2.1.A Basic Rules

  • In the construction, interpretation, application, use and enforcement of these Regulations, the rules, terms, and definitions contained in this Section shall be observed and applied, except where the context clearly indicates otherwise.
  • In the construction, interpretation, application, use and enforcement of these Regulations, words or terms not defined in this Section shall be interpreted by the Commission. In making any such interpretation, the Commission may:
    • Consider the meaning that will give the regulation its most reasonable application;
    • Consider the common meaning of the word or term; and/or
    • Consult one or more of the following:
      • The State Building Code, as amended.
      • The Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
      • The Illustrated Book of Development Definitions (Rutgers University, Center for Urban Policy Research (Piscataway, NJ), as amended
      • Black's Law Dictionary.
      • A comprehensive general dictionary.
  • In the construction, interpretation, application, use and enforcement of these Regulations, the following rules shall apply:
    • The word "shall" is mandatory and not discretionary.
    • The word "may" is permissive.
    • Words used in the singular may include the plural, and the plural the singular.
    • Words used in the present tense may include the future tense.
    • Words which are specifically masculine or feminine shall be interpreted as interchangeable.
    • Any official, agency, commission, board or department identified in these Regulations is that of the City of Groton, unless otherwise specified.