Chapter 21.40


21.40.005    Halfway house.

21.40.006    Hallway.

21.40.010    Hearing examiner.

21.40.020    Repealed.

21.40.030    Height.

21.40.040    Home occupation.

21.40.050    Horse.

21.40.055    Hospitals.

21.40.060    Hotel.

21.40.005 Halfway house.

A halfway house shall include state licensed group care homes for juvenile delinquents, halfway houses providing residence in lieu of institutional sentencing, halfway houses providing residence to those needing correctional institutionalization, and detoxification centers licensed by the state where alcohol and drug abusers can be placed in lieu of incarceration for detoxification and treatment from the effects of alcohol and drugs. [Ord. 2820 § 6, 1991].

21.40.006 Hallway.

Hallway, as used in ECDC 16.20.050, 21.05.010, and 21.40.030(C), means a wholly enclosed building whose primary purpose is the connection of one building or portion thereof to another. A building or portion thereof which connects one building to another and whose width is 60 percent or less of its length shall be presumed to be a hallway. [Ord. 3728 § 4, 2009].

21.40.010 Hearing examiner.

Hearing examiner means the person employed by the city of Edmonds to hold hearings and make recommendations or decisions on various land use applications.

21.40.020 Hedge.

Repealed by Ord. 3491.

21.40.030 Height.

A. Height means the average vertical distance from the average level of the undisturbed soil of the site covered by a structure to the highest point of the structure. (See subsection (D) of this section for exceptions to this rule.)

B. “Average level” shall be determined by averaging elevations of the downward projections of the four corners of the smallest rectangle which will enclose all of the building, excluding a maximum of 30 inches of eaves. If a corner falls off the site, its elevation shall be the average elevation of the two points projected downward where the two sides of the rectangle cross the property line. (See subsection (D) of this section for exceptions to this rule.)

C. Accessory buildings that are attached to the main building by a breezeway, hallway, or other similar connection so that the accessory building is separated by 10 feet or less from the main building shall be considered to be part of the main building for purposes of determining the average level. For the purposes of this section, in order for an accessory building to be considered to be attached to and a part of the main building, the connecting structure must have a roof and be constructed of similar materials to both the main building and the accessory building so that it appears to be a unified and consistently designed building.

D. Height Exceptions.

1. For all properties located within the Coastal High Hazard Areas and Coastal A Flood Zones, height is measured from the elevation that is two feet above base flood elevation as identified from the applicable FEMA flood hazard map;

2. Church steeples;

3. Elevator penthouses, not to exceed 72 square feet in horizontal section, or three feet in height, for that portion above the height limit;

4. Chimneys, not to exceed nine square feet in horizontal section or more than three feet in height, for that portion above the height limit. In RM districts, chimneys shall be clustered. No multiple-flue chimney shall exceed 39 square feet in horizontal section. The first chimney shall not exceed nine square feet in horizontal section, and other chimneys shall not exceed six square feet in horizontal section;

5. Vent pipes not to exceed 18 inches in height above the height limit;

6. Standpipes not to exceed 30 inches in height above the height limit;

7. Solar energy installations not to exceed 36 inches in height above the height limit. Such an installation may be approved as a Type II staff decision if it is designed and located in such a way as to provide reasonable solar access while limiting visual impacts on surrounding properties; and

8. Replacement of existing rooftop HVAC equipment which exceeds the existing height limit, so long as the replacement equipment does not exceed the height of the existing equipment by more than 12 inches. The replacement equipment must have earned the Energy Star label. [Ord. 4026 § 3, 2016; Ord. 3866 § 1, 2011; Ord. 3728 § 2, 2009; Ord. 3654 § 1, 2007; Ord. 3569 § 2, 2005].

21.40.040 Home occupation.

Home occupation means an economic enterprise operated within a dwelling unit or buildings accessory to a dwelling unit, incidental and secondary to the residential use of the dwelling unit, including the use of a dwelling unit as a business address in the phone directory or as a post office mailing address.

21.40.050 Horse.

Horse means any equine animal four months of age or older.

21.40.055 Hospitals.

Hospitals are public or private health facilities providing care for persons suffering from acute illness, injuries or other conditions requiring medical, surgical, psychiatric, or obstetrical services. Residence is normally short, and the facilities are characterized by high public access requirements, and the need for emergency access. Included in this definition are general or emergency hospitals, maternity and psychiatric hospitals and alcoholism and drug detoxification services. [Ord. 2818 § 5, 1991].

21.40.060 Hotel.

Hotel means any building containing five or more separately occupied rooms that are rented out for sleeping purposes. A central kitchen and dining room and interior accessory shops and services catering to the general public can be provided. Not included are institutions housing persons under legal restraint or requiring medical attention or care. (See also, Motel.)