A. Violation of SMC 8.12.050 and 8.12.060 and any impacts or disturbances resulting in significant loss of health, vigor or longevity of any tree for which a tree removal permit would be required by the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be a misdemeanor punishable by fine and/or imprisonment in County jail as outlined below:
1. A fine not exceeding $500.00 for a first violation;
2. A fine not exceeding $1,000, or imprisonment in the County jail not exceeding six months, or by both for each additional violation of this chapter within one year.
B. Other Violations. Violations of any other provisions of this chapter shall be deemed an infraction and shall be punishable as prescribed by law.
C. Restitution. Trees within the City of Sebastopol are valuable assets to its citizens, and as a result of loss or damage to these trees, the public should be recompensed. In addition to any penalties provided by subsection A of this section, any person who damages a tree in violation of the terms of this chapter is responsible for proper restitution and/or conditions as described in SMC 8.12.060(E). The City may bring a civil action for restitution to enforce this section.