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135.1.The meaning and construction of words and phrases as set forth shall apply throughout the Zoning Regulations, except where the context of such words or phrases clearly indicates a different meaning or construction. Definitions contained in the Uniform Building Code shall be applicable except when in conflict with definitions contained in these Zoning Regulations, in which case the Zoning Regulations definition shall prevail. The following general rules of construction shall apply to the textual provisions of the Zoning Regulations: (From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.1.1. Headings. Section and subsection headings contained herein shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify, or in any manner affect the scope, meaning, or intent of any provision of the Zoning Regulations. (From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.1.2. Illustrations. In case of any difference of meaning or implication between the text of any provision and any illustration, the text of the provision shall control.

(From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.1.3. Shall, May, and Should. “Shall” is always mandatory and not discretionary. “May” is permissive or discretionary. “Should” is advisory, in that it, like “may,” is not mandatory, but “should” indicates a policy preference of the County. (From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.1.4. Tense, Number and Gender. Words used in the present tense include the past and future tense. Words used in the singular include the plural, and the plural the singular, unless the context clearly indicates the contrary. The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter gender, and neuter includes the masculine and feminine, and feminine includes masculine and neuter. (From Section CZ#A312-1; INL#312-1; Ord. 519, Sec. 201, 5/11/65; Amended by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.1.5. Conjunctions. Unless the context clearly indicates the contrary, the following conjunctions shall be interpreted as follows: (From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)“And” indicates that all connected items or provisions shall apply.“Or” indicates that the connected items or provisions may apply singly or in any combination.“Either...or” indicates that the connected items or provisions shall apply singly but not in combination.

135.1.6.“Used” includes “arranged for”, “designed for”, “occupied”, or “intended to be occupied for”. (From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.1.7.All public officials, bodies, and agencies to which reference is made are those of Humboldt County unless otherwise indicated. (From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.1.8. References to other laws and regulations. Whenever this Code refers to sections of this Code, State Law, or other statutes or regulations, the reference shall be construed to include any successor or amended provisions which have been adopted to replace, renumber, or otherwise change the section(s) reference from that which is contained in this Code. (From Section CZ#A312-1; Added by Ord. 2214, 6/6/00)

135.2.Additional definitions can be found in State Law in the Subdivision Map Act (see, Government Code Section 66414 and following), the Permit Streamlining Act (see Government Code Section 65925 and following), and in other related provisions which regulate planning and land use issues. If the definitions of this County Code are different from the State Law definitions, generally the State Law will govern, unless the provisions of this Code are more restrictive and limiting, in which case the more restrictive provisions apply. (Ord. 2214, 6/6/2000)

135.3.This set of definitions is separate from, and less comprehensive than, the definitions applicable in the Coastal Zone, which are set out in Chapter 3, Section C. This is because the coastal and non-coastal regulations were adopted at different times. It is the goal of the Board to eventually merge the two sections and have one set of definitions that apply county wide. When that is done, some definitions will change, and environmental review of any changes will be required under California law. (Ord. 2214, 6/6/2000)

135.4.To the extent that the definitions in this non-coastal section are different from those in the coastal section, the differences may result in a different meaning. If so, it is the intention of the Board that the differences remain when this version of the Code is adopted. Minor wording differences which do not change the meaning are the result of oversights at the different times at which sections of the code were adopted, and it should not be assumed that any difference in meaning is intended. (Ord. 2214, 6/6/2000)

135.5.If a definition is not included in this section, standard rules of statutory construction should be used, and the words and phrases should be given their customary and ordinary meaning, unless that causes a clearly unintended and erroneous result. (Ord. 2214, 6/6/2000)