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§ 1-103 Definitions.

(1) Unless otherwise provided in the Code, the following definitions apply:

(a) Agency. Any office, department, board, or commission of the City including any officer, employee, or other authorized representative thereof, other than the Council or the courts.

(b) Charter. The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.

(c) City. The City of Philadelphia.

(d) Code. The Philadelphia Code.

(e) Commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

(f) Council. The Council of the City of Philadelphia.

(g) Life Partner. 1.1 Added, Bill No. 130224 (approved May 8, 2013).1.1 As defined in subsection 9-1102(1)(q).

(h) Life Partnership. 1.2 Added, Bill No. 130224 (approved May 8, 2013).1.2 As defined in subsection 9-1102(1)(r).

(i) Person. 1.3 Renumbered, Bill No. 130224 (approved May 8, 2013).1.3 An individual, partnership, corporation, or association, including those acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity whether appointed by a court or otherwise. Whenever used in any clause prescribing or imposing a penalty, the termpersonas applied to partnerships or associations shall include the partners or members thereof, and if applied to corporations, the officers thereof.

(j) Whoever. 1.4 Renumbered, Bill No. 130224 (approved May 8, 2013).1.4 Anypersonas herein defined. Whenever used in any clause prescribing or imposing a penalty, the termwhoevershall include any person who causes an act to be done, whether directly performed by himself or otherwise or who aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission.

(2) The singular shall include the plural, and the plural, the singular. Words used in the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter. Words used in the past or present tense shall include the future.

(3) Any word not specifically defined shall be construed according to its common usage.