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The ordinance applies to alarm systems used to initiate a law enforcement response. These include intrusion or burglary alarms, robbery alarms, monitored alarm systems that call the police department when an alarm is activated, and local alarm systems that are not monitored. It does NOT include fire alarms, medical alarms, personal alarms, vehicle alarms and alerting doorbell cameras, unless those doorbell cameras are part of a security system that is designed to detect and alert unauthorized entry.
A study conducted by the Urban Institute in 2012, of which the City of Seattle was a participant, reported that at least 90% of all police alarm calls were false alarms, and less than 2% of all the alarm calls police were dispatched to were related to criminal conduct. Those results match our experience in Everett. Our data shows that in 2017 the police department had 4,966 law enforcement alarms that year. Of those:
Of those 4,966 alarms in 2017:
Based on the total number of law enforcement alarm calls in 2017 (4,966), Everett Police respond to approximately 13.6 alarm calls per day, slightly more than one every two hours. Dispatch data shows that response and on-scene time averages 12.5 minutes per call, with two officers usually present. Assuming an average of two officers per call, the department is expending 2,070 hours per year in call time for alarm calls - slightly less than the amount of hours one full-time officer works each year.
These calls are considered priority responses and take resources away from other calls. They also often involve code responses: patrol cars travelling at higher speeds creating greater risk of accidents and injuries.
No, we have a law enforcement alarm ordinance that was enacted in 1978. The ordinance requires alarm registration and fines for repeated false alarms, and the ordinance was enforced through 1991. In 1991, enforced was stopped because the new software system utilized through our regional dispatch center did not support management of alarm registration, alarm tracking, and alarm billing. Since then, alarm systems have become very common, but have a high incidence of false alarms, making it a critical time for us to reevaluate the existing ordinance and associated practices.
We believe that by adopting the recommendations of the National Burglar Fire and Alarm Association (NBFAA) and the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) we can maintain the positive aspects of law enforcement alarm systems while significantly reducing their negative impacts.
The Urban Institute reports that where their false alarm reduction strategies have been employed, police agencies report a 60% or greater reduction in the number of false alarms. That experience has been replicated locally with the City of Seattle false alarm program.
The proposed ordinance updates the existing law to reflect three false alarm reduction strategies.
Strategy 1: Mandating alarm companies to use Enhanced Call Verification. This requires the alarm company to make at least two phone calls to numbers on a contact list to verify the validity of the alarm before calling 911. This proposed ordinance mandates all alarm companies use that process for a standard intrusion alarm, which at 87% is the majority of the alarms received. It does not mandate that process for robbery or panic type alarms, of if an alarm company is monitoring by sound or video and can visually or audibly confirm a crime is occurring.
Strategy 2: Requiring registration/permitting for alarm systems, which is already part of our current ordinance. It is important that law enforcement know where alarm systems are in the city, who is responsible for them, and how to contact those responsible parties when needed. Along with permitting, the proposed ordinance institutes an annual fee for the alarm systems that would help account for the higher level of police protection and response provided to those with alarm systems, and help offset the costs of responding to and checking on those alarms when they occur, and help offset the cost of administering the permitting and false alarm review and billing processes.
The proposed fee scale for permits is as follows:
Permits will be valid for the year in which they were obtained. After June 30th of each year the cost for new permits are reduced by ½. Permit costs are not refundable, so a person that discontinues alarm use is not eligible for a refund for the remainder of the year.
Strategy 3: Creating penalties for repeated false alarms by assessing fines to alarm users for repeated false alarm responses. This is currently in the existing ordinance. The proposed ordinance updates this process and the penalties.
Officers are required to investigate any alarm response and to make a reasonable determination as to what caused the alarm and report whether it was a false alarm or a valid alarm. We would send monthly bills for documented false alarm responses. There is an opportunity to waive one false alarm fee every 12 months by taking an alarm awareness class which we anticipate offering online. The proposed ordinance has a system for alarm users to appeal charges first to a reviewing officer within the department, and then next to the city hearing examiner at the alarm users request.
Yakima, Burien, Bellingham, and Seattle all utilize “Verified Response.” Verified Response means that for any intrusion alarm, there must be actual physical proof of an alarm activation, typically by a third party confirming a valid alarm. These agencies do still respond to panic and robbery alarms. Seattle charges $10 each year for all permits and no discounts. Seattle still has false alarm fees at $230 for panic and robbery alarms and $115 for intrusion alarms. They also have a “first time waiver” for one alarm every 7 years with an alarm awareness class.
Tacoma has a flat rate of $40 annually for all types of alarms, no discounts, and a flat $100 fee for response to any type of false alarm. There are no waivers for “first time” alarms. The alarm company charges alarm users for all permit and false alarm fees, and passes those costs on to the alarm user through their monthly billing.
The ordinance proposal for Everett is somewhere in the middle, with the residential permit fee a little lower than Tacoma, and the business permit fee a little higher. We have proposed numerous discounts to those fees for senior citizens, disabled residents, and non-profit organizations.
You can apply online for a business license on FileLocal.
If you engage in business activity in the city of Everett, regardless of the physical location of your business, you are required to obtain a business license. If you live within Everett city limits and are conducting business out of your residence, you must also comply with the Home Occupation Business regulations.
For more information and links to the applications, see our Business License page.
A City of Everett Business License is not an authorization to conduct business and is for the sole purpose of assigning you a business and occupation tax identification number. The license is merely one requirement to conduct business within the city. The city's issuance of a general business license does not establish that the operation of your business is permitted, authorized, or lawful. You will need to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, including but not limited to, zoning, building, and fire regulations. It is the responsibility of the applicant to comply with these codes before conducting business in the City of Everett.
You are advised against investing in equipment or maintaining inventory at your proposed business location until it is determined that your business is a legal use for the property, and that any structure housing the proposed business complies with all applicable codes.
A claim is a request for payment for a loss, injury, or damages that you incurred in an incident/accident.
You must file your claim within the Washington State statute of limitations. There are different statues of limitations for different types of claims. See RCW 4.16 for the various statutes of limitations.
Yes, in most circumstances where you seek money damages, you must file a claim if you believe the City of Everett is responsible for your loss, injury, or damages.
Visit our website here or pick up a copy at the City Clerk's Office, 2930 Wetmore Ave, Suite 1A, during regular business hours.
It will help your claim to include any supporting records, such as medical records or bills for personal injuries, receipts, estimates and invoices, along with any additional evidence, such as photos, diagrams, etc. Please note that all submitted documents, including the claim form itself, are subject to release under the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56).
Claims for damages against the City of Everett must be filed with the City Clerk's Office in person or by mail. An original pen and ink signature must be on the form. Faxed or emailed forms will not be accepted.
Your claim will be sent to the City's Risk Management Office the following business day after the date you filed the claim. In most cases, your claim will be assigned to a claims adjuster to begin an investigation. You will receive a claim acknowledgement by mail, email or telephone call. Possible resolutions are that the City:
1.) Pays a sum of money
2.) Transfers the claim to another party or entity
3.) Denies the claim where there is no evidence of City negligence
The length of time will vary by claim. On average, claims can take two weeks to two months to resolve, but some claims may take longer.
Contact your claims adjuster. If you do not have your adjuster's contact information, call 425-257-8702 during normal business hours.
Contact the person listed on your claim denial and express your concerns. You may also contact the City Risk Manager at 425-257-8702. You also have the right to consult an attorney of your choosing and at your own expense.
For an owner occupied loan, the household income must be less than 80% of median income (view Income Eligibility Guidelines). The home must have sufficient equity available to apply.
For a non-owner occupied loan, the investor is required to fund 50% of project expenses and make housing available to low and moderate income families. CHIP works with local lenders that can assist investors with their portion of the project funding.
Check to see if you are eligible using this form > (Am I eligible for a CHIP loan?)
Once your project moves to the top of the waiting list, CHIP staff will set an appointment to meet at your home. A CHIP staff member will assess your home, check the main systems (electrical, foundation, plumbing, roof, heating) and recommend the scope of work.
CHIP maintains a list of pre-approved General Contractors. If you are a licensed, bonded, and insured General Contractor and have substantial residential remodeling experience you may qualify to become an approved Contractor. Unfortunately, CHIP does not maintain a list of specialty sub-contractors and will not accept applications unless you are a general remodeling contractor.
If you are interested, please click here for more information > CONTRACTORS WANTED
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• Your local WorkSource may have computers that you can use. In Everett they are located at the Everett Station: 3201 Smith Ave, Suite #330, Everett, WA. Go to their website for other locations: Work Source locations map
• You may use the public computers located at most libraries such as Sno-Isle Regional Libraries and the Everett Public Library
• Family and friends may also have internet access available for your use.
If the position you are applying for is “open/continuous”, you may submit your application any time. However, that job may close at any time without warning.
If you’re submitting your application form on the advertised deadline date, please give yourself enough time to update your application materials, answer the required agency-wide questions and supplemental questions prior to the stated deadline. Submission of your application materials will take approximately 1 minute; however, if the system is slow due to lots of activity, it may take longer. We suggest you try to submit your application an hour before the deadline. If the deadline is reached before your application has reached the employer's server, it will be lost. There is no way to recover the application at that point and you would not be considered for that particular job.
• NEOGOV's Online Application Guide • Help (FAQ) – found on the Applicant Login page in NEOGOV • NEOGOV Help Desk – (855) 524-5627 • Live help from Human Resources during regular business hours: Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Once you have logged in to the system, you can find the applications you have applied for by selecting your Username and then "Applications & Status" in the drop-down box.
The system will generate an email with that information. Please be sure to check your spam/junk mail folders and also add email@example.com to your ‘safe sender’ list. If you still do not receive the email notice, then contact NEOGOV Customer Support toll free at 1-855-524-5627 and follow the prompts for ‘applicant’ assistance.
EWG’s database reports that the contaminants Everett detected above EWG’s health guidelines were primarily unregulated contaminants, elements for which there is no current legal standard. In most cases, City of Everett water tests at or below the public health guideline for the contaminants in EWG’s database and in all cases below the EPA regulatory limits.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gathers information on unregulated contaminants under their Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) program. The EPA collects data for these chemicals and microbes that may be present in drinking water, but are not currently subject to EPA drinking water regulations.
Public water systems report monitoring results to the EPA on an ongoing basis. Consumers should be confident that water scientists regularly monitor the presence of these constituents and continue to investigate the implications of minute levels in the water supply.
Everett monitors for regulated and unregulated chemicals/compounds/substances in our drinking water that aren’t included in the EWG database. Our 2016 Water Quality Summary contains our complete report with the most recent data. Any results over the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) are reported to customers in the annual water quality report.
No. By their own admission, EWG selectively chooses the guidelines by which they measure water quality. Individual constituents are evaluated on varying standards ranging from federal to assorted state guidelines.
The PHG represents the level of contaminant at which no adverse health effects would be anticipated over an entire lifetime of exposure. So, a PHG is not a boundary line between a “safe” and “dangerous” level of a chemical, and drinking water is frequently demonstrated as safe to drink even if it contains chemicals at levels exceeding their PHGs. The EPA’s MCLs are set as close to the health goals as possible, considering cost, benefits and the ability of public water systems to detect and remove contaminants using suitable treatment technologies.
The City of Everett’s water supply is safe to drink and meets or surpasses all water quality standards and requirements. There are no industrial or agricultural pollution sources in Everett’s drinking water source. Of the constituents listed in the EWG database, some are naturally occurring and some are the result of disinfection processes that eliminate disease-causing pathogens.
All public water systems must adhere to national water quality standards required by the EPA in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Public health guidelines are non-enforceable advisories to water systems that are meant to be weighed in conjunction with economic and technological feasibility. In some cases, the technology to treat the constituents may not be available, or the cost of treatment too high compared to the risk assessment. As technology advances, new and improved treatment options become more available and affordable for adoption by water utilities.
To obtain a copy of a program aired on EVTV, contact Meghan Pembroke, public information director, at 425-257-8687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and cost.
Copies of City Council meetings can be purchased for up to five weeks from meeting date. Cost is $5 and must be ordered through the City Clerk's office by calling 425-257-8610.
After the meter and equipment is returned in good working order, your deposit will be mailed to you less charges for water used.
Alternatively you can provide your own water truck and have it inspected, by appointment, at 3101 Cedar Street. After inspection and deposit you will be provided a magnetic permit that allows water to be drawn from any hydrant on our list of approved hydrants.
If you have any questions please call or email, Lindsay Moo, 425.257.7245 email@example.com
Normally yes, but there are conditions.
The City of Everett is a permanent no-burn area. However, small recreational fires are allowed if they are:
No burn barrels! Burn barrel use was banned in Washington in 2000, and burning garbage has been illegal since 1967.
During hot dry summer months Snohomish County will occasionally require a temporary burn ban. This means that even recreational fires are prohibited. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) will also sometimes require a temporary burn ban due to air quality problems. To report an outdoor fire during these burn bans you can file an online complaint or call PSCAA at call 1-800-552-3565.
Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.
Notwithstanding the language in 307.2.1, bonfires do require a permit and shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. Only dry, seasoned wood may be burned. Construction scraps, green wood, shrub trimmings, leaves, and other refuse are prohibited for use as fuel. If a bonfire is on a salt water beach, it shall not be located in areas where substantial driftwood accumulations exist.
307.2.3 Fire hazard prevention. At the discretion of the Fire Code Official, fires for the prevention of a fire hazard are allowed under permit from the Everett Fire Department, provided no alternate means of prevention is reasonably available.
307.2.4 Instruction and testing. Fires for instruction of public officials in methods of firefighting, testing fire resistance of materials, or testing fire protection equipment are allowed, provided prior written approval has been issued by the control officer of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the Everett Fire Code Official or his designee.
307.3 Extinguishment Authority. In addition to any powers vested in the control officer of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the Fire Code Official or his designee is authorized to order the extinguishment by the person who kindled and/or is maintaining the fire, the permit holder, or the fire department, of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation, where a violation of this chapter is found, or because of any false statement or misrepresentation as to a material fact in the information or plans submitted on which the right to burn was based.
307.4 Location. The location for allowed open burning shall not be less than 51 feet from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure. If any provision of this section requires a smaller distance from a structure, that provision shall be complied with.
307.5 Attendance. All allowed open burning shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with the Everett Fire Code with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate use. A fire shall not be considered extinguished unless one can handle the ashes without protection. City of Everett Municipal Code
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A Knox Box is an entry system that allows the Everett Fire Department to gain entry to your property in the event of an emergency. The components of a Knox Box include a UL-listed steel access box (or other access devices) with a UL-listed steel lid, lock, and key controlled only by the Everett Fire Department. Knox Boxes may be ordered from the Knox Company.
Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. (International Fire Code 506.1)
Go to knoxbox.com.
When you reach the knoxbox.com, click "BUY" located on the top right corner of the screen.
You should see “Knox Online Store”.
Use the “Select State/Province” drop-box, and select WASHINGTON.
Using the space that says “Enter department name”, type “Everett Fire Dept” then push the red “Search” button to the right.
The “Everett Fire Dept” show up on the bottom left of the screen, push the blue “Select Department” button located on the bottom right of the screen.
You should see “Everett Fire Dept – EVERETT, WASHINGTON”. Now you are there, you can make your selections.
No. The Fire Department has no interest in the sales of the Knox Company. The only purpose for the Key Lock System is to improve Fire Department Access in emergencies and to reduce property damage caused by forcible entry.
Placement of Box
Please notify the Fire Marshal’s Office with any questions or concerns regarding the placement of your Knox Box.
Property owners do not receive keys that will open their Knox Box. Any key that will open your Knox Box will also open other Knox Boxes in the City. For that reason, only the Fire Department has the master key. When your box is mounted and ready to install keys, call the Fire Marshal’s Office (425-257-8120) and a Fire Inspector will come and place the keys securely in your box.
The Everett Fire Department can assist you in determining this. Keys required will vary from one business to another. Keys can range from all inside doors and all inside doors which control access to shared systems such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), sprinkler systems, alarms, and electric panels.
The Knox Box is a box that property owners install on the exterior of their building that will store entrance keys and cards used exclusively by the fire department during emergencies. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, the Knox-Box allows immediate entry into a building and/or property by the fire department without forced entry which can cause damage and delay.
There are a variety of Knox Boxes available to choose from the two most common are the surface mount box and recessed mount box. The surface mounted box allows for the box to be mounted directly to a wall or structure with minimal alterations to the building. The recessed mounted box allows for the box to be mounted recessed into a wall where the door of the box will be the only component of the box exposed. It is also important to consider size of the box prior to placing an ordering, first determine the number of keys or cards that will be needed into the box.
An improperly sized box will cause problems for keys to be secured due to the door on the box not being able to be close and lock properly. If the box cannot be secured properly the fire code official can deny the box and a new or additional box may be required, which will cause unwanted delays to your project.
Benefits to having a Knox Box on you building/ business:
KEY SWITCHES -
The key switches is primarily utilized to override electronic gates and motorized doors to allow first responders rapid access. Time is critical during an emergency response. Locked gates, fences, or similar barriers can delay first responders from getting to here help is needed. Key switches allow first responder to open electrical gates and roll-up doors without delays and force entry.
International Fire Code 506.2 An approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers where required by the fire code official.
LOCKING FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION CAPS (FDC) –
The Knox Locking Fire Department Connection Caps (FDC Caps) are designed to protect fire department connections (FDCs), keeping pipes clean of debris to ensure the delivery of high-pressure water flow to fire sprinkler systems, protect from damaged threads, and theft of FDC components.
International Fire Code Section 901.6 Fire detection, alarm and extinguishing systems shall be maintained in an operative condition at all times.
Reasons to use Knox locking FDC caps:
The Knox Padlocks are primarily utilized where manual operated gates have been installed restricting access to fire department access roads and fire lanes.
The Fire Safety Inspection Program is a comprehensive fire inspection of both buildings and businesses within the City of Everett. As required by the State of Washington, the Everett Fire Department adopts the Fire Code and has the authority to render interpretations of the code, and to adopt policies, procedures, rules and regulations in order to clarify the application of its provisions. The Fire Marshal’s Office is authorized to conduct inspections to determine the extent of compliance with the Fire Code and all appropriate operational permits for hazardous operations have been issued.
The program applies to commercial, multi-family and industrial buildings. Businesses legally permitted in a single-family residence are generally exempt from the inspection program.
The inspection covers all business areas, public areas, and the exterior space of a building.
All Fire Safety Inspections conducted on commercial buildings/business throughout the City of Everett will be assessed with an Inspected Square-footage fee.
Exception: Multi-family buildings, Some Vacant buildings, Building Shells, and Public School District school sites.
Operational Permits are required to ensuring safe operational practices of those individuals, companies, and businesses who wish to use or participate in operations that are considered to be hazardous and pose a potential threat to the safety and wellbeing of the general public. Fees will be calculated by adding the square-footage fee listed above with each Operational Permits required by the fire code.
Fees will be calculated per unit.
Fees will fall into one of the three categories:
An area or space that is common to multiple tenets within a structure that is not under the direct supervision or management of a single business owner or tenant. Can include common suppression systems, fire alarms, exiting systems, and devices used throughout multiple tenant spaces. Fees will fall into one of the two categories:
View the Fire Marshal’s Office Fee Schedule.
Yes, other comparable departments use a similar fee structure for fire safety inspections.
Business Owners are responsible for the following fees:
Building Owners are responsible for the following fees:
If violations are found, you will be asked to correct them. We will conduct a re-inspection within 15-30 days to verify the violations have been corrected. Violations considered an imminent danger or life-threatening will result in immediate corrective action.
If the deficiencies are not corrected by the time of your first re-inspection visit, additional compounding fees will be assessed until the deficiencies are corrected. There is a large number of businesses throughout the community that require fire safety inspections and if a reduction in the number of follow-ups can be accomplished, the more business that can be inspected on a regular basis.
There are many benefits to the fire safety inspection program, but the most important is the increase in life safety for you, your customers and employees. Regular fire and life safety inspections are a critical part of fire prevention, they not only protect people and property, but also can protect economic interests. By preventing or reducing losses, businesses can avoid financial disasters stemming from fires.
Additionally, annual fire safety inspections are one of the factors that the insurance industry uses to calculate insurance rates paid by businesses.
Please review our fire safety inspection checklist for a list of common items that will be inspected for compliance.
If you have additional questions about the Building Inspection Program, you can email the Fire Marshal’s Office or call (425) 257-8120.
Most customers will not see a significant change in their water bill. The average home uses about 6,600 gallons of water per month. Homes that use the average or less may see a slight reduction in their bill, while high water users will see an increase. Many factors affect how much water you use. This is why we are giving you a year to understand and manage your water use before the metered rate takes effect. For more information please follow the provided link.
You have the right to have an attorney represent you if you have been charged with a crime that includes a potential jail sentence. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may screen to see if you qualify for a court appointed public defender. The Office of Public Defense holds screenings at the Everett Municipal Court on Wednesdays and Fridays during the arraignment calendar. You can contact their office at 425-388-3500 if you wish to screen prior to your arraignment date. If you do not qualify for a court appointed attorney, you may choose to privately hire an attorney to represent you. By law, court staff cannot give legal advise or refer you to an attorney.
Open data was a recommendation from the Envision Everett 2037 report. It was also included in Mayor Franklin's direction on Community Engagement and Inclusion, as a potential tool to increase government transparency and create an inspired, empowered and engaged community.
Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or information exempt from the Washington Public Records Act is not considered open data.
Data will be available from several city departments, including Library, Public Works, Police, and Fire. Not all City departments will have datasets available at launch, but they will be added afterward on an ongoing basis.
New data will be added on a continuous basis, likely quarterly, or as it becomes available.
Data already added to the portal will be updated on regular schedules, which will vary depending on each particular dataset.
The City will provide an online form for requesting new datasets, and the open data platform will include tools to provide feedback on data quality or contact the person responsible for publishing the data.
In brief, you need a permit for most work done to your property. Call Permit Services at 425-257-8810 to discuss your construction project. Remember, a permit is required before any construction or work begins. Refer to the permit applications tab on our Permit Services webpage for more information.
Submit a Fire Alarm permit application, with drawings per the commercial tenant improvement checklist, identifying all new and existing areas of work. This includes alarm locations in each unit, and type, with manufacturers catalog cuts. Refer to the permit applications tab and checklists & handouts tab on our Permit Services webpage for more information.
Permit applications are reviewed by multiple departments for code compliance, and the status of those reviews is online. You can find out the name of the reviewer in each department that has or will be looking at your permit. Once issued, the permit inspection status can also be reviewed at our eTRAKiT online permitting portal (for best results using eTRAKiT, use Internet Explorer as your web browser).
IRC and IBC requirements:
IRC only—Seismic category-D1. Frost depth-12 inches minimum for decks and porches.IBC only—Seismic category-D, E, or F, subject to soil, location, risk category and building characteristics.
Permit fees vary depending on the type of construction, square footage, and/or valuation of your project. Refer to the permit fees tab on our Permit Services webpage for more information.
Each type of building or project has separate permit submittal requirements, which have been summarized on checklists. Refer to the checklists & handouts tab on our Permit Services webpage for more information.
The plans for most small residential projects, additions, garages and remodels can be done by the homeowner, provided that the drawings comply with the prescriptive requirements of the codes listed on the residential checklist for permit application. Residential or commercial buildings that require engineering, exceed 4 residential units, or exceed 4,000 square feet require a licensed Washington State architect. Additionally, engineering calculations are required for single family residential plans that do not meet the prescriptive requirements for lateral bracing, have other than conventional wood frame construction, are of unusual shape, or have complex supporting structure or site conditions.
Size and height restrictions are part of the Zoning Code administered by the Planning Department, which can be reached at 425-257-8731. The allowed size of a garage is determined by many factors, including: the size of your lot, the location of the proposed garage (or accessory building), and whether you have an existing garage or other accessory buildings on the site.
Setbacks may be different in different zones and for different structures. Contact the Planning Department to determine the setback requirements for a specific location. You can reach them by telephone at 425-257-8731. The building codes also have restrictions on property lines and construction requirements. Refer to the zoning code webpage for more information.
A change of use (also called occupancy in the building code) occurs when converting a house to a nonresidential use or by adding units. In a commercial structure, a change of use (occupancy) occurs when converting from a historical non-conforming use or permitted occupancy. If the use is approved by planning, the building revisions need to comply with the code requirements in the checklist for a change of occupancy. Refer to the checklists & handouts tab on our Permit Services webpage for more information.
For some permit types, an owner can act as the General Contractor and /or perform work on their own property. Check with Permit Services to confirm that your permit type qualifies.
For permits requiring Plan Review, reviews are performed by each department in the order the permit applications are received. Allow anywhere from 4 to 10 weeks for 1st review comments. Check with Permit Services for the approximate current review time for specific projects.
Approved permits must be issued within 180 days of the approval date. After permit issuance, work must commence or continue with required inspections within 180 days in order to keep the permit active. Each inspection extends the permit an additional 180 days. Any request for an extension must be made in writing prior to the expiration date, stating why it is needed, and is subject to Building Official approval. Contact us email.
You may obtain a permit for a temporary power pole. Once the temporary power pole is in place and has been inspected and approved, you will need to contact Snohomish County PUD to connect the power.
Contact Puget Sound Energy.
You can find the zoning and/or overlay designation on your property by viewing the online zoning map online zoning map.
For example, your property may be located in the R-4 zone. To clarify or find out more about the zoning regulations that apply to your property, call the planner-on-duty at 425-257-8731, or visit the Permit Services Counter at: 3200 Cedar Street 2nd Floor Everett, WA 98201
Permit Services Counter hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., and closed Saturday, Sunday and observed holidays.
If you have any questions regarding these regulations, please call the City of Everett Planning and Community Development Department at 425-257-8731.
If you are in compliance with the home occupation regulations, you may apply for a business license by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 425-257-8610 or visiting their offices at 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Everett. EMC 19.41.080
Some projects require notice be given. Notices can be sent in the mail, printed in the Herald or be posted on a "Pending Land Use Action" sign at the project site. The notice will describe the project, the project location, the applicant’s name and address, the project planner and their phone number and the deadline for submitting comments.
If you have questions regarding the proposed development, contact the project planner listed in the notice. You may also search our online database.
Not all projects require notice. You may contact the City of Everett Public Services Department at 425-257-8810 to see if there is an application for a building permit for a specific property.
Please see the Everett Register page for application information. Everett Register Page
Contact the Planning Department at 425-257-8731 to learn more about the feasibility of subdividing your property.
More information on the annexation process is outlined at the Municipal Research Services Center for Washington.
Please contact the Planning Department at 425-257-8731 to schedule a meeting to discuss the annexation process and to receive the Notice of Intent Form which initiates the annexation request. Municipal Research Services Center for Washington
Tattoos must be appropriate for the workplace and approved by the Chief of Police.
-Excellent physical condition-U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident status-Attainment of the age twenty-one (21) years on or before the application deadline-Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Washington State driver license within 30 days of hire and the ability to maintain it for the duration of employment-Not on the current eligible register for Police Officer Entry-Level (per Civil Service Rule 2.12)-Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent
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2930 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
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Fingerprinting is offered at the North Precinct, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at the cost of $15 per card. Bring current, official photo identification. No appointment is necessary.
Complete the Public Records Request process to get a copy of an Everett Police report. The Washington State Patrol can provide collision reports.
Always call 911 for emergencies! Officers may not be available as they work varied schedules but residents can call SNOPAC911 at 425-407-3999 to request an officer call them. This phone line routes directly into the 911 call center.
The Parking Enforcement Unit enforces city parking ordinances. The unit is staffed Monday - Friday and supported after-hours by patrol officers.
Parking tickets are paid at the Everett Municipal Court
The Online Reporting System is designed for citizens to provide crime tips and saves time for victims of non-emergent crimes. Crime tips are routed to the appropriate unit for processing while Online Reports are reviewed by an officer who generates and returns a case number (typically within 72 hours).
Washington State Accident Reports are only required if no police report was taken at the scene AND the damage exceeds $1,000. Traffic accident reports can be completed & requested from the Washington State Patrol.
-Excellent physical condition -U.S. Citizenship -Attainment of the age twenty-one (21) years on or before the application deadline -Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Washington State driver license within 30 days of hire and the ability to maintain it for the duration of employment -Not on the current eligible register for Police Officer Entry-Level (per Civil Service Rule 2.12) -Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent
The Department uses Community Crime Map by LexisNexis which is updated daily. Not all calls for service are entered into the database, only calls where a report is written.
No. All alley parking is prohibited as they provide access for emergency vehicles and service vehicles. However, they may be used while actively loading or unloading.
Based on a multitude of studies, scholars note that youth may be “pulled” and/or “pushed” into gang membership. Pulls are features that attract youth, such as the perception of increased reputation and social status, the desire to be with friends and/or family who are already gang-involved, the promise of money, drugs, and/or excitement, and cultural pride and identification with one’s neighborhood. In contrast, because of the high levels of neighborhood crime and violence, some youth perceive gangs as providing protection and/or are fearful of the consequences if they do not join.
It is important to note that the pushes and pulls of gang membership are not necessarily mutually exclusive, in that they may simultaneously impact a youth’s decision to join a gang. However, by and large, numerous studies have found that youth themselves are more likely to report being “pulled” into the gang. This is especially evident in widespread accounts of youth who report joining the gang based on the social desire to be around gang-involved friends and/or family. In comparison, youth less frequently report being coerced or actively recruited to join the gang. This finding is important to note, since the latter is commonly (though erroneously) believed to be the primary reason youth join gangs, with many states developing legislation to criminalize and punish active recruitment.
Finally, it is also important to point out that the process of joining a gang is a gradual one. Youth may begin at a “gang-marginal status” by hanging around other gang members or having older family members in the gang, leading some to join later and others to remain in a marginal status or to disassociate entirely. For those who join, some may become increasingly embedded within the gang life, while others remain at the periphery. That is, gang membership patterns are dynamic and multilayered and are not reliably reducible to a simple gang-versus-nongang perspective.
It is commonly repeated that once a person joins a gang, he or she can never get out (the so-called “blood-in, blood-out” assertion). However, for many youth membership in a gang is a fleeting occurrence, with a large proportion remaining in the gang for only a relatively short period of time (i.e., for a year or two). The processes by which youth leave gangs, often referred to as “desistance,” are similar to the “push” and “pull” processes by which youth join gangs, although the specific reasons are often very different. The reasons individuals report for leaving the gang include growing out of the gang life; disillusionment with the gang life; settling down, getting a stable job, and/or family needs; unanticipated aspects of the gang life; gang violence experienced by the individual or someone close to the individual; and a constant future risk of being a victim of gang violence. While the topic of gang desistance is relatively newer across the field of gang research, preliminary evidence indicates that youth are more likely to be “pushed” out of the gang life because of the very same factors that “pulled” them into the gang in the first place—fear of the consequences of violence and victimization.
How youth leave a gang is also instructive in understanding the gang process. Similar to the gang-joining process, desisting from gang membership is best described as gradual, taking place over an extended period of time. This is understandable, after all, since desisting from gangs involves disassociating and severing social ties with friends and/or family members who are gang-involved and may entail many attempts, both cognitively and behaviorally. Also, this process may be interrupted or entirely negated because of outside influences, such as the perception by rival gangs and/or law enforcement that the individual is still an active gang member. Importantly, although it is commonly repeated otherwise, the available evidence demonstrates that most individuals stated that they left the gang without the fear or experience of physical consequences from the gang.
In order to properly assess changes in the national gang problem over time, reliable indicators of the gang problem must be collected from a large and representative sample of law enforcement agencies across the United States. Between 1996 and 2012, the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS) provided the only national data source for assessing long-term and annual changes in the gang problem across the following areas: (1) the emergence, presence, and stability patterns of gang problems within jurisdictions over time (prevalence measures); and (2) the relative size of the problem across such indicators as the number of gangs, the number of gang members, and the number of gang-related homicides and other crimes (magnitude measures).
In terms of the prevalence measures, the latest estimate from the NYGS finds that gangs are present in approximately 30 percent of the jurisdictions across the United States. This figure represents a sizeable drop from the mid-1990s, when 40 percent of jurisdictions reported a gang presence. Following a steady decline throughout the late 1990s, the gang prevalence measure reached its lowest point in 2001, steadily increased in subsequent years, and has remained relatively stable in recent years. The least amount of change occurred in the largest cities and suburban counties, where gang activity remains most prevalent, while the greatest amount of change has occurred in rural counties and smaller cities—especially the latter, where the gang prevalence rate fell nearly 10 percentage points from 2010 to 2012. Further, gang activity in smaller cities and rural counties is more likely to be transitory and unstable in nature, such that gang activity may emerge and dissipate in just a few years’ time. The frequency of this transitory pattern suggests that the emergence of gang activity does not necessarily indicate a protracted presence over time.
While prevalence measures provide a straightforward and simplified assessment of the gang problem, a better measure pertains to the size, or magnitude, of the gang problem in terms of the number of gangs and gang members, as well as the number of gang crimes (discussed separately below). From the latest NYGS estimate provided by law enforcement agencies, there are approximately 30,000 gangs and 850,000 gang members across the United States. Compared with the previous five-year average, the estimated number of gangs has increased 8 percent and the estimated number of gang members 11 percent. Accounting for the largest share of these increases are larger cities—more than 50 percent of the net increase in gangs and gang members over the past five years was due to overall increases in larger cities.
The decline in gang prevalence rates across smaller cities and rural counties, coupled with increases in the number of gangs and gang members in densely populated areas (especially larger cities), suggests that the gang problem is becoming more concentrated nationally in urban areas. While local reports to the contrary are not uncommon, it must be remembered that these results are based on a nationally representative sample of all law enforcement agencies across the United States, which is the only appropriate method to assess nationwide changes in gang activity.
As has been observed and written about extensively, the racial/ethnic composition of a community’s gang problem is largely a reflection of the racial/ethnic composition of the community itself, once socioeconomic factors are taken into account. Gangs tend to emerge in the most disadvantaged areas and thus naturally attract the disadvantaged youth residing in those areas. Therefore, a discussion of the racial/ethnic composition of gangs is largely a discussion of the socioeconomic variables of that area.
Reflecting the racial/ethnic divide along socioeconomic lines across the country, the largest percentage of gang members in the New York Gang Study belong to minorities, with around half reported as Hispanic/Latino and approximately one-third as African American/black. Around 10 to 15 percent of gang members are reported as white/Caucasian. A multisite study of school-aged youth finds comparable proportions. In contrast, a national survey of youth reports a much lower percentage of blacks (25 percent) and Hispanics (19 percent). Clearly, there is much variation across cities, counties, and states in the racial/ethnic composition of gangs, but ultimately, this descriptive characteristic of the gang problem is best regarded as a reflection of the social and economic inequalities that persist across the United States.
There is no agreed-upon gang typology. Numerous attempts at classifying the various types of gangs have been made. Two common features of these attempts are: (1) classifying gangs by the type of criminal activity they are involved in; and (2) classifying gangs based on their names and whether they are derived from national gang names or localized, neighborhood gang names. Both of these methods are subject to a critical flaw frequently observed regarding street gangs. In terms of the first type of classification, by and large, gangs as a group are involved in a variety of criminal activities. During active periods of membership, the offending rate of youth and young adults involved in gangs increases for a multitude and wide range of offenses. The phenomenon is referred to as “cafeteria-style offending,” serving as a reminder that reducing gang types to one offense or another is substantially misleading. The method of classifying gangs by their names is also inherently flawed, since many gangs with national-sounding names have little if any connection to the larger, long-standing gangs from which their names are derived. In many instances, the connection between local and national gangs based on the similarity in names is merely assumed rather than conclusively demonstrated and documented. Local gang members state that they typically adopt larger gang names to project a more widespread and powerful presence in their area. Gangs frequently adopt a mixture of cultural signs and symbols based on their appeal to local gang members, resulting in what has been referred to as a “hybrid gang” culture.
The types of gangs that often receive the most attention from media are characterized as gangs with nationally recognized names, portrayed as highly organized, extremely violent, and focused on one criminal operation, such as drug trafficking. The public is often left with the impression that all gangs, and their gang members, are excessively violent and out of control. These characterizations do more than enough to promote fear and little to help develop successful responses to the gang problem in any given community. In reality, there are a variety of gangs across the United States. Understanding how gangs and their members are both different and similar is essential in developing and implementing appropriate prevention and intervention programs, as well as targeted control strategies.
Due to inherent limitations in law enforcement data and ethnographic studies, determining the proportion of adolescents and young adults who join street gangs is best accomplished through self-report studies of a specified target population. Based on a national study properly weighted to be representative of all youth, recent research finds that approximately 8 percent of all youth have joined a gang by their twenties. This estimate is also highly dynamic. In a multisite study in cities with known and significant gang problems, the percentage of youth who joined a gang peaked in the early teens and declined precipitously thereafter. These estimates, of course, vary across localities and are highly contingent on the type of gang problem observed in a given community. Studies conducted in some urban cities with long-standing gang problems have found that 15 percent or more of youth joined a gang at some point during their adolescent and youth-adult years.
A common misconception surrounding gangs is that once a person joins, he or she stays in the gang for an extended period of years. By following subjects over time, longitudinal research studies provide the only reliable method to determine the duration in which a person remains in a gang. Based on multiple studies, in multiple cities, across multiple research projects, it is repeatedly found that most youth who join a gang do not remain in it for an extended period of time. For the majority of youth who join a gang, the average amount of time they remain active in the gang is one to two years, and fewer than 1 in 10 gang members report involvement for four or more years. However, the more embedded a person is in a gang—e.g., the more his or her self-identity is derived from the gang—the longer that person will remain in the gang, which negatively impacts efforts at severing gang ties.
In sum, joining a gang is not a rare event, relatively speaking. However, a corollary finding also emerges from these systematic studies: Even in the most gang-ridden areas across the United States, most youth do not join a gang. Comparatively, law enforcement agencies report older, more adult-aged gang members in the New York Gang Study (in 2011, approximately two-thirds were 18 and over), reflecting the tendency of agencies to focus primarily on the more embedded (hard-core) members of gangs. This is especially the case in urban areas with long-standing gang problems, where adult-aged members make up a clear majority; in newer gang-problem areas outside the larger cities, this proportion is noticeably smaller.
A common assertion regarding all gangs is their involvement in drug trafficking, distribution, and/or sales. However, while the overlap of gangs and drugs is well-documented, the proportion of gangs that are centered around drug distribution and that effectively control the operations thereof is relatively small. To be sure, gang members are significantly more likely to be involved in drug sales, but numerous research projects have revealed that these members rarely reinvest drug-sale profits into the gang as a whole; rather, they typically keep the profits for themselves. This finding, replicated over time and place, suggests a more nuanced description of the gang-drug connection, such that gangs provide an entrance into drug sales, primarily in street-level distribution, which when viewed superficially perpetuates the assertion that gangs control the distribution of drugs.
A related topic is the gang-drug-violence connection. Incidents involving gangs and drugs, resulting in the use of violence, attract greater coverage by the media, thus reinforcing this connection to the public. Gang violence, however, entails both expressive crimes and instrumental crimes. Expressive crimes pertain to incidents arising from ongoing conflicts and rivalries between gangs (e.g., disrespect, symbolic dominance), while instrumental crimes pertain to incidents surrounding economic functions (e.g., drug sales). While it is difficult to determine with precision the proportion of gang violence related to each, it has been demonstrated convincingly that instrumental-type incidents are much rarer than widely believed. In multiple studies over the past 25 years, a repeated finding is the lack of a drug component surrounding gang-related homicides. That is, in a large majority of these cases, the motives for the events pertained to the expressive and not the instrumental nature of gang violence. Thus, similar to drug sales, while the connection between gangs and violence is well-known, it is important to remain aware of the form this violence typically takes and not overgeneralize based on a few incidents, which can jeopardize the development of effective responses to local gang activity.
Risk factors are variables increase the likelihood of the outcome in question—in this case, gang membership. Gang research scholars have discovered a multitude of risk factors that are statistically linked to gang joining. These individual risk factors span the many dimensions in a youth’s life and are typically grouped into five categories (called “domains”): individual, family, school, peer, and neighborhood/community. Importantly, however, these extensive research studies have demonstrated that there is no one risk factor (or even domain) responsible for gang joining; rather, it is the accumulation of multiple risk factors across multiple domains that greatly increases gang joining. Thus, put another way, gang joining is not reducible to a single risk factor (e.g., single-parent household), since some youth with the risk factor may not join a gang, and some youth without the risk factor may join. It is far more profitable, then, to assess (and ultimately address) the collection of risk factors across the five social domains to prevent gang joining.
Gangs and gang violence have become increasingly complex, lethal, and resistant to prevention and control over the years. Overreliance on one strategy is unlikely to produce fundamental changes in the scope and severity of a community’s gang problem. Instead, communities should adopt a comprehensive, multifaceted, collaborative approach that involves prevention strategies for youth at risk of gang joining, intervention strategies for youth and young adults who are gang-involved, and suppression strategies in areas where gang violence threatens the public safety of a community.
A community’s responses to its gang problem must be based on a solid theoretical understanding of gangs—their social patterns and individual member behaviors—as well as programs and practices supported by systematic research and successful experience in the field. Once a community acknowledges that a youth street gang problem exists, a thorough assessment is needed to identify specific components of the problems, analyze the causes, and identify the resources currently available, as well as the resources needed. Such an assessment can reliably measure the scope and depth of the youth and street gang problem in a given community.
Community stakeholder participation should ideally include active engagement from law enforcement agencies, schools, grassroots organizations, youth agencies, government agencies, and civic organizations. Using the assessment as a foundation, key stakeholders can develop a plan to respond to their gang problem that is tailored to the unique needs and resources of that community. Ideally, a community should develop a continuum of developmentally appropriate programs and strategies to target gang-involved individuals at all ages and risk levels. A community should implement strategies that have been demonstrated to work.
There is no quick, easy fix when responding to street and youth gang problems in a community. Both emerging and entrenched gang problems are the consequence of years of compounding, complex factors. A comprehensive, systematic approach to address these complexities will take focused determination and hard work.
Youth often report joining a gang for protection. However, as numerous research studies have shown, the risk and rate of victimization, especially violent victimization, increases substantially while youth are in a gang. This finding is notably similar to that of the increase in the criminal offending rate during periods of active gang membership. Thus, there is a seemingly paradoxical relationship between the expectation that joining a gang will provide protection from violence and the fact that actual rate (and risk) of victimization while in a gang increases. Research specifically examining this issue points to a compelling explanation: Given the “choice” between seemingly random acts of street violence when not in a gang versus the more structured and less random acts within the gang culture (including the sense of group protection that being part of a gang engenders), individuals are more likely to choose to belong to a gang. That is, the source of the risk of violence is qualitatively different (e.g., from a rival gang) while in a gang, which individuals cognitively perceive as being more predictable and manageable, and thus preferable. This explanation is important to consider when developing effective interventions with current gang members, since increased levels of neighborhood street violence may counteract incentives for individuals to leave the gang.
Following individuals over time (i.e., longitudinally) has also afforded researchers the opportunity to examine the long-term consequences of gang membership. The effects of gang membership, especially for members who remained in the gang for longer periods and/or were deeply embedded in the gang life, have been shown to negatively impact individuals well after leaving the gang. Some of the negative outcomes linked to prolonged gang membership include dropping out of school, early parenthood, and lack of or unstable employment. These long-term consequences are supplemental to the increased risk of being arrested, having a criminal record, and incarceration—which stems from the increased involvement in criminal offending while in a gang—which further reduces the probability of a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Further, in a recent study specifically examining this issue, researchers found that adolescent gang membership was linked to other public health issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse and/or dependence, poor general health, and poor mental health during adulthood. Thus, gang membership, especially long-term membership and/or increased embeddedness in the gang, exacts a toll that extends far beyond periods of active membership.
Contact the nearest Washington State Patrol Office and/or complete an online report.
Parking tickets are paid in the Online Parking Ticket Portal or at the Everett Municipal Court:
3028 Wetmore Avenue
You may not park in any one area continuously over 72-hours.
There are several ways: Contact the Office of Neighborhoods, use the Online Reporting System, email the Crime Prevention Unit, or call the non-emergency 911 number at 425-407-3999 so an officer can respond.
Citizen volunteers provide a valuable service by checking the homes of residents who are out of town. Volunteers inspect enrolled residences several times a week to make sure all entrances are secure. If something unusual or suspicious is found, patrol officers are called to investigate. Get more information on the Vacation Crime Watch program
All police reports can be requested through the Public Disclosure Unit; information on how to fill out a Public Disclosure Request and contact their office can be found here.
If you have lost your subpoena, you can contact our office at 425-257-8406 for us to mail you a new one or you will still need to call the witness line at 425-257-8515 anytime after 5 p.m. the Friday before, for a final list of upcoming trials. If the DEFENDANT is listed on the witness line, you need to appear at Everett Municipal Court at 8:10 a.m. on the trial date. If you do not hear the name of the defendant, you do not need to appear. Please contact our office if you do not know the name of the defendant. You can also check the website here.
City of Everett records can be requested by using the Everett Public Records Center.
To report water, sewer, road or traffic control problems, (including potholes), callCity of Everett 24/7 dispatch 425-257-8821 or submit a service Rrequest online.
Go to the webpage, Utility services.
The City's 2018-2019 Snow and Ice Plan can be found here.
View or download Everett's flyer on composting, See flyer in other languages on the curbside collection guidelines webpage where you can also learn more about garbage & recycling.
View Everett's Water system webpage and go to the tab, "Free conservation items."
View the Everett City Clerk's webpage, File a claim for damages.
View Everett's webpage, construction projects.
View Everett's webpages, Utility services and Utility bill payments.
View Everett's webpage, Backwater device program.
View Everett's Sewer webpage then go to the tab, "Environmental lab." View or download the driving directions map.
Go to Everett's webpage, Tree program.
Visit Everett's Permit Services webpage and go to the "Applications" tab. The permit application is available as a downloadable PDF.
View or download, Transmission line right-of-way standards (PDF).
View Everett's Water system webpage and go to the "Free classroom workshops" tab.
To schedule a tour of Everett's wastewater treatment plant, called the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility, view Everett's Sewer webpage and go to the "Arrange a tour" tab. To schedule a tour of Everett's drinking water treatment plant, also called the water filtration plant, view Everett's Water system webpage and go to the "Arrange a tour" tab.
Visit Everett's Streets webpage and go to the Adopt a street tab. To get started you can view or download the Adopt a street application.
View Everett's webpage, CSO real time overflow monitoring.
Rubatino Refuse Removal serves the following Everett zip codes:
• 98201 • 98203 • 98204
Waste Management Northwest serves the following areas in Everett:
• South of 112th Street SE • Eastmont • Silver Lake including the 75th Street Overpass
• Phone 425-259-0044 • Website Rubatino Refuse Removal
• Phone 1-800-592-9995 • Website Waste Management Northwest
Contact your service provider directly and inform them you have a missed pick-up.
Residential customers must use the service provider assigned to the area where they live. Commercial businesses may contract with the service provider of their choice.
Contact your service provider directly and attempt to address your concerns. If you are unable to resolve the issue, contact the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). The Washington UTC regulates the rates and services of utility companies and can be reached at 1-888-333-9882 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also use the online complaint form.
No, the City of Everett does not have a contract with Rubatino Refuse Removal. Rubatino has a franchise or right to be the waste hauler in a specific area.
Contact your service provider. Recycling is included with garbage service and compost collection is a nominal charge.
Everett uses a dual stream recycling system, separating paper from commingled containers. Choose one color bin for mixed paper and cardboard, and use the other for bottles and cans. The bin color you use for each doesn't matter.
Yes, you can choose to haul your garbage and recycling to a Transfer Station. For locations, hours, and accepted items, visit the Snohomish County Solid Waste Management website.
Bulky items can be picked up curbside by your service provider for an additional charge. Call your hauler a week in advance to receive a cost estimate. Only set your items out for pickup on the agreed upon date.
For information on how to recycle or dispose of items not collected curbside, view our Beyond the Curb Guidelines (PDF).
Household hazardous waste can be disposed of at the drop-off station located at 3434 McDougall Ave, Everett. For information, visit the Snohomish County Solid Waste Management website.
Some vehicle components and parts can be recycled locally. Please see the Snohomish County Solid Waste Management website for more information on local companies accepting components and parts. Vehicles may also be donated to local nonprofits or disposed of through the Snohomish County Junk Vehicle & Boat/RV Disposal Program.
We are not able to say with certainty the exact cause of most water main breaks. We do know that there are several factors that contribute to water main breaks: age of pipe, type of pipe, soil and construction conditions when the pipe was installed, and temperature.
Pipe age and type: We find that post World War II cast iron pipes in our system made between 1945 and 1955 have a higher occurrence of failure. Cast iron pipes accounted for 70 percent of our repairs and breaks since 1992, but made up 80 to 85 percent of our repairs and breaks in the past five years. Other cities with similar pipe vintage have similar pipe failure rates.
Temperature: As temperatures move in and out of freezing, it’s not uncommon to see breaks occur.
Nov 2015: 7 / Nov 2016: 1 Dec 2015: 2 / Dec 2016: 10 Jan 2016: 2 Feb 2016: 1 Mar 2016: 2
Since 1992 we’ve averaged 23.3 breaks or repairs per year. In 2015 we had 23 breaks; in 2016 we also ended with 23.
Depending on the type of break, it may be repaired or a section of pipe may be replaced completely. Once the break is repaired or replaced, crews will backfill the excavated site, pouring fill material from a dump truck and evenly distributing and compacting it on the work area. We will watch the repair site for a couple of days, and, then Streets crews will restore sidewalks and road surfaces to original condition. Cleanup of debris on yards and roadways is usually the same day as the break, provided we do not have freezing conditions.
The water in the pipe gets flushed through and is then disinfected for delivery. We do have a distinct process for bringing a main back in service to meet our water quality and purity standards. We flush and also provide contact time with a chlorine disinfectant. We will not reopen customer services until our water has no turbidity and meets the appropriate water quality standards.
The City has a two-prong plan to proactively address potential water main breaks. We gather and analyze data on main breaks to project what sections show a propensity to break and prioritize replacement based on that. Our Maintenance division performs routine pipe replacement, blocks at a time and uses city crews and small works contractors. Our Engineering division develops those projects with a larger scope, fitting them into our Capital Improvement Program. The current Water Main Q project project from Pacific to 35th on Broadway Avenue is an example of one of these larger water main replacement projects.
The Transportation Advisory Committee, a volunteer citizen advisory board, completed a public hearing process and made recommendations redefining the RPZ boundaries. This recommendation was based on citizen requests and input.
Starting in November 2018, City crews began replacing the RPZ parking signs with the new Zone A-E designation. This process is expected to be completed in March 2019.
Maps of the previous RPZ boundaries (Zones 1 through 9), as well as the new RPZ boundaries (Zones A through E), are available online.
If you wish to implement an RPZ time limit on your block, please contact Traffic Engineering at (425) 257-8810 and press 7.
The first two RPZ parking permits will be available to each residence free of charge. A $20 fee will apply for each additional permit.
The holder of a residential parking zone permit may apply for a temporary visitor permit for guest vehicles. This permit is valid for ten days and is free of charge. If you have more than one visitor in one month, the fee for an additional permit is $10 per vehicle.
Residents in student housing do not qualify for RPZ parking permits.
The Reusable Bag Ordinance (3643-18) prohibits retail establishments from providing thin, single-use plastic carryout bags (less than 2.25 mils in thickness) to consumers and requires that retailers charge a minimum of 5 cents for each carryout bag provided. The ordinance was approved by the Everett City Council on December 5, 2018 in an effort to reduce waste and protect the environment.
The ordinance becomes effective on September 30, 2019, to allow retailers time to prepare for the new regulations.
Any retail establishment that sells a product and provides carryout bags to consumers is subject to the ordinance. This includes retail stores, restaurants, businesses and vendors.
Under the ordinance, retail establishments may provide consumers large paper bags and durable “reusable” plastic bags as carryout bags. To qualify, paper carryout bags (1/8 barrel or 882 cubic inches or greater in size) must contain at least 40% recycled paper. Plastic carryout bags must be at least 2.25 mils thick.
Small paper bags (less than 1/8 barrel or 882 cubic inches in size) are not subject to the ordinance and may be provided to consumers to hold or protect items.
Yes, single-use plastic bags may be used to protect food, provided it is placed in a qualifying carryout bag (large paper bag or durable plastic bag). This is to protect public health and safety.
Yes, bags provided in-store for such items as bulk foods, meats, produce, bakery goods and flowers are still allowed. Only thin, single-use bags used for “carryout” are prohibited.
Retailers can continue to use thin, single-use bags that were on site before September 30, 2019. Another alternative is to donate excess bags to an organization exempt from the ordinance, such as a food bank.
Retailers are required to charge a minimum of 5 cents for each carryout bag provided to a consumer. This fee is kept by the retailer and intended to defray the cost of implementing the ordinance.
Yes, retailers can choose to charge carryout bag fees for other bags provided to consumers.
The carryout bag fee does not apply to bags available for purchase.
Yes, the carryout bag fee is subject to sales tax and must be shown on the customer’s sales receipt.
Yes, the following carryout bags are exempt from the ordinance: newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, tire bags, laundry/dry cleaning bags and bags sold in packages containing multiple bags for uses such as food storage, garbage, pet waste or yard waste.
Yes, to ease the impact on low-income customers, retailers must waive the carryout bag fee for customers paying with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under:
Yes, food banks may provide any type of bag without charging carryout bag fees.
These activities are considered retail establishments under the ordinance and are subject to the same requirements.
The ordinance describes enforcement options, including fines, for violations of the ordinance. However, the initial focus will be on helping businesses and consumers transition.
Yes, the City will provide information and downloadable signage for retailers online at everettwa.gov/BringYourBag. The City will also conduct outreach to the community.
The Reusable Bag Ordinance (3643-18) prohibits retail establishments from providing thin, single-use plastic carryout bags (less than 2.25 mils in thickness) to consumers and requires that retailers charge a minimum of 5 cents for each large paper or durable “reusable” plastic carryout bag provided. The ordinance was approved by the Everett City Council on December 5, 2018, in an effort to reduce waste and protect the environment.
September 30, 2019
Retail establishments may provide consumers large paper bags and durable “reusable” plastic bags as carryout bags with a minimum 5-cent fee.
Small paper bags are not subject to the ordinance and may be provided to consumers to hold or protect items.
Bags provided in-store for such items as bulk foods, meats, produce, bakery goods and flowers are still allowed. Only thin, single-use bags used for “carryout” are prohibited.
Yes, thin single-use plastic bags may be provided for takeout food, if it is placed in a qualifying carryout bag (large paper bag or durable plastic bag). This is to protect public health and safety.
By charging a carryout bag fee, the city is incentivizing consumers to switch to reusable bags to reduce waste.
The retailer retains the carryout bag fee to help defray the cost of implementing the ordinance.
Yes, retailers can choose to charge carryout bag fees for other bags provided to consumers at their discretion.
All residents are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags, however, to ease the impact on low-income customers, retailers must waive the carryout bag fee for customers paying with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under:
Residents can pick up a free reusable bag at the City’s utility billing counter (3101 Cedar St.), when signing a pledge to decrease their use of plastic. Bags are available while supplies last. Reusable bags are also available for purchase at most grocery stores.
Wash your bags regularly for your health and safety. Consider designating specific bags for carrying meat, seafood, produce, and cleaning products to avoid contamination. Likewise, consider having some reusable bags for non-food purchases like books and household items that won’t need to be washed as often.
Plastic bags are accepted for recycling at many grocery stores. Visit plasticfilmrecycling.com for locations.
Visit everettwa.gov/BringYourBag for resources and information. For questions, contact email@example.com or 425-257-7205.
The project was awarded in May of 2019, and construction is anticipated to begin mid-July 2019. Most of the work should be complete by the end of 2019. (It is common for some landscaping work to continue into the following spring.)
The City adopted a Downtown Streetscape Plan in 2009. The original initial project goal was for improvements to all of Hoyt and all of Rucker, from Pacific Avenue to Everett Avenue. Hoyt Streetscape was constructed in 2011. That same year, the nearly final design of the Rucker Renewal project was completed and the project shelved awaiting funding. The project later obtained state transportation improvement board funding and was scheduled to be built after completion of the 41st to W. Marine View Drive corridor project, which was completed in 2017.
The 41st to Marine View Drive corridor project has been completed, and the state grant requires the funds to obligated for construction this year.
The completion of the 41st to Marine View Drive corridor project encourages through traffic to pass west of the downtown using West Marine View Drive, reducing traffic impacts during the streetscape project.
Improvements will be constructed on 4 blocks of Rucker Avenue, between Pacific and Everett avenues, as well as 1.5 blocks of Wall Street and one half block of California Street. A one block section of Hoyt Avenue (between Pacific Avenue and Wall Street) will also be bid and constructed concurrently under the same contract, funded by separate state grant funding.
The total cost of the Rucker Renewal project is estimated at $7,629,502.
The total cost of the Hoyt Streetscape Phase 2 project (Pacific to Wall) is estimated at $980,000.
The design will follow guidelines set out in the Downtown Everett Streetscape Plan approved by the Everett City Council in 2009.
Due to the nature of construction in a confined area, dependent on parking and pedestrian access, streetscape projects are known to have an impact to business. City staff are acutely attuned to these impacts and will work with the business community to preserve business vitality as much as possible.
The City’s general contractor will be required to provide a dedicated business liaison to coordinate with property owners during construction to mitigate impacts. This business liaison provides a direct line of contact for businesses to the construction team during the project and has been used successfully for previous downtown streetscape projects, including the Hoyt Streetscape project in 2011.
The Rucker Renewal project is a key piece of the City’s effort to distinguish this portion of Rucker Avenue as part of the core of the downtown residential neighborhood, rather than the more commercial character it exhibits south of the downtown core. Rucker Avenue runs three miles from its northwest end on residential Alverson Blvd to its intersection with the major arterial Evergreen Way to the south, where it splits off for eight blocks into another residential neighborhood. The 2016 freight mobility project improved pedestrian safety in Everett’s Central Business District by redirecting traffic flow for trucks and other vehicles traveling between Interstate 5 and the Port of Everett away from downtown.
As part of the project, the contractor will add pedestrian-friendly features, such as wider sidewalks, landscaping and new lighting, and will add landscaping and trees to the median.
Benefits to streetscape projects are hard to quantify, but data suggests a positive economic climate following a recent streetscape project on Hoyt. A 2015 parking study (the latest study period) showed higher parking utilization at the Hoyt/Colby node than in 2007 (the previous study period). This was the only area in the Central Business District where parking utilization rates were higher in 2015 than the pre-recession levels.
If this is your first time visiting or you are a guest, please park in our parking garage underneath our building.
The main entrance to the parking garage is on Wall Street between Lombard and Broadway, across from the south side of the Angel of the Winds Arena. Use the elevator or the ramp leading from the double doors to get to our main floor.
When you become a member of the Senior Center you may purchase a parking sticker for $5.00 to display on your vehicle. This allows you to park on Lombard Avenue during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and in our parking garage in spaces 8-55 during business hours. Please bring your license plate number with you to purchase your sticker at the front desk.
During the hours when the Senior Center is closed, parking in our garage for events at the Angel of the Winds Arena is paid parking only ($5).
We serve lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. We request that you be at the center no later than 11:15 a.m. to obtain your ticket and help us to get an accurate count for the meal being served. There is no need to make an advance reservation for lunch. Alternative salad entrees are available each day. Advance sign-up is required for the salad entrees between 9:00-11:00 am with the kitchen.
To participate in the lunch program, a registration card must be completed. Seniors age 60 and over and spouses (of any age), or anyone living at home with you who is younger and disabled, can enjoy the meal for just $3.00 suggested donation. Other family and friends who join you can eat for a nominal fee of $7.50 (paid at the kitchen window). Donations are confidential and may be made with cash, check, or Basic Food Program voucher (food stamps).
Contact Homage Senior Services at 425-347-1229 or 800-824-2183, visit their website at www.homage.org/nutrition/ or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership is open to individuals 50 years and older and is required to participate in programs at the Carl Gipson Senior Center. The annual fee for membership is $30. Membership forms are available for download here, or at the front desk.
We also provide scholarships to those who might not be able to participate because of income. This program is based on available funds, and applicants will be funded on a first come, first served basis. The scholarship application form is available for download here, or at the front desk.
To make a donation to the Membership Scholarship Fund please call 425-257-8780
If you are unsure if your event qualifies as a special event, or need assistance in identifying the appropriate category for your event, please contact the City Clerk's Office at email@example.com or 425-257-8610.
If you are interested in hosting a Special Event in Everett, please contact Julio Cortes, Marketing and Event Promotion, 425-257-7110, to set up a pre-application meeting.
A Special Event Permit is a non-construction related full closure of any portion of a right of way. A right of way permit, or street use permit, is issued directly from Traffic Engineering, and is typically for a partial closure of a right of way, street, parking lane or sidewalk for a short-term basis, and typically for a construction project. If you have any questions about which permit to obtain, you may contact Traffic Engineering for more information and they can assist you.
Applicants may request a pre-application meeting with city departments to discuss matters related to a possible special event with a particular focus on matters necessary for the submittal of complete application. The city may require such a meeting after determining an application is incomplete. By way of example only, such discussions may include traffic control, traffic barriers, security, first aid, clean up, special event dates, and special event routes. Staff Contacts are available online.
Except for shorter time frames that are authorized for expressive activity special events and spontaneous special events, a completed application for a special event permit must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office pursuant to the following schedule:
The base permit fee schedule effective through December 31, 2018, is:
Late filing fees may apply if application is submitted after the required time frame.
Permit fees may be paid after an application is submitted. All permit fees must be paid prior to or upon the issuance of the special event permit, but in no case later than 10 business days prior to the date of the special event.
Except for expressive special events and spontaneous special events, the City Clerk’s office will take final action upon a completed application that has been approved by affected city departments upon submission of required insurance documents (if applicable), and all fees have been paid in full. The following schedule applies:
Fees charged from the fee schedule are refundable if the special event is cancelled after the permit is issued and written notice is received by the City Clerk’s Office 15 days prior to the date of the event.
The City’s Risk Manager will inform you of if insurance is required for your event. You will be informed of any specific or additional insurance requirements for your event. Additional information can be obtained by contacting your insurance provider or the City's Risk Manager, Chris Muth- Schulz, 425-257-8702.
This model has been adopted by hundreds of communities across the United States as the most effective approach to reducing chronic homelessness.
CHART (CHronic-Utilizer Alternative Response Team) is a team of criminal justice, emergency response, and research partners who collaborate in an effort to reduce the impact of chronic utilizers on those systems. By taking a systemic approach, our goal is to create an individualized plan that will have a positive and measurable impact on the use of those resources without simply shifting costs from one partner organization to another. The primary goal of CHART is to decrease the system impacts associated with the disproportionate overlapping service utilization by these individuals; however, we anticipate that our efforts will also positively impact the lives of those identified for participation in CHART. Learn more
By addressing the needs of frequent utilizers, criminal justice and emergency response resources are better able to respond to short-term health and safety issues and dangerous crime within our City.
We would use the tool to evaluate individuals as they enter the criminal justice system: at arrest or booking, at arraignment on charges, or during a review of potential charges to determine whether an individual should be charged or diverted.
Supportive housing facilities come in many sizes, from single, scattered-site apartments to controlled-access facilities with more than 100 units. We identified 70 units as an ideal size based on both the financial cost/benefit of developing the apartment complex and the efficiencies of service delivery and building a therapeutic community for the residents. Catholic Housing Services and Catholic Community Services have a long history of providing supportive housing and the expertise to scale services to this community.
Below are some examples of other similar facilities across the state and country:
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County provides a wide range of services to victims of domestic violence including a 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter for individuals and families who are in imminent danger, legal advocacy, supportive housing, a thrift store, community outreach, domestic violence prevention work and healthy dating and relationship classes.
Everett Gospel Mission is the largest homeless services center in Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties and provides comprehensive life recovery programs, meals and shelter for 174 men, and 100 women and children.
Snohomish County Legal Services is a free legal aid program serving Snohomish County Residents experiencing poverty. Staff, pro-bono attorneys and volunteers provide information, advice and legal representation to ensure meaningful access to justice regardless of individual barriers and needs:
Andrew recently asked Lauren to accompany him on a tour of a sober living house, to get her input on whether or not she thought it would be a positive environment for him. Lauren also arranged for Andrew to get a chemical dependency (CD) assessment, and escorted him to the facility for the assessment. He started intensive outpatient treatment soon after his CD assessment. Andrew is doing great, and Lauren plans to continue to support him. (November 2015)
During the 4-month FareStart program, Angela will be housed and receive culinary training. She has also received a 12-step meeting list for the downtown Seattle area, which will allow her to start planning her support schedule. Both Andrew and Angela are supportive of each other in recovery, and both acknowledge that they each need to work on themselves before they can join again in sobriety. Lauren is looking forward to the next step of Angela’s progress when she is released and can begin her journey through FareStart and beyond. (November 2015)
We love it too! Our first installation (phase 1) at 41st St – Colby Ave was a maintenance test to see if we can reduce graffiti tagging by use of decorative wraps and it was a success. Our signal maintenance crew is under-staffed by industry standards. This is a trial to update infrastructure in a way that leads to reduced graffiti call outs to more efficiently use our small crew.
Our next round of installations (phase 2) at Evergreen Way – Madison St and Evergreen Way – Holly Dr are at locations that had been tagged with graffiti earlier this year. This test will again run 6 months from the beginning of September 2018 and we have no plans to install more until we at least have a 6-month track record of positive results in discouraging tagging. Please check back in March 2019 for an update.
We love it too! We have no plans to install more installations until we have at least a 6-month track record of positive results for our phase 2 installations (Evergreen Way – Madison St and Evergreen Way – Holly Dr) in discouraging graffiti tagging. Check back in March 2019 and see FAQ 1 for more information.
We love it too! We have no plans to install more installations until we have at least a 6-month track record of positive results for our phase 2 installations (Evergreen Way – Madison St and Evergreen Way – Holly Dr) in discouraging graffiti tagging. Check back in April 2019 and see FAQ 1 for more information.
The designs are chosen from stock photos on Shutterstock.com. If the trial installations are successful we may set up a process to allow community feedback utilizing the photos available on Shutterstock.com.
Wraps on suitable cabinets cost approximately $2,000 to $2,900 depending on the size of the cabinet. Unsuitable cabinets require replacement before a traffic wrap could be installed. The cost to replace a traffic signal cabinet is approximately $16,500 to $18,000, including the Traffic Wrap installation.
No, many cabinets are unsuitable. Any cabinet that has been painted is unable to have a traffic wrap installation for manufacturing reasons. Any cabinet that is nearing its end of service life, or no longer meets the current standard specifications is also an unsuitable cabinet, because they need to be replaced before a Traffic Wrap can be installed.
There are a total of 177 signal cabinets in Everett and at least 93 of them are not suitable cabinets for one or more of the reasons listed in FAQ 6. Of those 93 unsuitable cabinets, 34 are unsuitable only because they have been painted. This number is large enough that if the phase 2 tests are successful we will consider a phase 3 test where we work with the Manufacturer and wrap a painted cabinet to see if we are okay with the quality of a wrapped painted cabinet to try and reduce the number of unsuitable cabinets.
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Please fill out the form link below, and e-mail it to OversizeLoadPermit@everettwa.gov
Important: If your services are in the process of being shut off you cannot use this service as a method of preventing it, payment needs to be made in person or via phone. Please pay at the Utility Billing office located at 3101 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201, or over the phone at 425-257-8999 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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Important: If your services are in the process of being shut off you cannot use this service as a method of preventing it, payment needs to be made in person or via phone. Please pay at the Utility Billing office located at 3101 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201 or over the phone at 425-257-8999 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Therefore, we recommend that you instruct the Services to initiate each payment to us at least 4 business days before the actual due date. Business days are Monday through Friday, except for federal banking holidays. If you use the Services to send us your payment instructions after 9 p.m. (PST) on a business day, then the Services will treat your instructions as if it was received on the following business day. It is the day we receive payment from you, and not the day we receive your instructions, that determines whether your payment was timely received.
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The results from monitoring conducted by the City of Everett for hexavalent chromium Everett water averaged 0.25 parts per billion (ppb). In California, one of the few places chromium-6 is regulated (it’s not regulated in Washington state), the regulatory level is 10 ppb—40 times the amount detected in Everett’s water.