Chapter 30.26
GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS - PARKING

Sections:

30.26.010    Applicability.

30.26.015    Maneuvering, queuing and loading.

30.26.020    Location of parking spaces.

30.26.025    Tandem parking.

30.26.030    Number of spaces required.

30.26.032    Additional parking requirements for the UC zone.

30.26.035    Parking for specified and unlisted uses.

30.26.040    Reduction of required parking spaces.

30.26.045    Mixed occupancies.

30.26.050    Joint uses.

30.26.055    Conditions for joint use.

30.26.060    Loading space.

30.26.065    Parking lot development standards.

30.26.070    Parking lot surfacing requirements.

30.26.075    Illumination.

30.26.080    Landscaping requirement for regulated parking areas.

30.26.085    Accessible parking spaces for persons with disabilities.

30.26.010 Applicability.

(1) Every new use and every building erected, moved, reconstructed, expanded, or structurally altered shall provide parking areas as provided in this chapter.

(2) Parking area shall be permanent and shall be permanently maintained for parking purposes.

(3) This chapter applies to any lot or parcel of land used as a public or private parking area and having a capacity of three or more vehicles, including any vehicle sales area. This chapter shall not apply to permit applications for individual single family or duplex residences.

(4) Temporary on-site and off-site construction-related parking is exempt from this chapter.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.26.015 Maneuvering, queuing and loading.

The department shall have authority to require sufficient queuing, loading, backing, turning, and maneuvering space within a parking area to meet the requirements of this chapter and to ensure that pedestrian routes and public rights-of-way are not blocked by maneuvering, queuing, loading, or unloading vehicles.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.26.020 Location of parking spaces.

Parking spaces shall be located as specified in this section. Where a distance is specified, the distance shall be the walking distance measured from the nearest point of the parking facilities to the nearest available entrance of the building which it serves.

(1) Parking for single and multifamily dwellings shall be within 300 feet of and on the same lot or building site with the building it serves.

(2) Parking for uses not specified above shall not be over 300 feet from the building it serves. Parking spaces for uses on land subject to a binding site plan (BSP) with record of survey shall be located on land within the BSP area per recorded covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CCRs) or declaration.

(3) All parking spaces shall be located out of the public right-of-way and on land zoned in a manner which would allow the particular use the parking will serve.

(4) Parking shall be set back from lakes, streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water as necessary to comply with the shoreline management and critical areas regulations. See chapters 30.44, 30.62A and 30.67 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 06-061, Aug. 1, 2007, Eff date Oct. 1, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-025, June 6, 2012, Eff date July 27, 2012; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.26.025 Tandem parking.

Tandem or stacked parking spaces may be allowed for residential and commercial uses as follows:

(1) Each tandem space shall be at least eight and one-half feet wide and twice the depth required for a standard space;

(2) A maximum of 30 percent of the required parking may be provided through tandem spaces, except that for townhouse development a maximum of 100 percent of the required parking for those residing in the development may be provided through tandem spaces when located within individual unit garages;

(3) For residential uses, tandem parking may only be used when it can be documented that parking spaces will be assigned to specific units and tandem spaces will not be shared between units; and

(4) Commercial uses with no retail or customer service components may use tandem parking only when it can be documented that the proposed parking will be managed to accommodate employee access to vehicles and vehicle ingress and egress at all times.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-115, Jan. 30, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013)

30.26.030 Number of spaces required.

(1) The required number of off-street parking spaces shall be as set forth in SCC Table 30.26.030(1) subject to provisions, where applicable, regarding:

(a) Effective alternatives to automobile access (SCC 30.26.040);

(b) Joint uses (SCC 30.26.050 and 30.26.055); and

(c) Accessible routes of travel (SCC 30.26.065(7)).

(2) The abbreviations in the table have the following meanings:

(a) "GFA" means gross floor area;

(b) "GLA" means gross leasable area; and

(c) "SF" means square feet.

(3) Any off-street parking spaces that are devoted to electrical vehicle charging shall be counted toward the minimum number of parking spaces required.

(4) For off-street parking requirements in the Urban Center (UC) zone, see SCC 30.26.032.

Table 30.26.030(1)

NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED

USE

Number of Spaces Required in R-9600, R-8400, R-7200, WFB, T, MR, LDMR, GC, CB, NB, FS, PCB, MHP, HI, LI, BP, and IP

Number of Spaces Required in RD, RRT-10, R-5, RB, CRC, RFS, RI, F, F&R, A-10, MC, SA-1, RC, RU, R-20,000, R-12,500

NOTES

Accessory Apartment

1 per unit

1 per unit

 

Adult Entertainment Business/Use

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Agriculture

No parking required

No parking required

 

Airport

 

 

 

Air Terminal

10 per 1,000 SF of waiting area

10 per 1,000 SF of waiting area

 

Stage 1 Utility

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

All Others

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Amusement Facility, by type 

 

 

 

Tennis courts, racquet or handball clubs, and similar commercial recreation

10 per 1,000 SF assembly area plus 2 per court

15 per 1,000 SF assembly area plus 2 per court

 

Theaters and cinemas

1 per 3 seats or 8 feet of bench

1 per 4 seats or 8 feet of bench

 

All other places without fixed seats including dance halls and skating rinks

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Antique Shop

3 per 1,000 GFA

4 per 1,000 GFA

 

Art Gallery 41

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

 

Asphalt Batch Plant & Continuous Mix Asphalt Plant

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Auto Repair, Major

5 per 1,000 GFA

5 per 1,000 GFA

Service bays and work areas inside repair facilities do not count as parking spaces.

Auto Repair, Minor

4 per 1,000 GFA

5 per 1,000 GFA

Service bays and work areas inside repair facilities do not count as parking spaces.

Auto Towing

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Auto Wrecking and Junkyard

15 spaces for yards less than 10 acres in size; 25 spaces for yards 10 acres or larger

15 spaces for yards less than 10 acres in size; 25 spaces for yards 10 acres or larger

 

Bakery, Farm

2 spaces

2 spaces

 

Bed and Breakfast Guesthouses and Inns

2 plus 1 per guest room

2 plus 1 per guest room

 

Boarding House

1 per guest room

1 per guest room

 

Boat Launch, Commercial 

See 30.22.130(31)

See SCC 30.22.130(31)

 

Boat Launch, Non-commercial 

See 30.22.130(31)

See SCC 30.22.130(31)

 

Caretaker’s Quarters

2 per unit

2 per unit

 

Cemetery and Funeral Home

1 per 4 seats or 8 feet of bench, or 25 per 1,000 sf of assembly room with no fixed seats

1 per 4 seats or 8 feet of bench, or 25 per 1,000 sf of assembly room with no fixed seats

 

Church

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Clubhouse

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Commercial Vehicle Home Basing

See SCC 30.22.130(33)

See SCC 30.22.130(33)

 

Commercial Vehicle Storage Facility

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Community Facilities for Juveniles

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Construction Contracting

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Dams, Power Plants, & Associated Uses

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Day Care Center 

1 per employee plus load/unload space; see note

1 per employee plus load/unload space; see note

An off-street load and unload area equivalent to one space for each 10 children is also required.

Distillation of Alcohol

2 per 1,000 GFA

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

May also be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis per SCC 30.26.035 when the employee to SF GFA ratio for the proposed use is less than the typical requirement for this use in this zone.

Dock & Boathouse, Private, Non-Commercial

No Parking Requirement

No Parking Requirement

 

Dwelling

 

 

Note 1:

Driveways between garage doors and roads, private roads, designated fire lanes or access aisles that are at least 19' long and 8.5' wide may be counted as one parking space and if at least 19' long and 17' wide may be counted as two parking spaces. Garages shall have a minimum interior length of 19'.

Cottage Housing

2 spaces per dwelling unit plus guest parking at 1 space per 4 dwellings

2 spaces per dwelling unit plus guest parking at 1 space per 4 dwellings

Attached Single Family

2 per dwelling; see note 1

2 per dwelling; see note 1

Duplex

2 per dwelling; see note 1

2 per dwelling; see note 1

Mobile Home

2 per dwelling; see note 1

2 per dwelling; see note 1

Multifamily

2 per dwelling; see note 1

2 per dwelling; see note 1

Single Family

2 per dwelling; see note 1

2 per dwelling; see note 1

Townhouse

2 per dwelling; see note 1

2 per dwelling; see note 1

Note 2:

Single Family Detached Units (pursuant to chapter 30.41F SCC)

2 spaces per dwelling unit plus guest parking at 1 space per 4 dwellings provided that 1 unrestricted guest parking spot per 2 dwellings for either (i) dwellings where no driveways are provided or (ii) dwellings that provide a driveway apron meeting the minimum dimension requirements for parking of only 1 car; see notes 1 & 2.

2 spaces per dwelling plus guest parking at 1 space per 4 dwellings provided that 1 unrestricted guest parking spot per 2 dwellings for either (i) dwellings where no driveways are provided or (ii) dwellings that provide a driveway apron meeting the minimum dimension requirements for parking of only 1 car; see notes 1 & 2.

An "unrestricted" guest parking spot is one provided either within the drive aisle parking or designated guest parking areas outside of individual units; garage parking spaces or parking spaces on driveway aprons of an individual unit are not "unrestricted" parking spaces. All applicable provisions of chapter 30.26 SCC shall be followed.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

 

 

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Station – Levels 1 to 3

No requirement

No requirement

Note: service bays and work areas inside repair facilities do not count as parking spaces.

Battery Exchange Stations

4 per 1,000 GFA

5 per 1,000 GFA

Equestrian Center

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

One space accommodating a vehicle and horse trailer for every two horses expected at equestrian or mini-equestrian center events.

Excavation & Processing of Minerals

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Explosives, Storage

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Fairgrounds

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Family Day Care Home

See dwelling, single family requirements

See dwelling, single family requirements

An off-street load and unload area equivalent to one space is also required.

Farm Product Processing

1 per 1,000 GFA

1 per 1,000 GFA

 

Farm Stand

 

 

 

Up to 400 SF

2 per stand

2 per stand

 

401 to 5,000 SF

3 per 1,000 GFA (3 minimum)

3 per 1,000 GFA (3 minimum)

 

Farm Support Business

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Farm Worker Dwelling

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Farmers Market

3 per 1,000 GFA (3 minimum)

3 per 1,000 GFA (3 minimum)

 

Farmland Enterprises

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Fish Farm

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Forestry

No Parking Required

No Parking Required

 

Forestry Industry Storage & Maintenance Facility

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Foster Home

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Fuel Yard

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Garage, Detached Private

No Parking Required

No Parking Required

 

Golf Course, Driving Range, Country Club

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Government Structures & Facilities

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Greenhouse, Lath House, & Nurseries

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Guesthouse

1 per guesthouse

1 per guesthouse

 

Hazardous Waste Storage & Treatment Facilities, Offsite  or Onsite

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Health and Social Service Facilities, Levels I through III

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Home Occupation

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Homestead Parcel

See dwelling, single family requirements

See dwelling, single family requirements

 

Hotel/Motel

1 per unit or guest room; see note

1 per unit or guest room; see note

Additional parking for restaurants, conference or convention facilities and other businesses, facilities, or uses associated with the motel or hotel is required in accordance with this table.

Kennel, Commercial

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Kennel, Private-Breeding

No Additional Requirement

No Additional Requirement

 

Kennel, Private-Non-Breeding 

No Additional Requirement

No Additional Requirement

 

Kitchen Farm

No Additional Requirement

No Additional Requirement

 

Laboratory

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

3 per 1,000 GFA

Or see SCC 30.26.035

Library

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

3 per 1,000 GFA

 

Livestock Auction Facility

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Lumber Mill

2 per 1,000 GFA

2 per 1,000 GFA

 

Lumberyard

1 per 1,000 GLA

1 per 1,000 GLA

 

Manufacturing, Heavy

2 per 1,000 GFA

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

May also be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis per SCC 30.26.035 when the employee to SF GFA ratio for the proposed use is less than the typical requirement for this use in this zone.

Manufacturing-All Other Forms Not Specifically Listed 

2 per 1,000 GFA

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

May also be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis per SCC 30.26.035 when the employee to SF GFA ratio for the proposed use is less than the typical requirement for this use in this zone.

Marijuana Processing 

2 per 1,000 GFA

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

May also be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis per SCC 30.26.035 when the employee to SF GFA ratio for the proposed use is less than the typical requirement for this use in this zone.

Marijuana Production

2 per 1,000 GFA

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

May also be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis per SCC 30.26.035 when the employee to SF GFA ratio for the proposed use is less than the typical requirement for this use in this zone.

Marijuana Retail

3 per 1,000 GFA

4 per 1,000 GFA

 

Massage Parlor

3 per 1,000 GFA

4 per 1,000 GFA

 

Material Recovery Facility

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Mini Equestrian Center

1 per 4 seats or 8 feet of bench; see note

1 per 4 seats or 8 feet of bench; see note

One space accommodating a vehicle and horse trailer for every two horses expected at equestrian or mini-equestrian center events.

Mini Self-Storage

2 per 75 storage units

2 per 75 storage units

 

Mobile Home Parks

2 per dwelling plus guest parking at 1 per 4 dwellings

2 per dwelling plus guest parking at 1 per 4 dwellings

See chapter 30.42E SCC.

Model Hobby Park 

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

Model House/Sales Office

See residential dwelling requirements

See residential dwelling requirements

 

Motocross Racetrack

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Museum 

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

3 per 1,000 GFA

 

Neighborhood Services

3 per 1,000 GLA

4 per 1,000 GLA

 

Office and Banking

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

3 per 1,000 GFA

A minimum of 5 spaces required for all sites. Drive-up windows at financial institutions must have clear queuing space, not interfering with parking areas, for at least three vehicles per drive up window.

Off-road vehicle use area, private

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Park, Public

See Parks and Recreation Element of the Comprehensive Plan

See Parks and Recreation Element of the Comprehensive Plan

Parking standards for parks varies based on the classification of the park and amenities identified in the Parks and Recreation Element.

Park-and-Pool Lot

No Additional Requirement

No Additional Requirement

 

Park-and-Ride Lot

No Additional Requirement

No Additional Requirement

 

Personal Wireless Communications Facilities

1 space

1 space

 

Printing Plant

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

3 per 1,000 GFA

 

Public Events/Assemblies on Farmland

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Race Track

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Recreational Facility Not Otherwise Listed

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Recreational Vehicle

1 per RV

1 per RV

 

Recreational Vehicle Park

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Recycling Facility

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Rendering of Fat, Tallow, or Lard

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Resort

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Restaurant

6 per 1,000 GFA

8 per 1,000 GFA

Clear queuing space, not interfering with the parking areas, for at least five vehicles is required in front of any drive up window.

Retail, General

3 per 1,000 GFA

4 per 1,000 GFA

 

Retirement Apartments

1 per dwelling plus guest parking at 1 per 4 dwellings

1 per dwelling plus guest parking at 1 per 4 dwellings

See SCC 30.26.040(1).

Retirement Housing

1 per dwelling

1 per dwelling plus guest parking at 1 per 4 dwellings

See SCC 30.26.040(2).

Rural Industries

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Sanitary Landfill

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Schools

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035; Sufficient on-site space for safe loading and unloading of students from school buses and cars is also required.

K-12 & Preschool

 

 

College

 

 

Other

 

 

Service Station

3 per 1,000 GFA

4 per 1,000 GFA

 

Shooting Range 

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Sludge Utilization

No parking required

No parking required

 

Small Animal Husbandry

No parking required

No parking required

 

Small Workshop

2 per 1,000 GFA

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

May also be determined by the department on a case-by-case basis per SCC 30.26.035 when the employee to SF GFA ratio is less than the normal minimum requirement for the zone.

Stables

1 per 4 seats or 8 feet of bench; see note

1 per 4 seats or 8 feet of bench; see note

One space accommodating a vehicle and horse trailer for every two horses expected at equestrian or mini-equestrian center events.

Stockyard or Slaughter House

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Storage, Retail Sales Livestock Feed

1 per 1,000 GFA

1 per 1,000 GFA

 

Storage Structure, Accessory 

No parking required

No parking required

 

Storage Structure, Non-accessory 

No parking required

No parking required

 

Studio

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

3 per 1,000 GFA

 

Swimming/Wading Pool

 

 

 

Public

1 per 10 swimmers, based on pool capacity as defined by the Washington State Department of Health.

1 per 10 swimmers, based on pool capacity as defined by the Washington State Department of Health.

 

Private

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Television/Radio Stations

2.5 per 1,000 GFA

3 per 1,000 GFA

 

Temporary Dwelling During Construction

1 per dwelling

1 per dwelling

 

Temporary Dwelling For Relative 

1 per dwelling

1 per dwelling

 

Temporary Logging Crew Quarters

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Temporary Residential Sales Coach73

1 per coach

1 per coach

 

Transit Center

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Ultralight Airpark

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Utility Facilities, Electromagnetic Transmission & Receiving Facility

1 space

1 space

 

Utility Facilities, Transmission Wires, Pipes & Supports

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Utility Facilities-All Other Structures

1 space

1 space

 

Vehicle and Equipment Sales and Rental

1 per 1,000 GFA of sales office, plus

1 per 1,000 GFA of sales office, plus

 

 

2 per 1,000 GFA of service or repair space, plus

2 per 1,000 GFA of service or repair space, plus

 

 

1 per 4,000 SF of outdoor display area (or of showroom display area in the CB zone)

1 per 4,000 SF of outdoor display area (or of showroom display area in the CRC zone)

 

Veterinary Clinic

3 per 1,000 GFA

4 per 1,000 GFA

 

Warehousing

0.5 per 1,000 GFA

0.5 per 1,000 GFA

 

Wedding Facility

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

Wholesale Establishment

1 per 1,000 GFA

1 per 1,000 GFA

 

Woodwaste Recycling and Woodwaste Storage

1 per site plus 1 per 1,000 GFA

1 per site plus 1 per 1,000 GFA

 

All other uses not otherwise mentioned

See SCC 30.26.035

See SCC 30.26.035

 

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003, Amended Ord. 04-010, Mar. 3, 2004, Eff date Mar. 15, 2004; Amended Ord. 05-040, July 6, 2005, Eff date Aug. 8, 2005; Amended Ord. 07-022, April 23, 2007, Eff date June 4, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-102, Jan. 19, 2011, Eff date Jan. 30, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-073, Dec. 21, 2016, Eff date Feb. 19, 2017; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-004, May 10, 2017, Eff date June 1, 2017)

30.26.032 Additional parking requirements for the UC zone.

In addition to the parking requirements contained in this chapter, developments in the UC zone shall also comply with the following:

(1) Development in the UC zone shall comply with the parking ratios established in SCC Table 30.26.032(1).

Table 30.26.032(1)

Parking Ratios
 

Use

Minimum

Maximum

Bicycle Parking

Restaurants

2 stalls/1,000 net square feet

8 stalls/1,000 net square feet

5 spaces minimum

Retail

2 stalls/1,000 net square feet

4 stalls/1,000 net square feet

5 spaces minimum

Office

2 stalls/1,000 net square feet

4 stalls/1,000 net square feet

5 spaces minimum

Residential (units >1,000 sq. ft. each)

1.5 stalls per unit

2.5 stalls per unit

5 spaces minimum

Residential (units <1,000 sq. ft. each)

1 stall per unit

1.5 stalls per unit

5 spaces minimum

Retirement apartments or retirement housing

0.5 stall per unit

1 stall per unit

5 spaces minimum

All other uses

See SCC 30.26.035

5 spaces minimum

(2) Parking shall be located within, under, behind, or to the side of buildings.

(3) Parking lots shall be landscaped pursuant to SCC 30.25.022.

(4) The number of parking garage entrances shall be minimized. Where feasible, entrances shall be located to the side or rear of buildings. Lighting fixtures within garages shall be screened from view from the street. Exterior architectural treatments for parking garages and structures and free-standing garage buildings shall satisfy the requirements of SCC 30.34A.095.

(5) A reduction from the parking space requirements in SCC Table 30.26.032(1) may be approved pursuant to SCC 30.26.040.

(Added by Amended Ord. 13-007, Sep. 11, 2013, Eff date Oct. 3, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.26.035 Parking for specified and unlisted uses.

Where the parking requirements for a use are not specifically defined in SCC Table 30.26.030(1), the department shall determine the parking requirements for the use. The determination shall be based upon parking requirements for comparable uses and comparative data as may be available to staff. The department may require the applicant to submit or fund a parking study prepared by an independent consultant with expertise in parking demand analysis. Such studies may be required to review or provide estimates of peak parking hours, parking space demand, parking space turnover, and to relate or distinguish the proposed use from the uses selected as comparable in the parking analysis.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.26.040 Reduction of required parking spaces.

The department may reduce the parking requirements listed in SCC Table 30.26.030(1) and SCC Table 30.26.032(1) for any use or combination of uses as set forth below:

(1) Retirement Apartments. Approved building plans shall show one parking space per dwelling unit. Installation of up to 50 percent of the required spaces may be deferred by the department and held in reserve as landscaped area. Installation of the deferred parking spaces and any required parking lot landscaping will be required at such time as the building is no longer used as a retirement apartment. A performance security may be required in accordance with SCC 30.84.020, for the cost of the deferred improvements to assure installation at a future date.

(2) Retirement Housing. The requirement of one space per dwelling unit may be reduced to no less than one space for every three dwelling units as determined by the department. The determination shall be based on the following:

(a) Demonstrated availability of private, convenient, regular transportation services to meet the needs of the retirement apartment occupants;

(b) Accessibility to and frequency of public transportation; or

(c) Direct access for pedestrians to health, medical, and shopping facilities.

(3) All Other Uses. The department may reduce, by not more than 40 percent, the number of required parking spaces when an applicant demonstrates that effective alternatives to automobile use, including but not limited to van pooling, ride matching for carpools, and provision of subscription bus service will be implemented that will provide an effective and permanent reduction in parking demand.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-086, Oct. 20, 2010, Eff date Nov. 4, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-049, Oct. 3, 2012, Eff date Jan. 1, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.26.045 Mixed occupancies.

In the case of mixed occupancies in a building or on a lot, the total requirements for off-street parking shall be the sum of the requirements for the various uses computed separately. Off-street parking facilities of a particular use shall not be considered as providing required parking facilities for any other use except as specified for joint use.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.26.050 Joint uses.

The department may, upon application by the owner or lessee of any property, authorize the joint use of parking facilities by the following uses or activities under the conditions specified below:

(1) Up to 50 percent of the parking facilities required by this chapter for a use considered to be primarily a daytime use may be provided by the parking facilities of a use considered to be primarily a nighttime use or vice versa; provided that the reciprocal parking area shall be subject to the conditions set forth in SCC 30.26.055;

(2) Up to 100 percent of the Sunday and/or nighttime parking facilities required for a church or auditorium incidental to a public or private school may be supplied by parking facilities required for the school use; provided that the reciprocal parking area shall be subject to the conditions set forth in SCC 30.26.055; and

(3) For purposes of this section, the following uses typically are daytime uses: business offices, barber and beauty shops, manufacturing or wholesale buildings, park-and-pool or park-and-ride lots. The following typically are nighttime and/or Sunday uses: auditoriums incidental to a public or private school, churches, dance halls, theaters, and taverns.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.26.055 Conditions for joint use.

(1) The building or use seeking to share off-street parking facilities shall be located within 300 feet of or on the same lot as the parking facilities.

(2) The applicant shall show that there is not substantial overlap in the hours of peak parking demand for the buildings or uses for which a joint use parking agreement is proposed.

(3) The parties shall submit a proper legal instrument, which may be a long-term lease, covenant, or other agreement defining the conditions of the joint use for review and approval by the department and the prosecuting attorney. The instrument shall be recorded with the Snohomish County Auditor under all property addresses prior to issuance of permits for the new use or building.

(4) The department shall be notified in writing at least 30 days prior to termination or amendment of the joint use instrument. In the event of termination, all existing and new uses shall comply with all parking and landscaping requirements of the Snohomish County Code.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.26.060 Loading space.

(1) The loading spaces shall provide adequate space for standing, loading, and unloading services to avoid undue interference with the public uses of the streets or alleys.

(2) The space shall be situated so that no part of a truck or van using the loading space will project into the public right-of-way.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-013, Mar. 8, 2017, Eff date May 7, 2017)

30.26.065 Parking lot development standards.

(1) No building permit shall be issued until plans or other documentation showing provisions for the required off-street parking have been submitted and approved as conforming to the standards of this chapter.

(2) Interior site access lanes shall be designed to provide continuous, unrestricted vehicular movement and shall connect to public streets or private roads which provide legal access to the site.

(3) Access lanes and emergency vehicle lanes shall not be less than 20 feet in width, and emergency access shall be provided pursuant to the provisions of chapter 30.53A SCC.

(4) Parking in emergency vehicle lanes shall be prohibited, and indicated as being unlawful by signs and/or painting on the lane/parking lot surface.

(5) Emergency access shall be provided to within 50 feet of any multifamily building.

(6) Parking lot area (square footage) devoted to accessible routes of travel may be credited toward reducing the number of required off-street parking stalls at the ratio of one parking stall per each 160 square feet of accessible route of travel within parking areas.

(7) Accessible routes of travel may cross driveways, access lanes, and emergency vehicle lanes, but not loading spaces.

(8) If any of the requirements of this section are impractical due to the peculiarities of the site and building, other provisions for emergency access may be approved by the fire marshal.

(9) All parking stalls and aisles shall be designed according to SCC Table 30.26.065(14) or SCC Table 30.26.065(17), "Off-Street Parking," unless all parking is to be done by parking attendants on duty at all times that the parking lot is in use for the storage of automobiles.

(10) When parking standards require 10 or more parking spaces, up to 40 percent of the off-street parking spaces required by this chapter may be designed for compact cars in accordance with SCC Table 30.26.065(16), "Compact Car Stall and Aisle Specifications" or SCC Table 30.26.065(19), "Interlocking - Compact Cars." Such parking stalls shall be individually marked on the site plan and on each constructed parking stall as being for compact cars only.

(11) Parking at any angle other than those shown is permitted, providing the width of the stalls and aisles is adjusted by interpolation between the specified standards.

(12) Parking shall be so designed that automobiles shall not back out into public streets.

(13) Electric Vehicle Charging.

(a) Infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles shall not intrude into nor diminish the dimensions of the aisle or parking stall(s) it is intended to serve.

(b) Where electric vehicle infrastructure is provided within an adjacent pedestrian circulation area, such as a sidewalk or accessible route to the building entrance, the infrastructure shall be located as to not interfere with accessibility requirements of WAC 51-50-005.

 

Table 30.26.065(14)

Off-Street Parking

Conventional Car Stall and Aisle Specifications

Parking Layout

Angle

Dimensions

One Way

Two Way

See Figure 30.26.065(15)

 

 

 

 

 

Parking

 

Parking

Parking Angle

Stall Width

Curb Length

Stall Depth

Aisle Width

Section Width

Aisle Width

Section Width

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

E

F

Parallel:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one side

0°

8'

21'

8'

12'

20'

22'

30'

two sides

0

8

21

8

22

38

24

40

Angular

20

8.5

24.9

14.5

11

40

20

49

30

8.5

17

16.9

11

44.8

20

53.8

40

8.5

13.2

18.7

12

49.4

20

57.4

45

8.5

12

19.4

13.5

52.3

20

58.8

50

8.5

11.1

20

15.5

55.5

20

60

60

8.5

9.8

20.7

18.5

59.9

22

63.4

70

8.5

9

20.8

19.5

61.1

22

63.6

80

8.5

8.6

20.2

24

64.4

24

64.4

Perpendicular

90

8.5

8.5

19

25

63

25

63

Figure 30.26.065(15)

Table 30.26.065(16)

Compact Car Stall and Aisle Specifications
 

Parking Layout

Angle

Dimensions

One Way

Two Way

See Figure 30.26.065(15)

Parking Angle

Stall Width

Curb Length

Stall Depth

Aisle Width

Parking Section Width

Aisle Width

Parking Section Width

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

E

F

Parallel

0°

8'

20'

8'

12'

28'

20'

36'

Angular

45

8

11.3

15

12.5

42.5

20

50

60

8

9.2

16.5

17

50

22

55

Perpendicular

90

8

8

16

22

54

25

57

Table 30.26.065(17)

Off-Street Parking

Interlocking - Conventional Cars

Parking Layout

Angle

Dimensions

One Way

Two Way

See Figure 30.26.065(18)

 

 

 

 

 

Parking

 

Parking

Parking Angle

Stall Width

Curb Length

Stall Depth

Aisle Width

Section Width

Aisle Width

Section Width

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

E

F

Parallel

0°

8'

21'

8'

12/22'

28/38'

22/24'

38/40'

Angular

20

8.5

24.9

10.5

11

32

20

41

30

8.5

17

13.2

11

37.4

20

46.4

40

8.5

13.2

15.5

12

43

20

51

45

8.5

12

16.4

13.5

46.3

20

52.8

50

8.5

11.1

17.3

13.5

50.1

20

54.6

60

8.5

9.8

18.6

18.5

55.7

22

59.2

70

8.5

9

19.3

19.5

58.1

22

60.6

80

8.5

8.6

19.5

24

63

24

63

Perpendicular

90

8.5

8.5

19

25

63

25

63

Figure 30.26.065(18)

Table 30.26.065(19)

Interlocking - Compact Cars
 

Parking Layout

Angle

Dimensions

One Way

Two Way

See Figure 30.26.065(18)

 

 

 

 

 

Parking

 

Parking

Parking Angle

Stall Width

Curb Length

Stall Depth

Aisle Width

Section Width

Aisle Width

Section Width

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

E

F

Parallel

0°

8'

20'

8'

12'

28'

20'

36'

Angular

45

8

11.3

14.1

12.5

40.7

20

48.2

60

8

9.2

15.9

17

48.8

22

53.8

Perpendicular

90

8

8

16

22

54

25

57

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-102, Jan. 19, 2011, Eff date Jan. 30, 2011)

30.26.070 Parking lot surfacing requirements.

The following requirements shall be complete prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy:

(1) All off-street parking areas shall be graded and surfaced to standards for asphaltic concrete or other surfacing sufficient to:

(a) Eliminate dust and mud;

(b) Provide for proper storm drainage; and

(c) Allow for marking of stalls, and installation of other traffic control devices as set forth by the director of the department of public works and this chapter;

(2) Any required accessible parking spaces shall be linked to an accessible route of travel on site, and both shall be paved;

(3) All traffic control devices such as parking strips designating car stalls, directional arrows or signs, curbs, and other developments shall be installed and completed as shown on the approved plans; and

(4) Hard-surfaced parking areas shall use paint or similar devices to delineate parking stalls and directional arrows.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.26.075 Illumination.

Any lights provided to illuminate any public parking area, any semi-public parking area, or vehicle sales area shall be arranged so as to reflect the light away from any dwelling unit and the public right-of-way. Approval shall be obtained from the state department of transportation and/or the director of the department of public works, for any lights that flash, blink, or simulate traffic signals.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.26.080 Landscaping requirement for regulated parking areas.

Landscaping requirements for all parking areas subject to this chapter are contained in chapter 30.25 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003)

30.26.085 Accessible parking spaces for persons with disabilities.

Accessible parking spaces for persons with disabilities shall be installed in accordance with the International Building Code, Chapter 11 - Accessibility.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-064, December 9, 2002, Eff date February 1, 2003; Amended Ord. 07-084, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)