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Unless specifically defined in this section or in SMC 15.16.050, words or phrases used in this chapter shall be interpreted to have the meaning they have in common usage and to give this chapter its most reasonable application to effectuate its purposes. The following words and phrases shall for purposes of this chapter have the following meanings:

“Exception” means a grant of relief from the requirements of this chapter which permits construction in a manner that would otherwise be prohibited.

“Fill” means any natural or processed earthen material of any nature whatsoever, including, but not limited to, soil, gravel, crushed rock, concrete or asphalt imported to a lot, tract or parcel other than those materials that are directly incorporated into a building or structure. For purposes of these regulations, “fill” shall not include road, driveway, sidewalk, bicycle path or approved parking area materials used to construct: up to six inches of subgrade, including gravel or rock; up to six inches of material necessary to construct a roadway crown if determined appropriate by the City Engineer; or up to six inches of above-grade concrete, asphalt, gravel or other paving material.

Finished First Floor. For purposes of this chapter, “finished first floor” means the lowest floor of the lowest enclosed area (including basement). An unfinished or flood-resistant enclosure usable solely for parking of vehicles, building access or storage, in an area other than a basement area, is not considered a building’s lowest floor; provided, that such enclosure is not built so as to render the structure in violation of the applicable nonelevation design requirements of the Municipal Code.