GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
Section 1. G.S. 160A-445 reads as rewritten:
"§ 160A-445. Service of complaints and orders.
Complaints or orders issued by a public officer pursuant to
an ordinance adopted under this Part shall be served upon persons either
personally or by registered or certified mail. If the identities of any owners
or the whereabouts of persons are unknown and cannot be ascertained by the
public officer in the exercise of reasonable diligence, or, if the owners
are known but have refused to accept service by registered or certified mail, and
the public officer makes an affidavit to that effect, then the serving of the
complaint or order upon the
unknown owners or other persons may be made
by publication in a newspaper having general circulation in the city at least
once no later than the time at which personal service would be required under
the provisions of this Part. When service is made by publication, a notice of
the pending proceedings shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises
Sec. 2. This act applies only to municipalities that have a population in excess of 300,000 by the last federal census.
Sec. 3. This act is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 3rd day of July, 1991.
James C. Gardner
President of the Senate
Daniel Blue, Jr.
Speaker of the House of Representatives