The Arizona Revised Statutes have been updated to include the revised sections from the 55th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session. Please note that the next update of this compilation will not take place until after the conclusion of the 56th Legislature, 1st Regular Session, which convenes in January 2023.
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A. If the director of a local health department, county environmental department or a public health services district has reasonable cause to believe that a person is violating this article, any sanitary ordinance or regulation adopted or order issued pursuant to this article or an order issued pursuant to section 36-602, the director through the county attorney may file an action in the superior court:
1. For a temporary restraining order, a preliminary or permanent injunction or any other appropriate relief necessary to enjoin the person from further violations and to protect public health or the environment.
2. To compel compliance with a nuisance abatement order or a compliance order, including the collection of civil penalties assessed under that order.
3. For civil penalties of not to exceed one thousand dollars a day but not more than ten thousand dollars for each violation.
B. In determining the amount of a civil penalty under this section, the court shall consider all of the following:
1. The seriousness of the violation.
2. As an aggravating factor only, any economic benefit that results from the violation.
3. The history of that violation.
4. The economic impact of the penalty on the violator.
5. Any good faith efforts to comply with the applicable requirements.
6. The duration of the violation as established by any credible evidence.
7. Payment by the violator of penalties previously assessed for the same violation.
8. Other factors affecting the public health and safety the court deems relevant.
C. The director of the local health department, county environmental department or a public health services district shall deposit all penalties collected pursuant to this section in the general fund of the county where the action was filed.
D. The director of a local health department, county environmental department or a public health services district may settle any action filed pursuant to this section by submitting a consent decree that is agreed to by the parties for approval by the superior court.