Planning Codes & Standards

The Planning & Development Services Department is responsible for enforcing adopted City codes and standards.

Current adopted codes are available in the documents listed below, in addition to Title 14 (Land Use Development) and Title 19 (Building and Construction) of the Snohomish Municipal Code.
The Historic District Design Standards are currently being reviewed and updated by the Design Review Board.  All materials associated with this project are available to the public, and comments are welcome.  Click here to access more information.

Proposed Amendments to Fence Regulations

At the request of a resident and by the direction of the City Council the Planning & Development Services Department analyzed the City’s current fence regulations (found in Snohomish Municipal Code 14.240.060) specifically considering the intent of the regulations regarding location of fences in the right-of-way.  Staff concluded the intent of the regulations was to allow fences in the right-of-way when:

  • Located on a parcel being used for residential purposes, not only on parcels located in a residential land use area as is currently stated in the code; and
  • Located in rights-of-way at least 60 feet wide, not only in rights-of-way greater than 60 feet wide as is currently stated in the code because the typical right-of-way width on local streets in the City is 60 feet.

In its analysis staff also determined the code’s clarity could be improved with amendments, especially related to the measurement of fence and wall heights and the permitting of retaining walls.  These additional amendments do not substantively change the regulations but merely make the code language easier to understand and administer.  To review and download the proposed amendments to SMC 14.240.060 – Fence and Wall Regulations and proposed supporting amendments to SMC 14.100 – Definitions, click below.

Please send your written comments to Glen Pickus, Planning Director, either via email or to City Hall (in person or via mail) at 116 Union Ave., Snohomish.  Written comments will be received until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.  After that comments can be provided at the Planning Commission public hearing 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the Snohomish School District Resource Service Center, Boardroom, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish.  A City Council public hearing is tentatively scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Carnegie Building, 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish. 
Notice of Proposed Code Amendment/Determination of Non-Significance for Fence Regulations
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