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The Accessory Dwelling Unit regulations are located in EMC 19.08.100. The regulations apply to accessory dwelling units whether attached or detached to a single-family housing unit, duplex, triplex, or townhome. To submit an application for an accessory dwelling unit to the City, complete the accessory dwelling unit checklist.
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You can find the zoning and/or overlay designation of your property by viewing the online zoning map by clicking here. The Map Everett Online Map Viewer that includes zoning and other information such as utilities can be found here.
In some cases, yes, as explained below.
Tree cutting or pruning proposed in critical areas or their buffers.
Critical areas include streams and wetlands and their buffers and steep slopes (geological hazardous areas). An application to remove hazardous trees or prune trees in critical areas can be found here. Trees can be pruned up to 33% of the tree’s crown. No topping is allowed unless underneath power lines. If trees are deemed hazardous by a certified arborist or by city staff, they can be removed after city approval. The city requires two replacement trees for every tree cut down. In other cases, a limited number of non-hazardous trees in the outer half of a buffer may be removed through a public review process.
Tree removal outside a critical area but within any development where the zoning code or condition of approval of a development requires landscaping.
This includes all commercial and industrial developments, multiple family developments, and usually short subdivisions or subdivisions built after 1990. Tree removal is allowed but the tree must be replaced if it is required by code. Pruning does not need city approval but topping or pollarding is prohibited. Landscape standards can be found here in Chapter 36 of the City of Everett Zoning Code.
No, rooming houses are only allowed in multi-family and commercial zones, however the code does allow the following when living together as a single, not-for-profit housekeeping unit:
a. A group of not more than four related and unrelated adults and their related minor children, but not to exceed a total of eight related and unrelated persons; or
b. Not more than eight disabled persons, whether adults or minors, living together in a consensual residential living arrangement, but not to exceed a total of eight persons; or
c. State licensed adult family homes as defined by RCW 70.128.010; or
d. State licensed foster family homes and group care facilities as defined in RCW 74.15.020.
Note: the state legislature passed a bill (SB 5235) in the 2021 session, which affects the city’s limitation on unrelated persons within a dwelling. Planning staff are working to understand the implications and revise city code to comply with this new state law.
A recreational vehicle or tiny house may not be used as a residence within the city except as otherwise allowed below.
A recreational vehicle or tiny house may be used as a primary residence in a manufactured/mobile home community which was legally in existence before June 12, 2008 as set forth in RCW 35.21.684 if the recreational vehicle or the tiny house meets the following requirements:
The recreational vehicle or tiny house meets fire, safety and other requirements of the City Building Official and Fire Marshal;
The recreational vehicle or tiny house contains at least one internal toilet and at least one internal shower, or the manufactured/mobile home community provides toilets and showers for use of the recreational vehicle or tiny house’s occupants.
(See EMC 19.08.210)
A recreational vehicle or tiny house may be used as temporary shelter for temporary outdoor encampments, safe parking area or tiny home community which may be approved for a period not to exceed four consecutive months or six months during any calendar year. The requirements to establish an outdoor encampment include notice to adjacent property owners, meeting setback, fencing, lighting, parking, resident restrictions, code of conduct and management requirements. Where these temporary outdoor encampments are allowed are limited unless operated or hosted by a religious organization.
(See EMC 19.08.200 and EMC 19.05.080)
You may not park an RV or tiny home in required setbacks, except as follows:
1- or 2-unit dwelling. Parking may be located within the front or street side setbacks on a driveway that meets city design standards unless on an easement access lot, in an historic overlay zone or in the front setback for alley access lots.
Multiple family. Parking may be located within the rear setback when access is from an alley, or within the rear setback when meeting outdoor and communion area requirements, landscaping and screening requirements, and when not abutting a single-family zone.
(See EMC 19.34.100)
Parking that is located outside of the front and street side setback areas may use surface materials in accordance with city design standards, provided, however, that parking in the area between a street-facing façade and the street must be on a paved surface. (See EMC 19.34.120)
A minimum of 60% of the required front setback fronting a public street and a required street side setback shall be landscaped exclusive of any type of impervious surface or gravel or any other similar material. If a permitted driveway or off-street parking area is within the setback, the required landscaped area can be reduced to 40%. Landscaping shall consist primarily of grass or other living ground cover, shrubs, and/or trees. (See EMC 19.35.050.D)
No person shall allow on property outside of a fulling enclosed structure any vehicle parts or other articles of personal property which are discarded or left in a state of partial construction or repair, or any utility trailers or unmounted camper tops located in a front yard or side yard abutting a public or private street unless it is located on a lawful driveway. (See EMC 8.20.020)
Yes, if you propose a development on a property that is within the special flood hazard area shown on the National Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The maps can be found at msc.fema.gov. Development can include buildings, structures, dredging, filling, grading, paving, or storage of equipment or materials.
Placement on the Everett Register encourages preservation of our heritage and honors those who have cared for Everett’s old buildings. Any person may nominate a building, structure, site, object or district for placement on the Everett Register; however, placement on the register requires owner approval.
Please see the Everett Register page for application information.
Land Use Projects can be found here by searching under project number, address, tax parcel number, or owner or developer name. Prior to construction, some projects require notice be given to neighboring property owners. Notices are sent by mail to the property owner, and a "Pending Land Use Action" sign is posted 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 public comments. In cases of a public hearing, notice is published in the Herald.
To find out about the SEPA process, please select the following link.