Chapter 2.31


2.31.010    Rules change notice filing.

2.31.020    Emergency rules or amendments.

2.31.030    Effective date of rules.

2.31.040    Council notification.

2.31.010 Rules change notice filing.

(1) Prior to the adoption, amendment or repeal of any rule, each City department shall give at least 20 days’ notice of its intended action by filing the notice with the Clerk of the City of Woodinville Council, mailing the notice to all persons or agencies who have made timely request of the City for advance notice of its rulemaking proceedings on a specific topic, and giving public notice by one publication in the official newspaper of City of Woodinville. Such notice shall include:

(a) Reference to the authority under which the rule is proposed;

(b) A statement of either the terms or substance of the proposed rule or a description of the subjects and issues involved; and

(c) The time when, the place where, and the manner in which interested persons may present their views thereon.

(2) No rule hereafter adopted is valid unless adopted in substantial compliance with this section, or, if an emergency rule and designated as such, adopted in substantial compliance with WMC 2.31.020, as now or hereafter amended. In any proceeding a rule cannot be contested on the ground of noncompliance with the procedural requirements of this section, or of WMC 2.31.020, as now or hereafter amended, after two years have elapsed from the effective date of the rule. (Ord. 159 § 1, 1996)

2.31.020 Emergency rules or amendments.

If the City Mayor declares that a state of emergency exists as defined in Chapter 2.15 WMC, and the agency finds that immediate adoption or amendment of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare, and that observance of the requirements of notice and opportunity to present views on the proposed action would be contrary to the public interest, the agency may dispense with such requirements and adopt the rule or amendment as an emergency rule or amendment. The agency’s finding and a brief statement of the reasons for its finding shall be incorporated in the emergency rule or amendment as filed with the Clerk of the City of Woodinville Council. An emergency rule or amendment shall not remain in effect for longer than 90 days. This section does not relieve any agency from compliance with any law requiring that its rules be approved by designated persons or bodies before they become effective. (Ord. 159 § 2, 1996)

2.31.030 Effective date of rules.

(1) Emergency rules adopted under WMC 2.31.020 shall become effective upon filing with the Clerk of the City of Woodinville Council. All other rules hereafter adopted shall become effective upon the expiration of 30 days after the date of filing, unless a later date is required by stature or specified in the rule.

(2) The Clerk of the City of Woodinville Council shall, as soon as practicable after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter, compile and index all rules adopted by each City department. Compilations shall be supplemental or revised as often as necessary and at least once every two years.

(3) To continue effective, all rules adopted prior to the passage of the ordinance codified in this chapter must be filed with the Clerk of the Council within 60 days of the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter. (Ord. 159 § 3, 1996)

2.31.040 Council notification.

When a rule change is adopted under this chapter, the City Council shall be notified of the change and its impact in writing within 15 days of adoption. (Ord. 159 § 4, 1996)