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Are There Limits on the Size of Penalties to Enforce Local Government Ordinances?

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Both cities and counties enjoy statutory authority to enforce their ordinances through civil penalties, which if necessary can be collected in a civil action in the nature of the debt. The North Carolina General Statues sets the upper limit of the fines or penalties for local ordinances enforced as misdemeanors or infractions, but there is no statutory maximum for civil penalties in general.