Chapter 15.06


15.06.010    Permit required.

15.06.020    Permit application.

15.06.030    Fees.

15.06.040    Performance bond.

15.06.050    Notice to adjoining property owners.

15.06.055    Rodent abatement.

15.06.060    Permit – Grounds for refusal.

15.06.070    Liability insurance required.

15.06.080    Revocation.

15.06.090    Permit application – Expiration.

15.06.100    Moving regulations generally.

15.06.110    Duties of permittee.

15.06.120    Inspection by building official.

15.06.010 Permit required.

It is unlawful for any person to move a building along or across any public place or street without a permit to do so from the city building official. Building moving permits are exempt from project permit processing, as described in CHMC 19.01.007. (Ord. 743 § 3, 1996; Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.020 Permit application.

In addition to other information reasonably required by the building official, all applications for a permit to move a building shall provide a certificate of ownership or other evidence of authority to move the building; state the location of the building to be moved, its dimensions and its principal materials; describe the route over which the building is to be moved and shall include a map showing the route; describe the length of time that will be required to move it, the proposed date and time of the move and the proposed destination. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.030 Fees.

The cost of the permit to move a building shall be a minimum of $150.00 and for such additional amounts as determined by the building official to cover the actual costs to the city including but not limited to the cost of a police escort to include at least one officer. If the move requires additional officers, the applicant shall pay the extra cost involved with a four hour minimum on labor and equipment charges. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.040 Performance bond.

The applicant shall post with the city a bond of at least $2,500 to assure compliance with the provisions of this chapter including specifically that the streets and the site are restored to a clean and orderly condition. The amount required of the bond may be increased by the building official if the estimated costs of assuring compliance are in excess of $2,500. The bond shall be released by the building official upon final inspection. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.050 Notice to adjoining property owners.

The building official shall mail notice of the proposed move to adjoining property owners, provided that failure to do so shall not give rise to any liability on the part of the city. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.055 Rodent abatement.

No permit shall be issued under this chapter allowing for the demolition of any building or for the clearing or grading of land without compliance with the following rodent baiting requirements:

Rodent Baiting. All applicants shall initiate a rodent baiting program on the project site at least 15 days prior to the start of demolition, clearing or land surface modification activity. The baiting program must continue at least until the project begins; however, no demolition, clearing or land surface modification work shall commence until all significant rodent activity has been abated even if it has been 15 or more days since the initiation of the rodent baiting program, unless approved by the building official. The rodent baiting program shall be approved by a qualified pest control agent and be consistent with the Seattle-King County health department guidelines and recommendations for rat and other rodent baiting. The use of any pesticides shall fully comply with WAC 162-28-1380. The building official shall not issue or deliver any demolition or land surface modification permit, nor shall any land clearing begin, until the applicant has filed with the city a copy of the rodent baiting program and a declaration, under penalty of perjury, that the requirements of this section have been complied with. The rodent baiting program may be terminated at any time, due to the lack of rodent activity, upon a written recommendation of the pest control agent or upon approval of the building official; however, the program must be reinstated upon discovery of additional rodent activity by the pest control agent or the building official and all work may be required to be stopped until the additional rodent activity has been abated as determined in writing by the pest control agent or upon approval of the building official. At the discretion of the building official, a project unlikely to disturb a nesting place of rats or other rodents may be exempted from the requirements of this section. (Ord. 948 § 2, 2016)

15.06.060 Permit – Grounds for refusal.

The building official shall refuse to issue a permit if he finds that:

A. Any application requirement or any fee or bond requirement has not been complied with;

B. The building is too large to move without endangering persons or property in the city;

C. The building is in such a state of deterioration, disrepair or is otherwise so structurally unsafe that it could not be moved without endangering persons and property in the city;

D. The building is structurally unsafe or unfit for the purpose for which moved, if the removal location is in the city;

E. The applicant’s equipment is unsafe and persons and property would be endangered by its use;

F. The zoning code, building code, fire code or other ordinances would be violated by the building in its new location or that the applicant has failed to obtain the necessary permits for all work required in order to comply with such ordinances;

G. For any other reason persons or property in the city would be endangered by the moving of the building. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.070 Liability insurance required.

No permit to move a building shall be issued unless the applicant has furnished the city clerk a certificate of insurance evidencing liability coverage for this move and a copy of the endorsement showing proof that the city is named as an additional insured on the applicant’s public liability insurance policy. The insurance policy shall provide for a limit of not less than $1,000,000 combined single limit per occurrence. The insurance shall state that the city clerk must be given a minimum of 20 days notice of any material change, cancellation or expiration of such insurance policy. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.080 Revocation.

In the event anyone granted a permit under this chapter fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the permit or this chapter, the permit may be revoked by the building official after notice to the permit holder. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.090 Permit application – Expiration.

A complete application with all insurance, bonds and fees necessary for a permit to move a building must be submitted to the city a minimum of at least 14 days prior to the actual moving of the building.

The permit shall expire 90 days after date of issue. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.100 Moving regulations generally.

All house moves are to be accomplished between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Speed is to be reasonable and prudent as determined by the police department. Red or amber flashing lights shall be displayed on all four corners of the load. Pilot cars shall follow immediately ahead and behind, displaying amber lights and signs describing a load. Flagmen shall be available to control traffic where required by the city. There shall be no Saturday, Sunday or holiday moving, except as approved by the city building official. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.110 Duties of permittee.

Every permittee under this chapter shall:

A. Use Designated Streets. Move a building only over streets designated for such use in the written permit.

B. Notify of Revised Moving Time. Notify the building official in writing of a desired change in moving date and hours as proposed in the application.

C. Notify of Damage. Notify the building official in writing of any and all damage done to property belonging to the city within 24 hours after the damage or injury has occurred.

D. Overhead Utilities. Assume all responsibility for protection of overhead utilities and structures and obtain any necessary permission from the utilities involved.

E. Street Occupancy Period. Remove the building from the city streets and rights of way after two days of such occupancy, unless an extension is granted by the building official.

F. Comply with Governing Law. Within six months from the date of issuance of the permit, comply with the city building, fire and zoning ordinances, and all other applicable ordinances and laws upon relocating the building in the city. The applicant shall obtain all necessary permits for such compliance prior to moving the building from its original site.

G. Clear Old Premises. Within 48 hours of the building move, shall remove all rubbish and materials and fill all excavations to existing grade at the original building site and do such other things as directed by the building official so that the premises are left in a safe and sanitary condition. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)

15.06.120 Inspection by building official.

All equipment being used to move the building shall be subject to inspection by the building official prior to the move. The building official shall also inspect after the move to make sure there is no damage to roads and that the area is clean. (Ord. 650 § 1, 1991)


Prior legislation: Ords. 498 and 509.