Can I be prosecuted for owning an illegal lot?

There are several remedies in addition to recording a Notice of Violation that are available to the County when it becomes aware of an illegal lot. They include a suit for declaratory relief or to enjoin the violation and the County can request that a criminal compliant be filed. However, the most practical and useful tool is to withhold permits and approvals and to process a Notice of Violation, which will usually compel correction of the violation.

Rest assured that Nevada County tries to help citizens. There are many innocent purchasers of illegally created lots. The County's primary objective is to assure an orderly development of these lots.

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1. What is a lot?
2. How are lots created?
3. What is a legal lot?
4. What is an illegal lot?
5. What does the County do about illegal lots?
6. What does it mean to own an illegal lot?
7. Why is the County concerned about illegal lots?
8. What is an Assessor's Parcel?
9. How did the County find out about my illegal lot?
10. Can I be prosecuted for owning an illegal lot?
11. Why didn't the title company tell me my lot was illegal?
12. The person who sold it to me is the one who broke the law; what can be done about this?
13. What can I do to legalize my lot?
14. Must I file for a conditional certificate of compliance now?
15. What can a buyer do to avoid acquiring an illegal lot?
16. Whom should I contact on these matters?