Chapter 21.30


21.30.010    Families.

21.30.014    Expired.

21.30.020    Fence.

21.30.030    Flag lot.

21.30.032    Flat.

21.30.035    Float, recreational.

21.30.040    Floor area.

21.30.050    Formal subdivision.

21.30.060    Foster home.

21.30.070    Fraternity.

21.30.080    Repealed.

21.30.010 Families.

A. Family means individuals consisting of two or more persons related by genetics, adoption, or marriage, or a group of five or fewer persons who are not related by genetics, adoption, or marriage and none of whom are wards of the court unless such wards are related by genetics, adoption, or marriage to all of the members of such group living in a dwelling unit.

B. The term “family” shall include:

1. State licensed adult family homes required to be recognized as residential use pursuant to RCW 70.128.180;

2. State licensed foster family homes and group care facilities as defined in RCW 74.15.180, subject to the exclusion of subsection (C) of this section;

3. Group homes for the disabled required to be accommodated as residential uses pursuant to the Fair Housing Act amendments as the same exists or is hereafter amended.

C. The term “family” shall exclude individuals residing in halfway houses, crisis residential centers as defined in RCW 74.15.020(3)(g), group homes licensed for juvenile offenders, or other facilities, whether or not licensed by the state, where individuals are incarcerated or otherwise required to reside pursuant to court order under the supervision of paid staff and personnel.

D. Calculation of Residents. When calculating the number of unrelated persons residing in a single-family dwelling unit, the following rules shall apply:

1. When one or more unrelated persons reside with a family whose members are related by genetics, adoption or marriage, the total number of residents shall not exceed five persons except as provided in subsection (D)(2) of this section.

2. A family unit consisting entirely of persons related by genetics, adoption or marriage may rent a room to a total of two additional renters, or up to two students as a part of a recognized foreign exchange program or similar educational, nonprofit program, or a combination of a renter and such student to a total of two additional persons. The additional renters and/or foreign exchange students, to a maximum of two, shall not be considered when calculating the number of unrelated persons residing in a dwelling unit under subsection (D)(1) of this section. Three or more renters and/or students shall be considered as unrelated individuals and all persons residing in a dwelling unit, regardless of whether a portion of them are related by genetics, adoption or marriage, shall be considered when determining the total unrelated persons residing at a site.

3. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). When an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is approved pursuant to Chapter 20.21 ECDC, only one of the dwelling units, either the primary residence or the ADU, shall be used to house renters and/or unrelated persons who are students. Occupancy of the ADU shall not exceed one family as defined in subsection (A) of this section.

4. Nothing herein shall be interpreted to limit normal hosting activities associated with residential use. [Ord. 3571 § 1, 2005; Ord. 3557, 2005; Ord. 3533 § 1, 2005; Ord. 3511, 2004; Ord. 3184 § 1, 1998].

21.30.014 Farmers’ market.

Expired. [Ord. 3894 § 1, 2012].

21.30.020 Fence.

Fence means any construction of wood, metal, masonry or other nonliving material which provides a visual and/or physical obstruction to an observer at ground level. This definition shall exclude any portion of a retaining wall which is below finished grade and which is contiguous with the fence. Any portion of a base or foundation for the fence which does not serve a necessary and bona fide purpose of retaining earth shall not be considered a retaining wall but rather a part of the fence. [Ord. 3491 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2772 § 2, 1990].

21.30.030 Flag lot.

Flag lot means a lot which has a frontage of less than one-half of the minimum lot width on the principal street or principal access easement. Flag lots are also known as pipestem lots or panhandle lots. (See also, Lot.)

21.30.032 Flat.

“Flat(s)” means multiple family dwelling unit(s) that are horizontally separated – i.e., stacked above and/or below each other. [Ord. 4070 § 2 (Exh. 1), 2017].

21.30.035 Float, recreational.

A recreational float is an offshore platform used for water-dependent activities such as swimming and diving. [Ord. 2605 § 4, 1987].

21.30.040 Floor area.

Floor area means the sum of the gross horizontal areas of the floors of a building or buildings, measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls and from the centerline of division walls. Floor area shall include: basement space, elevator shafts and stairwell at each floor, mechanical equipment rooms or attic spaces with headroom of seven feet six inches or more, penthouse floors, interior balconies and mezzanines, and enclosed porches. Floor area shall not include: accessory water tanks and cooling towers, mechanical equipment or attic spaces with headroom of less than seven feet six inches, exterior steps or stairs, terraces, breezeways, and open spaces.

21.30.050 Formal subdivision.

(See ECDC 20.75.030.)

21.30.060 Foster home.

Foster home means a social service facility licensed by the state as a full-time foster family and described as an agency which regularly provides on a 24-hour basis to one or more individuals, but not more than six individuals. [Ord. 2818 § 3, 1991].

21.30.070 Fraternity.

Fraternity means a building occupied by and maintained exclusively for students affiliated with an academic or professional college or university, or other recognized institution of higher learning and regulated in some part by that institution.

21.30.080 Freestanding sign.

Repealed by Ord. 3313. [Ord. 2605 § 4, 1987].