Chapter 9.40
Sex-Oriented Business Regulations


9.40.010    Purpose

9.40.020    Permit Requirements

9.40.030    Specific Regulations

9.40.010 Purpose

The Council finds that sex-oriented businesses have objectionable operational characteristics and effects on adjacent areas, particularly when located in close proximity to each other, located in the vicinity of facilities frequented by minors, and when located in close proximity to residentially zoned property and other incompatible uses. Special regulation of these businesses is necessary to insure that these adverse effects will not contribute to the blighting or downgrading of the surrounding neighborhoods. The primary purpose of these regulations is to preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizenry.

9.40.020 Permit Requirements

Sex-oriented businesses may be established only in those zoning districts listed in Table 2-10, "Allowed Land Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial, Industrial, and Public Facility Zoning Districts." Sex-oriented businesses shall only be allowed with an approved Use Permit in conformance with Section 9.72.080 (Use Permit and Minor Use Permit).

9.40.030 Specific Regulations

The following specific regulations apply to sex-oriented businesses.

A.    Specified distance separation requirements. Notwithstanding Section 9.40.020, no sex-oriented business shall be established or located:

1.    Within a 300-foot radius from any existing residential zoning district;

2.    Within 500 feet of any other sex-oriented business as defined in the glossary which is located either inside or outside the jurisdiction of the City; or

3.    Within 500 feet from any existing park, playground, religious facility, or school.

The distance between a proposed sex-oriented business use and each of the facilities or areas specified in 1 through 3 above shall be measured from property line to property line.

B.    No outside display. Sex-oriented businesses shall not display or exhibit any material depicting specified anatomical areas or specified sexual activities in a manner which exposes the material to the view of persons outside the building in which the sex-oriented business is located.

C.    No parking lot loitering or alcoholic beverage consumption. No loitering or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be allowed in sex-oriented entertainment businesses parking lots. Parking lots shall contain signage stating that loitering and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in parking lots.