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Accessory use, structure, or building” means a use or structure subordinate to the principal use of a lot, or of a principal building on the same lot, and serving a purpose clearly incidental to a permitted principal use of the lot or of the building, and which accessory use or structure is typically associated, or otherwise is compatible with the principal permitted uses and/or structures authorized under zoning regulations applicable to the property. Accessory dwelling units allowed for in this title shall not be considered accessory structures or buildings. In residential districts, accessory buildings are permitted only if constructed simultaneously with or subsequent to the same main building on the same lot. Also see definition of “secondary use.”

In residential districts accessory buildings are allowed; provided, that they conform to the requirements as follows:

1. Exclusive of garage and storage areas, the maximum square footage of accessory structures shall not exceed 400 square feet. If the total enclosed structure exceeds 400 square feet, storage areas shall be accessible from the outside of the structure.

2. Two rooms maximum, exclusive of bath facilities and closets.

3. No showers, except for use in conjunction with a swimming pool.

4. No bathtubs.

5. Sinks and toilets may be included.

6. No cooking facilities unless in conjunction with a built-in barbecue, rotisserie, or charcoal broiler; provided, that when such facilities are constructed the accessory building will be limited to one room.

7. Two accessory buildings are permitted; provided, that the combined area does not exceed 400 square feet over and above garage and storage areas and meets all other requirements of this title and the Building Code (SMC Title 15).

8. Accessory structures shall not be used for human habitation.

9. In residential districts, accessory structures shall not be located in a required front yard, or within the required rear yard of a through lot.

10. If structurally attached to a principal structure, the accessory structure shall conform to the setback requirements for the principal structure.

Accessory Use Types. In addition to the principal uses expressly included therein, each use classification type shall be deemed to include such uses as are customarily associated with and are appropriate, incidental, and subordinate to, such a principal use. Such accessory uses include, but are not limited to, the uses indicated below:

1. Off-street parking and loading serving a principal use, whether located on the same lot or on a different lot, but only if the facilities involved are reserved for the residents, employees, patrons, or other persons participating in the principal use.

2. Home occupations, subject to the provisions of SMC 17.260.020.

3. Operation of an employee cafeteria by a firm engaging in a principal nonresidential use on the same lot.

4. Sale of goods on the same lot as a principal civic use, but only if such goods are available only to persons participating in the principal use.

5. Production of goods for sale by a firm engaged in a principal commercial use on the same lot, but only if:

a. All goods so produced are sold at retail by the same firm on the same lot; and

b. Such production does not occupy more than 50 percent of the total floor area and open sales, display, storage, and service area occupied by such firm on the lot; and

c. Such production does not in any case occupy more than 2,000 square feet of such floor area and open area.

6. Storage of goods sold by a principal commercial use, or used in or produced by a principal industrial use, engaged in by the same firm on the same lot.

7. Operation of an administrative office of a firm engaged in a principal manufacturing use on the same lot, but only if such office does not occupy more than 50 percent of the total floor area and open sales, display, storage, and service area occupied by such firm on the lot.

8. Wholesale sale or retail sale to the buyers of custom order of goods produced by a principal manufacturing use engaged in by the same firm on the same lot.

9. Temporary conduct of a real estate sales office which is necessary and incidental to, and located on the site of, a subdivision being developed into five or more lots.

10. For residential uses, yard or garage sales, not more than seven days per year.

Advertising message” means that copy of a sign describing products or services being offered.

Affordable housing” means housing affordable to households with very low, low, or moderate incomes as defined in this chapter.

Affordable housing project” means a housing development in which all of the units are deed-restricted for occupancy to very low-, low-, and moderate-income households. In nonresidential districts, such projects may include up to 25 percent of nonresidential square footage.

Agriculture, indoor growing or harvesting” means the growing and harvesting of shrubs, plants, flowers, trees, vines, fruits, vegetables, hay, grain, and similar food and fiber crops in a greenhouse, warehouse, or other structure.

Agriculture, outdoor growing or harvesting” means the growing and harvesting of shrubs, plants, trees, flowers, vines, fruits, vegetables, hay, grain and similar food and fiber crops outdoors.

Alcoholic beverage tasting establishment” means a retail establishment that primarily sells one or more alcoholic beverage (wine, cidery, or distilled spirits) on behalf of one or more wineries, cideries, or distilleries and enables consumers to taste wine, cider, or distilled spirits, either with or without charge, as a regular part of the sales business, and may include incidental sales of other retail items.

Alley” means a dedicated public way intended primarily to provide secondary vehicular access to abutting properties.

Alteration” means any enlargement, addition, relocation, repair, remodeling, change in the number of dwelling units, development of or change in an open area, but excluding painting, ordinary maintenance for which no building permit is required, and demolition or removal.

Animal, domestic” means a small animal of the type generally accepted as household pets, including dogs, rabbits, goats, cats, birds, and the like, but not including bees, roosters, hens, ducks, geese, poultry, sheep, swine, horses, cattle and the like, or other animals determined by the Planning Commission to be inappropriate as a household pet, either generally or in a particular situation or setting.

Animal hospital” means an establishment for the care and treatment of animals, including veterinary offices, where all facilities are within an enclosed building, except for any exercise runs.

Animal hospital, office only” means an establishment for the care and treatment of animals, including veterinary offices, where all facilities are within an enclosed building, and there are no exterior animal-related uses such as dog runs or kennels.

Applicant” means any person, firm, partnership, association, or any other entity which seeks City permits and approvals, including individual owner, managing partner, officer of a corporation, or any other operator, manager, employee, or agent of an entity required to file an application for a permit under this title.

Artist work studios and arts-related fabrication” means a work space for artists and artisans, including individuals practicing one of the fine arts or performing arts, or skilled in an applied art or craft. There may be incidental retail sales of items produced on the premises. This category may also include incidental instruction.

Authorized agent” means the person specifically authorized by an owner to represent and act on behalf of the owner and to act as an operator, manager, and contact person of a nonhosted vacation rental, and to provide and receive any notices identified in this section on behalf of the owner, applicant, permittee, or authorized agent.

Automotive gas or fueling station ” means a retail business selling gasoline and/or other fossil fuel-based motor vehicle fuels, and related products.

Automotive Sales, Service, and Repair. Automotive sales, repair, and service uses include the following uses, and similar uses as may be determined by the Planning Commission:

1. New and/or used auto sales.

2. New and/or used trailer/recreational sales.

3. Automotive rental service.

4. Automotive service stations.

5. Automotive repair garages.

6. Automotive or truck wash.

7. Tire sales and service.

8. Fast service oil change. (Ord. 1140 § 1, 2022; Ord. 1123 Exh. A § 1, 2019; Ord. 1122 § 1, 2019; Ord. 1116 § 2, 2018; Ord. 1111, 2018)