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Statutory References

for Washington Cities and Towns

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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 2017 Third Special Session.

General Provisions

Incorporation. Wash. Const. Art. XI § 10 and Chapter 35.02 RCW

Classification of municipalities. Chapters 35.01 and 35.06 RCW

Annexations. Chapter 35.13 RCW

First class cities. Chapter 35.22 RCW

Second class cities. Chapter 35.23 RCW

Towns. Chapter 35.27 RCW

Unclassified cities. Chapter 35.30 RCW

Miscellaneous provisions applicable to all cities and towns. Chapter 35.21 RCW

Adoption of codes by reference. RCW 35.21.180

Codification of ordinances. RCW 35.21.500 through 35.21.570

Penalties for ordinance violations in first class cities. RCW 35.22.280(35), 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

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

Penalties for ordinance violations in towns. RCW 35.27.370(14), 35.21.163 and 35.21.165

Civil infractions. Chapter 7.80 RCW

Elections. RCW Title 29A

Campaign finances and disclosure. Chapter 42.17A RCW

Official newspaper. RCW 35.21.875

Administration and Personnel

Commission form of government. Chapter 35.17 RCW

Council-manager plan. Chapter 35.18 RCW

City council in second-class cities. RCW 35.23.181 et seq.

Town council. RCW 35.27.270 et seq.

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

Officers in towns. RCW 35.27.070 et seq.

Local government whistleblower protection. Chapter 42.41 RCW

Code of ethics for officers. Chapter 42.23 RCW

Open Public Meetings Act of 1971. Chapter 42.30 RCW

Municipal courts. Chapters 3.46, 3.50 and 35.20 RCW

Planning commissions. Chapter 35.63 RCW

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

Emergency management. Chapter 38.52 RCW

Revenue and Finance

Budgets. Chapters 35.32A, 35.33 and 35.34 RCW

Bonds. Chapters 35.36, 35.37 and 35.41 RCW

Depositories. Chapter 35.38 RCW

Investment of funds. Chapter 35.39 RCW

Accident claims and funds. Chapter 35.31 RCW

Validation and funding of debts. Chapter 35.40 RCW

Local improvements. Chapters 35.43 through 35.56 RCW

Retail sales and use taxes. Chapter 82.14 RCW

Leasehold excise tax. Chapter 82.29A RCW

Real estate excise tax. Chapter 82.46 RCW

Tax on admissions. RCW 35.21.280

Property tax in first class cities. RCW 35.22.280(2)

Property tax in second class cities. RCW 35.23.440(46)

Property tax in towns. RCW 35.27.370(8)

Lodging tax. RCW 67.28.180 et seq.

Gambling taxes. RCW 9.46.110 et seq.

State preemption of certain tax fields. RCW 82.02.020

Business Licenses and Regulations

First class city licenses. RCW 35.22.280(32) and (33)

Second class city licenses. RCW 35.23.440(2) through (8)

Town licenses. RCW 35.27.370(9)

Municipal business and occupation tax. Chapter 35.102 RCW

Uniform license fee or tax rate. RCW 35.21.710 and 35.21.711

License fees or taxes on telephone businesses. RCW 35.21.712 through 35.21.715

Ambulance business taxes. RCW 35.21.768

Freight carrier taxes. RCW 35.21.840 through 35.21.850

Gambling. Chapters 9.46 and 9.47 RCW

Liquor. RCW 66.08.120 and 66.44.010

Auctioneers. RCW 35.21.690

Cabarets. RCW 66.28.080

Cable television. Chapter 35.99 RCW

Massage practitioners. RCW 35.21.692

Newspaper carriers. RCW 35.21.696

Health and Safety

Generally. RCW Title 70

Local health boards and officers. Chapter 70.05 RCW

Garbage collection and disposal. RCW 35.21.120 et seq. and Chapter 35.67 RCW

Litter control. Chapter 70.93 RCW

Fireworks. Chapter 70.77 RCW

Public Peace, Morals and Welfare

Crimes and punishments. RCW Title 9

Washington Criminal Code. RCW Title 9A

Drunkenness and alcoholism. RCW 71.24.575

Discrimination. Chapter 49.60 RCW

Juvenile curfew. RCW 35.21.635

Vehicles and Traffic

Motor vehicles. RCW Title 46

Model traffic ordinance. Chapter 46.90 RCW

Penalties for driving while intoxicated. RCW 35.21.165

Accident reports. Chapter 46.52 RCW

Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places

Local improvements. Chapters 35.43 through 35.56 RCW

Metropolitan park districts. Chapter 35.61 RCW

Street construction and maintenance. Chapters 35.72 through 35.79 RCW

Sidewalk construction. Chapters 35.68 through 35.70 RCW

Public Services

Municipal utilities. Chapter 35.92 RCW

Municipal Water and Sewer Facilities Act. Chapter 35.91 RCW

Sewer systems. Chapter 35.67 RCW

Water or sewer districts, assumption of jurisdiction. Chapter 35.13A RCW

Buildings and Construction

State building code. Chapter 19.27 RCW

Unfit dwellings, buildings and structures. Chapter 35.80 RCW

Energy-related building standards. Chapter 19.27A RCW

Electricians and electrical installations. Chapter 19.28 RCW

Electrical construction. Chapter 19.29 RCW

Development impact fees. RCW 82.02.050 et seq.


Subdivisions generally. Chapter 58.17 RCW

Short plats and short subdivisions. RCW 58.17.060 et seq.

Hearing examiner system for plat approval. RCW 58.17.330


Generally. RCW 35.63.080 et seq.

Hearing examiner system for zoning applications. RCW 35.63.130

Growth management. Chapter 36.70A RCW

Judicial review of land use decisions. Chapter 36.70C RCW