Chapter 18.01


18.01.005    Interpretation of definitions.

18.01.010    City.

18.01.020    City manager.

18.01.030    City council.

18.01.040    Commercial coach.

18.01.050    Factory assembled structure.

18.01.060    Motor home.

18.01.070    Person.

18.01.080    Recreational vehicle.

18.01.090    Structure.

18.01.100    Single room occupancy sleeping unit.

18.01.005 Interpretation of definitions.

For the purpose of this title, the following words or phrases have the meaning set forth in this chapter, unless the context indicates otherwise. When in conflict with any other definitions provided for in any other chapter of this title, the definitions in this chapter shall prevail. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.010 City.

“City” means the city of Shelton, Washington. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.020 City manager.

“City manager” means the city manager of the city of Shelton, Washington. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.030 City council.

“City council” means the legislative body for the city of Shelton. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.040 Commercial coach.

“Commercial coach” means a structure transportable in one or more sections that is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used for commercial purposes with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required outlets and may include plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems contained therein. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.050 Factory assembled structure.

“Factory assembled structure” means a residential unit on one or more chassis for towing to the point of use and designed to be used with a foundation as a dwelling unit on a year-round basis, and which bears an insignia issued by a state or federal regulatory agency indicating that the mobile/manufactured home complies with all applicable construction standards of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development definition of manufactured home. A commercial coach, recreational vehicle, or motor home is not a mobile/manufactured home. The term “manufactured home” shall hereinafter be used to refer to mobile/manufactured homes. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.060 Motor home.

“Motor home” means a motor vehicle built on a truck or bus chassis and equipped to serve as self-contained living quarters for recreational travel and further defined as a recreational vehicle. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.070 Person.

“Person” means natural persons regardless of sex identification, and associations, co-partnerships and corporations, whether acting by themselves or by a servant, agent or employee. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.080 Recreational vehicle.

“Recreational vehicle” means a vehicular type of unit primarily designed for recreational camping, travel or seasonable use which has its own motive power or is mounted on or towed by another vehicle. The basic types are travel trailer, folding camping trailer, park trailer, truck camper, motor home, and multi-use vehicles. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.090 Structure.

“Structure” means that which is built or constructed, an edifice or building of any kind, or any piece of work artificially built up or composed of parts joined together in some definite manner. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)

18.01.100 Single room occupancy sleeping unit.

“Single room occupancy sleeping unit” (sleeping unit) is a structure that provides living units that have separate sleeping areas, each of which must be at least one hundred twenty square feet and have access to both sanitary facilities and a full common kitchen facility, subject to the following:

A.    Sanitary facilities shall include:

1.    At least one flush toilet, lavatory basin, and bathtub or shower must be supplied for each sleeping unit. Lavatory basins and showers must have adequate quantities of hot and cold running water.

2.    All sanitary facilities must be in proper operating condition and be adequate for personal cleanliness and the disposal of human waste. The facilities must utilize an approvable public or private disposal system as required by Title 14 and public works standards.

B.    Space and Security.

1.    Each sleeping unit must have one hundred twenty square feet of floor space and at least four square feet of closet space.

2.    Exterior doors and windows accessible from the outside must be lockable.

C.    Access.

1.    Residents must be able to access their sleeping unit, sanitary, and kitchen facilities without passing through another sleeping unit.

2.    Kitchen and sanitary facilities may be located in a detached community building located on the same site as the sleeping units.

D.    Use and Location.

1.    Single room occupancy units may only be located within neighborhood residential zone and mixed use zones. A planned unit development permit shall be required for all single room occupancies.

2.    Sleeping units shall not be for transitory housing (the rental of any building or portion thereof used for the purpose of providing lodging for periods of less than thirty days).

3.    Sleeping units shall either be owner-occupied, or shall provide housing for a tenant, pursuant to a lease agreement.

4.    The following uses are not considered single room occupancy sleeping units: boarding houses, hotels and motels, extended stay hotels and motels, assisted living facilities, convalescent/nursing homes, and facilities which provide short-term or long-term care for tenants suffering from physical, mental or other disabilities. (Ord. 1988-0522 § 1, 2022)