Chapter 1.01


1.01.005    Adoption of Edmonds City Code.

1.01.010    Title – Citation – Reference.

1.01.015    Reference applies to amendments.

1.01.020    Codification authority.

1.01.025    Definitions.

1.01.030    Grammatical interpretation.

1.01.035    Construction.

1.01.040    Title, chapter and section headings.

1.01.050    Reference to specific ordinances.

1.01.060    Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

1.01.070    Repeal shall not revive any ordinances.

1.01.080    Supersedure.

1.01.090    Exclusions.

1.01.100    Prohibited acts include causing, permitting, etc.

1.01.110    Severability.

1.01.005 Adoption of Edmonds City Code.

Pursuant to the provisions of RCW 35A.21.130 and 35.21.500 through 35.21.570, there is hereby adopted the Edmonds City Code as contained in that certain copy on file in the office of the city clerk. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.010 Title – Citation – Reference.

This code shall be known as the Edmonds City Code and it shall be sufficient to refer to the code as the code in any prosecution for the violation of any provisions 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 Edmonds City Code. Further reference may be had to the titles, chapters, sections and subsections of the Edmonds City Code and such reference shall apply to that numbered title, chapter, section or subsection as it appears in this code. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.015 Reference applies to amendments.

Whenever a reference is made to this code as the Edmonds City Code or to any portion thereof, or to any ordinance of the city, the reference shall apply to all amendments, corrections and additions heretofore, now, or hereafter made. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.020 Codification authority.

This code consists of all of the regulatory and penal ordinances and certain of the administrative ordinances of the city, codified pursuant to RCW 35A.21.130 and 35.21.500 through 35.21.570. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.025 Definitions.

The following words and phrases whenever used in this code 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. “City” means the city of Edmonds, Washington, or the area within the territorial city limits of the city of Edmonds, Washington, and such territory outside of this city over which the city has jurisdiction or control by virtue of the constitutional provision, or any law.

B. “City council” means the city council of the city of Edmonds.

C. “County” means Snohomish County.

D. “Mayor” means the mayor of the city of Edmonds.

E. “Oath” includes affirmation.

F. Office, Title of. The use of the title of any officer, employee, or any office, or ordinance means such officer, employee, office, ordinance of the city, unless otherwise specifically designated.

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

H. “State” means the state of Washington.

I. “Shall” and “must” are each mandatory.

J. “May” is permissive.

K. “Written” includes printed, typewritten, mimeographed, multigraphed, or photocopied. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.030 Grammatical interpretation.

The following grammatical rules shall apply in this code:

A. Gender. Any 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.

D. Use of Words and Phrases. Words and phrases used in this code and not specifically defined shall be construed according to the context and approved usage of the language. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.035 Construction.

The provisions of this code and all proceedings under it are to be construed with a view to effect its objects and to promote justice. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.040 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. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.050 Reference to specific ordinances.

The provisions of this code shall not in any manner affect documents 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. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.060 Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

Neither the adoption of this code nor the repeal or amendment hereby of any ordinance or part or portion 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 the effective date 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. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.070 Repeal shall not revive any ordinances.

The repeal of an ordinance shall not repeal the repealing clause of such ordinance or revive any ordinance which has been repealed thereby. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.080 Supersedure.

All general ordinances of the city inconsistent with this code are hereby superseded, rather than repealed, and in the event any portion of this code is for any reason found or held to be invalid, the superseded ordinance shall be revitalized and shall prevail. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.090 Exclusions.

Every special ordinance of this city governing the following subject matter, whether contained in whole or in part within this code, is excluded from the operation and effect of ECC 1.01.080 and is not affected by the superseding provisions hereof: annexations; franchises; naming roads; streets and public places; acquisition or disposal of public property; vacation of streets, alleys, or public ways; acceptance of any gift, device, license or other benefit; provided that the foregoing enumeration of exceptions or exclusions shall not be deemed to be exclusive or exhaustive, it being the intent and purpose to exclude from repeal any and all ordinances not of a general nature. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.100 Prohibited acts include causing, permitting, etc.

Whenever in this code any act or omission is made unlawful it includes causing, allowing, permitting, aiding, abetting, suffering, or concealing the fact of such act or omission. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].

1.01.110 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this code is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this code. The council declares that it would have passed this code and each section, subsection, sentence, clause and phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses or phrases had been declared invalid or unconstitutional, and if for any reason this code or any portion thereof should be declared invalid or unconstitutional, then the original ordinance or ordinances shall be in full force and effect. [Ord. 2183 § 2, 1980].