Chapter 1.04


1.04.010    Definitions.

1.04.020    Title of office.

1.04.030    Interpretation of language.

1.04.040    Grammatical interpretation.

1.04.050    Acts by agents.

1.04.060    Prohibited acts include causing and permitting.

1.04.070    Computation of time.

1.04.080    Construction.

1.04.090    Repeal shall not revive any ordinance.

1.04.100    Appeal of city council actions.

1.04.010 Definitions.

The following words and phrases, whenever used in the ordinances of the city of Clyde Hill, Washington, shall be construed as defined in this section unless from the context a different meaning is intended or unless a different meaning is specifically defined and more particularly directed to the use of such words or phrases:

A. Wherever the word “city” appears within the Clyde Hill Municipal Code it shall be deemed to mean the city of Clyde Hill or the area within the territorial limits within the city of Clyde Hill and such territory outside of the city of Clyde Hill over which the city has jurisdiction or control by virtue of any constitutional or statutory provisions.

B. “Council” means the city council of the city of Clyde Hill. “All its members” or “all councilmen” means the total number of councilmen holding office.

C. “County” means the county of King.

D. “Law” denotes applicable federal law, the Constitution and statutes of the state of Washington, the ordinances of the city, and, when appropriate, any and all rules and regulations which may be promulgated thereunder.

E. “May” is permissive.

F. “Month” means a calendar month.

G. “Must” and “shall” are each mandatory.

H. “Oath” includes an affirmation or declaration in all cases in which, by law, an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and in such cases the words “swear” and “sworn” shall be equivalent to the words “affirm” and “affirmed.”

I. “Owner” applied to a building or land, includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, joint tenant, tenant by the entirety, of the whole or a part of such building or land.

J. “Person” includes a natural person, joint venture, joint stock company, partnership, association, club, company, corporation, business, trust, organization, or the manager, lessee, agent, servant, officer or employee of any of them.

K. “Personal property” includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt.

L. “Preceding” and “following” mean next before and next after, respectively.

M. “Property” includes real and personal property.

N. “Real property” includes lands, tenements and hereditaments.

O. “Sidewalk” means that portion of a street between the curbline and the adjacent property line intended for the use of pedestrians.

P. “State” means the state of Washington.

Q. “Street” includes all streets, highways, avenues, lanes, alleys, courts, places, squares, curbs, or other public ways in this city which have been or may hereafter be dedicated and open to public use, or such other public property so designated in any law of this state.

R. “Tenant” and “occupant,” applied to a building or land, include any person who occupies the whole or a part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.

S. “Written” includes printed, typewritten, mimeographed, multigraphed, or otherwise reproduced in permanent visible form.

T. “Year” means a calendar year. (Ord. 841 § 1, 2001; Ord. 440 § 1, 1981)

1.04.020 Title of office.

Use of the title of any officer, employee, department, board or commission means that officer, employee, department, board or commission of the city of Clyde Hill. (Ord. 440 § 2, 1981)

1.04.030 Interpretation of language.

All words and phrases shall be construed according to the common and approved usage of the language, but technical words and phrases and such others as may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in the law shall be construed and understood according to such peculiar and appropriate meaning. (Ord. 440 § 3, 1981)

1.04.040 Grammatical interpretation.

The following grammatical rules shall apply in the ordinances of the city, unless it is apparent from the context that a different construction is intended:

A. Gender. Each gender includes the masculine, feminine and neuter genders.

B. Singular and Plural. The singular number includes the plural and the plural includes the singular.

C. Tenses. Words used in the present tense include the past and the future tenses and vice versa, unless manifestly inapplicable. (Ord. 440 § 4, 1981)

1.04.050 Acts by agents.

When an act is required by an ordinance, the same being such that it may be done as well by an agent as by the principal, such requirement shall be construed to include all such acts performed by an authorized agent. (Ord. 440 § 5, 1981)

1.04.060 Prohibited acts include causing and permitting.

Whenever in the ordinances of the city any act or omission is made unlawful it shall include causing, allowing, permitting, aiding, abetting, suffering, or concealing the fact of such act or omission. (Ord. 440 § 6, 1981)

1.04.070 Computation of time.

Except when otherwise provided, the time within which an act is required to be done shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last day, unless the last day is Sunday or a holiday, in which case it shall also be excluded. (Ord. 440 § 7, 1981)

1.04.080 Construction.

The provisions of the ordinances of the city and all proceedings under them are to be construed with a view to effect their objects and to promote justice. (Ord. 440 § 8, 1981)

1.04.090 Repeal shall not revive any ordinance.

The repeal of an ordinance shall not repeal the repealing clause of an ordinance or revive any ordinance which has been repealed thereby. (Ord. 440 § 9, 1981)

1.04.100 Appeal of city council actions.

Except in cases where a different appeal period is provided by this code, all actions of the city council shall be final and conclusive, unless within 21 days of the council’s action a party makes application to the superior court for King County for a writ of certiorari, writ of prohibition, or writ of mandamus, or files a petition under the Land Use Petition Act. Upon order of the court, the city clerk shall prepare a certified copy of the record or records of the body from whom the appeal is taken and file the same with the clerk of the superior court. The cost of preparation of the record shall be paid by the applicant prior to preparation by the city clerk. (Ord. 751 § 1, 1996; Ord. 594 § 1, 1988)


Pursuant to Section 2 of Ord. 841, the entire Clyde Hill Municipal Code was updated and reprinted in December, 2001, to reflect the change in classification from “town” to “city”.