Chapter 1.02


1.02.010    Code Reviser Established.

1.02.020    Compilation and Revision of Ordinances.

1.02.030    May Omit Certain Sections of Ordinances.

1.02.040    Code Index.

1.02.050    Historical Records.

1.02.060    Improvement of Codes.

1.02.010 Code Reviser Established.

The council clerk shall be designated the official code reviser and shall compile the ordinance law of Snohomish county as enacted by the council into a code or compilation of laws by title, chapter and section, without substantive change or alteration of purpose or intent. The code reviser may appoint an assistant or assistants as required to perform the duties of the code reviser. The prosecuting attorney shall be the legal advisor of the code reviser.

(Added Ord. 87-001, February 11, 1987).

1.02.020 Compilation and Revision of Ordinances.

Subject to such general written policies as may be promulgated by the council and subject to the general supervision of the council, the reviser shall:

(1) Codify for consolidation into the Snohomish County Code all ordinances of a general and permanent nature heretofore or hereafter enacted by the council and assign permanent numbers as provided by law to all new titles, chapters, and sections so added to the code.

(2) Edit and revise such ordinances for such consolidation, to the extent deemed necessary or desirable by the reviser without changing the meaning of any such ordinance in the following respects only:

(a) Make capitalization uniform with that followed generally in the code.

(b) Make chapter or section division and subdivision designations uniform throughout the code.

(c) Substitute for the term "this ordinance" where necessary the term "section," "part," code," "chapter," or "title" or reference to specific section or chapter numbers, as the case may require.

(d) Substitute for reference to a section of an "ordinance" the proper code section number reference.

(e) Substitute for "as provided in the preceding section" and other phrases of similar import, the proper code section number references.

(f) Substitute the proper calendar date for "effective date of this ordinance," "date of passage of this ordinance," and other phrases of similar import.

(g) Rearrange any misplaced ordinance material, incorporate any omitted ordinance material as well as correct manifest errors in spelling and manifest clerical or typographical errors, or errors by way of additions or omissions.

(h) Correct manifest errors in references, by chapter or section number, to other ordinances.

(i) Correct manifest errors or omissions in numbering or renumbering sections of the code.

(j) Provide captions to new chapters and sections as required.

(k) Strike provisions manifestly obsolete.

(3) Revise SCC 30.10.050 and 30.10.060 as necessary to identify ordinances that adopt, amend, or repeal countywide planning policies, multi-county planning policies, and comprehensive plans adopted pursuant to the Growth Management Act, chapter 36.70A RCW. A failure by the council or code reviser to identify an ordinance in those sections shall not affect the validity or application of the ordinance.

(4) Create new code titles, chapters, and sections of the Snohomish County Code, or otherwise revise the title, chapter and sectional organization of the code, all as may be required from time to time to effectuate the orderly and logical arrangement of the ordinances. Such new titles, chapters, and sections, and organizational revisions, shall have the same force and effect as the titles originally enacted and designated as the Snohomish County Code pursuant to the code adoption provision codified in chapter 1.01 SCC.

(Added Ord. 87-001, February 11, 1987; Ord. 04-085, Sept. 8, 2004, Eff. date Oct. 2, 2004).

1.02.030 May Omit Certain Sections of Ordinances.

The reviser may omit from the code all titles to ordinances, enacting and repealing clauses, preambles, declarations of emergency, and validity and construction sections unless, in a particular instance, it may be necessary to retain such to preserve the full intent of the law. The omission of validity or construction sections is not intended to, nor shall it change, or be considered as changing, the effect to be given thereto in construing legislation of which such validity and construction sections were a part. Any section so omitted, other than repealing, emergency or validity provisions, shall be referred to or set forth as an annotation to the applicable sections of the ordinance as codified.

(Added Ord. 87-001, February 11, 1987).

1.02.040 Code Index.

The reviser shall compile and thereafter maintain a comprehensive code index and from time to time prepare for publication supplements thereto.

(Added Ord. 87-001, February 11, 1987).

1.02.050 Historical Records.

The reviser shall prepare and maintain full historical records showing the enactment, amendment, revision, supersession, and repeal of the various sections of the code.

(Added Ord. 87-001, February 11, 1987).

1.02.060 Improvement of Codes.

The reviser shall from time to time make written recommendations to the council concerning deficiencies, conflicts, or obsolete provisions in, and need for reorganization or revision of, the code, and shall prepare for submission to the council, legislation for the correction or removal of such deficiencies, conflicts or obsolete provisions, or to otherwise improve the form or substance of any portion of the code as the public interest or the administration of county government may require.

Such or similar projects may also be undertaken at the request of the council.

All such proposed legislation shall be annotated so as to show the purposes, reasons and history thereof.

(Added Ord. 87-001, February 11, 1987).