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§ 10-409. Orders.

(1) Except as otherwise provided, and subject to the provisions of the Charter, whenever the Department of Public Health determines the existence of a violation of this Chapter, or any regulations adopted hereunder, the Department may, in addition to any other remedy available at law or equity, enter an order against the person or persons responsible for the violations requiring such action or forbearance from action as the Department determined necessary to correct the violation.

(2) All such orders shall be in writing and shall be served on the person from which action, forbearance, or compliance is required, except that where the Department of Public Health finds willfulness or a menace to public health requiring immediate corrective action, such orders may be oral in the first instance.

(3) Any person to whom such an order is directed or from whom any action, forbearance or compliance is in any way required shall comply with such order within such period of time as the Department of Public Health may therein prescribe.

(4) While an appeal from an order, as hereunder provided, is pending, compliance with such order shall not be required unless the Department of Public Health finds, and certifies in writing in such order, that immediate compliance is necessary to protect the public health. The pendency of an appeal from any order shall not operate to bar or stay proceedings in any court for the imposition of a penalty under § 10-405(2)(b) to prevent, restrain or abate violation of the provisions of the order where the order contains a certification that immediate compliance is necessary to protect the public health.

(5) Any person who is aggrieved by an order directed to him or requiring any action, forbearance or compliance from him may request and receive a prompt administrative hearing before the Health Commissioner, or any representative specifically designated by him, provided that such request for hearing is made in writing within 5 days from the receipt of such order.

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