Smithtown, N.Y. considers bigger fines for building code violations

After a Suffolk County grand jury recommended stiffer fines for illegal demolitions, Smithtown, N.Y. officials are weighing tougher penalties for developers who violate the town building code.

September 20, 2012

After a Suffolk County grand jury recommended stiffer fines for illegal demolitions, Smithtown, NY officials are weighing tougher penalties for developers who violate the town building code. Property owners and contractors would face maximum fines of $5,000 — 10 times higher than the current $500 fine — for unlawful demolitions and other violations of the code.

Maximum fines would be $10,000 for second violations of the code or cease-and-desist orders, and $15,000 for subsequent violations.

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