This post was authored by Amy Lavine, Esq.

Individuals can be held liable for zoning violations regardless of whether they acted at their own behest or on behalf of a corporation. The defendant in the case, Claudia Dowling, argued unsuccessfully that she could not be held personally liable for operating an unlawful commercial use in a residential district because her conduct was undertaken in her capacity as a corporate officer for Claudia Dowling, Inc. The court also rejected her claim that the commercial use qualified as a permissible accessory use, but it ruled in her favor that stop work orders issued for the unlawful use were invalid because they did not relate to any building code violations.