A-board sign: a type of portable sign with two (2) faces attached at the top so when the sign is deployed the bottom of the faces can be separated to create a stable sign. Also referred to as a sandwich board sign.
Abutting: the state of being next to, with a common boundary and no physical separation.
Accessory: secondary, subordinate and incidental to a primary use, building, or structure.
Accessory dwelling unit: a separate, complete dwelling unit that is accessory to the primary dwelling unit on the premises.
Adult family home: a residence of a person or persons licensed and regulated by the state under Chapter 70.128 RCW to provide personal care, special care, room, and board on a twenty-four (24) hour basis to more than one (1) but not more than six (6) adults who are not related by blood or marriage to the person or persons providing the services.
Adult use: a commercial establishment that offers its customers for viewing, purchase, loan, or otherwise, prurient or sexually explicit materials or entertainment.
Agricultural activities: uses, activities, and practices involved in the production of crops and livestock, including, but not limited to: producing, breeding, or increasing agricultural products; rotating and changing agricultural crops; allowing land used for agricultural activities to lie fallow in which it is plowed and tilled but left unseeded; allowing land used for agricultural activities to lie dormant as a result of adverse agricultural market conditions; allowing land used for agricultural activities to lie dormant because the land is enrolled in a local, state, or federal conservation program, or the land is subject to a conservation easement; conducting agricultural operations; maintaining, repairing, and replacing agricultural equipment; maintaining, repairing, and replacing agricultural facilities; and maintaining agricultural lands under production or cultivation.
Agricultural crop sales: retail sale of products that have been grown, raised, and/or harvested from a farm such as from roadside stands or self-pick establishments.
Agricultural land: those specific land areas as defined in RCW 84.34.020(2), on which agricultural activities are conducted.
Agricultural products: includes, but is not limited to, horticultural, viticultural, floricultural, vegetable, fruit, berry, grain, hops, hay, straw, turf, sod, seed, and apiary products; feed or forage for livestock; Christmas trees; hybrid cottonwood and similar hardwood trees grown as crops and harvested within twenty (20) years of planting; and livestock including both the animals themselves and animal products including, but not limited to, meat, upland finfish, poultry and poultry products, and dairy products.
Agriculture: soil tilling, crop raising, horticulture, viticulture, livestock farming, poultry, dairying, and/or animal husbandry.
Airport/heliport: a facility for landing and taking off of public or private aircraft, including taxiways, tie-down areas, hangars, servicing and terminals.
Alley: a public vehicular thoroughfare, occupying City right-of-way parallel to and between named or numbered City streets.
Alteration: any human-induced change, modification, or addition to an existing condition of a critical area or its buffer or to a building, site, or land use.
Alteration of watercourse: any action that will change the location of the channel occupied by water within the banks of any portion of a riverine water body.
Amusement arcade: a facility in which five (5) or more pinball machines, video games, or other player-operator amusement devices (excluding jukeboxes or gambling-related machines) are operated as a commercial activity.
Anchor use: a single commercial use occupying a minimum ground-floor area of thirty thousand (30,000) square feet that generates significant pedestrian traffic and increases the traffic of shoppers at or near its location.
Animal: see SMC Title 7 for definitions relating to animals.
Annexation: the addition of territory to the City as provided by State statute.
Antenna: a specific device, the surface of which is used to transmit and/or receive radio-frequency signals, microwave signals, or other signals transmitted to or from other antennas for commercial purposes.
Appeal: a request for a review of an interpretation of a regulatory provision or a reversal of a decision made pursuant to this title.
Aquaculture: the culture or farming of fish, shellfish, or other aquatic plants and animals.
Area of special flood hazard: the land in the floodplain within a community subject to a one (1) percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year as designated on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
Arterial: a roadway classification as identified in the Comprehensive Plan.
Arterial unit: a street, segment of a street, or portion of a street or a system of streets, consistent with the level-of-service methodology adopted in the City Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the criteria established by the Director, for the purpose of making level-of-service concurrency determinations.
Arterial unit in arrears: any arterial unit operating below the adopted level-of-service standard adopted in the Comprehensive Plan, except where improvements to such a unit have been programmed in the City six (6) year Transportation Improvement Program adopted pursuant to RCW 36.81.121 with funding identified that would remedy the deficiency within six (6) years.
Articulation: the method of giving emphasis to architectural elements to create a complementary pattern or rhythm, dividing large buildings into smaller identifiable pieces.
Articulation interval: the measure of articulation, the distance before architectural elements repeat.
Artisan manufacturing: the production of goods by the use of hand tools or small-scale, light mechanical equipment occurring within a fully enclosed building where such production requires no outdoor operations or storage, and where the production, operations, and storage of materials related to production occupy a limited floor area. Typical uses have negligible negative impact on surrounding properties and include woodworking and cabinet shops, ceramic studios, jewelry manufacturing and similar types of arts and crafts, production of alcohol, or food processing.
Assisted living: see Congregate care/assisted living facilities.
Attic: the space between the ceiling beams/joists of the top story and the roof rafters.
Auction house: an establishment or company that facilitates the buying and selling of assets.
Auto supply store: a retail business supplying goods and services for the operation and maintenance of automobiles and motorists’ needs, including petroleum products, tires, batteries, accessories and parts.
Automotive dismantling and/or wrecking: any disassembly, deconstruction, or breaking up of motor vehicles or trailers, or the storage, sale, or dumping of dismantled or wrecked vehicles or their parts.
Automotive service and repair: the storage and repair of motor vehicles, including mechanical work, body and fender works, and painting. The term does not include wrecking automobiles or impound car lots, when conducted outside of a structure.