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All new construction, remodeling, additions, tenant improvements, or structural changes within existing buildings require a building permit. New roofs and re-roofing (up to two layers allowed) also requires a building permit. Plumbing permits are required for any new fixtures and pipes. For further questions regarding building permits, contact the Permit Specialist at 360-454-5211.
Electrical permits are required and may be obtained through Washington State Labor and Industries.
You can access building permit applications on the Applications, Forms, and Checklists page.
Fences six feet or less in height may be allowed in any required side yard or rear yard, or one four feet or less in a required front yard. No fencing will be allowed to obstruct the sight distance for traffic on any roadway; all fencing that runs along any such roadway must be four feet or less in height at the intersection of all roadway and extending back for a distance of at least 40 feet.
The type of approval needed depends upon the location, size, and details of the project. The City’s Community Development Department has developed a Master Permit Application for all land use projects, so only one application will be needed. Each type of land use approval will have a checklist, depending on the type of project, and each checklist will tell you how many copies of each item that you will need to submit with your project. Contact the City Planner for the types of checklist(s) that you may need at 360-454-5220.
Review times are directly dependent on the type of project, the type and number of permits needed, and the quality of the submittal.
One-story detached accessory structures, such as sheds or other accessory structures, greater than 200 square feet in area will require a building permit. It is a good idea to have sheds that are exempt from requiring a building permit reviewed by the planner for setbacks from lot lines, distance from main building and any easements to insure compliance with zoning regulations.
Requesting a locate is free, but not requesting one can be expensive and dangerous. Locating utility lines buried underground can help you dig around them safely and help prevent personal injury, property damage, interrupted service, and monetary liabilities that can result from a line being hit. It is also the law. Revised Code of Washington 19.122.030 states you must call before you dig.
So contact Call Before You Dig, and you can find out whats buried, for free, before you:
Make sure you call 811 at least 48 hours before you plan to dig. The Center will then notify agencies with utilities in your area to mark their lines.
Yes. Per Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 42.56.240(2), the complainant may indicate a request for non-disclosure of their name and identity. Please be advised, the vast majority of violations are resolved without the release of complaint information. However, if the City is required to use legal proceedings to resolve the violation, the written complaint and supplemental information may be disclosed as public information. Your name is required, so the City can request further information as needed.
Complaints regarding life, health, safety, and environmental concerns are always investigated, even if the complaint is made anonymously. However, without contact information or substantiation, the depth of the investigation is limited.
The City investigates every written complaint received. Generally, an investigation begins within a week of receipt. The activity or alleged violation would need to be observed, confirmed, or determined through subsequent research. Complaints are generally prioritized by receipt, however, complaints are also prioritized by significance in cases of health, safety, and environment.
City, County, and State records are examined. The various adopted codes are applied. If a violation exists, the property owner is contacted and informed of the violation. Compliance solutions are reviewed and scheduled. Penalty fees may be imposed.
The time to resolve a violation depends on the complexity of the situation. The property owner’s competence, resources, and level of cooperation are also time factors in achieving compliance. The person filing the complaint may be contacted at any stage of the investigation by request.
The Landlord-Tenant Act (Revised Code of Washington [RCW] 59.18) contains remedies and procedures to resolve most landlord-tenant issues.
The Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish offers mediation and conflict resolution services to assist landlords and tenants in resolving their disputes and can be reached at 425-339-1335 or 800-280-4770. The City requests that the solutions available through the Landlord-Tenant Act are followed precisely (in writing).
Life-safety issues are regulated by the City and health issues by the Snohomish County Health District.
Private property line issues are a civil matter between the private parties. A privately obtained licensed survey may be needed to clearly establish the property line. The City would only become involved when there was a safety issue or if adopted code violations were involved.
The Code Enforcement officer can provide phone numbers for different types of assistance. Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 360-629-2181, ext. 5208.
Please refer to the City’s Development Fee Schedule (PDF).
Zoning will depend on whether the property is in the City limits and what zone it is located in. Please refer to the Zoning Map:
For more information, please refer to the Stanwood Municipal Code. To ask more detailed questions about your zoning and/or regulations, contact a City Planner at 360-454-5220.
The zoning code "Permitted Uses" table lists allowed uses for each zone (see Stanwood Municipal Code Chapter 17.30.040).
The zoning code "Development Standards Table" lists setbacks, heights, lot coverage, density, and other requirements for each zone (see Stanwood Municipal Code Chapter 17.60).
Long range plans for a particular property depend on where you live. Please refer to the City’s Comprehensive Plan maps.
Code Enforcement issues, complaints, or questions can be directed to the City’s Code Compliance Officer at 360-454-5208.
For inspections, contact the Building Inspection Scheduling line at 360-454-5217 and leave a message with:
We require at least 24 hours notice prior to an inspection request.
The data the city refers to for property information is located on the Assessor’s Office website via the Snohomish County Online Property Information Interactive Map (SCOPI) and is not suitable for locating specific property lines and measurements. The City recommends you find a survey that may have been done for your property, look at your title report for past surveys or hire a surveyor to locate your property lines.
The City has partnered with Xpress Bill Pay. You can receive emailed statements and/or pay your bill online by creating an account and following the on screen instructions, or call 360-629-2181 and we will walk you through it.
You can pay traffic or parking infractions via mail or bring in the original ticket/infraction to:City of Stanwood10220 270th Street NWStanwood, WA 98292
Yes. Licenses are required for dogs and are available with proof of rabies vaccination. There is a $10 annual fee for each altered dog (spayed/neutered) and a $50 annual fee for each unaltered dog.
Yes. It is unlawful for the owner or custodian of any dog to cause, permit or allow such dog to roam, run, stray, or to be away from the premises of such owner or custodian and to be on any public place, or on any public property, or the private property of another in the city of Stanwood, unless such dog, while away from such premises, is controlled by a leash or lead, such control to be exercised by such owner or custodian or other competent and authorized person. Any dog found roaming, running, straying or being away from such premises and not on a leash as provided in this section may be impounded subject to redemption in the manner provided by this chapter. (Ordinance 1033, 1998).
For more information about animal control, please visit the Stanwood Dog Licenses page.
Yes, door-to-door sales are permitted with a current City of Stanwood Peddlers License. For more information contact the Permit Specialist at City Hall via phone at 360-629-2181, ext. 5211.
A Business License is required for businesses operating within the city limits of Stanwood, including businesses physically located outside city limits that perform services for customers inside city limits. City approval is required for initial issuance. All Business Licenses must renew on or before the expiration date printed on their Business Licensing Service renewal notice.(Stanwood Municipal Code 5.03.010 - 5.03.090)
For further information, please visit the Stanwood Business Licensing page. You may also contact the Permit Specialist at City Hall via phone at 360-629-2181, ext. 5211 or go to the Washington State Department of Revenue website, or call the Washington State Business Licensing Service at 800-451-7985.
To register to vote, obtain mail-in forms, available at City Hall (10220 270th Street NW ) and the Stanwood Library (9701 271st Street NW).
Information about city job openings can be obtained on the city website or by calling City Hall at 360-629-2181.
To report a pothole or other unsafe street condition, call the Public Works Department at 360-629-9781 during regular business hours. Call 911 after normal business hours to report any situation that is an emergency such as a down or missing stop sign.
Report a street light out by calling Snohomish County Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 360-629-5700 during regular business hours. You will need to provide the address of the pole and the pole number.
You can apply for a passport at City Hall (10220 270th Street NW). Passport hours are Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm and Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm. We are closed Monday and Friday. Please note: The last applicant for the day will be seen no later than 3:45 pm. Please plan ahead for larger groups.
For more information go to the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs website.
No. You can receive your statement by email without using auto-pay or online bill pay.
No. It’s free to sign up for online bill payment and to use the service.
Xpress Bill Pay is the company we have partnered with to handle our online bill payment. You access your account from the Xpress Bill Pay website.
You can pay your bills online through Xpress Bill Pay with a credit or debit card, or you can transfer funds directly from your checking account. You can also pay in person, or by mail to:10220 270th Street NWStanwood, WA 98292
If those options don’t work, call us and we will be happy to take your payment over the phone 360-629-2181.
We try to match the look of your paper statement as much as possible, so you’ll find it easy to read your bill on-screen.
You can view up to a year’s history of your account online, so you can compare your current bill to a year ago.
Not at all. You can pay your bill from anywhere in the world! All you need is access to the Internet through a web browser. You then log in to your account using your email address and password. No need to worry about late payments if you’re out of town when your bill is due.
After you complete the transaction, you can receive an email receipt to confirm that your payment went through.
Absolutely. All the transactions are handled on secure servers. As long as you don’t give out your password, only you will be able to access your account. Plus, your personal information or email address will not be sold or rented to third parties for marketing purposes without your permission.
If there is an immediate emergency threat to life or property, dial 911. Emergencies include:
When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:
For non-emergencies, call our dispatch center, SNO911, at 425-407-3999. Non-emergencies include:
To report a power outage, call Snohomish County Public Utility District at 425-783-1001.
For other inquiries, call the Stanwood Police Department business line at 425-388-5290. Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM. These types of inquiries include:
Police reports are handled by the jurisdiction where the crime/incident occurred, or if that is not known, by the jurisdiction where you live. To file a report:
Requests for Stanwood police records can be made in person or by email, fax, or phone. We prefer receiving requests in writing. To assist us in locating your documents, please provide us with as much information as possible. Download the Police Records Request Form (PDF).
If you live in the city limits, contact our office by phone at 425-388-5290 or by email, present valid identification, and fill out a Police Records Request Form (PDF). If you do not live in the city limits, contact the law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction in which you live.
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If your ticket was issued by the Stanwood Police Department, call our office for information at 425-388-5290. You must respond to your notice by choosing one of the three options and turning in your copy, signed, within 15 days. Your copy must be received at:Stanwood City Hall10220 270th Street NWStanwood, WA 98292
A court order can only be obtained through the courts. This includes:
For more information, visit the Washington Courts website.
Stanwood Police only serves Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Restraining Orders, and Anti-Harassment orders. We do not serve other civil court documents.
Please call 425-407-3999 for animal problems in the City. Dispatch will advise a Stanwood Deputy, who will determine what next steps need to be taken. The City does contract with Snohomish County Animal Control, but only for very limited items. Therefore, all animal issues first go through the on-duty Deputy.
If you believe you have information about a crime or case within the city of Stanwood, please 425-407-3999 or report online. In unincorporated Snohomish County, call their tip line at 425-388-3845.
Police reports are handled by the jurisdiction where the crime/incident occurred or if that is not known, by the jurisdiction where you live.
If the crime/incident occurred outside our area, please call the law enforcement agency that covers that area.
Smart911 is a service used by SNOPAC (Snohomish County 911) that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile and enter their address and vital information which may include medical information, gate codes, or other details, so that when they call 911, that information can be shared with call takers and emergency responders.
Smart911 stores information on secure servers and encrypts information entered by the public. A safety profile can never be viewed by emergency responders or 911 except when a call is placed to 911, and then that information is only shared for a short time.
No, the profile is made available to any 911 center using Smart911, but only when a registered device calls 911. Already in use in 1,000 communities including areas of King County, the system is growing in popularity. If you on vacation or traveling in an area using Smart911, having a safety profile is a great idea.
National Night Out is an opportunity for the public to interact with the emergency responders, and we felt it was a great opportunity to officially launch Smart911 in Snohomish County. We will have materials distributed at a variety of events in the County encouraging the public to create a safety profile.
Smart911 is in use in more than 1,000 communities, including areas of King County.
Depending on how much information you wish to provide, it can take as little as 10 minutes to create your Profile. Visit the Smart911 website to sign up.
Yes. A Profile can contain many family members tied to a single phone number or multiple phone numbers and addresses. A profile can include pictures and information.
Smart911 provides 911 centers and emergency responders with additional information which can help to enhance the effectiveness of an emergency response.
You can update your information as often as there are changes, but you must verify your information at least every six months. Smart911 prompts users to update their profile using email and text reminders. Emergency responders want to ensure that people’s Profiles are always up to date.
No, participation is completely optional and voluntary.
Requesting a locate is free, but not requesting one can be expensive and dangerous. Locating utility lines buried underground can help you dig around them safely and help prevent personal injury, property damage, interrupted service and monetary liabilities that can result from a line being hit. It is also the law. Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 19.122.030 (link is external) states you must call before you dig.
If you plan to dig more than 12 inches deep, call 811! You can find out what’s buried, for free, before you:
Make sure to call 811 at least 48 hours before you plan to dig. The center will then notify agencies with utilities in your area to mark their lines.
Different colors of paint are sprayed onto the ground to identify types and locations of underground utilities prior to excavation in the area. If you find locate markings on your property, or in the area, and want to inquire who requested them or what project will be done, please contact 811. Once marked, the requester is responsible for maintaining the marks.
Sulfur Water or Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) is a colorless dissolved gas present in some well water. Sulfur, when released by opening a faucet, has a disagreeable "rotten egg" smell. Sulfur is present in groundwater supplies and creates the foul smell. The bad smell of sulfur-bearing water can come and go; it can be worse in the summer because of higher groundwater temperatures and changing water levels in a well.
Water is distributed from our sources to your tap through a network of buried pipes. Mineral deposits naturally build up and form a lining on pipe walls. Chlorine reacts with the layers of mineral deposits that have built up within our water distribution system. We have an annual city-wide flushing program to purge the deposits in our pipelines and minimize the discoloration at your tap.
Washington State law established the Pesticide Sensitivity Registry. People who are on the registry, or list, will be notified before pesticides are applied to landscaping or highway or roadway rights-of-way near the person’s residence.
People who are certified by their doctor as sensitive to pesticides may apply to be listed on the Pesticide Sensitivity Registry. People on the list will be notified when areas next to their homes will have pesticides applied by a Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)-licensed applicator.
To be added to the list:
Find more information on the Washington State Department of Agriculture website (link is external)
If the street light is located within the city limits, please report the problem to the Public Works Department.
Read some tips to keep your sewer system worry-free and functioning properly.
Homeowners are responsible for sewer backup problems on personal or private property. If there is any issue with a backup on city property or with a City of Stanwood sewer manhole, please call Public Works immediately.
The City of Stanwood allows access to bulk water with the purchase of a Hydrant Use Permit (HUP). HUPs can be purchased Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm from the Finance Department located at:City Hall10220 270th Street NWStanwood, WA 98292
HUPs are valid for one day, and are non-refundable.
The Hydrant Use permit fee is $50 per day plus utility taxes.
This fee allows up to 5,000 gallons or 668.4 cubic feet of water. Water withdrawal over 5,000 gallons or 668.4 cubic feet per day shall be charged an added $5.34 per each additional 748 gallons or 100 cubic feet plus utility taxes.
The fire hydrant in the Public Works yard at 26729 98th Drive NW is the only fire hydrant available for public use.
Note: Water taken from hydrants is not recommended for human consumption unless boiled or otherwise treated.
If you suspect you have a water leak, which is usually reflected in a higher-than-usual water usage bill, ask these questions to help determine what the cause might be:
Leaks between the water meter and your home, including inside of your home, are the homeowner’s responsibility.
The City of Stanwood is located in north Snohomish County, WA, north of the mouth of the Stillaguamish River. The City’s corporate boundary encompasses an area of approximately 2.7 square miles. The City’s existing water distribution system extends beyond the City limits. The existing water system extends south to the Sylvana Crest Subdivision on the south side of Hatt Slough and north of Drainage District 17 along Old Pacific Highway.
The distribution system extends east to 48th Avenue NW (Valde Road) and west to the Stillaguamish River and Skagit Bay. The City’s existing retail water service area encompasses an area of approximately 10 square miles. The City is responsible for providing public water service, utility management, and water system development within this area. However, requests for new water service outside the Urban Growth Area Boundary will only be granted after the area is annexed to the City or upon completion of an annexation agreement.
The City of Stanwood is required to treat all of our water sources with chlorine. We do not add fluoride to our water.
Reduce the taste of chlorine.
The City of Stanwood is committed to delivering the best quality drinking water. We strive in meeting the challenges of source water protection, water conservation and community education while continuing to serve the needs of all of our water users.
Each year we routinely monitor the quality of all of our water sources and the distribution system to ensure that they meet the latest regulations.
View all available Consumer Confidence Reports.
Biosolids are sewage sludge that has been treated to meet standards so that it can be applied to land as a beneficial use.
Sewage sludge is the residual material produced by a domestic-sewage treatment plant that does not meet standards to be classified as biosolids or that is disposed of in a municipal solid waste landfill.
You may contact the City of Stanwood’s Public Works Department by calling 360-629-9781 or by fax at 360-629-0867
To find all the easements or right-of-way that could affect you, you will need to look at the title report for your property. If you are specifically interested in the City of Stanwood easements, we have maps available in our Public Works Department.
Call the City of Stanwood’s Public Works Department at 360-629-9781 with your address and we will provide you with the water pressure zone that serves your area or assist you in getting your home water service pressure for you.
You can pay online at Pay my Bill, call the 360-629-2181, ext. 113, mail or deliver payment to:City Hall10220 270th Street NWStanwood, WA 98292
Do you have a maintenance problem to report? Email us a description of the problem. Please include your name and callback number.
You can contact the Stanwood Public Works Department to review your property. Department personnel can help you with sewer hookup questions. Or you can call the Public Works Department at 360-629-9781.
Contact the Stanwood Public Works Department at 360-629-9781.
If you find that none of the sewers drains in your house are properly draining call the City of Stanwood first. We will investigate to see if the City’s collection line is clogged. If it is clogged, the City will unclog it immediately at no cost to you. If it is running freely, the City will notify you so you can call a plumber to unclog your pipes, tap or side sewer.
Call the Utilities Underground Location Center at 800-424-5555 for free location and marking of utility lines. You are responsible for any lines that could be damaged during work on your property. Always call ahead and work carefully. Some lines on private property may not be located.
The City is responsible for all mainlines for each utility.
The water utility provides service for the connection from the mainline to the meter box or vault. The City also maintains meter components and cut off located within the box. Service connections beyond the meter are the responsibility of the customer.
The wastewater utility provides service for the City’s sanitary sewer mainlines, lift/pump stations and the City treatment plant. Property owners are responsible for their side sewer from the property to the mainline.
Sewer backups are an emergency and should be reported immediately to the Stanwood Public Works Department at 360-629-9781. For after-hours, weekends or holiday occurrences call the City of Stanwood after hour emergency pager at 425-347-9794. If the cause of the sewer backup is on private property, it shall be the responsibility of the owner to have a licensed plumber fix the problem.
For after-hours, weekends or holiday occurrences call the City of Stanwood Public Works Department at 360-629-9781 and you will be prompted to the appropriate divisions after hour emergency contact person.
Stanwood Public Works Department at the following addresses or call 360-629-9781:
The City of Stanwood uses the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) Vendor Roster (link is external) to purchase equipment and supplies that the City may require. Such items may include:
Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) Rosters is a roster service that provides a membership database used by participating Washington public agencies to efficiently and affordably contact registered businesses about small public works construction projects, consulting opportunities, and contracting of goods or services. MRSC Rosters has no involvement in how public agency members procure services through the roster process.
Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) Rosters serve Washington counties, cities, and special purpose districts authorized to use a roster contracting process and businesses that meet the eligibility requirements for providing services to local governments.
To register your business and for more information, please visit MRSC Rosters (link is external).
Projects included on the city’s adopted transportation improvement plan are eligible for funding.
A City may seek voter approval of a $2 sales tax under Chapter 36.73 RCW or implement up to a $20 per vehicle fee with City Council approval. A sales tax is equitably shared by both residents and non-residents that use Stanwood streets and would raise $200,000 annually. A car tab fee is only paid by Stanwood residents and would raise an estimated $98,000 annually.
Only Stanwood residents may vote to increase taxes within the city limits. The city council is asking residents to approve the $2 sales tax on the February 12, 2013 ballot. With voter approval of the $2 sales tax, the City can begin to replace the transportation funding that has been lost over the years and be better able to preserve, maintain or expand the City’s transportation infrastructure into the future.
In Stanwood’s case, the primary on-going source of revenue for the Street Fund has been the gas tax (MVET). Since 2008 the gas tax has been insufficient to meet budgeted expenditures for street improvements. Transfers to the Street Fund divert money from other sources.
The city has supplemented the gas tax with transfers from the general fund and Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) Revenues. Previously, the city reserved REET funds for capital projects such as park improvements. Without the TBD, planned projects such as flood control measures, sidewalk improvements and street maintenance may be delayed.
Street maintenance is second only to public safety on the list of vital services the city provides to Stanwood residents, business owners and visitors. Street maintenance is also an important part of the city’s economic development efforts. The city’s streets are often the first impression visitors, potential business owners and customers have when they enter Stanwood. Other economic incentives may not matter if Stanwood’s streets are not well maintained and inviting. In this case "curb appeal" is not just a figure of speech. A transportation benefit district would provide funding to ensure Stanwood streets, sidewalks and trails do not deteriorate and require a more expensive fix in the future.
In November 2012, after conducting a public hearing, the Stanwood City Council approved Ordinance 1328 that formed the Stanwood Transportation Benefit District and adopted a new chapter to the Stanwood Municipal Code, entitled "Transportation Benefit District". The ordinance specifies that the boundaries for the TBD be coextensive with the City limits. Funds used to operate the District must make transportation improvements that are consistent with existing regional, state, and local transportation plans and necessitated by existing and reasonably foreseeable congestion levels as provided in Chapter 36.73 RCW.
The council further determined that it is in the public interest to provide for transportation improvements that specifically focus on reducing the risk of transportation facility failure and improving safety, decreasing travel time, increasing daily and peak period trip capacity, improving modal connectivity, and preserving and maintaining optimal performance of transportation infrastructure. The governing board of the TBD shall be the Stanwood City Council serving in an ex-officio and independent capacity as per RCW 36.73.020.
In December 2012, the Stanwood TBD Board approved the Rules and Procedures of the Stanwood Transportation Benefit District outlining the conditions by which the TBD is organized and defining its rights and privileges.