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The main difference between these two codes is that the IBC can be used to design any building or structure. The scope of the IBC states that its provisions apply to the "construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal, and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures."
The IRC has a scope that is limited to one and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures, open on at least two sides.
The building codes enforced in the City of Monroe include:
The City of Monroe has local amendments to these codes MMC 15.04. The State Building Code Council has statewide amendments SBCC.
If the shed is one story and has a roof area that measures less than 200 square feet and is an accessory structure to a one- or two-family dwelling, then a permit is not required. However, there are still specific setback requirements from the property line. For the specific setback requirements contact the Planning Department at 360-863-4513.
If you intend to hire a contractor please review the information provided on the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website.
Per IRC 105.2 decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 30” above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the required egress door per IRC Section 311.4 are exempt from permit.
Beginning January 2, 2020 you can schedule Building, Public Works and Fire Department inspections online through our website. We will continue to offer our 24-hour voicemail system by calling 360-863-4545 ext #1 for building to schedule an inspection. Inspection requests must be made by 4:00 p.m. to be scheduled for the next day. Leave your name, contact phone number, site address, permit number, type of inspection, and am or pm* request. When pouring concrete, please specify the time of the pour.
All permits and approved plans are required to be on-site at the time of the inspection. All inspections must be called in, even if there is a Special Inspection Agency conducting the inspection.
*am - requests between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:00 noon
*pm - requests between the hours of 1:00 and 3:30 pm
For information on design criteria for Monroe please visit the "Building" page and click on this link for more information.
First, you will want to verify height restrictions, setbacks from property lines and allowable lot coverage with the Planning Department @ 360-863-4513. The Building Department will then assist you in determining what types of permits will be required and the submittal requirements. Please call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501.
You may download permit applications from the Permit Applications page, stop by City Hall, or call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 and the application package may be sent to you.
Electrical permits and inspections are processed by the WA State Department of Labor and Industries.
Yes, a fence permit is required. Please call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 for more information. There is no fee for a fence permit.
If the pool or spa / hot tub is a minimum 24” or deeper, a permit is required. The plans submitted for the pool or spa/hot tub must also include details on the required barrier. For more information please contact the Building Department at 360-863-4527.
The City of Monroe follows the Washington State Retention Schedule. Residential plans are destroyed 90 days after final occupancy. For public records, you can request them at this link.
Work on a project may not begin before the proper permits are obtained and the permit(s) and approved plans are on site. Work commencing prior to permit issuance is subject to double fees equal to permit and plan review fee Table 1-A and Table 103.4.2(A).
After obtaining the proper permits any person may work on their own property, whether they occupy the property or not. Owners of commercial properties may use their own employees to do maintenance, repair, and alteration work on their own properties. A tenant may work on their tenant space with permission from the owner. See RCW 18.27.090 for more information.
Yes, the city offers a Basic Plan program once the original plan has been approved. For more information on this program, you can find the details here.
No gas-powered motors of any size and no electric motors in excess of 1 ¾ HP, including model boats, are allowed on Lake Tye, unless otherwise approved by a special event permit. MMC.9.28.110.
Dogs are welcome in our parks; however, the following rules apply to ensure a great experience for all:
Wiggle Field is a designated area where your dog can freely run at-large with others but please observe Wiggly Field rules.
Yes, please refer to our special event application here for more information.
Yes please click here for a list of our rules.
The city may require you to provide commercial general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence with the city named as an additional insured on the policy for the duration of the special event. If insurance is required, you will have to provide the city with a certified copy of the policy naming the city as an additional insured.
The Lake Tye water level fluctuates by approximately 3 feet seasonally. A bathymetric survey was done on the south half of the lake in 2012. At that time, the lake at its deepest point was approximately 29 feet. Certified city staff consistently monitors water levels to ensure the proper functioning and environmental health of the lake.
Submit a completed Special Event Application to the city for approval, 90 days in advance of the proposed event.
To guarantee a spot in a gazebo or for a covered area, you need to reserve them by contacting 360-863-4559. If there is not a reservation then it is first come first serve.
No, however there are several different campgrounds in our area, including: Eagle Park RV Park, Flowing Lake, The Evergreen State Fairgrounds Campground and Thunderbird RV and Camping Resort.
City Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Although fishing is allowed year-round, you must have fishing license per the Fish & Wildlife guidelines.
A special event is defined as any kind of activity that is out of the norm for activities typically occurring in the area where the event is proposed to take place, or an activity that may impact public places, areas or facilities. For practical purposes, this includes, but is not limited to, parades, fun runs, art fairs, bicycle runs, car shows, and triathlons. Events involving 30 or fewer people are usually exempt from this permitting process, but please check with the City to be certain.
One lap is equal to 1.63 miles. 2 laps around the loop is equal to the distance of a 5k.
One lap is equal to .75 miles.
The mesh fencing is removed each year between the months of October – April due to annual flooding. This particular fence was designed to withstand the damage of annual floods.
Lewis Street Boat Launch is owned and maintained by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Generally speaking, a permit is required if you are starting a new construction project, remodeling and/or planning to change the footprint of an original structure, changing the roof pitch, or making any structural changes. It's better to assume that you need a permit and check with the Permit Assistance Center rather than proceed on a project and find out later that it is not in compliance. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions at 360-863-4501.
Every permit application includes a list of submittal requirements. You will see those requirements when you open the application PDF. You can view them here Permit applications.
Irrigation systems are required to have backflow protection. A plumbing permit is required to install a backflow prevention assembly.
An appointment is not necessary to apply for paper permits; however, it is preferred to ensure staff is available. You can also apply for permits on line here . Please call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 if you need further assistance or for more details.
The City of Monroe Fee Resolution can be found on the City of Monroe’s website at this link. You may also call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 for status updates.
For information on mitigation fees, view the City of Monroe Fee Resolution or call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501.
The current Zoning map can be found here in PDF format. This will allow you to zoom in to the specific property you are searching for. If you need further assistance, you can contact the Planning Department at 360-863-4513.
For property maps and data, you can access that information on the Snohomish County Assessor's web site at https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5167/Assessor
A home business, also defined as a Home Occupation in the Monroe Municipal Code, does have certain criteria required to be met before a business can be approved. For more information, you can find the code section here .
If you are conducting business within the Monroe city limits and your gross earnings exceed $2,000.00 per year, you will need to register your business with the City of Monroe. The City of Monroe and State of Washington Business Licensing Service are involved in a combined licensing one-stop system that allows you to obtain state and city licenses at the same time. You will receive a master license from the state, showing your city general business endorsement.
The fee for a Monroe license is $50 plus a $19 state fee - paid to the Business License service during the State application process.
For property setbacks and additional information on a specific property, the Monroe Municipal Code, Chapter 22, outlines that in the bulk requirements. You can contact the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 to determine what zone your property is located in as that is what will determine your setbacks.
Sign permit applications are located here.
When inquiring about subdividing your property, the City of Monroe recognizes that citizens may have questions relating to several various departments within the city. A Pre-Development meeting provides you an opportunity, early in the planning stage, to meet with Development Review representatives who will assist you with preliminary direction regarding your proposed project. Per Title 22 of the Monroe Municipal Code, permit Types I & II are encouraged to attend and permit Types III & IV are required to attend the Pre-Development meeting. To determine which category your project may fall under you can contact the Planning Division at 360-863-4513. From there, upon completion of the Pre-application checklist, along with documents to support your project, you can call the Permit Division at 360-863-4501 and staff will assist you in scheduling a meeting.
For questions and status of current projects and/or project updates, please feel free to contact the Permit Division at 360-863-4501.
When a subdivision is filed for recording with Snohomish County, a copy of the Covenants are filed along with it. You can find them and request copies at the Snohomish County Public Records Department.
The adopted zoning map can be located here on the city's website.
Yes, current Land Use maps can be found here
There are several ways that you can submit comments on a project:
For Non-Emergencies, call 425-407-3999
When you call 9-1-1, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:
All employment positions are listed through the City of Monroe Human Resources Department.
Citizens requiring a copy of a police report may make a request at the police department during business hours. All requests need to be made in writing through our City Open Public Records Portal (CLICK HERE). Every effort will be made to supply the requested information, however some cases under investigation or containing non-conviction data may not be available for release. A response to all requests will be provided within five business days. A $1.50 processing fee for the first five pages may be required for copies of records to be released. Call 360-794-6300 for more information.
Effective June 24, 2019, the Monroe Police Department will be fingerprinting individuals that live inside the city limits of Monroe only as well as Monroe School District employees. Fingerprinting hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. There may be occasions that arise during an emergency situation that may prevent immediate service, however; alternate dates and times will be provided. View more information on fingerprinting services.
We want to hear about your experience with the Monroe Police Department.
What did we do well? What can we do better? Whether you want to compliment an outstanding officer or employee or provide feedback about a disappointment, all of your comments are welcomed and valued.
You may contact us in person, by telephone, or written correspondence including email: Monroe Police Department 818 W. Main St. Monroe, WA 98272 Phone: 360-794-6300 Email
Unused or expired medications can be disposed of at this location in Monroe:
Pharm A Save
17788 147th St SE
Monroe, WA 98272
Stormwater is rain and melting snow that runs off surfaces that cannot readily absorb water. These surfaces include rooftops, pavement, compacted gravel lots, and even frozen ground. Stormwater runoff picks up pollution, can cause erosion, and flooding problems. These problems occur when we alter the land and change the way water moves through the landscape.
As stormwater flows towards receiving waters such as streams, lakes, rivers, or soaks into the aquifer, it picks up pollutants. These pollutants include, but are not limited to, ground sediment, airborne dust, pet waste, oil, grease, fertilizers, chemicals, and litter.
The City of Monroe has an approved street tree listing that may be used for selecting tree specimens. Property owners are responsible for the care of the area in front of their property. Please submit a right of way disturbance permit before planting trees.
The City welcomes reports from drivers about roadways in need of repair. Providing us with the exact location (for example, eastbound lane on Main St just north of Dennis Way) will help speed response time. To report a pothole, fill out a request using Monroe Listens or call 360-794-6100.
The City has over 52 lane miles of roads that are swept on a regular basis. During the fall leaf season, two sweepers are operated to help reduce the chance of localized flooding. During spring to summer, sweeping resources are reduced in order to focus on other operational needs.
To request to have your street swept, please submit a request through Monroe Listens or call 360-794-6100. Requests will be reviewed.
No. Please do not blow leaves into the street. To properly dispose of leaves place them into a yard waste container. Leaves have the potential to back up storm drains and cause flooding. In addition, leaves piled in the street, can clog the street sweeper creating damage and delaying progress.
Trees need to be trimmed to a height of fourteen (14) feet above the street. Sidewalks need to be clear from overhead vegetation to a height of eight (8) feet, and all walkways must be clear of vegetation. Please click here for diagram.
We wish we had enough snowplows and drivers to take care of every street right away, but our resources are limited and so we must adhere to a carefully laid out system for clearing the streets. To keep our snow removal operations as effective and efficient as possible plows follow priority routes. Plows will remain on priority routes until they are clear.
When plowing, the snow may end up in the driveway you just shoveled. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes you. If your schedule permits, you may want to wait and clear your driveway after city plows have passed through your street. If it is a significant snowfall, the snowplows will probably be back and make a second pass. Streets are typically opened with one pass through, so that streets can be made passable for drivers as soon as practical. Snowplows usually return to open the street curb-to-curb.
SNOW REMOVAL TIP… If your driveway is cleared before the street is completed, clear the area to the right of your driveway (when facing the house). When the plow comes by the snow will dump in this clear area, minimizing the amount left in your driveway.
Yes. The City of Monroe receives its water from the City of Everett. More information is available from the City of Everett.
The City of Monroe purchases its water from the City of Everett.
Lead enters drinking water primarily through plumbing materials. EPA and state regulations require water systems to monitor for the presence of lead at household taps every three years. Everett conducted its latest round of monitoring in 2015. The EPA action level is a maximum of 15 parts per billion for 90% of the samples. The highest level found in the 108 homes tested was 8 parts per billion. The 90th percentile result—the highest result obtained in 90 percent of the samples—was 2 parts per billion.Everett’s source water contains virtually no lead and Everett has eliminated lead lines and connections from its distribution system. Therefore, these results indicate that the lead level at household taps is most likely due to the corrosion of household plumbing systems. More information about lead monitoring requirements can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.Pregnant women and young children can be more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. If you have concerns about lead levels in your household water, there are several steps you can take:
For more information on lead in drinking water, or to find a certified lab near you, go to the Washington State Department of Health. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or at the Environmental Protection Agency.
City of Monroe maintains a 24-hour emergency response service for your convenience. If you have a water related emergency after hours, call 425-239-0189.
For non-emergencies please call City Hall at 360-794-7400.
Some water supplies contain naturally-occurring fluoride. Monroe’s does not. Therefore, after a vote of the people in 1992, Everett (City of Monroe’s water supplier) began adding fluoride to the water supply for dental health purposes. In January 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed reducing the water fluoride concentration target to 0.7 ppm based on recent research. Based on this recommendation, Everett reduced the target fluoride residual in its drinking water to 0.8 ppm, which was the lowest level currently allowed by state regulations at that time. The Washington State Board of Health is adopted 0.7 ppm as the new standard on March 16, 2016. Everett subsequently reduced the target fluoride residual to 0.7 ppm. Information on fluoride in drinking water is available from the Washington State Department of Health.
Not necessarily. Like tap water, the safety of bottled water depends on where it comes from and how it is treated. Tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and subject to stringent standards. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and held to different standards. If you are using bottled water for health purposes, you should research the product to make sure that it is providing the benefits you are looking for.
Chlorine is used to disinfect your drinking water and eliminate disease-causing microorganisms. For this reason, there may be an odor or taste of chlorine when you first turn on your faucet in the morning. This should dissipate after you run the water for a few minutes. However, if your water has a persistent taste or odor, call Monroe Public Works at 360-794-6100.
Your water comes from a high quality source and is treated effectively, the Washington State Department of Health advises that water treatment devices are not required. However, treatment devices, such as activated carbon filters, can be used to improve that taste of your water by removing chlorine and other substances that can cause poor taste or odors.
Water pressure in Monroe ranges from 35 to 120 pounds per square inch (PSI), depending on the location. If the water main that serves you has a pressure greater than 80 PSI, you should install a pressure-reducing valve set at 80 PSI or less to protect your plumbing. If you are concerned about your water pressure or faucet flow rates, check to see if you have galvanized iron plumbing or if the pipe that connects you to the City’s water line is galvanized iron. Over time, galvanized iron pipe corrodes on the inside and the rust can cause blockages that restrict the flow of water. If you have pressure or flow problems and your plumbing and service line are copper or plastic, call Monroe Public Works at 360-794-6100.