The statutory references listed below refer the code user to state statutes applicable to Washington cities and towns. They are up to date through the 2015 Regular and Special Sessions and Laws 2016, chs. 1 and 2.

General Provisions

Incorporation ;hg1;Wash. Const. Art. XI ;s; 10 and RCW ch. 35.02

Classification of municipalities ;hg1;RCW chs. 35.01 and 35.06

Annexations ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.13

First class cities ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.22

Second class cities ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.23

Towns ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.27

Unclassified cities ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.30

Miscellaneous provisions applicable to all cities and towns ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.21

Adoption of codes by reference ;hg1;RCW 35.21.180

Codification of ordinances ;hg1;RCW 35.21.500 through 35.21.580

Penalties for ordinance violations in first class cities

;hg1;RCW 35.22.280(35); 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

Penalties for ordinance violations in second class cities ;hg1;RCW 35.23.440(29); 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

Penalties for ordinance violations in towns ;hg1;RCW 35.27.370(14); 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

Civil infractions ;hg1;RCW ch. 7.80

Elections ;hg1;RCW title 29A

Campaign finances and disclosure ;hg1;RCW ch. 42.17A

Official newspaper ;hg1;RCW 35.21.875

Administration and Personnel

Commission form of government ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.17

Council-manager plan ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.18

City council in second class cities ;hg1;RCW 35.23.181 et seq.

Town council ;hg1;RCW 35.27.270 et seq.

Officers in second-class cities ;hg1;RCW 35.23.021 et seq.

Officers in towns ;hg1;RCW 35.27.070 et seq.

Local government whistleblower protection ;hg1;RCW ch. 42.41

Code of ethics for officers ;hg1;RCW ch. 42.23

Open Public Meeting Act of 1971 ;hg1;RCW ch. 42.30

Municipal courts ;hg1;RCW chs. 3.46, 3.50, 35.20

Planning commissions ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.63

Hearing examiner system for zoning amendments ;hg1;RCW 35A.63.170

Emergency management ;hg1;RCW ch. 38.52

Revenue and Finance

Budgets ;hg1;RCW chs. 35.32A, 35.33, 35.34

Bonds ;hg1;RCW chs. 35.36, 35.37, 35.41

Depositories ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.38

Investment of funds ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.39

Accident claims and funds ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.31

Validation and funding of debts ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.40

Local improvements ;hg1;RCW chs. 35.43—35.56

Retail sales and use taxes ;hg1;RCW ch. 82.14

Leasehold excise tax ;hg1;RCW ch. 82.29A

Real estate excise tax ;hg1;RCW ch. 82.46

Tax on admissions ;hg1;RCW 35.21.280

Property tax in first class cities ;hg1;RCW 35.22.280(2)

Property tax in second class cities ;hg1;RCW 35.23.440(46)

Property tax in towns ;hg1;RCW 35.27.370(8)

Lodging tax ;hg1;RCW 67.28.180 et seq.

Gambling taxes ;hg1;RCW 9.46.110 et seq.

State preemption of certain tax fields ;hg1;RCW 82.02.020

Business Licenses and Regulations

First class city licenses ;hg1;RCW 35.22.280(32) and (33)

Second class city licenses ;hg1;RCW 35.23.440(2)—(8)

Town licenses ;hg1;RCW 35.27.370(9)

Municipal business and occupation tax ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.102

Uniform license fee or tax rate ;hg1;RCW 35.21.710 and 35.21.711

License fees or taxes on telephone businesses ;hg1;RCW 35.21.712—35.21.715

Ambulance business taxes ;hg1;RCW 35.21.768

Freight carrier taxes ;hg1;RCW 35.21.840—35.21.850

Gambling ;hg1;RCW chs. 9.46, 9.47

Liquor ;hg1;RCW 66.08.120 and 66.44.010

Auctioneers ;hg1;RCW 35.21.690

Cabarets ;hg1;RCW 66.28.080

Cable television ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.99

Massage practitioners ;hg1;RCW 35.21.692

Newspaper carriers ;hg1;RCW 35.21.696


Power of second class cities to regulate ;hg1;RCW 35.23.440(11)

Power of towns to regulate ;hg1;RCW 35.27.370(7)

Cruelty to animals ;hg1;RCW ch. 16.52

Dangerous dogs ;hg1;RCW 16.08.070 et seq.

Health and Safety

Generally ;hg1;RCW Title 70

Local health boards and officers ;hg1;RCW ch. 70.05

Garbage collection and disposal ;hg1;RCW 35.21.120 et seq. and RCW ch. 35.67

Litter control ;hg1;RCW ch. 70.93

Fireworks ;hg1;RCW ch. 70.77

Public Peace, Morals and Welfare

Crimes and punishments ;hg1;RCW Title 9

Washington Criminal Code ;hg1;RCW Title 9A

Drunkenness and alcoholism ;hg1;RCW 70.96A.190

Discrimination ;hg1;RCW ch. 49.60

Juvenile curfew ;hg1;RCW 35.21.635

Vehicles and Traffic

Motor vehicles ;hg1;RCW title 46

Model traffic ordinance ;hg1;RCW ch. 46.90

Penalties for driving while intoxicated ;hg1;RCW 35.21.165

Accident reports ;hg1;RCW ch. 46.52

Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places

Local improvements ;hg1;RCW chs. 35.43—35.56

Metropolitan park districts ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.61

Street construction and maintenance ;hg1;RCW chs. 35.72—35.79

Sidewalk construction ;hg1;RCW chs. 35.68—35.70

Public Services

Municipal utilities ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.92

Municipal Water and Sewer Facilities Act ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.91

Sewer systems ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.67

Water or sewer districts, assumption of jurisdiction ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.13A

Buildings and Construction

State building code ;hg1;RCW ch. 19.27

Unfit dwellings, buildings and structures ;hg1;RCW ch. 35.80

Energy-related building standards ;hg1;RCW ch. 19.27A

Electrician and electrical installations ;hg1;RCW ch. 19.28

Electrical construction ;hg1;RCW ch. 19.29

Development impact fees ;hg1;RCW 82.02.050 et seq.


Subdivisions generally ;hg1;RCW ch. 58.17

Short plats and short subdivisions ;hg1;RCW 58.17.060 et seq.

Hearing examiner system for plat approval ;hg1;RCW 58.17.330


Generally ;hg1;RCW 35.63.080 et seq.

Hearing examiner system for zoning applications ;hg1;RCW 35.63.130

Growth management ;hg1;RCW ch. 36.70A

Judicial review of land use decisions ;hg1;RCW ch. 36.70C