Chapter 17A.260


17A.260.010    Purpose and intent.

17A.260.020    Standards.

17A.260.030    Outward appearance.

17A.260.040    Signs.

17A.260.050    Health code applicability.

17A.260.060    Occupancy of residential units.

17A.260.070    Guest bedrooms.

17A.260.080    Health inspection.

17A.260.090    Retail sales.

17A.260.100    Guest parking.

17A.260.110    Cooking facilities.

17A.260.120    Food service.

17A.260.130    Permit required.

17A.260.140    Conditions of approval.

17A.260.010 Purpose and intent.

The purpose of this chapter is to promote recreational tourism and accommodations throughout Okanogan County in a manner which allows homeowners to use their private residences to serve as transient accommodations as alternatives to hotels/motels. It is the further intent of this section to benefit the public by allowing bed and breakfasts as authorized by Chapter 246-215 WAC Subpart C, Bed and Breakfast Operations. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.020 Standards.

Bed and breakfast facilities shall be subject to the following standards. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.030 Outward appearance.

The outward appearance of a single-family residence shall be retained. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.040 Signs.

No more than two signs shall be provided on the premises. The signs shall not exceed six square feet in area (each) and any sign lighting shall be indirectly illuminated, downcast, and shielded from neighboring properties. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.050 Health code applicability.

All bed and breakfast facilities shall comply with Chapter 246-215 WAC Subpart C, Bed and Breakfast Operations. The owner or operator shall possess, and keep valid at all times, the appropriate bed and breakfast permit from Okanogan County public health or transient accommodation permit from Washington State Department of Health. At no time shall the bed and breakfast operate without a valid permit. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.060 Occupancy of residential units.

The residential unit shall be occupied by the owner or manager of the business. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.070 Guest bedrooms.

A maximum of eight bedrooms shall be provided for guests. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.080 Health inspection.

Bed and breakfast facilities may be subject to an on-site inspection prior to operation to assure compliance with planning and health district standards. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.090 Retail sales.

All retail sales of merchandise or other services shall be an accessory use and shall not overshadow the primary bed and breakfast use of the property. For this reason, all retail sales shall be limited to no more than a total of 100 square feet anywhere on the same property as the bed and breakfast. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.100 Guest parking.

All guest parking shall be provided off-street and shall be a minimum of one space per guest room, or the minimum number of spaces identified by Chapter 17A.240 OCC, Off-Street Parking and Loading, whichever is greater. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.110 Cooking facilities.

Neither cooking facilities in the guest rooms nor auxiliary kitchens shall be allowed for the use of guests. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.120 Food service.

Bed and breakfast facilities shall provide food service which meets the criteria of Chapter 246-215 WAC Part 9, Subpart C, Bed and Breakfast Operations. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.130 Permit required.

A permit issued under provisions of this chapter is required in order to operate a bed and breakfast. See Chapter 17A.220 OCC, District Use Chart, for specific permit requirements. An application fee may be required as adopted by Okanogan County’s fee schedule. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).

17A.260.140 Conditions of approval.

A bed and breakfast permit, or conditional use permit, may include conditions which are specific to the individual permit. Those conditions must be consistent with this chapter and other applicable land use regulations administered by Okanogan County, including but not limited to zoning, critical areas, and the shoreline master program.

A. A conditional use permit may strike or amend conditions in this chapter, but only if specifically proposed by the original application or as the result of a finding from the permitting authority (i.e., administrator, hearing examiner, board of adjustment) so long as such a finding would mitigate a specific impact. (Ord. 2016-4 § 1 (Att. A), 2016).