16.12.010 – Rules of construction

The language set forth in the text of this Title shall be interpreted in accordance with the following rules of construction:

  1. The singular number includes the plural and the plural singular;
  2. The present tense includes the past and future tenses, and the future the present;
  3. The word "shall" is mandatory, while the word "may" is permissive; the masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter;
  4. Whenever a word or term defined hereinafter appears in the text of this Title, its meaning shall be construed as set forth in the definition thereof; and any word appearing in parenthesis, directly after a word herein defined, shall be construed in the same sense as that word;
  5. All measured distances, expressed in feet, tenths, and hundredths.