter premises at any time unless containers for that purpose have been provided and designated.
J. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to set fire to any material within a Town disposal area. The Town may, upon receipt of appropriate permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Fire Marshal, conduct controlled burns.
K. 
No person shall remove, destroy, alter, deface or otherwise injure any sign or signs placed or erected within any public disposal area except upon and by the direction of the Waste Management Director.
L. 
All material transported to a Town disposal area shall be covered and secured so as not to disperse material during transportation of such material.
M. 
Residential tires may be deposited at the North Sea Transfer Facility for recycling at a cost posted on the Town's website pursuant to the Waste Management/Recycling Center Fee Schedule.
N. 
No hazardous wastes shall be disposed of at a Town disposal area with the exception of STOP (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Day for household hazardous wastes.
O. 
It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in the business of collecting garbage and waste within the Town of Southampton to make such collection before 5:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. of any day.
P. 
All appliances shall have their doors removed before disposal at a Town disposal area.
Q. 
No person shall deposit any animal carcass in or upon any transfer station, except as delivered by the Southampton Town Highway Department.
R. 
All vehicles depositing bulk goods, metals, construction, and demolition debris and/or yard waste at the appropriate Town transfer stations must utilize the scale house or attendance booth installed at each respective site and obey the instructions of the personnel in charge. A weight ticket and/or receipt shall be retrieved from the scale house or attendant booth before entering the transfer station deposition area.
S. 
The disposal of land-clearing debris, construction debris or demolition debris by commercial garbage haulers shall be prohibited at any Town disposal area. Construction debris or demolition debris deposited by self-haulers must be separated from any and all other solid waste, trash, rubbish or vegetative yard waste and deposited only at designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station, unless otherwise authorized by Town Board resolution.
T. 
The Town Board hereby delegates to the Director of Municipal Works the authority to adopt rules to prohibit the disposal of any waste materials, in addition to those materials expressly prohibited by this chapter, where the Director of Municipal Works finds that waste materials would be harmful to the public welfare. Said rules shall be published in the official newspaper of the Town and posted on the Town Clerk's signboard. Said rules shall be effective upon such posting and publishing.
U. 
No newspaper and/or paper as defined herein shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such newspaper/paper is separated from any and all solid waste, trash, rubbish or vegetative yard waste. Such newspaper/paper is to be deposited only at designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station. When such newspaper/paper is prepared for disposal by anyone other than the ultimate disposer, such as a carter, it should be securely bundled and tied, in packages not exceeding 50 pounds, with a rope or cord sufficient in strength to facilitate handling.
V. 
No vegetative yard waste, as defined herein, shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such vegetative yard waste is separated from any and all solid waste, trash or rubbish. Such vegetative yard waste is to be deposited only at designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station, and in no event shall vegetative yard waste include grass clippings.
W. 
No white goods as defined herein shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such white goods are separated from any and all solid waste, trash, rubbish or vegetative yard waste. Such white goods are to be deposited only at designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station.
X. 
No cans as defined herein shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such cans are separated from any and all solid waste, trash, rubbish, vegetative yard waste, cardboard, metal or paper. Such cans are to be deposited only at co-mingled designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station.
Y. 
No cardboard as defined herein shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such cardboard is separated from any and all solid waste, trash, rubbish, vegetative yard waste, cans, glass, metal or non-brown paper. Such cardboard is to be deposited only at designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station.
Z. 
No glass as defined herein shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such glass is separated from any and all solid waste, trash, rubbish, vegetative yard waste, cardboard, metal or paper. Such glass is to be deposited only at co-mingled designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station.
AA. 
No metal as defined herein shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such metal is separated from any and all solid waste, trash, rubbish, vegetative yard waste, cans, cardboard, glass or paper. Such metal is to be deposited only at designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station.
BB. 
No plastics as defined herein shall be deposited at any Town of Southampton disposal area or Town transfer station unless such plastics are separated from any and all solid waste, trash, rubbish, vegetative yard waste, cardboard, metal or paper. Such plastics are to be deposited at co-mingled designated areas within such Town disposal area or transfer station.
CC. 
All generators of solid waste located within the Town of Southampton which leave such waste for collection or which deliver such waste to a solid waste facility shall separate newspaper, vegetative yard waste, white goods, cans, cardboard, glass, metal, paper and plastics from the solid waste stream at the point of waste generation.
DD. 
Nonrecyclable waste and Town garbage bags.
(1) 
Nonrecyclable waste deposited at any Town disposal area by a self-hauler shall be fully contained in a tied Town garbage bag.
(2) 
Town garbage bags shall be available at designated areas in the Town.
(3) 
The size and design of the Town garbage bag shall be determined by resolution of the Town Board.
(4) 
The fee for each size of the Town garbage bag shall be determined by resolution of the Town Board.
(5) 
No person shall:
(a) 
Duplicate or imitate a Town garbage bag.
(b) 
Give, sell or issue in any manner a duplicated or imitated Town garbage bag.

§ 205-4 Town residents/visitors utilizing refuse haulers/carters.

A. 
In accordance with New York State Source Separation/Recycling Law (GML § 120-aa), every owner or occupier of any residence and/or any refuse hauler/carter servicing these residences must source separate and segregate recyclable or reusable materials from rubbish.
B. 
Containers; duty of owners and occupiers of property.
(1) 
Every owner or occupier of any residence within the Town of Southampton shall provide or cause to be provided at all times suitable and sufficient containers for solid waste and recyclables that may accumulate upon said premises.
(2) 
Residential waste containers 32 gallons or less containing solid waste and recyclables shall be watertight, with covers and handles of adequate strength.
(3) 
Corrugated cardboard shall be placed in a container and/or bundled in larger than eighteen-inch-by-eighteen-inch stacks, or as approved by the refuse hauler/carter, to prevent littering.
(4) 
All co-mingled recyclables (No. 1 and 2 plastics, glass bottles, tin, and metal cans), shall be placed in containers bearing a label provided by the refuse hauler/carter.
C. 
Collection of bulk Items.
(1) 
The owner/occupier of any residence within the Town of Southampton shall arrange for the collection of bulk items such as white goods (refrigerators, washers, stoves, etc.), and other large items incapable of being enclosed in containers, from the refuse hauler/carter. All appliances and furniture items must be secured in such a way so as to avoid any hazard to the public; doors or broken glass shall be secured or removed from any appliance or furniture item prior to its placement curbside.
D. 
Collection of waste by refuse haulers/carters.
(1) 
The Town of Southampton may, from time to time, determine by resolution which items must be source-separated as recyclables. The list of recyclables shall be posted on the Town's website and published in the local newspaper; said list may not be exhaustive.
(2) 
All vehicles used in the collection, transportation and/or disposal of solid waste and/or recyclables shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and shall be constructed to prevent leakage in transit to prevent stormwater runoff contamination. The body of the vehicle shall be wholly enclosed or shall at all times be kept covered with an adequate cover.
(3) 
In the event a collection vehicle is transporting primarily recycling materials, said vehicle may be an open refuse-collection type, provided that said vehicle is fitted with a suitable canvas or other cover to prohibit any material from being discharged while the vehicle is in transit.
(4) 
No debris, litter or the like shall fall upon any highway or street within the Town during the collection process.
(5) 
Vehicles designed or known as "rear loaders," or "rear-load packers" shall be completely enclosed in transit, either by use of the exterior closing door fitted as part of a body style or by the use of the closing mechanism in those units not having, as a standard or an accessory, a separate exterior door.
(6) 
All accessory doors, including the main loading door, shall be closed during travel on public highways unless the subject vehicle is engaged in the continuous servicing of adjacent structures along said highway.
(7) 
The condition of collection vehicles shall be maintained to industry standards and shall be kept clean and sanitary.
(8) 
All collection vehicles shall comply with the provisions of this chapter, as well as those regulations set forth by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
(9) 
Collection vehicles shall be subject to inspection at any time by the Town for the purpose of enforcement of this chapter.

§ 205-5 Regulations; solid waste generated at commercial and institutional operations within Town.

A. 
Containers; duty of owners and occupiers of property.
(1) 
Every owner or occupier of any building, premises, or place of business within the Town shall provide or cause to be provided at all times suitable and sufficient containers for solid waste and rubbish.
(2) 
All solid waste and refuse containers shall be designed for such purposes, either of metal, plastic, or other durable material, and shall be securely tied, fastened, closed, or sealed. Such containers shall be emptied or replaced whenever full. Such containers shall be maintained in such a manner as to prevent dispersal of their contents about the premises or elsewhere.
(3) 
All private, industrial, institutional, or commercial establishments shall provide suitable recycling containers to prevent the dispersal of their contents about the premises or elsewhere.
B. 
Separation of solid waste, including recyclable materials.
(1) 
Owners, occupiers, and refuse haulers/carters of all properties within the Town shall be required to separate recyclable material (paper, cardboard, plastics, metal, and glass), to the maximum extent practicable, from municipal solid waste.
(2) 
Owners, occupiers, and refuse haulers/carters shall separate the following materials from all other solid waste left for collection or transport to a solid waste facility:
(a) 
Hazardous wastes;
(b) 
Recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastics (1 and 2), metal, glass), or as may be designated by the Town Board;
(c) 
Yard waste;
(d) 
Construction and demolition debris.

§ 205-6 Permit required for commercial and/or private waste haulers/carters.

Pursuant to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requirements:
A. 
All commercial haulers/carters must obtain a solid waste collection permit from the Town of Southampton's Division of Waste Management. A fee for such permit shall be set by the Town Board on an annual basis, and all permits shall be issued for the calendar year or such portion thereof. There shall be no reduction in the fee for a permit issued after the beginning of any calendar year.
B. 
No person, company, corporation, partnership, or other entity, except as hereinafter provided, shall remove any solid waste, garbage, refuse, recyclable material, or rubbish of any kind from the premises of any person, firm, or corporation, or cart or transport the same through or upon any street, avenue, parkway, or highway within the Town unless such person shall have first obtained a permit from the Town of Southampton Division of Waste Management, as hereinafter provided. In addition, any person, business or carter who works for the Town shall be required to comply with the provisions herein.
C. 
Permitted and authorized haulers/carters shall offer collection services for recyclable materials to all residential customers for whom they provide household solid waste collection services.
D. 
An application form with information required for a hauler's/carter's permit shall be provided by the Town. The applicant shall complete the form either online and/or in writing; the application shall contain such information as requested by the Town Board but, at a minimum, shall include:
(1) 
A list of all vehicles, including vehicle license numbers, the applicant intends to utilize for the collection of solid waste and recyclables in the Town of Southampton;
(2) 
The names and addresses of all partners, limited or otherwise, if the applicant is a partnership, or of all officers and directors and shareholders, if the applicant is a corporation;
(3) 
The applicant, or any officers of the applicant, shall provide a record of a prior conviction or convictions of any crime for which the applicant pled or was found guilty. If the applicant is a corporation, partnership, or other business entity, it shall also provide a record of a prior conviction or convictions of any crime for which it, or any officer thereof, pled or was found guilty.
(4) 
A detailed account of the total estimated weight of refuse and recyclables by type within the last 12 months collected by the applicant within the Town of Southampton;
(5) 
A copy of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services permit issued to the carter for garbage to be transported in body trucks and their identified disposal locations. Said permit shall include the list of authorized trucks to be operated by the carter.
(6) 
For non-SCDHS-permitted vehicles, the carter shall provide a list of vehicles to be used within the Town of Southampton, identifying the following information: make, year, model of chassis, body style, volume, tonnage capacity, color and New York State vehicle registration number for each vehicle used.
(7) 
All permit applications and annual reports shall require a copy of valid vehicle registrations.
(8) 
The type of material(s) intended to be hauled by the applicant (i.e., MSW, recyclables, construction and demolition debris).
E. 
The Town of Southampton shall issue the applicant a carter permit so long as the application is deemed complete and the applicant is deemed by the Division of Waste Management to be in compliance with the provisions herein. The applicant shall provide a certified check or credit card payment in the amount of the permit fee as determined by the Town of Southampton. The Division of Waste Management shall issue a plate or tag for each truck used by a permittee hereunder. Such plate or tag shall be securely fastened and displayed at all times in a conspicuous location on each such truck. Failure to display said tag or plate in a conspicuous place on any truck shall be deemed a violation of this section.
F. 
The renewal of a hauler/carter permit(s) shall be in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as the issuance of the original hauler/carter permit(s) and shall be subject to any additional requirements in effect at the time an application for renewal is filed.
G. 
All collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste and recyclables shall be in strict conformance with the rules and regulations prescribed herein. Said rules and regulations may be amended or supplemented from time to time by the Town Board.
H. 
The name of the carter shall be readily visible on all vehicles and containers utilized for the collection of solid waste and/or recyclables generated within the Town.
I. 
Any hauler/carter permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall be a privilege, subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein and as amended or supplemented by the Town and shall not be deemed to create a property interest therein.

§ 205-7 Southampton Town transfer station usage fees.

A. 
The fees for residential self-haulers depositing bulk goods, yard waste, construction or demolition debris and/or any recyclables at Town transfer station facilities shall be determined, and amended from time to time, by Town Board resolution.
B. 
Residential self-haulers depositing bulk material, brush less than three inches in diameter, and/or construction and demolition debris shall pay a fee as determined, and amended from time to time, by Town Board resolution and as advertised on the Town's website pursuant to the Waste Management/Recycling Center Fee Schedule.

§ 205-8 Refuse hauler/carter permit fees.

The fees for refuse hauler/carter permits working within the Town of Southampton shall be determined, and amended from time to time as needed, by Town Board resolution.

§ 205-9 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
In the event of a violation of this chapter, the Town may order compliance and issue a written notice of violation, to be served personally or by certified mail on the violator.
B. 
Upon a conviction of a violation, the Town shall have the power to impose a civil penalty or suspend or revoke a hauler/carter permit granted or renewed pursuant to this chapter for any violation of any provision herein or any applicable rule, regulation, code or ordinance relating to the collection, handling, hauling, or disposal of solid waste and/or recyclables.
C. 
An appeal to the Licensing Review Board of any of the actions described in Subsection B above shall be governed by Article II of Town Code Chapter 143.
D. 
In addition to, or as an alternative to, any penalty provided herein or by law, any person who violates § 205-6 of this chapter, that is, the section requiring a permit for haulers/carters within the Town, shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,500 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both, for a conviction of a first offense; for a conviction of a second offense, both of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $1,500 nor more than $3,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both; and upon conviction for a third or subsequent offense, all of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine of not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both. However for the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon courts and judicial officers generally, violations of this chapter shall be deemed unclassified misdemeanors, and for such purpose only, all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violations. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.
E. 
In addition to, or as an alternative to any penalty provided herein or by law, any person who violates any other provision(s) of this chapter other than as described in Subsection D above shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not exceeding $500, or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both, for a conviction of a first offense; for a conviction of a second offense, both of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both; and upon conviction for a third or subsequent offense, all of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine of not less than $1,500 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both. However, for the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon courts and judicial officers generally, violations of this chapter shall be deemed unclassified misdemeanors, and for such purpose only, all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violations. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.