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Chapter 02 – Penalty


1-2-1                General Penalty
1-2-2                Civil Penalty – Municipal Infraction

SECTION 1-2-1        GENERAL PENALTY. Any person violating any of the provisions or failing to comply with any of the mandatory requirements of the Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa is guilty of a misdemeanor, unless expressly stated elsewhere in this Code. Any person convicted of a misdemeanor under the Ordinances of City of Belle Plaine, Iowa shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.3(2))


(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.22)

(1)         Definitions.

(a)           Municipal Infraction. Except those provisions specifically provided under state law as a felony, an aggravated misdemeanor, or a serious misdemeanor or a simple misdemeanor under Chapters 687 through 747 of the Iowa Code, the doing of any act prohibited or declared to be unlawful, an offense or a misdemeanor by the Code of Ordinances City of Belle Plaine, or any Ordinance or Code herein adopted by reference, or omission or failure to perform any act or duty required by the Code of Ordinances City of Belle Plaine, or any Ordinance or Code herein adopted by reference, is a “municipal infraction” and is punishable by civil penalty as provided herein.

(b)           Officer.  The term “officer” shall mean any employee or official authorized to enforce the Code of Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine.

(c)           Repeat Offense.  The term “repeat offense” shall mean a recurring violation of the same section of the Code of Ordinances.

(2)        Violations, Penalties, and Alternative Relief.

(a)           A municipal infraction is punishable by a civil penalty as provided in the following schedule, unless a specific schedule of civil penalties is provided for specific offenses elsewhere in this Code.

Schedule of Civil Penalties

First offense–Not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).

All other repeat offenses–Not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each repeat offense.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.22)

(b)           Each day that a violation occurs or is permitted to exist by the violator constitutes a separate offense.

(c)           Seeking a civil penalty as authorized in this Chapter does not preclude the City from seeking alternative relief from the court in the same action.

(3)        Civil Citations

(a)           Any officer authorized by the City to enforce the Code of Ordinances may issue a civil citation to a person who commits a municipal infraction.

(b)           The citation may be served by personal service, by certified mail, addressed to the defendant at the defendant’s last know mailing address, return receipt requested, or by publication as provided in the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure.

(c)           The original of the citation shall be sent to the Clerk of the district court.

(d)            The citation shall serve as notification that a civil offense has been committed and shall contain the following information:

(1)        The name and address of the defendant.

(2)        The name or description of the infraction attested to by the officer issuing the citation.

(3)        The location and time of the infraction.

(4)        The amount of civil penalty to be assessed or the alternative relief sought, or both.

(5)        The manner, location, and time in which the penalty may be paid.

(6)        The time and place of court appearance.

(7)        The penalty for failure to appear in court.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.22(4))

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