Chapter 13.02
DEFINITIONS

Sections:

13.02.010    General.

13.02.020    Assessment reimbursement area.

13.02.030    Authorized emergency vehicle.

13.02.040    Axle.

13.02.050    Benefited properties.

13.02.060    Combination of vehicles.

13.02.070    Commercial vehicle.

13.02.080    Commodities necessary for health and welfare.

13.02.085    Condition or conditions.

13.02.090    County council or council.

13.02.100    County road.

13.02.110    County road frontage owners’ petition.

13.02.120    Dedication.

13.02.130    Department.

13.02.140    Development.

13.02.150    Director.

13.02.155    Easement.

13.02.160    EDDS.

13.02.170    Engineer.

13.02.175    Fence.

13.02.177    Float.

13.02.180    Freeholders petition.

13.02.190    Gross weight.

13.02.193    Haul road.

13.02.195    Haul route.

13.02.197    MUTCD

13.02.200    Motor truck.

13.02.210    Motor vehicle.

13.02.220    Owner.

13.02.225    Parade.

13.02.230    Permit.

13.02.240    Permitted use.

13.02.250    Permittee.

13.02.260    Perishable commodities.

13.02.270    Pole trailer.

13.02.280    Political sign.

13.02.290    Pneumatic tire.

13.02.300    Primitive road.

13.02.310    Property owner.

13.02.320    Resolution.

13.02.330    RID.

13.02.340    Right-of-way or R/W.

13.02.342    Right-of-way, opened.

13.02.345    Right-of-way, unopened.

13.02.350    Road, public.

13.02.352    Road prism.

13.02.354    Routine maintenance.

13.02.357    Run.

13.02.360    School bus.

13.02.370    Semitrailer.

13.02.380    Services necessary for health and welfare.

13.02.390    Sheriff.

13.02.400    Structure.

13.02.410    Tandem axle.

13.02.420    Tire width.

13.02.430    Truck.

13.02.440    Truck tractor.

13.02.450    Unmaintained road.

13.02.470    Utility.

13.02.480    Utility purveyor.

13.02.483    Utility purveyor, Single user.

13.02.490    Vehicle.

13.02.010 General.

Insofar as not inconsistent with this chapter, the definitions contained in RCW 47.04.010 and amendments thereto shall apply to this title. Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this title.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.020 Assessment reimbursement area.

"Assessment reimbursement area" means the assessment reimbursement area for a particular road improvement or group of improvements is that geographic area adjacent to, or in the vicinity of, the road improvement(s), which includes parcels that, upon development, would be subject to road improvement and impact mitigation obligations pursuant to chapter 30.61 SCC environmental review; chapter 30.66B SCC, concurrency and road impact mitigation; chapter 30.41A SCC, subdivisions; chapter 30.41B SCC, short subdivisions; Subtitle 30.2 SCC, zoning and development standards; Subtitle 30.3 SCC, performance standard zones, resource lands and overlays; and other land development codes, policies and regulations requiring provision for similar road improvements and/or traffic impact mitigation.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996; Ord. 02-098, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003).

13.02.030 Authorized emergency vehicle.

"Authorized emergency vehicle" means any vehicle of any fire department, police department, sheriff’s office, coroner, prosecuting attorney, Washington State Patrol, ambulance service, public or private, which need not be classified, registered or authorized in writing by the State Patrol.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.040 Axle.

"Axle" means the structure or structures in the same or approximately the same transverse plane with a vehicle supported by wheels and on which or with which such wheels revolve.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.050 Benefited properties.

"Benefited properties," as used in chapter 13.95 SCC, means properties that are benefited from a road improvement or group of improvements, where the properties would require similar road improvements or traffic mitigation obligations upon development under the land development impact mitigation codes, policies and regulations of the county, had improvements or traffic mitigation not previously been provided by some other party.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.060 Combination of vehicles.

"Combination of vehicles" means every combination of motor vehicle and motor vehicle, motor vehicle and trailer or motor vehicle and semitrailer.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.070 Commercial vehicle.

"Commercial vehicle" means any vehicle the principal use of which is the transportation of commodities, merchandise, produce, freight, animals, or passengers for hire.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.080 Commodities necessary for health and welfare.

"Commodities necessary for health and welfare" means any things provided to the public which are necessary to provide essential shelter, food or fuel to people and animals.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.085 Condition or conditions.

"Condition or conditions" means language placed on a permit, contract with the county, permission granted by the department as provided in this chapter, or other legal authority, that restricts, limits or establishes criteria or obligations that must be met to fulfill the requirements of county code, and shall mean the same as, and shall be used interchangeably with, the words "term" or "terms" when those words are not referencing a duration of time.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012)

13.02.090 County council or council.

"County council" or "council" means the county legislative authority.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.100 County road.

"County road" means every public road as defined by SCC 13.02.350, located outside the limits of incorporated cities and towns and which has not been designated as a state highway as that term is defined in RCW 47.04.010 as now or hereafter amended.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.110 County road frontage owners’ petition.

"County road frontage owners’ petition" means the petition used in conjunction with the procedures contained in RCW 36.87 and chapter 13.100 SCC to initiate vacation of a county road right-of-way.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.120 Dedication.

"Dedication" means the conveyance of land to the county for road purposes by deed or some other instrument of conveyance or by dedication on a duly filed and recorded plat or short plat.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.130 Department.

"Department," unless stated otherwise in this title, means the department of public works.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.140 Development.

"Development" means all subdivisions, short subdivisions, industrial or commercial building permits, conditional or special use permits, or building permits including structures, and all similar uses in unincorporated Snohomish County, and other similar projects requiring land use permits or approval by Snohomish County, except single-family residences and accessory apartments on existing tax lots.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.150 Director.

"Director," unless stated otherwise in this title, means the director of public works.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.155 Easement.

"Easement" means a right granted by a property owner to specifically named parties or to the public for the use of certain land for specified purposes.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.160 EDDS.

"EDDS" means the Engineering Design and Development Standards of the department of public works.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.170 Engineer.

"Engineer" means the county road engineer for Snohomish County with authority as designated in RCW 36.75.050 and RCW 36.80, or his authorized designee.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.175 Fence.

"Fence" means a structure of any material or combination of materials erected to enclose, screen, or separate areas of land, but does not include retaining walls.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.177 Float.

"Float" means, with respect to parades, a low, flat, decorated vehicle for carrying exhibits, tableaux, etc.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.180 Freeholders petition.

"Freeholders petition" means the petition used in the conjunction with the procedures contained in RCW 36.81 and chapter 13.90 SCC to initiate establishment of a county road or right-of-way.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.190 Gross weight.

"Gross weight" means the total vehicle weight including load.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.193 Haul road.

"Haul road" means any county road, bridge, or other structure which is used for extraordinary hauling operations and, as a result, receives an extraordinary amount of heavy use whether through the quantity, frequency, and/or duration of the hauling operations.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.195 Haul route.

"Haul route" means the system of haul roads between a source site and the destination and/or the point on the haul road where the department determines a Type B4 permit is not required.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.197 MUTCD

"MUTCD" means the manual on uniform traffic control devices published by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, as adopted for use in Washington by the Washington State Department of Transportation pursuant to chapter 47.36 RCW.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.200 Motor truck.

"Motor truck" means any motor vehicle designed or used for the transportation of commodities, merchandise, produce, freight, or animals.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.210 Motor vehicle.

"Motor vehicle" means every vehicle which is self-propelled and every vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.220 Owner.

"Owner" means the owner of real property according to the records of county auditor.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.225 Parade.

"Parade" means any march or procession consisting of people, animals, bicycles, vehicles in excess of 10 in number, or combinations thereof, except wedding processions and funeral processions, upon any county road, sidewalk or alley which does not comply with normal and usual traffic, regulations or controls.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.230 Permit.

"Permit" means a document including any license, permit, agreement or franchise, authorizing specified use of county right-of-way and granted under the provisions of this title.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.240 Permitted use.

"Permitted use" means use of any portion of the right-of-way for the benefit of a particular person, organization, association, or corporation, public or private, other than as a thoroughfare for vehicles and pedestrians and uses incidental thereto, under a permit issued under this title.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.250 Permittee.

"Permittee" means the person, organization, association or corporation named in any permit as permittee.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.260 Perishable commodities.

"Perishable commodities" means products of agriculture, aquaculture, or manufacture which by their nature are subject to destruction, decay, deterioration or spoilage except under proper conditions.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.270 Pole trailer.

"Pole trailer" means every vehicle without motive power designed to be drawn by another vehicle and attached to the towing vehicle by means of a reach, or pole, or by being boomed or otherwise secured to the towing vehicle, and ordinarily used for transporting long or irregular shaped loads such as poles, pipes, logs or structural members capable, generally, of sustaining themselves as beams between the supporting connections.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.280 Political sign.

"Political sign" means any sign advocating a position or the candidacy of any person for public office or on any public issue subject to a vote in the next election.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.290 Pneumatic tire.

"Pneumatic tire" means every tire of rubber or other resilient material designed to be inflated with compressed air to support the load thereon.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.300 Primitive road.

"Primitive road" means a road within county right-of-way that meets the requirements of RCW 36.75.300 and that may be maintained by the county or may be privately maintained. A primitive road has a gravel or earth driving surface, and has an average annual daily traffic of one hundred or fewer vehicles. A primitive road must be established by county council ordinance.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.310 Property owner.

"Property owner" means the owner or reputed owner of property according to records of the county auditor.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.320 Resolution.

"Resolution," as used in chapter 13.140 SCC, refers to a resolution passed by the county council declaring its intention to order the improvements of the proposed road development district and indicating the use of RCW 35.43 for the formation method. In Snohomish County a council resolution has been replaced by a council motion.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.330 RID.

"RID," as referenced in chapter 13.140 SCC and further defined in RCW 36.88, means a road improvement district created by the county for the improvement of county roads, existing private roads that will become county roads as a result of this improvement district process and/or, with the approval of the State Department of Transportation, state highways.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.340 Right-of-way or R/W.

"Right-of-way" or "R/W" means all property in which the county has any form of ownership or title and which is held for public road purposes, regardless of whether or not any road exists thereon or whether or not it is used, improved, or maintained for public travel.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.342 Right-of-way, opened.

"Right-of-way, opened," "Opened right-of-way" or "Maintained right-of-way" means county right-of-way that contains improvements maintained by the county constructed for the purpose of public use.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.345 Right-of-way, unopened.

"Right-of-way, unopened," "Unopened right-of-way" or "Non-maintained right-of-way" means right-of-way that is not maintained by the county and may or may not contain improvements constructed for the purpose of public use.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.350 Road, public.

"Road, public" or "Public road" used interchangeably with road, roadway or street, means improvements in the right-of-way maintained by the county for the passage of vehicles, that where appropriate, may include pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle facilities. Limits include the outside edge of sidewalks, or curbs and gutters, paths, walkways, or side ditches, including the associated shoulder and all slopes, ditches, channels, waterways, and other features necessary for proper drainage and structural stability within the right-of-way.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.352 Road prism.

"Road prism" means the driving surface of a road (including constructed roadbed), shoulders, ditches, sidewalk including back slopes, and/or curb, gutter, storm drainage facilities, and bridges.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.354 Routine maintenance.

"Routine maintenance" means maintenance such as, but not limited to, the grading, reshaping, repair and/or modification of the road prism, that is performed on a regular or scheduled basis as indicated in the regular maintenance schedule.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.357 Run.

"Run" means a sponsored, organized procession to contend in a race consisting of people, bicycles, wheelchairs, other non-motorized vehicles, or combinations there of, containing 10 or more persons, upon a county road, sidewalk or alley. "Run" shall not include any training event or race participated in solely by one or more bona fide school track or cross-country teams.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.360 School bus.

"School bus" means every motor vehicle used regularly to transport children to and from school or in connection with school activities, which is subject to the requirements set forth in the most recent edition of "Specifications for School Buses" published by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, but does not include buses operated by common carriers in urban transportation of school children.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.370 Semitrailer.

"Semitrailer" means every vehicle without motive power designed to be drawn by a vehicle, motor vehicle, or truck tractor and so constructed that an appreciable part of its weight and that of its load rests upon and is carried by such other vehicle, motor vehicle, or truck tractor.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.380 Services necessary for health and welfare.

"Services necessary for health and welfare" means any services provided to the public which are necessary to maintain essential power, gas, communications, garbage, sewer and water services for the public.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.390 Sheriff.

"Sheriff" means the Snohomish County sheriff or his designee.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.400 Structure.

"Structure" means any building, booth, fence, gate, stand, sign, pole, posts, pipe, wire, cable, or any other object constructed on or over or installed within the right-of-way.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.410 Tandem axle.

"Tandem axle" means any two or more consecutive axles whose centers are less than seven feet apart.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.420 Tire width.

"Tire width" means, in the case of pneumatic tires, the maximum overall normal inflated width, as stipulated by the manufacturer, when inflated to the pressure specified and without load thereon.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.430 Truck.

See "motor truck."

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.440 Truck tractor.

"Truck tractor" means every motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing other vehicles but so constructed as to permit carrying a load in addition to part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.450 Unmaintained road.

"Unmaintained road" means a road within county right-of-way which is accessible to public travel but is not maintained by the county.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).

13.02.470 Utility.

"Utility" means the facilities utilized for the delivery of electricity, water, sewer, gas, and, whether wireless or hard wired, radio, television, telephone and/or other forms of communication utilizing the electromagnetic spectrum.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.480 Utility purveyor.

"Utility purveyor" means a person who constructs, provides and/or maintains one or more utilities. The term "utility purveyor" does not include persons meeting the definition of the term "single user utility purveyor" set forth in SCC 13.02.483.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Eff date Feb. 26, 2012).

13.02.483 Utility purveyor, Single user.

"Utility purveyor, Single user" or "Single user utility purveyor" means a person using the right-of-way for water and/or sewer facilities that serve not more than 2 dwelling units or a single business, where the facilities at issue do not connect to the facilities of a utility purveyor.

(Added by Amended Ord. 12-001, Feb. 15, 2012, Feb. 26, 2012)

13.02.490 Vehicle.

"Vehicle" means every device capable of being moved upon a public highway and in, upon, or by which any persons or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway, including bicycles. The term does not include devices moved exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. Bicycles shall not be considered vehicles for the purposes of SCC 13.110.030.

(Added Ord. 96-028, § 8(part), June 12, 1996, Eff date June 29, 1996).