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A buffer zone is a tool the City of Everett has created that regulates use of public property and encourages acceptance of support/services through focused outreach and enforcement, as necessary. A buffer zone is a defined radius (2-blocks or less) around designated service locations or high-impact locations. See online maps for actual boundaries.
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A specific address or service location could qualify for a buffer zone if it has had six or more qualifying events. “Qualifying events” may include 911 calls, complaints from the community, negative impacts to the neighborhood or criminal behavior.
Service location buffer zones are created around a designated social service provider and are intended to allow for safe access to service facilities.
High-impact buffer zones are created around a designated address (or addresses) and are intended to reduce negative activities in/around this area.
The Everett Police Department will make contact with individuals engaging in prohibited conduct on City property to educate them about the regulations within buffer zones and will refer individuals to social services. Community Support team members will provide ongoing outreach to individuals within the identified buffer zones, offering resources and support, and will partner with community organizations to maximize outreach efforts.
Enforcement would occur after education and outreach efforts should it be needed.
Requiring a Right of Way Use permit for distribution of goods or services in a buffer zone allows the City to understand who is providing goods or services and what they are providing. The City of Everett is working with community partners to mitigate negative impacts to our residents, businesses, and individuals by ensuring order, safety and sanitation.
A City of Everett Public Works Right of Way Use permit is required for distributing goods or services on City property within designated buffer zones. Apply for a Right of Way use permit here.
If you have questions about the permit application or the permit process, please reach out to City of Everett Permit Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-257-8810.