A Stop Work order is the suspension of work for which a permit may or may not have been issued, pending the removal or correction of a severe violation or unsafe condition identified during inspections. Normally, correction notices are used to inform the permit holder of code violations. Stop work orders are issued when enforcement can be accomplished no other way or when a dangerous condition exists.
Issuing a Stop Work Order:
The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved, or to the owner's agent, or to the person doing the work. Upon issuance of a stop work order, the cited work shall immediately cease. The stop work order shall state the reason for the order, and the conditions under which the cited work will be permitted to resume. Upon receipt of a violation notice from the building official, all construction activities identified in the notice must immediately cease, except as expressly permitted to correct the violation.
Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by The City of Minot Inspections Fee schedule in the Code Compliance(LINK) including criminal charges against contractors or property owners as provided by the North Dakota Century Code.