Chapter 19.03


19.03.010    How to use this title.

19.03.020    Zoning map.

19.03.030    Use tables.

19.03.040    Development standards table.

19.03.050    Additional zoning regulations.

19.03.060    Other city development regulations.

19.03.010 How to use this title.

This title has been designed to make it as easy as possible for the user to determine all zoning regulations that apply to a particular piece of property and to existing and potential uses, structures and activities on that property. Follow the step-by-step procedures laid out below to find applicable regulations. (Ord. 2397-99 § 12 (part), 1999: Ord. 1671-89 (part), 1989.)

19.03.020 Zoning map.

Find the subject property on the city of Everett zoning map. The property will be in one (or possibly more than one) of the following zones:

A.    Use Zones.





































B.    Overlay Zones.













(Ord. 3617-18 § 18, 2018: Ord. 3269-12 § 3, 2012: Ord. 3099-08 § 3, 2008: Ord. 2854-05 § 3, 2005: Ord. 2706-03 § 5, 2003: Ord. 2397-99 § 12 (part), 1999: Ord. 1671-89 (part), 1989.)

19.03.030 Use tables.

A.    Format. The format used for graphically indicating which uses are permitted in the use zones (not including the overlay zones) is a matrix format called the use tables. It is the intention of the use tables to indicate which uses are permitted in the various use zones, and which review processes apply to a given use or zone. Exceptions: permitted uses in the WRM, P, AQ and OS zones are specified in Chapters 19.30A, 19.33A, 19.33E and 19.33F, respectively.

B.    Permitted Uses. To see what uses are permitted in a particular zone, reference Tables 5.1 and 5.2 in Chapter 19.05, and Table 19-1 in Chapter 19.19. Across the top of the charts are the various use zones (i.e., R-1, B-2, C-1, M-M, etc.). In the left hand column of the charts are listed all of the uses permitted by this title, listed by category of use and in alphabetical order. Table 5.1 lists residential land uses. Table 5.2 lists nonresidential land uses. Table 19-1 lists residential and nonresidential land uses for the UR, UM and ULI zones. If a use is permitted in a particular zone, it will be so indicated in the column corresponding to the zone by the symbol I, II, or III in Tables 5.1 and 5.2, and by symbols N, P, A, or C in Table 19-1. These symbols stand for the review process that must be followed for that use to be permitted in that zone. If there is no symbol in the box or cell corresponding to a specific use in a particular zone in Table 5.1 or 5.2, it is not a permitted use in that zone. Tables 5.1 and 5.2 may include special regulations that are indicated by a number inside of parentheses within a cell on the use tables. The special regulation corresponding to the number is, in most cases, listed on the next page or pages following the chart. In a few instances, a special regulation listed in parentheses in an earlier page of the table is also listed on a later page of the table. In such instances, you must find the number corresponding to the special regulation on an earlier page. The far right column in Table 19-1 lists any special regulations that are applicable to the use associated on that row.

C.    Overlay Zone. Some properties are also located in an area in which an overlay zone exists, which will be indicated on the zone map with one of the symbols shown below, attached as a suffix to the use zone. An overlay zone is a secondary zone which applies additional regulations or special review procedures, and which cannot be established without being attached to one of the use zones. The following zones are overlay zones:








(planned development)


(planned residential development)


(floodway district)


(urban flood fringe district)


(rural flood fringe district)




(shoreline district)


(airport compatibility)


(core residential area)

If the property you are interested in is included within one of the above-listed overlay zones, you should read the corresponding section in this title which pertains to that overlay zone. (Ord. 3617-18 § 19, 2018: Ord. 2706-03 § 6, 2003: Ord. 2397-99 § 12 (part), 1999: Ord. 1671-89 (part), 1989.)

19.03.040 Development standards table.

A.    Format. The format used for graphically displaying the various development standards which apply in the various use zones (not including the overlay zones) is a matrix format called the development standards table, contained in Chapter 19.06. Chapter 19.20 contains several development standard tables specific to the UR, UM and ULI zones, as well as for the core residential area overlay zones. It is the intention of the development standards table to indicate the various development standards that apply in each use zone, except the off-street parking standards. To see how many parking spaces are required for a specific use, refer to in Chapter 19.34.

B.    Development Standards. After finding that a use is permitted in a specific zone, go to the development standards table in Chapter 19.06. This chart specifies a variety of development standards that apply to each zone, such as minimum lot area, minimum setbacks, maximum building height, sign category and landscape category. This table may include special regulations that are indicated by a number inside of parentheses within a box or cell on the development standards table. The special regulation corresponding to the number is listed on the page or pages following the chart.

C.    The M-1, M-M, BMU, E-1 and MUO zones have additional regulations that are not specified in the use tables or the development standards table. These can be found in Chapters 19.27, 19.28, 19.31A and 19.31B, respectively.

D.    The regulations for the P (public park), WRM (watershed resource management), AQ (aquatic) and the OS (open space) zones are contained in Chapters 19.33A, 19.30A, 19.33E and 19.33F, respectively.

E.    You now have the basic zoning regulations that apply to the subject property. However, you should review Section 19.03.050 to determine if other regulations of this title apply. (Ord. 3617-18 § 20, 2018: Ord. 3269-12 § 4, 2012: Ord. 3099-08 § 4, 2008: Ord. 2854-05 § 4, 2005: Ord. 2706-03 § 7, 2003: Ord. 2397-99 § 12 (part), 1999: Ord. 1671-89 (part), 1989.)

19.03.050 Additional zoning regulations.

In addition to the use-standards tables, this title contains a variety of regulations that may apply to the subject property or a particular use. The following list will help you determine what other chapters of this title may contain regulations which are applicable:

A.    Environmentally Sensitive Areas. Does the subject property or adjoining property contain streams, wetlands, steep slopes or other environmentally sensitive areas? If so, see Chapters 19.33D and 19.37.

B.    Are you interested in having a sign placed upon the property? If so, see Chapter 19.36 for the requirements for type, size and location of signs in each sign category.

C.    Off-Street Parking. To see how many parking spaces are required for a specific use, go to Chapter 19.34.

D.    Landscaping Requirements. Details related to the landscape categories listed in the development standards table are contained in Chapter 19.35.

E.    Small Lot Single-Family Dwelling and Duplex Development Standards. Additional standards apply to single-family dwellings on lots containing less than five thousand square feet, and to duplexes in any zone. These regulations are contained in Section 19.07.010 of this title.

F.    Accessory Buildings for Single-Family Residential Uses. Development standards which apply to buildings which are accessory to single-family uses in all zones are contained in Section 19.07.020.

G.    Multiple-Family Development Standards. Development standards that apply to multiple-family development are contained in Chapter 19.15. Multiple-family design guidelines also apply to developments of three or more dwelling units, and are included with the purchase of the Everett zoning code.

H.    General Provisions. Chapter 19.39 contains regulations pertaining to a wide variety of topics which apply in several or all zones. You should review the topic headings of Chapter 19.39 to see if additional regulations apply to your property or a proposed development. Topics in Chapter 19.39 include, among others, the following:

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Uses

Adult Use Businesses

Antennas and Building Appurtenances

Bed and Breakfast Houses


Garbage Dumpsters and Recycle Bins

Lot Area Averaging

I.    Home Occupations. Are you interested in operating a business out of your home? If so, see Section 19.41.080.

J.    Nonconforming Uses, Buildings and Lots. Are you interested in the city’s regulations on nonconforming uses, buildings and lots? If so, see Chapter 19.38.

K.    Outdoor Uses, Activities and Storage. Are you interested in conducting an outdoor use or activity, or having outdoor storage on a lot? If so, see Section 19.41.100.

L.    Amendments to the Zoning Code or Zoning Map. Are you interested in amending the Everett zoning map or initiating an amendment to the zoning code text? If so, see Chapter 19.41.

This list has been provided to assist the user in determining which zoning regulations may be applicable to a given use or property. However, you should review the list of chapters at the beginning of this title or the lists of sections at the beginning of each chapter to find other provisions which may be of interest to you. If, after reviewing this title, you have questions about a particular regulation, you should contact the Everett planning department. (Ord. 3618-18 § 6, 2018; Ord. 2397-99 § 12 (part), 1999: Ord. 1671-89 (part), 1989.)

19.03.060 Other city development regulations.

There are other city development regulations in addition to the zoning code regulations that may affect a proposed development. The following regulations may apply to a proposed land use or development project. If, after reviewing this list of other development regulations, you have questions about a particular regulation, you should contact the Everett planning department.

A.    Land Division Ordinance. If the proposed development includes the subdivision of land or a boundary line adjustment, the city of Everett land division ordinance will also apply.

B.    SEPA Ordinance. The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), implemented by the city’s SEPA ordinance, applies to developments over a certain size. The planning department can advise you of the SEPA thresholds, and whether a project is subject to the environmental review requirements of SEPA.

C.    Shoreline Master Program. The city’s shoreline master program (SMP) applies to lands and land uses located within two hundred feet of the ordinary high water mark of major bodies of water or within floodplains. The

SMP applies additional policies, regulations, and review processes for properties located within shoreline areas.

D.    Building Code and Regulations. The city’s building regulations apply to all structures proposed to be built in the city.

E.    Design and Construction Standards and Specifications. The requirements for various utility, street, sidewalk and other site improvements are regulated by the city’s design and construction standards and specifications.

F.    Billboards. The city’s billboard regulations apply to off-premises advertising structures. (Ord. 2397-99 § 12 (part), 1999: Ord. 1671-89 (part), 1989.)