Chapter 17.98


17.98.010    Administration.

17.98.020    Applications for bed and breakfast establishments.

17.98.030    Permitted in certain districts only.

17.98.040    Structural and operational requirements.

17.98.050    Appeals.

17.98.010 Administration.

Prior to issuing a city business license to operate a bed and breakfast establishment, the proposed land use shall be approved by the director of community development. Land use approvals for bed and breakfast establishments are processed as Type I-ADM decisions. They are approved administratively by the director and may be appealed to the hearing examiner. (Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.98.020 Applications for bed and breakfast establishments.

Application for a bed and breakfast establishment shall be made on home occupation forms provided by the department of community services development together with any other items listed on the application form as being required, including payment of any applicable application fees. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.98.030 Permitted in certain districts only.

Bed and breakfast establishments are only permitted in the following districts:

A. Central business (CB);

B. Residential/office (R/O);

C. Residential high-density (RH);

D. Residential medium-density (RM);

E. Residential low-density (RL). (Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.98.040 Structural and operational requirements.

Bed and breakfast establishments shall comply with the requirements listed in this section. The director shall review each application for a bed and breakfast establishment to determine whether the proposal can meet the requirements of this section. A bed and breakfast permit shall only be approved upon a finding by the director that for a particular proposal, all the requirements of this section can be met. The director may attach conditions to the approval for the purpose of promoting compliance with the requirements of this section.

A. No person other than members of the family residing on the premises shall be engaged in the bed and breakfast business.

B. The bed and breakfast business shall be clearly incidental and subordinate to the use of the dwelling unit as a full-time residence by the owner or lessor.

C. No traffic shall be generated by the bed and breakfast business in greater volumes than would normally be expected in a residential neighborhood.

D. No equipment or process shall be used in the operation of the bed and breakfast business which creates noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors or electrical interference detectable to the normal senses off the property.

E. There shall be no change to the exterior of the building to accommodate the bed and breakfast business nor shall there be any outward manifestation of the occupation except for one flat, unlighted sign, not exceeding six square feet, mounted flush against the building and except for the parking improvements required in subsection J of this section.

F. A permit for a bed and breakfast establishment shall not be transferred to another person or to a different location, nor shall the circumstances of the use change without a new permit being obtained.

G. The bed and breakfast establishment shall be serviced by adequate essential public facilities, including but not limited to streets, police and fire protection, refuse disposal, water and sewer. Connection to a public sewer system is required.

H. Fire, Life Safety and Health Provisions.

1. The bed and breakfast business shall be operated in compliance with local fire and life safety codes and regulations. The premises shall contain an approved egress window in each sleeping room, a working smoke detector in each guest room, a household-size fire extinguisher clearly marked in a location along the main exit path from the residence and such other equipment or improvements that the fire marshal determines are necessary for the business to operate in conformance with the city’s fire and life safety codes.

2. Bed and breakfast establishments with more than two bedrooms to let as transient housing shall, in addition, be subject to the applicable state requirements for such facilities.

3. Proprietors of the bed and breakfast establishments shall comply with the health guidelines developed by the county department of health for bed and breakfast establishments.

I. A telephone shall be available for occupant use. Emergency numbers and the establishment’s address shall be clearly posted by the telephone.

J. Two off-street parking spaces shall be available for the residence, plus one additional off-street space or 20 feet of street frontage abutting the property for each bedroom available for the establishment. (Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.98.050 Appeals.

Appeals of a final decision shall be submitted pursuant to BMC 17.06.180, Appeals. (Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007)