The statutory references listed below refer the code user to state statutes applicable to Washington cities and towns. They are up to date through July 2016.

General Provisions


Wash. Const. Art. XI § 10 and Chapter 35.02 RCW

Classification of municipalities

Chapters 35.01 and 35.06 RCW


Chapter 35.13 RCW

First class cities

Chapter 35.22 RCW

Second class cities

Chapter 35.23 RCW


Chapter 35.27 RCW

Unclassified cities

Chapter 35.30 RCW

Miscellaneous provisions applicable to all cities and towns

Chapter 35.21 RCW

Adoption of codes by reference

RCW 35.21.180

Codification of ordinances

RCW 35.21.500 through 35.21.580

Penalties for ordinance violations in first class cities

RCW 35.22.280(35); 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

Penalties for ordinance violations in second class cities

RCW 35.23.440(29); 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

Penalties for ordinance violations in towns

RCW 35.27.370(14); 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

Civil infractions

Chapter 7.80 RCW


RCW Title 29A

Campaign finances and disclosure

Chapter 42.17A RCW

Official newspaper

RCW 35.21.875

Administration and Personnel

Commission form of government

Chapter 35.17 RCW

Council-manager plan

Chapter 35.18 RCW

City council in second class cities

RCW 35.23.181 et seq.

Town council

RCW 35.27.270 et seq.

Officers in second-class cities

RCW 35.23.021 et seq.

Officers in towns

RCW 35.27.070 et seq.

Local government whistleblower protection

Chapter 42.41 RCW

Code of ethics for officers

Chapter 42.23 RCW

Open Public Meeting Act of 1971

Chapter 42.30 RCW

Municipal courts

Chapters 3.46, 3.50, 35.20 RCW

Planning commissions

Chapter 35.63 RCW

Hearing examiner system for zoning amendments

RCW 35A.63.170

Emergency management

Chapter 38.52 RCW

Revenue and Finance


Chapters 35.32A, 35.33, 35.34 RCW


Chapters 35.36, 35.37, 35.41 RCW


Chapter 35.38 RCW

Investment of funds

Chapter 35.39 RCW

Accident claims and funds

Chapter 35.31 RCW

Validation and funding of debts

Chapter 35.40 RCW

Local improvements

Chapter 35.43—35.56 RCW

Retail sales and use taxes

Chapter 82.14 RCW

Leasehold excise tax

Chapter 82.29A RCW

Real estate excise tax

Chapter 82.46 RCW

Tax on admissions

RCW 35.21.280

Property tax in first class cities

RCW 35.22.280(2)

Property tax in second class cities

RCW 35.23.440(46)

Property tax in towns

RCW 35.27.370(8)

Lodging tax

RCW 67.28.180 et seq.

Gambling taxes

RCW 9.46.110 et seq.

State preemption of certain tax fields

RCW 82.02.020

Business Licenses and Regulations

First class city licenses

RCW 35.22.280(32) and (33)

Second class city licenses

RCW 35.23.440(2) – (8)

Town licenses

RCW 35.27.370(9)

Municipal business and occupation tax

Chapter 35.102 RCW

Uniform license fee or tax rate

RCW 35.21.710 and 35.21.711

License fees or taxes on telephone businesses

RCW 35.21.71235.21.715

Ambulance business taxes

RCW 35.21.768

Freight carrier taxes

RCW 35.21.84035.21.850


Chapters 9.46, 9.47 RCW


RCW 66.08.120 and 66.44.010


RCW 35.21.690


RCW 66.28.080

Cable television

Chapter 35.99 RCW

Massage practitioners

RCW 35.21.692

Newspaper carriers

RCW 35.21.696


Power of second class cities to regulate

RCW 35.23.440(11)

Power of towns to regulate

RCW 35.27.370(7)

Cruelty to animals

Chapter 16.52 RCW

Dangerous dogs

RCW 16.08.070 et seq.

Health and Safety


RCW Title 70

Local health boards and officers

Chapter 70.05 RCW

Garbage collection and disposal

RCW 35.21.120 et seq. and Chapter 35.67 RCW

Litter control

Chapter 70.93 RCW


Chapter 70.77 RCW

Public Peace, Morals and Welfare

Crimes and punishments

RCW Title 9

Washington Criminal Code

RCW Title 9A

Drunkenness and alcoholism

RCW 70.96A.190


Chapter 49.60 RCW

Juvenile curfew

RCW 35.21.635

Vehicles and Traffic

Motor vehicles

RCW Title 46

Model traffic ordinance

Chapter 46.90 RCW

Penalties for driving while intoxicated

RCW 35.21.165

Accident reports

Chapter 46.52 RCW

Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places

Local improvements

Chapters 35.4335.56 RCW

Metropolitan park districts

Chapter 35.61 RCW

Street construction and maintenance

Chapters 35.7235.79 RCW

Sidewalk construction

Chapters 35.6835.70 RCW

Public Services

Municipal utilities

Chapter 35.92 RCW

Municipal Water and Sewer Facilities Act

Chapter 35.91 RCW

Sewer systems

Chapter 35.67 RCW

Water or sewer districts, assumption of jurisdiction

Chapter 35.13A RCW

Buildings and Construction

State building code

Chapter 19.27 RCW

Unfit dwellings, buildings and structures

Chapter 35.80 RCW

Energy-related building standards

Chapter 19.27A RCW

Electrician and electrical installations

Chapter 19.28 RCW

Electrical construction

Chapter 19.29 RCW

Development impact fees

RCW 82.02.050 et seq.


Subdivisions generally

Chapter 58.17 RCW

Short plats and short subdivisions

RCW 58.17.060 et seq.

Hearing examiner system for plat approval

RCW 58.17.330



RCW 35.63.080 et seq.

Hearing examiner system for zoning applications

RCW 35.63.130

Growth management

Chapter 36.70A RCW

Judicial review of land use decisions

Chapter 36.70C RCW