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Sec. 17.1 Word Usage

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For the purpose of this Ordinance, certain terms are defined as indicated in this section. These definitions and all other provisions of this Ordinance are subject to the following rules of interpretation:

A. The present tense includes the past and future tenses and the future tense includes the present, unless stated otherwise.

B. The singular number includes the plural number and vice-versa.

C. The word "shall" is mandatory.

D. The word "building" includes the word "structure."

E. Any term not herein defined shall be as defined elsewhere in the County or City Code or, if not defined elsewhere in the County or City Code, as defined in Webster's New International Dictionary, most recent edition, unless the result does not effectuate the intent of the governing bodies, leads to absurd or illogical results, or is inconsistent with the surrounding textual context.

F. The time within which any act required by this Ordinance is to be performed shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last day, unless the last day is a Saturday or Sunday or a holiday declared by the United States Congress or the State of North Carolina, in which event it shall also be excluded.

G. The word "person" or “applicant” includes individuals, firms, partnerships, joint ventures, trusts, trustees, estates, corporations, associations and any other similar entities.

H. In case of any difference of meaning or implication between the text of this Code and any caption, illustration or table, the text shall control.