[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Nashua 6-14-2016 by Ord. No. O-16-003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
City departments or officials charged with the responsibility for enforcing the ordinances and codes of the City are hereby authorized to issue citations for any violation of the ordinances or codes that they are responsible for enforcing. The enforcement authority provided hereby is provided for in RSA 31:39-c and is in addition to the authority for ordinance and code enforcement that currently exists.
A citation is a written and/or printed notice describing a specific violation of a City ordinance or code which is served on the person responsible for the violation. Each day on which a violation exists or occurs is a separate offense, and a citation may be issued for each offense. A citation shall be served in the manner described in this chapter, and shall contain the following information:
A clear and concise description of the violation.
The location of the violation and the date and time on which it was observed.
The name and address of the person responsible for the violation.
The penalty for the violation as provided for in this chapter.
A statement or table describing the penalties for future occurrences of the same violation.
A statement as to whether the citation is being issued for a first, second, or subsequent offense.
The name and address of the office to which the payment of the penalty may be made.
The time period during which a reduced penalty may be paid in full satisfaction of the citation.
Notification that failure to pay the penalty may result in court action.
The signature and printed name and department of the individual issuing the citation.
Any citation shall be served by the official issuing it in any one of the following ways:
The official serving the citation shall maintain a record of the date, time, and manner of service of the citation, including the post office receipt if service was accomplished by registered or certified mail.
The penalties for any offense relating to the following ordinances for which a citation has been issued shall be as follows:
If any penalty set forth in Table 4-1 is not paid within 10 days of the date the citation was issued, the penalty shall be the amount set forth in Table 4-1 of this subsection plus $50 up to a maximum of $1,000.
Second and subsequent offenses are offenses that occur within 12 months of the first offense.
Whenever any person fails to pay any penalty imposed pursuant to a citation issued under the authority granted by this chapter, § 1-12 or § 1-13, such person shall be guilty of a violation and shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed the maximum allowed by RSA 47:17 or other applicable law for each offense. Each citation penalty which is not paid shall constitute a separate offense. If the administrative enforcement system established in the Code is unsuccessful at resolving alleged violations, a summons may be issued as otherwise provided by law, including use of the procedure for plea by mail set forth in RSA 31:39-d.