Chapter 18.68


18.68.010    Temporary activity application and decision.

18.68.020    Temporary activity permit fees.

18.68.030    Classification of temporary activity.

18.68.040    General permit conditions.

18.68.010 Temporary activity application and decision.

All temporary activities require a temporary activity permit granted under the provisions of SMC 20.01.080 for a Type A-1 application and decision. (Ord. 2013-003 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2003-008; Ord. 97-019 § 4, Exh. B)

18.68.020 Temporary activity permit fees.

Temporary activity permit fees are as established by resolution. (Ord. 2013-003 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2011-017 §§ 1, 2; Ord. 2005-029 § 2; Ord. 2003-008; Ord. 97-019 § 4, Exh. B)

18.68.030 Classification of temporary activity.

A. Temporary activities are classified into five groups for the purposes of permit administration and assessment of fees. The classification is determined by the relative operational impact on the community and demand on city resources associated with the temporary activity. The five groups and types of temporary activities within each are as presented in Figure 18.68.030 – Classification of Activities.

Figure 18.68.030 – Classification of Activities

Group Classification


Group A1

political march/gathering; charity event/fundraiser; “drive” (food, blood, book, etc.); temporary stall (fireworks stand, Christmas tree lot, fall harvest stand); indoor show (dog, quilt, doll, hobby, home, sportsman)

Group A21

store sales events/grand openings/tent sales; car show; customer appreciation day(s); family/kids fairs (nonprofit)

Group B

commercial auctions; community-wide runs/walks; carnival; fireworks sales, outdoor dog show

Group C

community displays (fireworks); markets/bazaars; major sport events/tournaments

Group D

outdoor music festival/concert; parade; street dance; off-site assembly; festival3

Notes on Fig. 18.68.030

1 A Group A2 activity may be reclassified by the director as a Group B activity as determined by the classification worksheet specified in subsection B of this section.

2 Activities that are exempt from this chapter include: funeral procession, government meeting in normal places of assembly, conference/convention held in facilities designed for that purpose, and any other activity of limited nature and short-term duration that is conducted customarily as an incidental aspect of a primary use.

3 A festival is an application that combines two or more temporary activities and generates the highest level of community impact and draws on city resources due to the great number of tourists attracted to the event.

B. Classification Worksheet.

1. A completed classification worksheet provided by the department is required to accompany a Group A2 activity application and may be submitted with any application to request reclassification of an activity.

2. The classification worksheet assesses the proposed temporary activity’s relative operational impact on the community and its demand on the city’s services. The assessment criteria include: (a) number of participants/attendees, (b) effect on traffic and available parking, (c) generation of high noise or sound levels including loud music, (d) duration of the activity, (e) display of signs and other community-wide promotions, (f) need to confirm or monitor for public health or safety, (g) generation of light and glare not customary in the zone, and (h) need to monitor the availability and consumption of alcohol.

3. The worksheet is completed by the applicant and submitted to the director for a determination.

C. The  group classification for activities not listed in Figure 18.68.030 – Classification of Activities, shall be as determined by the director as provided in subsection B of this section.

D. The director may initiate a classification worksheet for any application to confirm or reclassify any temporary activity. (Ord. 2013-003 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2011-017 § 1; Ord. 2003-008; Ord. 97-019 § 4, Exh. B)

18.68.040 General permit conditions.

Temporary activities may be located within all zones when consistent with the conditions set forth herein below and attached to a permit.

A. All temporary structures approved with a temporary activity permit shall be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the activity or as specified in conditions attached to the permit, leaving the site in the same condition as it was prior to the placement of the temporary use.

B. Setbacks. Temporary activities and structures shall be set back consistent with the zoning district in which the activity or structure is located unless another setback is specified as a condition of the permit.

C. Noise. Noise levels generated shall not be in excess of levels allowable in the zone that the temporary activity is located, consistent with Chapter 173-60 WAC, as may be amended, which is incorporated by reference herein.

D. Fumes, Odors, and Dust. Temporary activities that create noxious fumes, offensive odors, or excessive amounts of airborne dust shall not be permitted or shall be required to meet applicable state standards regarding the control of such nuisances.

E. Other Permit Requirements. The city may require proper insurance, indemnification and hold harmless agreements, proof of possession of any federal, state, county or local required permits or licenses, damage deposits, deposits for payment for cleanup, traffic control, security and other similar requirements, including any applicable provisions for business licenses and collection and reporting of sales tax; which shall be identified in the permit. (Ord. 2013-003 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2012-005 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2003-008; Ord. 97-019 § 4, Exh. B)