55:13A-19 Violations, penalties.
19. (a) No person shall
(1)Obstruct, hinder, delay or interfere with, by force or otherwise, the commissioner in the exercise of any power or the discharge of any function or duty under the provisions of P.L.1967, c.76 (C.55:13A-1 et seq.); or
(2)Prepare, utter or render any false statement, report, document, plans or specifications permitted or required to be prepared, uttered or rendered under the provisions of P.L.1967, c.76 (C.55:13A-1 et seq.); or
(3)Render ineffective or inoperative any protective equipment installed, or intended to be installed, in any hotel or multiple dwelling; or
(4)Refuse or fail to comply with any lawful ruling, action, order or notice of the commissioner; or
(5)Violate, or cause to be violated, any of the provisions of P.L.1967, c.76 (C.55:13A-1 et seq.).
(b)Any person who violates, or causes to be violated, any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 for each violation, and a penalty of not less than $500.00 nor more than $5,000.00 for each continuing violation. Penalties imposed for violations relating to child-protection window guards pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1995, c.120 (C.55:13A-7.12 et seq.) shall be no less than $100 for each window or incident. Whenever a violator is convicted of knowingly continuing to violate a provision of P.L.1995, c.120 (C.55:13A-7.12 et seq.) relating to child-protection window guards after the imposition of a penalty of $5,000 pursuant to this section, the violator shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. Where any violation of subsection (a) of this section is of a continuing nature, each day during which such continuing violation remains unabated after the date fixed by the commissioner in any order or notice for the correction or termination of such continuing violation, shall constitute an additional, separate and distinct violation, except during the time an appeal from said order may be taken or is pending. The commissioner, in the exercise of his administrative authority pursuant to this act, may levy and collect penalties in the amounts set forth in this section. Where the administrative penalty order has not been satisfied within 30 days of its issuance the penalty may be sued for, and recovered by and in the name of the commissioner in a civil action by a summary proceeding under "The Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.) in the Superior Court.
(c)Any person shall be deemed to have violated, or to have caused to be violated, any provision of subsection (a) of this section whenever any officer, agent or employee thereof, under the control of and with the knowledge of said person shall have violated or caused to be violated any of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.
(d)The commissioner may cancel and revoke any permit, approval or certificate required or permitted to be granted or issued to any person pursuant to the provisions of this act if the commissioner shall find that any such person has violated, or caused to be violated, any of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.
(e)Any penalties collected pursuant to this section levied as the result of a violation of subsection (w) of section 7 of P.L.1967, c.76 (C.55:13A-7) and which occurred pursuant to inspection for lead-based paint hazards shall be deposited in the Lead Hazard Control Assistance fund established pursuant to section 4 of P.L.2003, c.311 (C.52:27D-437.4). Penalties levied as the result of multiple violations shall be allocated to the Lead Hazard Control Assistance fund in such proportion as the commissioner shall prescribe.
L.1967,c.76,s.19; amended 1970, c.138, s.11; 2003, c.311, s.20; 2006, c.55, s.6.
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