Chapter 17.08


17.08.005    Accessory living quarters.

17.08.010    Accessory use or accessory building.

17.08.020    Agriculture.

17.08.030    Alley.

17.08.040    Amendment.

17.08.050    Apartment dwelling.

17.08.060    Auto court.

17.08.062    Automobile.

17.08.064    Automobile body shop.

17.08.066    Automobile garage.

17.08.070    Automobile, truck and/or trailer sales area.

17.08.080    Automobile wrecking yard or junkyard.

17.08.090    Building.

17.08.100    Conditional use.

17.08.110    Dwelling.

17.08.120    Dwelling unit.

17.08.130    Dwelling, single-family.

17.08.140    Dwelling, two-family.

17.08.150    Dwelling, multiple family.

17.08.160    Family.

17.08.162    Hazardous waste.

17.08.164    Hazardous waste generator.

17.08.166    Hazardous waste storage.

17.08.168    Hazardous waste treatment.

17.08.170    Home occupation.

17.08.180    Hospital.

17.08.190    Lot.

17.08.200    Lot area.

17.08.210    Lot depth.

17.08.220    Lot lines.

17.08.230    Lot of record.

17.08.240    Lot width.

17.08.250    Nonconforming use.

17.08.253    Off-site hazardous waste treatment and storage.

17.08.256    On-site hazardous waste treatment and storage.

17.08.260    Outdoor advertising.

17.08.270    Service station.

17.08.280    Sign.

17.08.290    Special exceptions.

17.08.295    State siting criteria.

17.08.300    Street.

17.08.310    Structural alterations.

17.08.320    Structure.

17.08.325    Temporary facility.

17.08.330    Trailer court, park, or camp.

17.08.340    Use.

17.08.350    Use district.

17.08.360    Variance.

17.08.370    Yard.

17.08.380    Yard, front.

17.08.390    Yard, rear.

17.08.400    Yard, side.

17.08.005 Accessory living quarters.

“Accessory living quarters” mean living or watchman’s quarters within a principal building or an accessory building other than a mobile home, unless otherwise permitted, for the sole use of the family or of persons employed on the premises, for the temporary use of guests of the occupants of the premises. Such quarters are not to be rented or otherwise used as a separate dwelling unit. (Ord. B-120 § 2, 1978).

17.08.010 Accessory use or accessory building.

“Accessory use” or “accessory building” means a building, part of a building or structure or use which is subordinate to, and the use of which is incidental to, that of the main building, structure or use on the same lot. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.020 Agriculture.

“Agriculture” means the tilling of the soil and the raising of crops. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.030 Alley.

“Alley” means a public thoroughfare or way having a width of not more than 20 feet which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting property. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.040 Amendment.

“Amendment” means a change in the wording, context or substance of this title or change in the district boundaries upon the zoning map, which map is a part of this title when adopted by resolution passed by the city council in the manner prescribed by law. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.050 Apartment dwelling.

“Apartment dwelling” means a building or a portion of a building designed for occupancy by three or more families living independently of each other, and containing three or more dwelling units. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.060 Auto court.

“Auto court” means a group of attached or detached buildings containing individual sleeping or living units where a majority of such units open individually and directly to the outside, and where a garage is attached or a parking space is conveniently located to each unit, all for the temporary use by automobile tourists or transients. Such definition shall also include “motels,” “tourist court” and “motor lodges”. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.062 Automobile.

“Automobile” means motor vehicles used for personal transportation including cars, pickup trucks, and recreational vehicles. (Ord. 90-30 § 1, 1990).

17.08.064 Automobile body shop.

“Automobile body shop” means a garage or shop for automobile body and frame repairs, including painting. (Ord. 90-30 § 1, 1990).

17.08.066 Automobile garage.

“Automobile garage” means a garage or shop for automobile service, including engine, transmission, driveline and electrical system repair. (Ord. 90-30 § 1, 1990).

17.08.070 Automobile, truck and/or trailer sales area.

“Automobile, truck and/or trailer sales area” means uncovered premises used for display, sale or rental of new or used automobiles, trucks and trailers. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.080 Automobile wrecking yard or junkyard.

“Automobile wrecking yard” or “junkyard” means premises used for the storage and/or sale of used automobile parts or for the storage, dismantling or abandonment of junk, automobiles, trailers, machinery or parts thereof. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.090 Building.

“Building” means any structure built for the support, shelter or enclosure of persons, animals or chattels, and when separated by division walls without openings from the ground up, each portion of such structure shall be deemed a separate building. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.100 Conditional use.

“Conditional use” means a use listed among those classified in any given district but permitted to locate only after review by the board of adjustment, and the granting of a conditional use permit imposing such performance standards as will make the use compatible with other permitted uses in the same vicinity and use district and assure against imposing excessive demands upon public utilities, provided the city ordinances specify the standards and criteria that shall be applied. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.110 Dwelling.

“Dwelling” means a building or portion thereof designed exclusively for residential purposes, including one-family, two-family and multiple-family houses, but shall not include hotels, motels, or apartments. (Ord. 2000-2 § 1, 2000; Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.120 Dwelling unit.

“Dwelling unit” means one or more rooms in a dwelling or apartment house or apartment hotel designed for occupancy by one family for living or sleeping purposes, and having only one kitchen. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.130 Dwelling, single-family.

“Single-family dwelling” means a detached building containing one and only one dwelling unit. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.140 Dwelling, two-family.

“Two-family dwelling” means a building containing under one roof two and only two dwelling units. Such definition shall also include the term “duplex”. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.150 Dwelling, multiple family.

“Multiple family dwelling” means a building containing under one roof three or more dwelling units. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.160 Family.

“Family” means an individual, or two or more persons related by blood or marriage, or a group of not more than five persons, excluding servants, who are not related by blood or marriage, living together as a single housekeeping unit in a dwelling unit. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.162 Hazardous waste.

“Hazardous waste” means all dangerous and extremely hazardous waste as defined in RCW 70.105.010(15), except for moderate risk waste as set forth in RCW 70.105.010(17). (Ord. 88-11 § 6, 1988).

17.08.164 Hazardous waste generator.

“Hazardous waste generator” means any person or site whose act first causes a dangerous waste to become subject to regulation under the Dangerous Waste Regulations, Chapter 173-303 WAC. (Ord. 88-11 § 6, 1988).

17.08.166 Hazardous waste storage.

“Hazardous waste storage” means the holding of hazardous waste for a temporary period, as regulated by the State Dangerous Waste Regulations, Chapter 173-303 WAC. (Ord. 88-11 § 6, 1988).

17.08.168 Hazardous waste treatment.

“Hazardous waste treatment” means the physical, chemical or biological processing of hazardous waste for the purpose of rendering these wastes nondangerous or less dangerous, safer for transport, amenable for energy or material resource recovery, amenable for storage, or reduced in volume, as regulated by the State Dangerous Waste Regulations, Chapter 173-303 WAC. (Ord. 88-11 § 6, 1988).

17.08.170 Home occupation.

“Home occupation” means any use customarily conducted within a dwelling which use is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the premises as a dwelling place and does not change the character thereof. This occupation shall be carried on or conducted only by members of a family residing in the dwelling with no outside help employed. Clinics, hospitals, tea rooms, animal hospitals and the display or sale of materials or products shall not constitute a home occupation. (Ord. 88-10 § 2, 1988; Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.180 Hospital.

“Hospital” means an institution specializing in giving clinical, temporary and emergency services of a medical or surgical nature to human patients and injured persons and licensed by state law to provide facilities and services in surgery and obstetrics and general medical practice as distinguished from treatment of mental and nervous disorders, but not excluding surgical and postsurgical treatment of mental cases. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.190 Lot.

“Lot” means land occupied or to be occupied by a building and its accessory buildings, including such open spaces as are required under this title and having frontage upon a public street. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.200 Lot area.

“Lot area” means the total horizontal area within the boundary lines of a lot or parcel. For the purpose of determining area in the case of an irregular, triangular or gore-shaped lot or parcel, a line 10 feet in length within the lot or parcel and farthest removed from the front lot line and at right angles to the line comprising the depth of such lot or parcel shall be used as the rear lot line. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.210 Lot depth.

“Lot depth” means the horizontal length of a straight line drawn from the midpoint of the front lot line to the midpoint of the rear lot line. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.220 Lot lines.

“Lot lines” means the boundaries of a lot as a lot is defined in this chapter. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.230 Lot of record.

“Lot of record” means a lot as shown on an officially recorded plat or subdivision, or a parcel of land the deed to which is officially recorded, considered as a unit of property and described by metes and bounds. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.240 Lot width.

“Lot width” means the mean horizontal distance between the sides of the lot measured at the front lot line. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.250 Nonconforming use.

“Nonconforming use” means a building, structure or land use lawfully existing as of June 20, 1964, but which does not conform to the use regulations, setbacks or other provisions herein established for the district in which it has been classified by this title. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.253 Off-site hazardous waste treatment and storage.

“Off-site hazardous waste treatment and storage” means hazardous waste treatment and storage facilities that treat and store waste from generators on properties other than those on which the off-site facility is located. (Ord. 88-11 § 6, 1988).

17.08.256 On-site hazardous waste treatment and storage.

“On-site hazardous waste treatment and storage” means hazardous waste treatment and storage facilities that treat and store wastes generated on the same property. (Ord. 88-11 § 6, 1988).

17.08.260 Outdoor advertising.

“Outdoor advertising” means any card, paper, cloth, metal, glass, wooden or other display or device of any kind whatsoever placed for outdoor advertising purposes on the ground or on any tree, wall, rock, structure or thing whatsoever. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.270 Service station.

“Service station” means a building to supply motor fuel and other petroleum products to motor vehicles, including lubrication facilities, and providing minor repair service and sales of motor vehicle accessories. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.280 Sign.

“Sign” means any outdoor advertising display or outdoor advertising structure, or any indoor advertising display or indoor advertising structure designed and placed so as to be readable principally from the outside. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.290 Special exceptions.

“Special exceptions” means a special use that would not be appropriate generally or without restriction throughout the use district but which, if controlled as to number, area, location or relation to the neighborhood, would promote the public health, safety, welfare, morals, order, comfort, convenience, appearance, prosperity or general welfare. Such uses may be permitted in such use districts as special property uses, if specific provisions for such special property uses are made in this title. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.295 State siting criteria.

“State siting criteria” means criteria for the siting of hazardous waste treatment and storage facilities adopted pursuant to the requirements of RCW 70.105.210. (Ord. 88-11 § 6, 1988).

17.08.300 Street.

“Street” means a public thoroughfare, avenue, road, highway, boulevard, parkway, drive, lane, court, cul-de-sac or private easement providing the roadway for ingress and egress from property abutting thereon. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.310 Structural alterations.

“Structural alterations” means any substantial change in the supporting members of a building, such as bearing walls, columns, beams or girders. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.320 Structure.

“Structure” means anything constructed or erected which requires location on the ground or attached to something having a location on the ground but not including fences or walls used as fences less than six feet in height. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.325 Temporary facility.

“Temporary facility” means any room or place within a dwelling which is used or occupied by not more than two people other than the owner and family thereof, who pay compensation for meals or lodging, or for both meals and lodging (including, but not limited to, room and board, sleeping quarters, or a room or rooms with a dwelling for residential purposes). The term “temporary facility” shall be deemed synonymous with such a room or place in a boarding house, rooming house, or lodging house. (Ord. 2000-2 § 2, 2000).

17.08.330 Trailer court, park, or camp.

“Trailer court, park, or camp” means any area or tract of land used or designed to accommodate two or more automobile trailers. A “trailer” means a vehicle without motor power, designed to be drawn by a motor vehicle and to be used for human habitation or for carrying persons and property, including a trailer coach and any self-propelled vehicle having a body designed for the same use as an automobile trailer without motor power. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.340 Use.

“Use” means the purpose for which land or a building is arranged, designed or intended, or for which either land or building is or may be occupied or maintained. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.350 Use district.

“Use district” means a portion of the incorporated territory of the city within which certain uses of land and buildings are permitted and certain other uses of land and buildings are prohibited, or within which certain yards and other open spaces are required, or within which certain lot areas are established, or within which a combination of such aforesaid regulations are applied, all as set forth and specified in this title, as designated and delineated by the official zoning map. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.360 Variance.

“Variance” means a modification of the specific regulations of this title in accordance with the terms of this title for the purposes of assuring that no property, because of special circumstances applicable to it, shall be deprived of privileges commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same vicinity and same zone. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.370 Yard.

“Yard” means an open space, other than a court, on the same lot with the building, unoccupied from the ground upward. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.380 Yard, front.

“Front yard” means the required yard extending along and parallel to the entire length of the front line of the lot which is the street line, and measured from the street to the building. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.390 Yard, rear.

“Rear yard” means the required yard at the rear of the building, extending the entire width of the lot and measured from the building in the direction opposite from the front yard. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).

17.08.400 Yard, side.

“Side yard” means an open unoccupied space on the same lot with a building, between the side wall line of the building and the side line of the lot. (Ord. A-580 § 24, 1964).