As a way to improve community safety, address encampments encroaching on City Rights of Way (ROW) and to mitigate negative activities in specific areas, City Council approved an ordinance in May 2023 that allows for the creation of service facility buffer zones (buffer zones). These buffer zone boundaries surround designated service locations or high-impact areas within the City of Everett which are adversely affected by the symptoms of homelessness and behavioral health or addiction issues. In order to protect businesses and neighbors and support individuals within buffer zones, the City's strategy includes enhanced social worker deployment to offer resources and services, focused enforcement and a rapid response to address encampments.
- City of Everett will provide outreach, services, and enforcement.
- No person shall sit or lie down upon, or place a blanket, sleeping bag, backpack, chair, mattress, couch, stool, or any similar equipment, item, or furniture upon City property, whether improved or unimproved.
- No person may provide on City property within a Service Facility Buffer Zone any food, beverages, goods, supplies or services of any sort to any person engaging in conduct prohibited by EMC 9.54.020, unless such provision is authorized by a valid right-of-way use permit or other applicable permit or permission issued by the department of public works or by other City department.
Current Buffer Zones include: (see maps below)
- What is a buffer zone?
- What are the criteria for determining if a buffer zone is appropriate for an area?
- What are the two types of buffer zones?
- How will the City respond to individuals that are engaging in prohibited conduct within a buffer zone?
- Why is a permit required for distributing goods or services?
- What permits are required for distributing goods or services within a buffer zone?