Petitions for variances must be filed with the Department. Requests shall be reviewed by the issuing agent prior to submitting to the Department. The issuing agent shall add any relevant evidence regarding the request.
The issuing agent shall investigate violations of this chapter, issue orders to abate violations and submit orders to the Corporation Counsel, the District Attorney or Attorney General for enforcement.
Where a violation of this chapter is encountered which may require ordered abatement and/or correction in accordance with §§ 254.59 and 145.20, Wis. Stats., the issuing agent shall serve upon the responsible person a written order stating the nature of the violation and the steps needed to abate and/or correct it, the time period in which the violation must be corrected and/or abated, and the penalty or penalties the violator would be subject to if the apparent violation is not abated and/or corrected within the cited time period. If the violation is not abated and/or corrected within the time period specified in the order, the County shall enter upon the property and abate and/or correct the violation or cause it to be abated and/or corrected.
For any violation that is a human health hazard, the cost of such abatement and/or correction is to be recovered by the County, either directly from the responsible person or as a special tax assessment on the property in accordance with § 254.59(2), Wis. Stats. For any violation that involves pumping of a septic or holding tank, the cost of such abatement and/or correction is to be recovered by the County, either directly from the responsible person or as a special tax assessment on the property in accordance with § 145.20(4), Wis. Stats.
Any person who violates any provision of Chapter 145, Wis. Stats., or any rules or regulations promulgated under such statute, and whoever violates any provisions, rules or regulations of this chapter or any provision or regulation adopted by the Pierce County Board of Supervisors pursuant to the authority granted by this chapter shall, upon conviction, forfeit not less than $100 plus cost of prosecution and, in default thereof, shall be imprisoned in the County jail not less than one day nor more than 30 days, and each day's failure to comply shall constitute a separate violation.
The provisions of any Pierce County citation ordinance adopted pursuant to § 66.0113, Wis. Stats., authorizing the use and issuance of citations for violations, may also be used to enforce the terms and provisions of this chapter.
Violations of this chapter, an abatement order, the aforementioned Wisconsin Statutes or the State Plumbing Code may be enforced by Pierce County Corporation Counsel by action for injunctive relief.
In addition to forfeiture or imprisonment, an action may be brought to enjoin, remove, abate or vacate any use in violation of this chapter.