Chapter 9.30


9.30.010    Purpose and authority.

9.30.020    Definitions.

9.30.030    “No Trucks” signs.

9.30.040    Liability of owner for violations.

9.30.050    Excessive noise from vehicle audio system prohibited.

9.30.060    Idling of commercial vehicles limited in residentially zoned areas.

9.30.070    Operating refrigeration units on certain vehicles limited in residentially zoned areas.

9.30.080    Violations – Penalty.

9.30.010 Purpose and authority.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the kinds and classes of traffic, parking, and vehicular noise on certain streets within the City. This regulation is undertaken in order to promote the efficient movement of vehicles and conduct of commerce, while preserving the integrity of residential zones. The provisions of this chapter are adopted under the authority granted by RCW 46.44.080 and SVMC 9.05.040, and are to promote the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City. (Ord. 12-029 § 1, 2012).

9.30.020 Definitions.

Terms used within this chapter are defined as follows:

“Commercial vehicle” means that term as defined in RCW 46.04.140, as now or hereafter amended.

“Local delivery” means providing local or neighborhood deliveries or services to points upon such streets or roads.

“Residential area” means the following zoning districts, as delineated on the official zoning map of the City:


Single-Family Residential Estate District.


Single-Family Residential Suburban District.


Single-Family Residential District.


Single-Family Residential Urban District.


Multifamily Medium Density Residential District.


Multifamily High Density Residential District.

“Residential street” means any street or alleyway within the City which is not designated on the City’s arterial road map.

“Trailer” means that term as defined in RCW 46.04.620, as now adopted or hereafter amended.

“Vehicle” means that term as defined in RCW 46.04.670, as now adopted or hereafter amended. (Ord. 12-029 § 2, 2012).

9.30.030 “No Trucks” signs.

A. Any street upon which a “No Trucks” sign is posted shall be permanently closed to all commercial vehicle travel having a gross licensed weight of 10,000 pounds or more, except for the purpose of providing local or neighborhood deliveries or services to points between the posted signs. The City may, for clarification purposes, also post optional “Local Delivery Only” signs in conjunction with “No Trucks” signs.

B. The following vehicles are exempt from the provisions of this section:

1. All vehicles owned, contracted, or operated by governmental agencies.

2. Emergency vehicles and solid waste disposal vehicles.

3. Electrical, water, telephone, and natural gas utility providers responding for installations, maintenance, or incident repairs.

4. Vehicles actively used for the purpose of delivering materials to be used in the actual and bona fide repair, alteration, remodeling, or construction of any building or structure upon a residential street.

5. Trailers currently used at a specific location within a residential zone for the purpose of assisting or providing services such as construction, carpentry, plumbing, or landscaping to a residence or location upon a residential street.

6. Recreational vehicles including motor homes, campers, and travel trailers.

7. Vehicles belonging to, or operated by, persons permanently residing within the City limits, as evidenced by the owner’s or operator’s address on file with the Washington State Department of Licensing. To qualify for this exemption, the vehicle must be used for commuting to work at places located inside or outside of the City limits.

8. Any commercial vehicle belonging to a business located between the posted “No Trucks” signs.

C. The location of signs reading “No Trucks” shall be established through adoption of a master “No Trucks” sign schedule, which shall be adopted and may be amended from time to time by separate resolution. Any such alteration shall be made on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation, be reasonable and safe, and in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of this City. “No Trucks” signs shall become effective upon the placement of such signs, and shall cease at such time as the signs are removed by the City. All signs placed pursuant to this section shall conform to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for streets and highways for the state of Washington. (Ord. 12-029 § 3, 2012).

9.30.040 Liability of owner for violations.

If the person operating the commercial vehicle at the time a citation for violation of SVMC 9.30.030 is issued is not the owner of the vehicle, then the issuing officer may also issue a citation for the owner of the vehicle in addition to the operator pursuant to RCW 46.44.120, as adopted or amended. Further, the operator of the commercial vehicle is authorized to accept the citation and to execute the promise to appear on behalf of the owner of the vehicle. (Ord. 12-029 § 4, 2012).

9.30.050 Excessive noise from vehicle audio system prohibited.

The sound from any motor vehicle audio system such as tape players, radio, and compact disc players at volumes so high as to be audible greater than 50 feet from the vehicle itself is prohibited. (Ord. 12-029 § 5, 2012).

9.30.060 Idling of commercial vehicles limited in residentially zoned areas.

No person shall cause a commercial vehicle to idle in any residentially zoned area for more than 15 consecutive minutes, or more than 15 minutes total in any single calendar day. (Ord. 12-029 § 6, 2012).

9.30.070 Operating refrigeration units on certain vehicles limited in residentially zoned areas.

Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. any day and 7:00 a.m. the next day, no person shall operate a refrigeration unit on a commercial truck or trailer in a residentially zoned area, except in the performance of a local delivery. (Ord. 12-029 § 7, 2012).

9.30.080 Violations – Penalty.

Any person violating or failing to comply with any provisions of Chapter 9.30 shall be subject to a Class 1 civil infraction pursuant to Chapter 7.80 RCW. (Ord. 12-029 § 8, 2012).