§42-5. Rules of Construction
Meaning of Terms. Unless specifically defined in this Chapter the words and phrases used in this
Chapter shall have their customary meanings or shall be as defined in a standard dictionary. The
specific definitions listed in Article XIV shall be applicable in all districts, unless specifically
limited to particular districts or sections.
Tense. Words used in the present tense include the future tense.
Number. Words used in the singular number include the plural number and the plural number
includes the singular number unless the context of the particular usage clearly indicates otherwise.
Shall, Must, Will, May and Should. The words shall, must and will are mandatory in nature,
implying an obligation or duty to comply with the particular provision. The word may is
permissive in nature. The word should indicates that compliance is encouraged, but is not
Used and Occupied. The words "used" or "occupied" include the words "intended, designed or
arranged to be used or occupied."
Fractional Requirements. When any requirement of this Chapter results in a fraction of a unit, the
fraction shall be disregarded.
Text Controls in Event of Conflict. In the event of a conflict or inconsistency between the text of
this Chapter and any heading, caption, figure, illustration, table, or map, the text shall control.