Chapter 22C.210


22C.210.010    Purpose.

22C.210.020    Bed and breakfast inn and guesthouse standards.

22C.210.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to allow for small scale commercial lodging in residential or commercial areas, and establishing performance standards to ensure compatibility when being conducted in residential neighborhoods. (Ord. 2852 § 10 (Exh. A), 2011).

22C.210.020 Bed and breakfast inn and guesthouse standards.

(1) Where bed and breakfast inns and bed and breakfast guesthouses are allowed in the same zone, only one or the other of these facilities may be located on a subject property at the same time. An approved bed and breakfast guesthouse may be expanded to a bed and breakfast inn if a conditional use application for an inn is obtained and the original permit for the guesthouse is vacated.

(2) Submittal plan requirements to accompany a conditional use application:

(a) Site Plan Requirements. The site plan shall indicate the location of the off-street parking, proposed screening, the location and size of the bed and breakfast inn, and any proposed new construction to the premises, including additions, remodeling and/or outbuildings.

(b) Architectural Requirements. For new construction only, the following shall apply:

(i) The applicant shall submit proposed architectural drawings and renderings of the proposed structure, including exterior elevations, which shall project a residential rather than a commercial appearance. This architectural documentation shall be in sufficient detail to demonstrate discernible compatibility between the new construction and the existing on-site development and structures; provided further, the applicant also shall document a design which, in scale and bulk, is in keeping with existing buildings on adjacent properties and compatible with the surrounding character and neighborhood in which the guesthouse or inn is located.

(ii) If an outbuilding or outbuildings are proposed, a grading plan, showing the extent of clearing activity, is required. Site design shall be sensitive to the natural features of the site. The use of manufactured and mobile homes is prohibited.

(c) Screening. The owner/operator shall provide screening with shrubs, trees, fencing and other suitable materials as necessary to minimize the impacts upon the residential character of the surrounding neighborhood.

(d) Floor Plan. The floor plan shall indicate bathrooms to be used by guests and the location and number of guest rooms.

(3) Minimum Performance Standards.

(a) Parking requirements shall be in accordance with Chapter 22C.130 MMC, Parking and Loading. No on-street parking shall be allowed.

(b) Meal service shall be limited to overnight guests of the establishment. Kitchens shall not be allowed in individual guest rooms.

(c) The owner shall operate the facility and reside on the premises.

(d) Business identification and advertising signs shall comply with Chapter 22C.160 MMC, Signs.

(e) The bed and breakfast establishment shall be conducted in such a manner as to give no outward appearance nor manifest any characteristics of a business, except as to the allowed signage, that would be incompatible with the ability of the neighboring residents to enjoy peaceful occupancy of their properties.

(f) Guests shall be permitted to stay at the establishment for not more than 10 consecutive days at a time.

(g) The applicant shall comply with all applicable city codes for fire, health and building requirements and any applicable food service regulations and on-site sewage disposal requirements of the Snohomish health district.

(h) If three or more guest rooms are proposed, the applicant shall also meet state requirements for a “transient accommodation license,” as required by Chapter 70.62 RCW, as now written or hereafter amended.

(i) Bed and breakfast houses shall be permitted where indicated by the permitted use table for individual zones and within homes on the National or State Historic Register in any zone. (Ord. 2852 § 10 (Exh. A), 2011).