Chapter 18.52   TEMPORARY USES

Sections:


18.52.010   Intent.

This chapter regulates temporary or seasonal activities that are commonly experienced in the community but are only appropriate for a limited time. Because of their short duration and anticipated limited impact on their surroundings, some temporary uses may be allowed as-of-right if meeting prescribed limits of operation, while others of a more visible nature require review by the director prior to issuing a required permit.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.52.020   General provisions.

A.

A temporary use conducted in a parking area that is accessory to a permitted use shall not occupy or remove from availability more than twenty-five percent of the spaces required for that use.

B.

Each site occupied by a temporary use must provide or have available sufficient parking and vehicular maneuvering area for customers. Such parking need not comply with all parking standards of this title but must provide safe and efficient interior circulation and ingress and egress to and from public rights-of-way.

C.

The temporary use shall comply with all applicable standards of the King County health department.

D.

No temporary use shall occupy or operate for more than six months within any calendar year unless approved by the hearing examiner under a long-term temporary use permit (Type 3 application pursuant to Section 18.08.060). A day of operation shall mean any or part of any day in which the business is conducted. The six months need not run consecutively. The six months may occur at any time within a calendar year as long as each day is designated and approved.

E.

All temporary uses shall obtain, prior to occupancy of the site, all applicable permits, licenses and other approvals (i.e., business license, building permit, administrative approvals, etc.)

F.

The applicant for a temporary use shall supply written authorization from the owner of property on which the temporary use is located.

G.

Each site occupied by a temporary use shall be left free of debris, litter, or other evidence of the temporary use upon completion of removal of the use.

H.

All materials, structures and products related to the temporary use must be removed from the premises between days of operation on the site, provided that materials, structures and products related to the temporary use may be left on-site overnight between consecutive days of operation.

I.

The director may establish such additional conditions as may be deemed necessary to ensure land use compatibility and to minimize potential impacts on nearby uses. These include but are not limited to, time and frequency of operation, temporary arrangements for parking and traffic circulation, requirement for screening or enclosure, and guarantees for site restoration and cleanup following temporary uses.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.52.030   Uses allowed only by temporary use permit.

A.

The following temporary uses, activities and associated structures are allowed by a Type 1 application temporary use permit, subject to the specific limitations of this chapter and as may be established by the director:

1.

Outdoor art and craft shows and exhibits;

2.

Retail sales of Christmas trees, agricultural or horticultural products, firewood, seafood, and other items typically marketed seasonally;

3.

Mobile services such as veterinary services for purposes of giving vaccinations;

4.

Group retail sales such as swap meets, flea markets, parking lot sales, Saturday market, auctions, etc.;

5.

A mobile home or travel trailer with adequate water and sewer service used as a dwelling while a residential building on the same lot is being constructed or while a damaged residential building is being repaired;

6.

When elderly or disabled relatives of the occupant of an existing residence require constant supervision and care, a mobile home with adequate water and sewer services located adjacent to such residence may be permitted to house the relatives;

7.

Circuses, carnivals, fairs, or similar transient amusement or recreational activities.

B.

The director may authorize additional temporary uses not listed in this subsection, when it is found that the proposed uses are in compliance with the provisions of this section.

C.

Temporary uses that exceed any of the standards of this section or are proposed to exist longer than six months shall require approval by the hearing examiner (Type 3 application).

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.52.040   Uses allowed without a temporary use permit.

The following activities and structures are exempt from requirements to obtain a temporary use approval:

A.

Mobile homes, residences or travel trailers used for occupancy by supervisory and security personnel on the site of an active construction project.

B.

Guests of residents in recreational vehicles for not more than fourteen consecutive days and not more than sixty days per calendar year.

C.

Model homes or apartments and related real estate sales and display offices/activities located within the subdivision or residential development to which they pertain.

D.

Contractor's office, storage yard, and equipment parking and servicing on the site of an active construction project.

E.

Garage sales, moving sales, and similar activities for the sale of personal belongings when operated not more than three days in the same week and not more than twice in the same calendar year. Allowed in all residential zoning districts only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

F.

Fund raising carwashes.

G.

Vehicular or motorized catering such as popsicle/ice cream scooters and self-contained lunch wagons which cater to construction sites or manufacturing facilities.

H.

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) only, warehouse sales when held no more than once a calendar quarter in an existing facility in business/industrial park or industrial zoned districts.

I.

Fireworks stands, which comply with the requirements of Chapter 8.04, and subject to the following requirements:

1.

Only one sign is allowed.

2.

Signage must be attached to the firework stand.

3.

No "sandwich" board type signs are allowed.

4.

All firework stand operations and sales must take place outside of landscaped areas and public rights-of-way.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)