Chapter 1.01


1.01.010    Code adopted.

1.01.015    Codes adopted by reference.

1.01.020    Title, citation and reference.

1.01.030    Reference applies to amendments.

1.01.040    Codification authority.

1.01.050    Definitions.

1.01.060    Headings.

1.01.070    Reference to specific ordinances.

1.01.080    Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

1.01.090    Adoption of code not to affect ordinances relating to “reserved” subject matter.

1.01.095    Duty of enforcement.

1.01.100    Severability.

1.01.010 Code adopted.

The SeaTac Municipal Code, as compiled with the ordinances of the City, and edited and published by Code Publishing Company, of Seattle, Washington, is adopted as the official code of the City. (Ord. 91-1034 § 1)

1.01.015 Codes adopted by reference.

All sections, provisions and portions of State, County, regional and Federal codes and regulations adopted by reference and incorporated into the SeaTac Municipal Code shall be kept on file in the Office of the City Clerk, and shall be available for inspection by the public at reasonable times and under reasonable circumstances. All such copies shall be cataloged and entered in an indexed book kept for such purpose, with such entries authenticated by the City Clerk. (Ord. 94-1022 § 1)

1.01.020 Title, citation and reference.

This code shall be known as the “SeaTac Municipal Code”, and it shall be sufficient to refer to said code as the “SeaTac Municipal Code” in any prosecution for the violation of any provision thereof or in any proceeding at law or equity. A copy of the Code shall be received without further proof as the ordinances of permanent and general effect of the City in all courts and administrative tribunals of the State of Washington. It shall also 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 of, or repeal of the “SeaTac Municipal Code”. Further reference may be had to the titles, chapters, sections and subsections of the “SeaTac Municipal Code”, and such reference shall apply to that numbered title, chapter, section or subsection as it appears in that code. (Ord. 91-1034 § 2)

1.01.030 Reference applies to amendments.

Whenever a reference is made to this code as the “SeaTac Municipal Code” or to any portion thereof, or to any ordinances of the City, that reference shall apply to all amendments, corrections and additions heretofore, now, or hereafter made. Any ordinances amending the codification shall set forth in full the section or sections, or subsection or subsections, of the codification being amended, as the case may be, and this shall constitute a sufficient compliance with any statutory requirement that no ordinance or section thereof shall be revised or amended unless the new ordinance sets forth the revised or amended ordinance or section in full. (Ord. 91-1034 § 3)

1.01.040 Codification authority.

This code consists of the regulatory and penal ordinances and certain of the administrative ordinances codified pursuant to RCW 35A.21.130. Code Publishing Company, or any successor appointed by the City as its Code Revisor, 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. 91-1034 § 4)

1.01.050 Definitions.

Unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and phrases where used in the ordinances of the City shall have the meaning and construction given in this section:

A. “Code” means the SeaTac Municipal Code.

B. “City” means the City of SeaTac.

C. “City Council” means the City Council of the City of SeaTac.

D. “County” means the County of King.

E. “Person” means any natural person, firm, association, joint venture, joint stock company, partnership, organization, club, company, corporation, business trust, or the manager, lessee, agent, servant, officer or employee of any of them.

F. “State” means the State of Washington.

G. “Oath” includes affirmation.

H. “Gender”. The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.

I. “Number”. The singular number includes the plural, and the plural includes the singular.

J. “Tenses.” The present tense includes the past and future tenses, and the future tense includes the present tense.

K. “Shall” is mandatory, “may” is permissive.

L. “Title of office”. The use of the title of any officer, employee, department, board or commission means that officer, employee, department, board or commission of the City of SeaTac.

M. “Owner” when pertaining to a building or land includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, or joint tenant of the whole or part of such building or land.

N. “Street” includes all streets, highways, public roads, County roads, avenues, lanes, alleys, courts, places, squares, curbs, sidewalks, parkways, or other public ways in the City which have been or may hereafter be dedicated and open to public use, or such other public property so designated in any law of this State.

O. “Tenant” or “occupant” when pertaining to a building or land includes any person who occupies the whole or part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.

P. “Goods” includes wares and merchandise.

Q. “Operate” or “engage in” includes carry on, keep, conduct, maintain, or cause to be kept or maintained.

R. “Across” includes along, in or upon.

S. “Sale” includes any sale, exchange, barter or offer for sale.

T. “Ex-officio” means by virtue of office. (Ord. 91-1034 § 5)

1.01.060 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. 91-1034 § 6)

1.01.070 Reference to specific ordinances.

The provisions of this code shall not in any manner affect deposits 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. 91-1034 § 7)

1.01.080 Effect of code on past actions and obligations.

Neither the adoption of this code nor the repeal or amendment hereby of any ordinance or any part 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 said effective date due and unpaid under such ordinances, nor be construed as affecting any of the provisions of such ordinances 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. 91-1034 § 8)

1.01.090 Adoption of code not to affect ordinances relating to “reserved” subject matter.

The adoption of this code shall not be construed to repeal, supersede or modify any existing ordinances of a penal or regulatory nature relating to subject matter for which titles and chapters of this code have been assigned and designated herein as “reserved”. (Ord. 91-1034 § 9)

1.01.095 Duty of enforcement.

It is the intent of the City Council that any duty of enforcement of the City code, or any part thereof, be owed to the public at large, and not to any individual members of the public. The City Council, further, intends to make no assurances or promises of protection thereby or enforcement thereof to any individual, and that no special relationship regarding enforcement of the code shall exist with any individual which would set such individual apart from the general public. (Ord. 92-1035 § 1)

1.01.100 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, part or portion of this code is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this code. The City Council declares that it would have adopted this code and each section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, part or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses, phrases, parts or portions be declared invalid or unconstitutional. (Ord. 91-1034 § 10)