Chapter 1.01


1.01.010    Adopted.

1.01.020    Title – Citation – Reference.

1.01.030    Codification authority.

1.01.040    Purpose of code.

1.01.050    Proof of ordinances.

1.01.060    Title, chapter and section headings.

1.01.070    Reference applies to all amendments.

1.01.080    Rules of construction.

1.01.090    Citations to ordinances.

1.01.100    Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

1.01.110    Ordinances passed prior to adoption of the code.

1.01.120    Effect of repeal.

1.01.130    Inconsistent ordinances.

1.01.140    Severability.

1.01.010 Adopted.

Pursuant to the provisions of RCW 35.21.500 through 35.21.570 there is hereby adopted the “Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code” as compiled, edited and published by Code Publishing Company, Seattle, Washington. (Ord. 2236 § 1, 2000).

1.01.020 Title – Citation – Reference.

This code shall be known as the Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code (MTMC) and it shall be sufficient to refer to said code as the Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code or Mountlake Terrace City Code in any prosecution for the violations of any provision thereof or any proceeding as law or equity. It shall be sufficient to designate any ordinance adding to, amending, correcting or repealing all or any part or portion thereof as an addition to, amendment to, correction or repeal of the Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code or Mountlake Terrace City Code. Further reference may be had to the titles, chapters, sections and subsections of the code and such references shall apply to that numbered title, chapter, section or subsection as it appears in the code. (Ord. 2236 § 2, 2000).

1.01.030 Codification authority.

This code consists of the regulatory and penal ordinances and certain of the administrative ordinances codified pursuant to RCW 35A.21.130. The code reviser shall have the following specific authority as to editing, rearranging, and/or grouping of ordinances:

A. Editing ordinances to the extent deemed necessary or desirable for the purpose of modernizing and clarifying the language of such ordinances, but without changing the meaning of any such ordinance;

B. Substituting for the term “this ordinance,” where necessary, the term “section,” “part,” “code,” “chapter,” “title,” or reference to specific section or chapter numbers, as the case may require;

C. Correcting manifest errors in reference to other ordinances, laws and statutes, and manifest spelling, clerical or typographical errors, additions, or omissions;

D. Dividing long sections into two or more sections and rearranging the order of sections to ensure a logical arrangement of subject matter;

E. Changing the wording of section captions, if any, and providing captions to new chapters and sections;

F. Striking provisions manifestly obsolete and eliminating conflicts and inconsistencies so as to give effect to the legislative intent. (Ord. 2236 § 3, 2000).

1.01.040 Purpose of code.

The provisions of this code and all proceedings under it are to be construed with a view to effect its objects and to promote justice. (Ord. 2236 § 4, 2000).

1.01.050 Proof of ordinances.

As provided for by RCW 35.21.550, copies of such code in published form shall be received without further proof as the ordinances of permanent and general effect of the City of Mountlake Terrace by all courts and administrative tribunals of the State. (Ord. 2236 § 5, 2000).

1.01.060 Title, chapter and section headings.

Title, chapter and section headings contained herein shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify or in any manner affect the scope, meaning or intent of the provisions of any title, chapter or section hereof. (Ord. 2236 § 6, 2000).

1.01.070 Reference applies to all amendments.

Whenever a reference is made to this code as the Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code or to any portion thereof, or to any ordinance of the City, the reference shall apply to all amendments, corrections and additions heretofore, now, or hereafter made. (Ord. 2236 § 7, 2000).

1.01.080 Rules of construction.

The following grammatical rules shall apply in this code:

A. Gender. Any gender includes the masculine, feminine and neuter genders.

B. Singular and Plural. The singular number includes the plural and the plural includes the singular.

C. Tenses. Words used in the present tense include the past and the future tenses and vice-versa.

D. Use of Words and Phrases. Words and phrases used in this code and not specifically defined shall be construed according to the context and approved usage of the language. (Ord. 2236 § 8, 2000).

1.01.090 Citations to ordinances.

The provisions of this code shall not in any manner affect documents or other matters of record which refer to, or are otherwise connected with ordinances which are therein specifically designated by number or otherwise, and which are included within this code, but such reference shall be construed to apply to the corresponding provisions contained within this code. (Ord. 2236 § 9, 2000).

1.01.100 Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

Neither the adoption of this code nor the repeal or amendment hereby of any ordinance or part or portion of any ordinance of the City shall in any manner affect the prosecution for violations of ordinances, which violations were committed prior to the effective date hereof, nor be construed as a waiver of any license, fee, or penalty at the effective date and unpaid under such ordinance, nor be construed as affecting any of the provisions of such ordinance relating to the collection of any such license, fee, or penalty, or the penal provisions applicable to any violation thereof, nor to affect the validity of any bond or cash deposit in lieu thereof required to be posted, filed, or deposited pursuant to any ordinance, and all rights and obligations thereunder appertaining shall continue in full force and effect. (Ord. 2236 § 10, 2000).

1.01.110 Ordinances passed prior to adoption of the code.

The last ordinance included in the initial code is Ordinance 2220, passed September 20, 1999. The following ordinances, passed subsequent to Ordinance No. 2220, but prior to adoption of this code, are adopted and made a part of this code: Ordinance Nos. 2221 through 2236. (Ord. 2236 § 11, 2000).

1.01.120 Effect of repeal.

The repeal of an ordinance shall not repeal the repealing clause of such ordinance or revive any ordinance which has been repealed thereby. (Ord. 2236 § 12, 2000).

1.01.130 Inconsistent ordinances.

All general ordinances of the city inconsistent with this code are hereby superseded, rather than repealed, and in the event any portion of this code is for any reason found or held to be invalid, the superseded ordinance shall be revitalized and shall prevail. (Ord. 2236 § 13, 2000).

1.01.140 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this code is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this code. The council declares that it would have passed this code, at each section, subsection, sentence, clause and phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses or phrases have been declared invalid or unconstitutional, and if for any reason this code should be declared invalid or unconstitutional, then the original ordinance or ordinances shall be in full force and effect. (Ord. 2236 § 14, 2000).