Chapter 21A.65
DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS – ANIMALS, HOME OCCUPATION, HOME INDUSTRY Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

Sections:

21A.65.010    Purpose. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

21A.65.020    Animal regulations – Small animals. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

21A.65.030    Animal regulations – Livestock – Management standards. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

21A.65.040    Animal regulations – Livestock – Building requirements. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

21A.65.050    Home businesses. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

21A.65.060    Repealed.

21A.65.010 Purpose. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

The purpose of this chapter is to enhance and preserve the compatibility between neighboring properties by regulating the scope and intensity of accessory uses or activities. In addition, the intent of the home business regulations is to:

(1) Maintain and preserve the character of neighborhoods;

(2) Promote appropriate business and economic development opportunities within neighborhoods;

(3) Ensure the compatibility of home businesses and surrounding uses; and

(4) Mitigate potential impacts to surrounding uses. (Ord. O2012-327 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O99-29 § 1)

21A.65.020 Animal regulations – Small animals. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

The raising, keeping, breeding, or fee boarding of small animals is subject to Chapter 11.04 KCC as adopted by Chapter 11.05 SMC, Animal Control, and the following requirements:

(1) Small animals that are kept indoors as household pets in aquariums, terrariums, cages or similar containers shall not be limited in number, except as may be provided in KCC Title 11 as adopted by Chapter 11.05 SMC.

(2) Other small animals kept indoors as household pets shall be limited to five, of which not more than three may be unaltered cats or dogs. Other small animals kept outside, including adult cats and dogs, shall be limited to three per household on lots of less than 20,000 square feet, five per household on lots of 20,000 to 35,000 square feet, with an additional two per acre of site area over 35,000 square feet up to a maximum of 20, unless more are allowed as an accessory use pursuant to subsection (5) of this section; provided, that all unaltered animals kept outdoors must be kept on a leash or in a confined area, except as authorized for a hobby kennel or cattery or commercial kennel or cattery pursuant to Chapter 11.04 KCC as adopted by Chapter 11.05 SMC.

(3) Excluding kennels and catteries, the total number of unaltered adult cats and/or dogs per household shall not exceed three.

(4) Animals considered to be household pets shall be treated as other small animals pursuant to subsection (5) of this section when they are kept for commercial breeding, boarding or training.

(5) Small animals and household pets kept as an accessory use outside the dwelling shall be raised, kept or bred only as an accessory use on the premises of the owner, or in a kennel or cattery approved through the conditional use permit process, subject to the following limitations:

(a) Birds shall be kept in an aviary or loft that meets the following standards:

(i) The aviary or loft shall provide one-half square foot for each parakeet, canary or similarly sized bird, one square foot for each pigeon, small parrot or similarly sized bird, and two square feet for each large parrot, macaw or similarly sized bird.

(ii) Aviaries or lofts shall not exceed 2,000 square feet.

(iii) The aviary is set back at least 10 feet from any property line, and 20 feet from any dwelling unit.

(b) Small animals other than birds shall be kept according to the following standards:

(i) The minimum site area shall be one-half acre if more than three small animals are being kept.

(ii) All animals shall be confined within a building, pen, aviary or similar structure.

(iii) Any covered structure used to house or contain such animals shall maintain a distance of not less than 10 feet to any property line, except structures used to house mink and fox shall be a distance of not less than 150 feet.

(iv) Poultry, chicken, squab, and rabbits are limited to a maximum of one animal per one square foot of structure used to house such animals, up to a maximum of 2,000 square feet.

(v) Hamsters and chinchillas are limited to a maximum of one animal per square foot of structure used to house such animals, up to a maximum of 2,000 square feet.

(vi) Mink and fox are permitted only on sites having a minimum area of five acres.

(vii) Beekeeping is limited as follows:

(A) Beehives are limited to 50 on sites less than five acres;

(B) The number of beehives shall not be limited on sites of five acres or greater;

(C) Colonies shall be maintained in movable-frame hives at all times;

(D) Adequate space shall be provided in each hive to prevent overcrowding and swarming;

(E) Colonies shall be requeened following any swarming or aggressive behavior;

(F) All colonies shall be registered with the King County extension agent prior to April 1st of each year on a state registration form acceptable to the county; and

(G) Abandoned colonies, diseased bees, or bees living in trees, buildings, or any other space except in movable-frame hives shall constitute a public nuisance, and shall be abated as set forth in Chapter 21A.115 SMC, Enforcement. (Ord. O2011-299 § 2 (Att. B); Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O99-29 § 1)

21A.65.030 Animal regulations – Livestock – Management standards. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

Buffer areas shall not be subject to public access, use or dedication by reason of the establishment of such buffers. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)

21A.65.040 Animal regulations – Livestock – Building requirements. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

(1) In residential zones, fee boarding of livestock other than in a legally established stable shall only be as an accessory use to a residence on the subject property (see also SMC 21A.25.140 for setbacks related to manure storage); and

(2) A barn or stable may contain a caretaker’s accessory living quarters. (Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O99-29 § 1)

21A.65.050 Home businesses. Repealed Ord. O2021-540 SeeTitle 21: Sammamish Development Code

(1) Business License. All home businesses shall obtain required business licenses.

(2) Compatibility Required. All home businesses shall be operated in such a way as to ensure compatibility between the home business and the surrounding neighborhood. In addition to other required standards, home business compatibility shall address the following aspects of the home business:

(a) Visibility from adjacent properties and the street;

(b) Audibility and vibrations from adjacent properties and the street;

(c) Residential scale and intensity;

(d) Odors;

(e) Health and safety (including the use of significant amounts of hazardous materials or the creation of significant amounts of hazardous waste); and

(f) Traffic.

(3) Prohibited. The following home businesses are prohibited:

(a) Automobile, truck, and heavy equipment repair;

(b) Autobody work or painting;

(c) Adult use facilities;

(d) Veterinary clinic or hospitals;

(e) Collective gardens;

(f) Cooperatives;

(g) Outdoor parking and storage of heavy equipment;

(h) Outdoor storage of automobiles, boats, and recreational vehicles;

(i) Outdoor storage of building materials for use on other properties; and

(j) Other uses determined by the director to be similar in nature to the prohibited uses listed in this subsection.

(4) Home businesses that meet the following standards will be considered Type 1 home businesses for the purposes of this chapter:

(a) Business related activity shall be conducted within the confines of the building(s) associated with the home business;

(b) Smoke, odors, dust, vibration or light produced by the business shall not exceed that normally associated with a residential dwelling unit;

(c) Buildings associated with the home business shall be designed to be compatible with surrounding uses;

(d) Properties with home business(es) shall be limited to no more than three vehicles (per property) that are visible from the street or adjacent properties on a regular basis;

(e) Properties with home businesses engaged in sales or on-site services shall be limited to no more than three nonresident employees per property;

(f) Sales or services shall be by appointment or provided off site;

(g) No more than one outbuilding, in addition to the dwelling unit, may be used for the home business, excluding outbuildings used solely for material storage. All outbuildings used for the home business shall not be visible from the street;

(h) On-site client or customer related appointments shall occur between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.;

(i) Vehicles, equipment, and materials owned by the home business and associated with business operation shall be stored within the buildings associated with the home business; and

(j) Truck deliveries shall be consistent with normal residential deliveries. Regular and frequent tractor-trailer or semi-trailer deliveries are prohibited.

(5) Type 2 home businesses require a conditional use permit pursuant to SMC 21A.20.030 and SMC 21A.110.040. Prior to decision on a conditional use permit the director shall consider the compatibility criteria in subsection (2) of this section and the compatibility review in subsection (6) of this section. Type 2 home businesses shall also be subject to the following minimum standards:

(a) The home business shall be located:

(i) Such that the home business is compatible with surrounding uses;

(ii) On a lot with a minimum property dimension of 100 feet (measured by scaling a circle of the applicable diameter within the boundaries of the lot); and

(iii) No closer than 20 feet to property lines.

(b) Activities conducted outdoors shall be fully screened from adjacent properties and streets;

(c) Vehicles, equipment, and materials owned by the home business and associated with business operation shall be fully screened from adjacent properties and streets;

(d) Noise, traffic, vibrations, light, and odors shall be evaluated to ensure compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood;

(e) No more than six vehicles associated with the home business shall be visible from the street or adjacent properties on a regular basis.

(f) Home businesses engaged in activities that require a federal or state license or permit, in addition to a business license, shall be limited to sales of items produced on site.

(6) Compatibility Review. In code compliance cases and in review of a Type 2 home business, the director has the authority to review and condition the proposed use to ensure that the home business complies with the compatibility standards established by subsection (2) of this section. The director may further set conditions to ensure compatibility by:

(a) Determining that a specific home business cannot be operated as a Type 1 home business and is subject to the review requirements of a Type 2 home business;

(b) Limiting the type and size of equipment used by the home business to those that are compatible with the surrounding neighborhood;

(c) Limiting the number of client or customer trips to the site related to the home business;

(d) Limiting on-site retail sales to ensure compatibility;

(e) Providing for setbacks or screening as needed to protect adjacent residential properties;

(f) Specifying hours of operation;

(g) Determining acceptable levels of outdoor lighting;

(h) Limiting or prohibiting odors from the home business;

(i) Requiring sound level tests for activities determined to produce sound levels that may be excessive for a residential neighborhood;

(j) Limiting other neighborhood impacts generated by the home business; and

(k) Establishing other conditions necessary to ensure compatibility consistent with subsection (2) of this section. (Ord. O2016-406 § 5 (Att. E); Ord. O2012-327 § 1 (Att. A); Ord. O2009-249 § 1; Ord. O99-29 § 1)

21A.65.060 Home industry.

Repealed by Ord. O2012-327. (Ord. O99-29 § 1)