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The Vermont Statutes Online

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Title 24 : Municipal and County Government

Chapter 059 : Adoption and Enforcement of Ordinances and Rules

(Cite as: 24 V.S.A. § 1974)
  • § 1974. Enforcement of criminal ordinances

    (a)(1) The violation of a criminal ordinance or rule adopted by a municipality under this chapter shall be a misdemeanor.

    (2) The criminal ordinance or rule may provide for a fine or imprisonment, but no fine shall exceed $800.00, nor may any term of imprisonment exceed one year.

    (3) Each day the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

    (b) The presiding judge of the Superior Court, on application of the legislative body of a municipality, shall have jurisdiction to enjoin the violation of an ordinance or rule but the election of a municipality to proceed under this subsection shall not prevent prosecutions under subsection (a) of this section.

    (c) Prosecutions of criminal ordinances shall be brought before the Superior Court pursuant to 4 V.S.A. § 32.

    (d) Prosecutions of criminal ordinances may be brought on behalf of the municipality by the municipal attorney or other person designated by the legislative body of the municipality. (Added 1969, No. 170 (Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. March 2, 1970; amended 1993, No. 237 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1994; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 182; 2017, No. 74, § 95; 2017, No. 93 (Adj. Sess.), § 20; 2017, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 14.)