Chapter 1.01


1.01.010    Code adopted.

1.01.020    Title – Citation – Reference.

1.01.030    Reference applies to amendments.

1.01.040    Codification authority.

1.01.050    Definitions – Construction.

1.01.060    Title, chapter and section headings.

1.01.070    Reference to specific ordinances.

1.01.080    Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

1.01.090    Effective date.

1.01.100    Severability.

1.01.010 Code adopted.

The Covington Municipal Code, as compiled from the ordinances of the City of Covington, Washington, and edited and published by Code Publishing of Seattle, Washington, is hereby adopted as the official code of the City of Covington, Washington, on file in the office of the City Clerk. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.020 Title – Citation – Reference.

The code shall be known as “The Covington Municipal Code” and it shall be sufficient to refer to said code as the “Covington Municipal Code” in any prosecution for the violation of any provision thereof or in any proceeding at law or equity. It shall also be sufficient to designate any ordinance adding to, amending, correcting or repealing all or any part or portion thereof as an addition to, amendment to, correction of, or repeal of the Covington Municipal Code. Further, reference may be had to the titles, chapters, sections, and subsections of the Covington Municipal Code and such reference shall apply to that numbered title, chapter, section, or subsection as it appears in that code. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.030 Reference applies to amendments.

Whenever a reference is made to the Covington Municipal Code or to any portion thereof, or to any ordinance of the City of Covington, Washington, that reference shall apply to all amendments, corrections and additions heretofore, now or hereafter made. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.040 Codification authority.

This code consists of all of the regulatory and penal ordinances and certain of the administrative ordinances codified pursuant to RCW 35A.21.130 and RCW 35.21.500 through RCW 35.21.570 inclusive. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.050 Definitions – Construction.

Unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and phrases where used in the Municipal Code of the City of Covington, Washington, shall have the meanings and construction given in this section:

“Across” includes along, in or upon.

“City” means the City of Covington.

“City Council” or “Councilmembers” means the City Council of the City of Covington, Washington.

“Code” means the “Covington Municipal Code.”

“County” means the County of King.

“Ex officio” means by virtue of office.

Gender. The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.

“Goods” includes wares and merchandise.

Number. The singular number includes the plural, and the plural includes the singular.

“Oath” includes affirmation.

“Operate” or “engage in” includes carry on, keep, conduct, maintain, or cause to be kept or maintained.

“Owner” when pertaining to a building or land, includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, or joint tenant of the whole or part of such building or land.

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

“Sale” includes any sale, exchange, barter or offer for sale.

Shall, May. “Shall” is mandatory, “may” is permissive.

“State” means the State of Washington.

“Street” includes all streets, highways, public roads, County roads, avenues, lanes, alleys, courts, places, squares, curbs, sidewalks, parkways, or other public ways in Covington that 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.

“Tenant or occupant,” when pertaining to a building or land, includes any person who occupies the whole or part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.

Tenses. The present tense includes the past and future tenses, and the future tense includes the present tense.

Title of Office. The use of the title of any officer, employee, department, board or commission means that officer, employee, department, board or commission of the City of Covington. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.060 Title, chapter and section headings.

Title, chapter and section headings contained herein shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify or in any manner affect the scope, meaning or intent of the provisions of any title, chapter or section hereof. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.070 Reference to specific ordinances.

The provisions of this code shall not, in any manner, affect deposits or other matters of record which refer to, or are otherwise connected with, ordinances which are therein specifically designated by number or otherwise and which are included within this code, but such reference shall be construed to apply to the corresponding provisions contained within this code. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.080 Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

Neither the adoption of this code nor the repeal or amendment hereby of any ordinance or any part of any ordinance of the City shall, in any manner, affect the prosecution for violations of ordinances, which violations were committed prior to the effective date hereof, nor be construed as a waiver of any license, fee, or penalty at said effective date due and unpaid under such ordinance, nor be construed as affecting any of the provisions of such ordinance relating to the collection of any such license, fee, or penalty, or the penal provisions applicable to any violation thereof, nor to affect the validity of any bond or cash deposit in lieu thereof required to be posted, filed, or deposited pursuant to any ordinance, and all rights and obligations thereunder appertaining shall continue in full force and effect. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.090 Effective date.

The Covington Municipal Code shall become effective on the date that the ordinance codified herein becomes effective. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)

1.01.100 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, part, or portion of this code is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this code. The City declares that it would have adopted this code and each section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, part, or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses, phrases, parts, or portions be declared invalid or unconstitutional. (Ord. 81-03 § 1, 12-16-03)