§14-1905. Administrative Provisions.

(1) Abatement.

(a) Except as provided in § 14-1905(1)(c) whenever any sign is erected or maintained in violation of the provisions of this chapter or of the regulations promulgated under it the Department of Licenses and Inspections shall serve a written notice of such violations upon the violator, directing compliance within 30 days of receipt of the notice of violation.[416]

(b) After the expiration of the time for compliance as stated on the notice of violation, if the violation has not been corrected and no appeal is pending, the Department of Licenses and Inspections may itself or by contract remove the offending sign or, if it may be done with less expense, bring it into compliance. In any event, the costs incurred by the Department shall be charged against the persons owning such offending sign and the Law Department may take such action for the collection of such costs, by lien or otherwise, as may now or hereafter be authorized by law. No permit for any similar sign at that place shall be granted until such costs have been paid. Where the sign has been removed, the owner may reclaim, within 15 days of the removal, any materials salvaged by the Department, upon payment of the cost of removal incurred by the Department.

(c) If any violation of the provisions of this chapter results in an immediate peril to persons or property, the Department of Licenses and Inspections may require immediate compliance. If such compliance is not forthcoming, the Department may without other notice, in addition to invoking any other sanction or remedial procedure provided.

(.1) itself or by contract correct the violation; the imposition and collection of the costs of such action and the recovery of salvage materials to be in accordance with § 14-1905(1)(a).

(.2) apply with the approval of the Law Department to any Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia for relief by injunction or restraining order.

(2) Penalties.

(a) In addition to any other sanctions or remedial procedure provided, the penalty for violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter is a fine of not less than $25. nor more than $150. for each violation together with imprisonment not exceeding 30 days if the fine is not paid within 10 days. Continuous violation of the same provision shall be a separate violation for each day.