Chapter 6.56


6.56.040    Exercise of revenue license power.

6.56.080    Definitions.

6.56.120    Temporary use permit and license required.

6.56.160    Fees.

6.56.200    Collection.

6.56.240    Penalty for violations.

6.56.280    Severability.

6.56.040 Exercise of revenue license power.

The provisions of this chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the power of the city of Ellensburg to license for revenue. [Ord. 2377 § 1, 1958.]

6.56.080 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following words, in addition to their ordinary and commonly accepted meanings, shall be further defined as follows:

“Carnival” includes a combination of two or more tent shows, games, exhibitions, entertainment facilities, etc., held or conducted for public entertainment and private profit.

“Major rodeo” includes any rodeo for which world championship competition is invited and proclaimed and which is scheduled regularly in advance each year.

“Rodeo” includes a competitive exhibition of cowboy skills such as horse bucking contests, bull dogging, calf roping, horse racing, etc. [Ord. 3239 § 5, 1979; Ord. 2377 § 2, 1958.]

6.56.120 Temporary use permit and license required.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to conduct or hold any carnival or rodeo on any land within the city of Ellensburg except as specifically provided herein. Rodeos and carnivals are allowed in the P-R (public-reserve) zone and all other zones; provided, however, that they are prohibited in all residential zones. If a carnival or rodeo is held in the P-R zone, a temporary use permit is not required. If held in all other zones (excluding residential zones), a temporary use permit is required as per ECC 15.250.010. Prior to conducting or holding any carnival or rodeo the person, firm or corporation shall first obtain a temporary use permit as required by this chapter, be issued a business license, and shall pay the license fee set forth in this chapter. The license required by this chapter is in addition to any general business license that may be required under Chapter 6.54 ECC. Before issuing any such license, the city clerk shall confirm that such temporary use permit has been issued and shall then provide a form of license certificate that will adequately evidence and record payment of the required fee. License fees shall be paid in advance and no refunds shall be allowed except as specially provided herein. [Ord. 4774 § 4, 2017; Ord. 4671 § 1, 2014; Ord. 4656 § 25, 2013; Ord. 3239 § 6, 1979; Ord. 2377 § 3, 1958.]

6.56.160 Fees.

A.    Carnival. The license fee for every carnival shall be the sum of $360.00 per day or $1,200 per week that such event is to be held or open to the public.

B.    Rodeo. The license fee for every rodeo other than a major rodeo as defined in ECC 6.56.080 shall be as follows:

1.    Where the anticipated attendance is 2,500 or less, the license fee shall be the sum of $50.00 per day; or

2.    Where the anticipated attendance exceeds 2,500 but not more than 5,000, the license fee shall be the sum of $75.00 per day; or

3.    Where the seating capacity exceeds 5,000, the license fee shall be the sum of $125.00 per day.

C.    Major Rodeo. The license fee for every major rodeo shall be $1,800 per week and no license shall be issued for less than one week. [Ord. 4774 § 5, 2017; Ord. 3883 § 1, 1993; Ord. 3285 § 1, 1980; Ord. 3239 § 7, 1979; Ord. 2377 § 4, 1958.]

6.56.200 Collection.

In addition to the penalties hereinafter provided all license fees due and payable under this chapter may be collected by suit brought in the Superior Court of the State of Washington for Kittitas County as in an action for debt. [Ord. 2377 § 5, 1958.]

6.56.240 Penalty for violations.

Any person, firm or corporation violating this chapter, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine in a sum not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment in the city jail for a period not exceeding 90 days, or shall be punished by both such fine and imprisonment. Under this section, each day’s operation without a license constitutes a distinct and separate offense. [Ord. 4774 § 6, 2017; Ord. 2377 § 6, 1958.]

6.56.280 Severability.

If any part, provision, or section of this chapter is held void or unconstitutional, all other parts, provisions and sections of this chapter not expressly so held to be void or unconstitutional shall continue in full force and effect. [Ord. 2377 § 7, 1958.]