Chapter 12.18


12.18.050    Purpose.

12.18.100    Application.

12.18.200    Authority.

12.18.300    Requirements.

12.18.400    Notice.

12.18.050 Purpose.

This chapter establishes regulations for allowing temporary construction offices during construction and before occupancy at the site of city street projects. These regulations are intended to allow such offices to be located and operated on-site or off-site in a manner that is in the interest of the public health and safety and in a manner that does not have a significant adverse impact on adjoining properties or streets. (Ord. 2361 § 2, 2001)

12.18.100 Application.

The project manager or lead city official of a new city street project may apply to the public works department to locate a temporary construction office off-site from the construction project. (Ord. 2361 § 3, 2001)

12.18.200 Authority.

The public works director shall approve an application for a temporary construction office if the director finds that the location and use of the office complies with the purpose and regulations in this chapter and the uniform construction codes adopted in LMC Titles 9, 15 and 16. Action taken pursuant to this chapter may be appealed through Process II (LMC 1.35.200). (Ord. 2361 § 4, 2001)

12.18.300 Requirements.

A temporary construction office allowed under this chapter shall be located in a “commercial coach” that meets the requirements of the State Department of Labor and Industry (ref. Chapter 296-150C WAC, referred to herein by the term “coach”), and shall comply with the following requirements:

A. A minimum of five off-street parking spaces plus a van-accessible stall shall be provided. These spaces shall be located so that vehicles are not required to back onto a designated arterial street.

B. Access to the coach shall comply with all accessibility requirements, if applicable.

C. The coach shall be removed from the site within 15 calendar days of completion of the project, as determined by the public works director.

D. The coach may be located in a required setback, except a setback that adjoins a single-family zone.

E. A building permit is required for installing the coach, for installing access ramps (if required under subsection (B) of this section), and for sewer, water and electrical connections.

F. The coach must be labeled as a commercial coach by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

G. If the floor area of the coach exceeds 400 square feet, the exterior walls shall provide one-hour fire protection, or an approved sprinkler system shall be installed within the coach.

H. The coach shall not be located in required fire lanes and shall be accessible to emergency equipment.

I. Fire extinguishers shall be located in or around the coach, as required by the fire marshal.

J. Temporary landscaping and temporary skirting shall be placed around the base of the coach, including (but not limited to) small trees or shrubs spaced no more than four feet on-center. This landscaping may be planted either in the ground or in temporary planter boxes or other containers. The landscaping shall be subject to the approval of the development and business services director. (Ord. 3399 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 2361 § 5, 2001)

12.18.400 Notice.

The public works director shall provide notice of intent to locate a temporary construction office under this chapter at least 14 calendar days prior to approval of any permit for such an office. This notice shall be mailed to:

A. Each owner of real property abutting or directly across a public right-of-way from the proposed site of the office and all contiguous property that is under common ownership with the site of the office; and

B. Each person who has requested such notice in writing for the calendar year and who has paid the fee established by the applicable department director; and

C. Each person who can be identified from existing city records as having participated in a prior decision regarding use or development of the site of the temporary construction office. (Ord. 2361 § 6, 2001)