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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.
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.
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:
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.
Claims for damages (tort claims) forms are online 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.
The City of Everett code allows for no more than two sale events for any residence per year and the duration of each event shall be no more than four consecutive days. Signs should be placed on private property and not create a safety hazard for pedestrian or vehicular traffic. They can be displayed three days prior to the sale event and should be removed within 24 hours after the sale. Garage sale items not sold should be removed from the yards and property stored.
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. The property must be owner occupied for at six (6) months prior to the application date and remain owner occupied until the loan is paid in full. Clients must also have a consistent source of income to maintain their home, pay property taxes &insurance, and necessary living expenses.
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.
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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Lead enters drinking water primarily through plumbing materials. EPA and state regulations require water systems to monitor for the presence of lead at household taps every three years. Everett conducted its latest round of monitoring in 2018. The EPA action level is a maximum of 15 parts per billion for 90% of the samples. The highest level found in the 108 homes tested was 8 parts per billion. The 90th percentile result—the highest result obtained in 90 percent of the samples—was 2 parts per billion.
Everett’s source water contains virtually no lead and Everett has eliminated lead lines and connections from its distribution system. Therefore, these results indicate that the lead level at household taps is most likely due to the corrosion of household plumbing systems. More information about lead monitoring requirements can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency's website.
Pregnant women and young children can be more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. If you have concerns about lead levels in your household water, there are several steps you can take:
For more information on lead in drinking water, or to find a certified lab near you, go to the Washington State Department of Health. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or at the Environmental Protection Agency.
• 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.
Once you have created a username and password under the Application Login section and have applied for a position through City of Everett’s website, you will be able to log in to check your application status at any time. As the testing process develops, we will be sending email notices to you during the process. You may check the status of your applications(s), update your applications(s), or create a new application, and view all jobs that you have applied for through the City of Everett. To view jobs with other agencies, go to Governmentjobs.com.
• 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 established your account, you may access your account by clicking "Applicant Login" located on the main City of Everett job opportunities page. You may check the status of your applications(s), update your applications(s), or create a new application, and view all jobs that you have applied for through the City of Everett. To view jobs with other agencies, go to governmentjobs.com. 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 protected] 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 2019 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 [email protected] 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.
Amplifund is an external grant management software program that centralizes the grant process into one portal and program. All City of Everett Community Development grants will be managed through this program.
Amplifund is the grant management system that supports the applicant portal and award. The Amplifund ZenDesk is a separate website that provides guides, FAQs, instructional videos, and more to help you use and get the most out of your Amplifund account.
Yes; the Applicant Portal is for open opportunities and applications only. Select information, such as the Performance Plan and Budget, will transfer from your application to your Award Account.
You can use the built-in functionality of browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. For more details, see these links.
Human Needs Applications are scored by the Citizen Advisory Committee on a scale from 1 to 5 for each question.
• 1 - Insufficient Answer; Unable to Score
• 2 - Insufficient Answer; Additional Information Needed
• 3 - Adequate Answer; No Remarkable Details
• 4 - Slightly Above Adequate Answer; No Remarkable Details, Answer Thoughtfully Prepared
• 5 - Outstanding Answer; No Additional Information Needed, Remarkable Details Included and Answer Thoughtfully Prepared
"Remarkable Details" can include information pulled from partnering agencies to show community need, collaboration with partners on funding opportunities, aggressive agency improvement in community regarding addressing priority need, or other details that display agency's ability to go above-and-beyond to address the need.
Scores are split into 3 categories: how the program addresses a community need; organizational capacity to fully execute the program; and community engagement (such as partnerships, equitable practices etc.).
Scores are not shared between Committee members or applicants until the public hearing for award allocations.
In order to capture information for the entire program budget (not just the portion requested by City funds), Amplifund asks for your agency’s ‘match’ to the grant award dollars. There is no threshold requirement. Staff and the Citizen Advisory Committee will use this information to look at the entirety of the program budget and evaluate award risk and leverage of city funds.
In your application for the 2022 Human Needs opportunity, the match is listed at 0%. This indicates the match threshold is 0% for performance metrics, however your budget will track the matching/in-kind funds you will be using to support implementation of the program and related services.
Amplifund budget categories are ‘master’ categories that carry across fund sources. Staff have provided a thorough list of categories submitted for the City’s funding sources. If you require a budget category that is otherwise not listed, please reach out to staff to discuss.
The "Designation of Authorized Official" (DAO) is a standard document for federal and state applications that declares authorization of signature for the organization. This may or may not be applicable to your organization based on your agency's Bylaws and/or Articles of Incorporation.
The DAO is typically provided when the Executive Director and/or their designee, who hold the common powers to sign on behalf of the organization, are either unavailable or otherwise need someone else to sign on behalf of the agency. A letter from the agency's executive authority (typically the Board of Directors) on letterhead attesting the authorization is acceptable for this required document.
For funding sources that do not require Designation of Authorized Official, such as the City of Everett's Human Needs application, may use this document for submission for the required attachment.
For questions, please reach out to Community Development staff at [email protected].
Board authorization to apply for the funding source is a requirement for City of Everett federal and state applications. Supporting documentation for this attachment requirement may be a copy of Board meeting minutes giving such approval or a letter on agency letterhead from the Board's Executive authority stating approval.
Please contact staff as soon as possible. Staff will open the opportunity for corrections to applications only one time during the application process. Failure to meet this deadline may result in an incomplete application that is unable to move forward for Committee review and possible award.
Everett Police officers, vehicles, uniforms, insignia and equipment will not be made available for use on film by film companies without written express consent of the Chief of Police. For approval contact the Film Office at (425) 257-8681
The permit needs to be filled out at the Everett Utility Center, 3101 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201. Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A check made out to the City of Everett for a water meter is required as deposit. There is also a monthly fee for use of the equipment. Please contact the Utility Billing office at (425) 257-8999 for the current fee schedule. Once the permit is complete and a deposit check is on file you will receive the water meter, hydrant wrench, garden hose adapter (if requested) and fire hose to access the water. Hydrant Permits allow you to pull from any hydrant within the city limits as long as they are not within a mile of a medical facility. 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 Salina Haugen, 425-257-7264, [email protected].
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. Please check the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office website to see if there is a current ban in effect. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) will also sometimes require a temporary burn ban due to air quality problems. Please check the PSCAA website for the current air quality ban status. To report an outdoor fire during these burn bans you can also 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.
Prior to conducting a bonfire for religious and/or ceremonial purposes a Fire Permit shall be obtain in compliance with Section 307.2 through 307.2.5 and Section 105.6 of the Everett Fire Code.
Recreational fires not assessable to the general public, or conducted on any public street, alley, road, or other public ground and are not classified as a “Prohibited Recreational Fire” are allowed without a permit under the following circumstances:
Yes, but you will need to go through the City’s permit and inspection process to do so. Call 425-257-8810 or visit the Building Department Permit Counter.
We provide resources, planning services, and information for community members, schools, businesses, and community groups. Our priorities are as follows: Fire safety for senior citizens Reducing falls for senior citizens Fire safety for children Home-escape planning
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.
Non-profits and public agencies may apply for a LTAC grant. For-profit event producers may apply by partnering with a non-profit or public agency. This is called a “cooperative project” where the non-profit or public agency serves as a sponsor of the event.
We estimate that it takes about 90 minutes to read, comprehend and thoughtfully answer the questions. We strongly suggest that you read the application in its entirety before filling it out. Make note of any questions you may have and reach out to Julio Cortes at [email protected] for answers. You’ll have a much easier time with the application if you prepare all pertinent information before putting “pen to paper.”
LTAC is an acronym for the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The acronym gets used several ways when discussing the lodging tax grant program and is commonly used to describe the grant fund. For example, people may say, “you may want to consider applying for LTAC to help promote your event.” In this scenario, you apply to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) who oversees the grant funds distribution.
The grant program is made possible through taxes paid by consumers when they stay in paid lodging in the city of Everett.
Application deadlines can be found in the LTAC application document: https://everettwa.gov/2655/LTAC-grant-application
Email your completed application to Julio Cortes at [email protected].
Or mail it to:
City of EverettC/O Julio Cortes2930 Wetmore Ave.Suite 10-AEverett, WA 98201
You will hear back via email in March.
The LTAC grades all applications using the same grading criteria which can be found on pages six and seven of the application. Applicants earn “bonus points” for programs and events that occur in the off-season (Sept. 1 – June 30) and generate overnight visitation where guests stay in paid accommodations.
Information regarding lodging taxes may be found in RCW 67.28.
We are putting together a user-friendly guide to eligible expenses, but for now, please see RCW 67.28.1816.
You can approach this in several ways.
If your event or program requires attendees to register or buy a ticket, you can include the following survey questions when they check out:
You can work with hoteliers on “special rates” for those who attend your event or program. At the end of your program or event, you can get reports from hotels that show how many times guests used your special rate.
If you’d like to take a more analog approach, you can also survey attendees during your event.
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.
No. You may use the “Pay Now” payment service for a one-time payment.
“Pay Now” allows you to make a one-time payment on your City of Everett Utility account. All payments made before 11:59 p.m. PST will be reflected on your utility billing account that day. Please allow up to 3 to 5 business days for your payment to be reflected on your bank account. Payments over $5,000 cannot be processed online.
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 telephone. Please pay at the Utility Billing office located at 3101 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201, or over the telephone at 425-257-8999, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
You will need to enter this information each time you make a payment using the “Pay Now” payment service. We recommend that you enroll in the online bill pay (AutoPay) service to avoid having to re-key this information each time you make a payment.
Go to the new online payment portal and complete the New User Registration form. Once completed, an email with an account verification link will be sent to you. Click on the link to complete your account verification.
Yes. Payments up to $5,000 can be processed online.
Yes, but if your payment gets returned by the bank for any reason - insufficient funds, closed account, incorrect account numbers, etc. - you will be charged an nonsufficient funds (NSF) fee, and your service will be in jeopardy of being disconnected.
Yes, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address you provide.
If you opt to receive your bills electronically, you will get an email notification each month when your new bill is available. You can view it online and make a payment. If you choose to go paperless, no further paper bills will be mailed to you. If you change your mind, you can always revert back to receiving paper bills.
Yes. We accept VISA or MasterCard credit cards or debit cards. Debit cards are processed the same as credit cards.
Please contact us at 425-257-8999, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST or email us.
Most modern browsers will work. We have tested Microsoft Edge and Goggle Chrome. However, Firefox and Safari should work as well. You should *not* use Internet Explorer as it very old and has known issues with the payment portal.
Yes, a few general troubleshooting steps are suggested. You can try to use an “InPrivate” or “Incognito” browser session to see if that fixes your issue. You also might try deleting your browser cache. These steps clear a lot of issues when using websites.
If you are sending an email to report a problem, please include the following information:
Mobile and desktop versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari are supported. Generally, this is true for the current and previous two versions.
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This problem is usually caused because a browser is blocking a new window or tab from opening. This feature is called “popup blocking” on most browsers. It must be disabled on the utilitybilling.everettwa.gov site for the site to work properly.
The steps to disable popup blocking for a site varies from browser to browser. They will usually display a subtle message telling you they blocked a new window from opening. You may try searching for “disable popup blocking on <browsername> “ for help. For example, “disable popup blocking on chrome.” Please remember to always be careful and only click through to trusted sites for help.
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.
The Pallet Shelter Pilot is funded for one year through a grant from the Washington State Commerce office and a 1/10 of 1% sales tax allocation. It is funded by WA Dept. of Commerce grant funds and Snohomish County Human Services for upfront site development, purchase of 21 Pallet Shelters and operating cost for one year.
$ 985,149 from Washington State Dept. of Commerce grant + $55,000 from 1/10 of 1% Sales Tax Allocation- MAC = $1,040,149
We will be doing outreach virtually and will invite the greater Smith Avenue area, as well as the Everett community at large. In addition, the land use application process will require reaching out specifically to those businesses within 500ft, however that will be done by the Everett Gospel Mission, as they will be in control of that process.
Pallet residents must agree to site rules and behavior expectations, including guest policies and limiting accumulation of property. In addition the individual must agree to enroll in the County’s Coordinated Entry.
Individuals will be referred from Community Outreach and Enforcement Team for entry to the Pallet community.
The managing agency will be responsible for the Pallet Shelter Pilot site and program management. This will include staffing, security, sanitation (hygiene services/ restrooms), waste management, site conduct, and bridging residents to current social services.
The City’s role is to ensure we meet the contractual agreements that exist between Washington State Department of Commerce, Snohomish County Human Services, the City of Everett, and the managing agency. This includes ensuring the management plan agreement is adhered to and to reimburse the managing agency for the expenses they incur to manage the site.
As this is a new program we do not have statistics on how long Pallet residents will live in these shelters, however we do know some will move on to other shelter or housing options. One of requirements to live in these shelters is to enroll in the Snohomish County Coordinated Entry System. Coordinated Entry is a process for people to access the prevention, housing and/or other services that they need. Coordinated entry incorporates uniform screening and assessment, prioritization and program matching, and connections to mainstream services to help those seeking housing and services access appropriate programs more efficiently.
Pallet residents will not be required to receive services. The managing agency will ensure the residents know where they can obtain any services they may need. In close proximity is the Everett Gospel Mission which serves daily meals, can provide access to shower and laundry facilities, and can refer to other services as needed.
There will be 20 Pallets, and we intend to shelter 30 individuals.
The management agency will enforce the rules and established consequences if they are broken.
This is an organized and funded pilot project using Pallet units not tents to shelter individuals. Also, the city is requiring a management agency to oversee the shelter community and to ensure safety, security and sanitation on the site.
The Pallet Shelter project is a one year pilot with funding from the Department of Commerce and Snohomish County. At this time, we don’t know if this program will continue. We will be evaluating program success and challenges throughout the year.
If we find Pallets prove to be a viable and successful way to shelter and create stability for our homeless residents, the City would be open to expanding this location or working to develop a site in a different location. In addition, the City would like to explore if Pallet Shelters could support students and families who are homeless.
Parks has received numerous requests from the residents along Colby Avenue to remove the Colby Avenue median trees because of root invasion that has cracked and elevated streets and sidewalks. Additionally, there have been reports of limbs falling, and some residents are reporting allergic reactions to the leaves and hairs that come from the trees. As a result, the Parks and Facilities Department hired two independent consultants to conduct a tree study to assess the health of the trees along Colby Avenue. In addition, the departments’ Arborist also did an assessment. This information was shared with the Park Board/Tree Committee who felt that Parks needed to come up with a long-term plan for the Colby median trees.
Eventually all the existing trees will need to be replaced, as they are near the end of their productive life span and are in steady decline. However, this process will happen slowly and with lots of opportunities for community input. Our Parks Arborist will continue to monitor the condition of all the trees along Colby Avenue annually. Parks will contract with an independent consultant to evaluate the conditions of all trees along Colby Avenue every five years and will update the plan with any change in the condition of the trees in the report. Trees that are considered dead, dying, or diseased would be removed. Once there is a significant ½ or full block of Colby with no trees, then soil remediation and replanting will occur. Parks has gained public support to remove 1 declining tree, remediate soils and replant 3-4 new trees on the 1700 Block as a “demonstration area” to see how the public likes the trees selected. We hope to start this project in the Spring of 2022. If the demonstration area is well received, then progress on the steady replacement of the trees could move faster than what is outlined above.
The trees that were removed were identified by the Tree Study as trees that were dead, dying, or diseased. As a result, Parks staff removed the trees that were considered high risk or in a critical condition.
In an effort to set the new trees up for success, Parks plans to remove the compacted nutrient depleted clay-based soil in the medians and replace it with soil that is well draining, healthy, and nutrient enriched that will allow the new tree root systems to grow deep down into the earth offering a strong, stable anchor, and better access to water, rather than crawling along the surface, searching for water and causing street and sidewalk damage, as they have in the past.
At the community meeting on July 12, Parks received positive support to do a “demonstration ½ block” on the 1700 block. Construction for the ½ block demonstration area will likely start in the Spring of 2022.
Eventually, all trees in the Colby strip will need to be replaced and replanted with a species that is more appropriate for the median. While removing all the trees at once may be less expensive ultimately, Parks feels taking all the trees down at once would be a significant and abrupt change in aesthetic appearance. Park’s funding is limited, and the removal and replanting process will likely happen over the next decade, as funding and project management time is available. Parks would like to acknowledge that public support for this project is mixed, with as many people wanting the trees to be preserved as removed. Parks has established parameters to assist with decision making process moving forward. For example, for a ½ block remediation, the following parameters where presented:
For the best outcomes, trees should be planted in soil that is permeable, so that roots can grow down, rather than expand out. Additionally, trees should be spaced generously so they have room to grow out. Finally, different species should be planted so that diseases common to some species are not spread through the entire block. When Parks eventually replants, the soils will be remediated so roots can grow deep, the trees will be planted so there are no more than 7 per block, and at least 3 different tree species will be selected for variety.
Replanting will only start to happen as the public approves ½ and full blocks for soil remediation and replanting. Part of the issues with the current trees along Colby Avenue involve over-crowding of trees, forcing them to compete for space and water. New trees will need to be spaced in a way overcrowding will not be a factor in the future. Soil remediation will not be successful on a single tree basis because of the root system from other trees. There are currently 68 trees standing on the Colby Avenue median. If we plant 7 trees per block, that will bring the total to 63 trees, or a net reduction of only 5 trees.
Parks’ recommendation is for the following 3 tree species to be planted in place of the London Planes:
Washington’s large native deciduous trees will not fit into the criteria that was developed when Parks is deciding on an appropriate tree for the Colby strip. The criteria included:
Parks is recommending mulched beds between trees. Mulch provides a more hospitable environment for trees to grow and is easily maintained, prevents damage from mowers to the tree trunks and roots. Additionally, the breakdown of this organic debris will introduce further nutrients into the soil and reduce compaction. If the public has interest, Parks is open to investigating other landscape options to fill in open areas between trees near the middle of the block. However, these options must be low or no cost to maintain.
If the public had an interest in evergreens, Parks would suggest a short pyramidal shaped tree such as Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra) or columnar shaped trees such as Korean Fir, Weeping Alaska Cedar, or Columnar Spruce. These smaller conifers will be less likely to block sight lines and would be less likely to have people camping out under them.
Everett is updating its 2016 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan to guide its park system to meet community needs. The PROS Plan is a locally-prepared plan that will contain Everett’s vision, goals, service objectives, and a program for both park capital investment and park system operation. Every six years, the PROS Plan is updated to meet Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) guidelines so Everett can be eligible for grant funding.
The PROS Plan will also create a capital plan with revenues and costs that can fold into the City’s Comprehensive Plan and budget, as well as support a parks impact fee so that as the City grows, the park system can be improved and sustained.
The project will be developed over 2021 with adoption by March 1, 2022 to meet RCO requirements.
At each stage we will seek public engagement through surveys, interviews, meetings, outdoor pop-up activities and walk shops, online open houses and more.
Everett manages about 780 acres of property. This includes: more than 50 parks and green spaces throughout the city, golf courses, playgrounds, boat launches, sports courts and ball fields, contracted sports leagues, facility rentals, a community garden, ranger services and volunteer opportunities. Explore Everett parks and create your own adventure!
Everett’s focus is on providing and maintaining parks and recreation facilities for community enjoyment. Everett now contracts with recreation entities to bring programming to the community. For more information on the change in recreation resources see this page.
Other park and recreation providers in Everett include Snohomish County and the Port of Everett. School Districts also have assets that may be available after school hours. The PROS Plan Update will address the full range of park assets available in Everett from City and non-city providers. Understanding Everett’s niche and gaps in parks and recreation resources can help the City effectively focus its limited resources.