Chapter 12.02


12.02.010    Name.

12.02.020    Purpose.

12.02.030    Conformity with this title required.

12.02.040    Minimum requirements.

12.02.050    Interpretation – General.

12.02.060    Amendments.

12.02.010 Name.

The ordinance codified in this title may be cited as either the Bothell Zoning Code or BMC Title 12, and is hereinafter referred to as “this title.” (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.02.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this title is to promote the public health, safety and welfare through regulations which control the location and development of land uses within the city of Bothell, in accordance with the goals and policies of the Imagine Bothell... Comprehensive Plan. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.02.030 Conformity with this title required.

A.    No use or structure shall be established, substituted, expanded, constructed, altered, moved, maintained or otherwise changed except in conformance with this title.

B.    Creation of or changes to lot lines shall conform with the use provisions, dimensional and other standards, and procedures of this title and city of Bothell subdivision regulations.

C.    All land uses and development authorized by this title shall comply with all other regulations and/or requirements of this title and any other local, state or federal agency that has jurisdiction over land uses and development. Where a difference exists between this title and other regulations, the more restrictive requirements shall apply.

D.    Where more than one part of this title applies to the same aspect of a proposed use or development, the more restrictive requirement shall apply, except as provided in BMC 12.04.020. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.02.040 Minimum requirements.

In interpretation and application, the requirements set forth in this title shall be considered the minimum requirements necessary to accomplish the purposes of this title. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.02.050 Interpretation – General.

A.    Regulations, conditions or procedural requirements that are specific to an individual land use shall supersede regulations, conditions or procedural requirements of general application.

B.    A land use shall be interpreted as including structures within or on which the use is conducted.

C.    Chapter and section headings, captions, illustrations and references to other sections or titles are for reference or explanation only and shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify, or in any manner affect the scope, meaning or intent of any section. In case of any ambiguity, difference of meaning or implication between text and any heading, caption or illustrations, the text and the permitted use tables in Chapter 12.06 BMC shall control. All applicable requirements shall govern a use whether or not they are cross-referenced in a text section or land use table.

D.    The word “shall” is mandatory and the word “may” is discretionary.

E.    Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, words in the present tense shall include past and future tense, and words in the singular shall include the plural or vice versa. Except for words and terms defined in this title, all words and terms used in this title shall have their customary meanings.

F.    The words “use,” “used,” “occupy” or “occupied” as applied to any land or building shall be interpreted to include the words “intended,” “arranged” or “designed” to be used or occupied. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.02.060 Amendments.

Amendments to the provisions of this title shall be made consistent with the procedures in Chapter 11.18 BMC. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).