1.    The commission has the authority to promulgate, to amend, and to repeal reasonable rules and regulations for the administration and enforcement of this chapter. Such rules and regulations must include, but not be limited to, provisions for advertising standards to assure full and fair disclosure; provisions for escrow or trust agreements or other means to assure that all improvements referred to in the application for registration and advertising will be completed and that purchasers will receive the interest in land for which they contracted; provisions for operating procedures; and such other rules and regulations as are necessary or proper to accomplish the purposes of this chapter.

Terms Used In North Dakota Code 43-23.1-11

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Person: means an individual, organization, government, political subdivision, or government agency or instrumentality. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Rule: includes regulation. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49

2.    All advertising material of any nature whatsoever prepared for use in connection with the offer and disposition of any interests in subdivided lands registered under this chapter must be submitted to and approved by the commission prior to its use.

3.    As a condition precedent to the registration of any subdivided lands, the commission shall require that the subdivider file an indemnity bond running to the state of North Dakota for the use, benefit, and protection of any person and conditioned for the faithful compliance by the subdivider, the subdivider’s agents and employees with all of the provisions of this chapter, and with all rules, regulations, and orders made pursuant thereto and for the faithful performance and payment of all obligations of the subdivider, the subdivider’s agents and employees in connection with the registration. The indemnity bond must be of such type and in such form as must be prescribed by the commission and must be in such amount as the commission deems necessary to protect purchasers when the volume of business of the subdivider and other relevant factors are taken into consideration, but in no event less than twenty-five thousand dollars. Any such bond must have as surety thereon a surety company authorized to do business in this state.

4.    Whenever it appears that a person has engaged or is about to engage in acts or practices which constitute or will constitute a violation of the provisions of this chapter or of a rule or regulation or order hereunder, the commission, with or without prior administrative proceedings, may bring an action in any district court to enjoin the acts or practices and to enforce compliance with this chapter or any rule or regulation or order hereunder. Upon a proper showing, a permanent or temporary injunction or restraining order must be granted without bond.

5.    The commission may intervene in a suit involving subdivided lands. In any suit by or against a subdivider involving subdivided lands, the subdivider promptly shall furnish the commission notice of the suit and copies of all pleadings.

6.    The commission may:

a.    Accept registrations filed in other states or with the federal government;

b.    Contract with similar agencies in this state or other jurisdictions to perform investigative functions; and

c.    Accept grants-in-aid from any source.

7.    The commission shall cooperate with similar agencies in other jurisdictions to establish uniform filing procedures and forms, uniform public offering statements, advertising standards, rules and regulations, and common administrative practices.

8.    The commission may exempt a subdivision of ten or fewer lots, parcels, units, or interests from the provisions of this chapter if it determines that the plan of promotion and disposition is primarily directed to persons in the local community in which the subdivision is located.