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The ordinance applies to alarm systems used to initiate a law enforcement response. These include intrusion or burglary alarms, robbery alarms, monitored alarm systems that call the police department when an alarm is activated, and local alarm systems that are not monitored. It does NOT include fire alarms, medical alarms, personal alarms, vehicle alarms and alerting doorbell cameras, unless those doorbell cameras are part of a security system that is designed to detect and alert unauthorized entry.
A study conducted by the Urban Institute in 2012, of which the City of Seattle was a participant, reported that at least 90% of all police alarm calls were false alarms, and less than 2% of all the alarm calls police were dispatched to were related to criminal conduct. Those results match our experience in Everett. Our data shows that in 2017 the police department had 4,966 law enforcement alarms that year. Of those:
Of those 4,966 alarms in 2017:
Based on the total number of law enforcement alarm calls in 2017 (4,966), Everett Police respond to approximately 13.6 alarm calls per day, slightly more than one every two hours. Dispatch data shows that response and on-scene time averages 12.5 minutes per call, with two officers usually present. Assuming an average of two officers per call, the department is expending 2,070 hours per year in call time for alarm calls - slightly less than the amount of hours one full-time officer works each year.
These calls are considered priority responses and take resources away from other calls. They also often involve code responses: patrol cars travelling at higher speeds creating greater risk of accidents and injuries.
No, we have a law enforcement alarm ordinance that was enacted in 1978. The ordinance requires alarm registration and fines for repeated false alarms, and the ordinance was enforced through 1991. In 1991, enforced was stopped because the new software system utilized through our regional dispatch center did not support management of alarm registration, alarm tracking, and alarm billing. Since then, alarm systems have become very common, but have a high incidence of false alarms, making it a critical time for us to reevaluate the existing ordinance and associated practices.
We believe that by adopting the recommendations of the National Burglar Fire and Alarm Association (NBFAA) and the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) we can maintain the positive aspects of law enforcement alarm systems while significantly reducing their negative impacts.
The Urban Institute reports that where their false alarm reduction strategies have been employed, police agencies report a 60% or greater reduction in the number of false alarms. That experience has been replicated locally with the City of Seattle false alarm program.
The proposed ordinance updates the existing law to reflect three false alarm reduction strategies.
Strategy 1: Mandating alarm companies to use Enhanced Call Verification. This requires the alarm company to make at least two phone calls to numbers on a contact list to verify the validity of the alarm before calling 911. This proposed ordinance mandates all alarm companies use that process for a standard intrusion alarm, which at 87% is the majority of the alarms received. It does not mandate that process for robbery or panic type alarms, of if an alarm company is monitoring by sound or video and can visually or audibly confirm a crime is occurring.
Strategy 2: Requiring registration/permitting for alarm systems, which is already part of our current ordinance. It is important that law enforcement know where alarm systems are in the city, who is responsible for them, and how to contact those responsible parties when needed. Along with permitting, the proposed ordinance institutes an annual fee for the alarm systems that would help account for the higher level of police protection and response provided to those with alarm systems, and help offset the costs of responding to and checking on those alarms when they occur, and help offset the cost of administering the permitting and false alarm review and billing processes.
The proposed fee scale for permits is as follows:
Permits will be valid for the year in which they were obtained. After June 30th of each year the cost for new permits are reduced by ½. Permit costs are not refundable, so a person that discontinues alarm use is not eligible for a refund for the remainder of the year.
Strategy 3: Creating penalties for repeated false alarms by assessing fines to alarm users for repeated false alarm responses. This is currently in the existing ordinance. The proposed ordinance updates this process and the penalties.
Officers are required to investigate any alarm response and to make a reasonable determination as to what caused the alarm and report whether it was a false alarm or a valid alarm. We would send monthly bills for documented false alarm responses. There is an opportunity to waive one false alarm fee every 12 months by taking an alarm awareness class which we anticipate offering online. The proposed ordinance has a system for alarm users to appeal charges first to a reviewing officer within the department, and then next to the city hearing examiner at the alarm users request.
Yakima, Burien, Bellingham, and Seattle all utilize “Verified Response.” Verified Response means that for any intrusion alarm, there must be actual physical proof of an alarm activation, typically by a third party confirming a valid alarm. These agencies do still respond to panic and robbery alarms. Seattle charges $10 each year for all permits and no discounts. Seattle still has false alarm fees at $230 for panic and robbery alarms and $115 for intrusion alarms. They also have a “first time waiver” for one alarm every 7 years with an alarm awareness class.
Tacoma has a flat rate of $40 annually for all types of alarms, no discounts, and a flat $100 fee for response to any type of false alarm. There are no waivers for “first time” alarms. The alarm company charges alarm users for all permit and false alarm fees, and passes those costs on to the alarm user through their monthly billing.
The ordinance proposal for Everett is somewhere in the middle, with the residential permit fee a little lower than Tacoma, and the business permit fee a little higher. We have proposed numerous discounts to those fees for senior citizens, disabled residents, and non-profit organizations.
You can apply online for a business license on FileLocal.
If you engage in business activity in the city of Everett, regardless of the physical location of your business, you are required to obtain a business license. If you live within Everett city limits and are conducting business out of your residence, you must also comply with the Home Occupation Business regulations.
For more information and links to the applications, see our Business License page.
A City of Everett Business License is not an authorization to conduct business and is for the sole purpose of assigning you a business and occupation tax identification number. The license is merely one requirement to conduct business within the city. The city's issuance of a general business license does not establish that the operation of your business is permitted, authorized, or lawful. You will need to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, including but not limited to, zoning, building, and fire regulations. It is the responsibility of the applicant to comply with these codes before conducting business in the City of Everett.
You are advised against investing in equipment or maintaining inventory at your proposed business location until it is determined that your business is a legal use for the property, and that any structure housing the proposed business complies with all applicable codes.
A claim is a request for payment for a loss, injury, or damages that you incurred in an incident/accident.
You must file your claim within the Washington State statute of limitations. There are different statues of limitations for different types of claims. See RCW 4.16 for the various statutes of limitations.
Yes, in most circumstances where you seek money damages, you must file a claim if you believe the City of Everett is responsible for your loss, injury, or damages.
Claims for damages (tort claims) forms are online or pick up a copy at the City Clerk’s Office, 2930 Wetmore Ave, Suite 1A, during regular business hours.
It will help your claim to include any supporting records, such as medical records or bills for personal injuries, receipts, estimates and invoices, along with any additional evidence, such as photos, diagrams, etc. Please note that all submitted documents, including the claim form itself, are subject to release under the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56).
Claims for damages against the City of Everett must be filed with the City Clerk's Office in person or by mail. An original pen and ink signature must be on the form. Faxed or emailed forms will not be accepted.
Your claim will be sent to the City's Risk Management Office the following business day after the date you filed the claim. In most cases, your claim will be assigned to a claims adjuster to begin an investigation. You will receive a claim acknowledgement by mail, email or telephone call. Possible resolutions are that the City:
1.) Pays a sum of money
2.) Transfers the claim to another party or entity
3.) Denies the claim where there is no evidence of City negligence
The length of time will vary by claim. On average, claims can take two weeks to two months to resolve, but some claims may take longer.
Contact your claims adjuster. If you do not have your adjuster's contact information, call 425-257-8702 during normal business hours.
Contact the person listed on your claim denial and express your concerns. You may also contact the City Risk Manager at 425-257-8702. You also have the right to consult an attorney of your choosing and at your own expense.
The City of Everett code allows for no more than two sale events for any residence per year and the duration of each event shall be no more than four consecutive days. Signs should be placed on private property and not create a safety hazard for pedestrian or vehicular traffic. They can be displayed three days prior to the sale event and should be removed within 24 hours after the sale. Garage sale items not sold should be removed from the yards and property stored.
For an owner occupied loan, the household income must be less than 80% of median income (view Income Eligibility Guidelines). The home must have sufficient equity available to apply.
For a non-owner occupied loan, the investor is required to fund 50% of project expenses and make housing available to low and moderate income families. CHIP works with local lenders that can assist investors with their portion of the project funding.
Check to see if you are eligible using this form > (Am I eligible for a CHIP loan?)
Once your project moves to the top of the waiting list, CHIP staff will set an appointment to meet at your home. A CHIP staff member will assess your home, check the main systems (electrical, foundation, plumbing, roof, heating) and recommend the scope of work.
CHIP maintains a list of pre-approved General Contractors. If you are a licensed, bonded, and insured General Contractor and have substantial residential remodeling experience you may qualify to become an approved Contractor. Unfortunately, CHIP does not maintain a list of specialty sub-contractors and will not accept applications unless you are a general remodeling contractor.
If you are interested, please click here for more information > CONTRACTORS WANTED
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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 2018. 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.
• Your local WorkSource may have computers that you can use. In Everett they are located at the Everett Station: 3201 Smith Ave, Suite #330, Everett, WA. Go to their website for other locations: Work Source locations map
• You may use the public computers located at most libraries such as Sno-Isle Regional Libraries and the Everett Public Library
• Family and friends may also have internet access available for your use.
If the position you are applying for is “open/continuous”, you may submit your application any time. However, that job may close at any time without warning.
If you’re submitting your application form on the advertised deadline date, please give yourself enough time to update your application materials, answer the required agency-wide questions and supplemental questions prior to the stated deadline. Submission of your application materials will take approximately 1 minute; however, if the system is slow due to lots of activity, it may take longer. We suggest you try to submit your application an hour before the deadline. If the deadline is reached before your application has reached the employer's server, it will be lost. There is no way to recover the application at that point and you would not be considered for that particular job.
• NEOGOV's Online Application Guide • Help (FAQ) – found on the Applicant Login page in NEOGOV • NEOGOV Help Desk – (855) 524-5627 • Live help from Human Resources during regular business hours: Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Once you have logged in to the system, you can find the applications you have applied for by selecting your Username and then "Applications & Status" in the drop-down box.
The system will generate an email with that information. Please be sure to check your spam/junk mail folders and also add firstname.lastname@example.org to your ‘safe sender’ list. If you still do not receive the email notice, then contact NEOGOV Customer Support toll free at 1-855-524-5627 and follow the prompts for ‘applicant’ assistance.
EWG’s database reports that the contaminants Everett detected above EWG’s health guidelines were primarily unregulated contaminants, elements for which there is no current legal standard. In most cases, City of Everett water tests at or below the public health guideline for the contaminants in EWG’s database and in all cases below the EPA regulatory limits.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gathers information on unregulated contaminants under their Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) program. The EPA collects data for these chemicals and microbes that may be present in drinking water, but are not currently subject to EPA drinking water regulations.
Public water systems report monitoring results to the EPA on an ongoing basis. Consumers should be confident that water scientists regularly monitor the presence of these constituents and continue to investigate the implications of minute levels in the water supply.
Everett monitors for regulated and unregulated chemicals/compounds/substances in our drinking water that aren’t included in the EWG database. Our 2019 Water Quality Summary contains our complete report with the most recent data. Any results over the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) are reported to customers in the annual water quality report.
No. By their own admission, EWG selectively chooses the guidelines by which they measure water quality. Individual constituents are evaluated on varying standards ranging from federal to assorted state guidelines.
The PHG represents the level of contaminant at which no adverse health effects would be anticipated over an entire lifetime of exposure. So, a PHG is not a boundary line between a “safe” and “dangerous” level of a chemical, and drinking water is frequently demonstrated as safe to drink even if it contains chemicals at levels exceeding their PHGs. The EPA’s MCLs are set as close to the health goals as possible, considering cost, benefits and the ability of public water systems to detect and remove contaminants using suitable treatment technologies.
The City of Everett’s water supply is safe to drink and meets or surpasses all water quality standards and requirements. There are no industrial or agricultural pollution sources in Everett’s drinking water source. Of the constituents listed in the EWG database, some are naturally occurring and some are the result of disinfection processes that eliminate disease-causing pathogens.
All public water systems must adhere to national water quality standards required by the EPA in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Public health guidelines are non-enforceable advisories to water systems that are meant to be weighed in conjunction with economic and technological feasibility. In some cases, the technology to treat the constituents may not be available, or the cost of treatment too high compared to the risk assessment. As technology advances, new and improved treatment options become more available and affordable for adoption by water utilities.
To obtain a copy of a program aired on EVTV, contact Meghan Pembroke, public information director, at 425-257-8687 or email email@example.com for availability and cost.
Copies of City Council meetings can be purchased for up to five weeks from meeting date. Cost is $5 and must be ordered through the City Clerk's office by calling 425-257-8610.
After the meter and equipment is returned in good working order, your deposit will be mailed to you less charges for water used.
Alternatively you can provide your own water truck and have it inspected, by appointment, at 3101 Cedar Street. After inspection and deposit you will be provided a magnetic permit that allows water to be drawn from any hydrant on our list of approved hydrants.
If you have any questions please call or email, Lindsay Moo, 425.257.7245 firstname.lastname@example.org
Normally yes, but there are conditions.
The City of Everett is a permanent no-burn area. However, small recreational fires are allowed if they are:
No burn barrels! Burn barrel use was banned in Washington in 2000, and burning garbage has been illegal since 1967.
During hot dry summer months Snohomish County will occasionally require a temporary burn ban. This means that even recreational fires are prohibited. Please check the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office website to see if there is a current ban in effect. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) will also sometimes require a temporary burn ban due to air quality problems. Please check the PSCAA website for the current air quality ban status. To report an outdoor fire during these burn bans you can also file an online complaint or call PSCAA at call 1-800-552-3565.
Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.
Prior to conducting a bonfire for religious and/or ceremonial purposes a Fire Permit shall be obtain in compliance with Section 307.2 through 307.2.5 and Section 105.6 of the Everett Fire Code.
Recreational fires not assessable to the general public, or conducted on any public street, alley, road, or other public ground and are not classified as a “Prohibited Recreational Fire” are allowed without a permit under the following circumstances:
Yes, but you will need to go through the City’s permit and inspection process to do so. Call 425-257-8810 or visit the Building Department Permit Counter.
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A Knox Box is an entry system that allows the Everett Fire Department to gain entry to your property in the event of an emergency. The components of a Knox Box include a UL-listed steel access box (or other access devices) with a UL-listed steel lid, lock, and key controlled only by the Everett Fire Department. Knox Boxes may be ordered from the Knox Company.
Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. (International Fire Code 506.1)
Go to knoxbox.com.
When you reach the knoxbox.com, click "BUY" located on the top right corner of the screen.
You should see “Knox Online Store”.
Use the “Select State/Province” drop-box, and select WASHINGTON.
Using the space that says “Enter department name”, type “Everett Fire Dept” then push the red “Search” button to the right.
The “Everett Fire Dept” show up on the bottom left of the screen, push the blue “Select Department” button located on the bottom right of the screen.
You should see “Everett Fire Dept – EVERETT, WASHINGTON”. Now you are there, you can make your selections.
No. The Fire Department has no interest in the sales of the Knox Company. The only purpose for the Key Lock System is to improve Fire Department Access in emergencies and to reduce property damage caused by forcible entry.
Placement of Box
Please notify the Fire Marshal’s Office with any questions or concerns regarding the placement of your Knox Box.
Property owners do not receive keys that will open their Knox Box. Any key that will open your Knox Box will also open other Knox Boxes in the City. For that reason, only the Fire Department has the master key. When your box is mounted and ready to install keys, call the Fire Marshal’s Office (425-257-8120) and a Fire Inspector will come and place the keys securely in your box.
The Everett Fire Department can assist you in determining this. Keys required will vary from one business to another. Keys can range from all inside doors and all inside doors which control access to shared systems such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), sprinkler systems, alarms, and electric panels.
The Knox Box is a box that property owners install on the exterior of their building that will store entrance keys and cards used exclusively by the fire department during emergencies. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, the Knox-Box allows immediate entry into a building and/or property by the fire department without forced entry which can cause damage and delay.
There are a variety of Knox Boxes available to choose from the two most common are the surface mount box and recessed mount box. The surface mounted box allows for the box to be mounted directly to a wall or structure with minimal alterations to the building. The recessed mounted box allows for the box to be mounted recessed into a wall where the door of the box will be the only component of the box exposed. It is also important to consider size of the box prior to placing an ordering, first determine the number of keys or cards that will be needed into the box.
An improperly sized box will cause problems for keys to be secured due to the door on the box not being able to be close and lock properly. If the box cannot be secured properly the fire code official can deny the box and a new or additional box may be required, which will cause unwanted delays to your project.
Benefits to having a Knox Box on you building/ business:
KEY SWITCHES -
The key switches is primarily utilized to override electronic gates and motorized doors to allow first responders rapid access. Time is critical during an emergency response. Locked gates, fences, or similar barriers can delay first responders from getting to here help is needed. Key switches allow first responder to open electrical gates and roll-up doors without delays and force entry.
International Fire Code 506.2 An approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers where required by the fire code official.
LOCKING FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION CAPS (FDC) –
The Knox Locking Fire Department Connection Caps (FDC Caps) are designed to protect fire department connections (FDCs), keeping pipes clean of debris to ensure the delivery of high-pressure water flow to fire sprinkler systems, protect from damaged threads, and theft of FDC components.
International Fire Code Section 901.6 Fire detection, alarm and extinguishing systems shall be maintained in an operative condition at all times.
Reasons to use Knox locking FDC caps:
The Knox Padlocks are primarily utilized where manual operated gates have been installed restricting access to fire department access roads and fire lanes.
The Fire Safety Inspection Program is a comprehensive fire inspection of both buildings and businesses within the City of Everett. As required by the State of Washington, the Everett Fire Department adopts the Fire Code and has the authority to render interpretations of the code, and to adopt policies, procedures, rules and regulations in order to clarify the application of its provisions. The Fire Marshal’s Office is authorized to conduct inspections to determine the extent of compliance with the Fire Code and all appropriate operational permits for hazardous operations have been issued.
The program applies to commercial, multi-family and industrial buildings. Businesses legally permitted in a single-family residence are generally exempt from the inspection program.
The inspection covers all business areas, public areas, and the exterior space of a building.
All Fire Safety Inspections conducted on commercial buildings/business throughout the City of Everett will be assessed with an Inspected Square-footage fee.
Exception: Multi-family buildings, Some Vacant buildings, Building Shells, and Public School District school sites.
Operational Permits are required to ensuring safe operational practices of those individuals, companies, and businesses who wish to use or participate in operations that are considered to be hazardous and pose a potential threat to the safety and wellbeing of the general public. Fees will be calculated by adding the square-footage fee listed above with each Operational Permits required by the fire code.
Fees will be calculated per unit.
Fees will fall into one of the three categories:
An area or space that is common to multiple tenets within a structure that is not under the direct supervision or management of a single business owner or tenant. Can include common suppression systems, fire alarms, exiting systems, and devices used throughout multiple tenant spaces. Fees will fall into one of the two categories:
View the Fire Marshal’s Office Fee Schedule.
Yes, other comparable departments use a similar fee structure for fire safety inspections.
Business Owners are responsible for the following fees:
Building Owners are responsible for the following fees:
If violations are found, you will be asked to correct them. We will conduct a re-inspection within 15-30 days to verify the violations have been corrected. Violations considered an imminent danger or life-threatening will result in immediate corrective action.
If the deficiencies are not corrected by the time of your first re-inspection visit, additional compounding fees will be assessed until the deficiencies are corrected. There is a large number of businesses throughout the community that require fire safety inspections and if a reduction in the number of follow-ups can be accomplished, the more business that can be inspected on a regular basis.
There are many benefits to the fire safety inspection program, but the most important is the increase in life safety for you, your customers and employees. Regular fire and life safety inspections are a critical part of fire prevention, they not only protect people and property, but also can protect economic interests. By preventing or reducing losses, businesses can avoid financial disasters stemming from fires.
Additionally, annual fire safety inspections are one of the factors that the insurance industry uses to calculate insurance rates paid by businesses.
Please review our fire safety inspection checklist for a list of common items that will be inspected for compliance.
If you have additional questions about the Building Inspection Program, you can email the Fire Marshal’s Office or call (425) 257-8120.
Non-profits and public agencies may apply for a LTAC grant. For-profit event producers may apply by partnering with a non-profit or public agency. This is called a “cooperative project” where the non-profit or public agency serves as a sponsor of the event.
We estimate that it takes about 90 minutes to read, comprehend and thoughtfully answer the questions. We strongly suggest that you read the application in its entirety before filling it out. Make note of any questions you may have and reach out to Julio Cortes at email@example.com for answers. You’ll have a much easier time with the application if you prepare all pertinent information before putting “pen to paper.”
LTAC is an acronym for the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The acronym gets used several ways when discussing the lodging tax grant program and is commonly used to describe the grant fund. For example, people may say, “you may want to consider applying for LTAC to help promote your event.” In this scenario, you apply to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) who oversees the grant funds distribution.
The grant program is made possible through taxes paid by consumers when they stay in paid lodging in the city of Everett.
Applications are due Feb. 5, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Email your completed application to Julio Cortes at JCortes@everett.gov.
Or mail it to:
City of EverettC/O Julio Cortes2930 Wetmore Ave.Suite 10-AEverett, WA 98201
You will hear back via email on or before March 1, 2021.
The LTAC grades all applications using the same grading criteria which can be found on pages six and seven of the application. Applicants earn “bonus points” for programs and events that occur in the off-season (Sept. 1 – June 30) and generate overnight visitation where guests stay in paid accommodations.
Information regarding lodging taxes may be found in RCW 67.28.
We are putting together a user-friendly guide to eligible expenses, but for now, please see RCW 67.28.1816.
You can approach this in several ways.
If your event or program requires attendees to register or buy a ticket, you can include the following survey questions when they check out:
You can work with hoteliers on “special rates” for those who attend your event or program. At the end of your program or event, you can get reports from hotels that show how many times guests used your special rate.
If you’d like to take a more analog approach, you can also survey attendees during your event.
Most customers will not see a significant change in their water bill. The average home uses about 6,600 gallons of water per month. Homes that use the average or less may see a slight reduction in their bill, while high water users will see an increase. Many factors affect how much water you use. This is why we are giving you a year to understand and manage your water use before the metered rate takes effect. For more information please follow the provided link.
You have the right to have an attorney represent you if you have been charged with a crime that includes a potential jail sentence. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may screen to see if you qualify for a court appointed public defender. The Office of Public Defense holds screenings at the Everett Municipal Court on Wednesdays and Fridays during the arraignment calendar. You can contact their office at 425-388-3500 if you wish to screen prior to your arraignment date. If you do not qualify for a court appointed attorney, you may choose to privately hire an attorney to represent you. By law, court staff cannot give legal advise or refer you to an attorney.
No. You may use the “Pay Now” payment service for a one-time payment.
“Pay Now” allows you to make a one-time payment on your City of Everett Utility account. All payments made before 11:59 p.m. PST will be reflected on your utility billing account that day. Please allow up to 3 to 5 business days for your payment to be reflected on your bank account. Payments over $5,000 cannot be processed online.
Important: If your services are in the process of being shut off, you cannot use this service as a method of preventing it. Payment needs to be made in person or via telephone. Please pay at the Utility Billing office located at 3101 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201, or over the telephone at 425-257-8999, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
You will need to enter this information each time you make a payment using the “Pay Now” payment service. We recommend that you enroll in the online bill pay (AutoPay) service to avoid having to re-key this information each time you make a payment.
Go to the new online payment portal and complete the New User Registration form. Once completed, an email with an account verification link will be sent to you. Click on the link to complete your account verification.
Yes. Payments up to $5,000 can be processed online.
Yes, but if your payment gets returned by the bank for any reason - insufficient funds, closed account, incorrect account numbers, etc. - you will be charged an nonsufficient funds (NSF) fee, and your service will be in jeopardy of being disconnected.
Yes, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address you provide.
If you opt to receive your bills electronically, you will get an email notification each month when your new bill is available. You can view it online and make a payment. If you choose to go paperless, no further paper bills will be mailed to you. If you change your mind, you can always revert back to receiving paper bills.
Yes. We accept VISA or MasterCard credit cards or debit cards. Debit cards are processed the same as credit cards.
Please contact us at 425-257-8999, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST or email us.
Most modern browsers will work. We have tested Microsoft Edge and Goggle Chrome. However, Firefox and Safari should work as well. You should *not* use Internet Explorer as it very old and has known issues with the payment portal.
Yes, a few general troubleshooting steps are suggested. You can try to use an “InPrivate” or “Incognito” browser session to see if that fixes your issue. You also might try deleting your browser cache. These steps clear a lot of issues when using websites.
If you are sending an email to report a problem, please include the following information:
Mobile and desktop versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari are supported. Generally, this is true for the current and previous two versions.
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This problem is usually caused because a browser is blocking a new window or tab from opening. This feature is called “popup blocking” on most browsers. It must be disabled on the utilitybilling.everettwa.gov site for the site to work properly.
The steps to disable popup blocking for a site varies from browser to browser. They will usually display a subtle message telling you they blocked a new window from opening. You may try searching for “disable popup blocking on <browsername> “ for help. For example, “disable popup blocking on chrome.” Please remember to always be careful and only click through to trusted sites for help.
Open data was a recommendation from the Envision Everett 2037 report. It was also included in Mayor Franklin's direction on Community Engagement and Inclusion, as a potential tool to increase government transparency and create an inspired, empowered and engaged community.
Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or information exempt from the Washington Public Records Act is not considered open data.
Data will be available from several city departments, including Library, Public Works, Police, and Fire. Not all City departments will have datasets available at launch, but they will be added afterward on an ongoing basis.
New data will be added on a continuous basis, likely quarterly, or as it becomes available.
Data already added to the portal will be updated on regular schedules, which will vary depending on each particular dataset.
The City will provide an online form for requesting new datasets, and the open data platform will include tools to provide feedback on data quality or contact the person responsible for publishing the data.
The Pallet Shelter Pilot is funded for one year through a grant from the Washington State Commerce office and a 1/10 of 1% sales tax allocation. It is funded by WA Dept. of Commerce grant funds and Snohomish County Human Services for upfront site development, purchase of 21 Pallet Shelters and operating cost for one year.
$ 985,149 from Washington State Dept. of Commerce grant + $55,000 from 1/10 of 1% Sales Tax Allocation- MAC = $1,040,149
We will be doing outreach virtually and will invite the greater Smith Avenue area, as well as the Everett community at large. In addition, the land use application process will require reaching out specifically to those businesses within 500ft, however that will be done by the Everett Gospel Mission, as they will be in control of that process.
Pallet residents must agree to site rules and behavior expectations, including guest policies and limiting accumulation of property. In addition the individual must agree to enroll in the County’s Coordinated Entry.
Individuals will be referred from Community Outreach and Enforcement Team for entry to the Pallet community.
The managing agency will be responsible for the Pallet Shelter Pilot site and program management. This will include staffing, security, sanitation (hygiene services/ restrooms), waste management, site conduct, and bridging residents to current social services.
The City’s role is to ensure we meet the contractual agreements that exist between Washington State Department of Commerce, Snohomish County Human Services, the City of Everett, and the managing agency. This includes ensuring the management plan agreement is adhered to and to reimburse the managing agency for the expenses they incur to manage the site.
As this is a new program we do not have statistics on how long Pallet residents will live in these shelters, however we do know some will move on to other shelter or housing options. One of requirements to live in these shelters is to enroll in the Snohomish County Coordinated Entry System. Coordinated Entry is a process for people to access the prevention, housing and/or other services that they need. Coordinated entry incorporates uniform screening and assessment, prioritization and program matching, and connections to mainstream services to help those seeking housing and services access appropriate programs more efficiently.
Pallet residents will not be required to receive services. The managing agency will ensure the residents know where they can obtain any services they may need. In close proximity is the Everett Gospel Mission which serves daily meals, can provide access to shower and laundry facilities, and can refer to other services as needed.
There will be 20 Pallets, and we intend to shelter 30 individuals.
The management agency will enforce the rules and established consequences if they are broken.
This is an organized and funded pilot project using Pallet units not tents to shelter individuals. Also, the city is requiring a management agency to oversee the shelter community and to ensure safety, security and sanitation on the site.
The Pallet Shelter project is a one year pilot with funding from the Department of Commerce and Snohomish County. At this time, we don’t know if this program will continue. We will be evaluating program success and challenges throughout the year.
If we find Pallets prove to be a viable and successful way to shelter and create stability for our homeless residents, the City would be open to expanding this location or working to develop a site in a different location. In addition, the City would like to explore if Pallet Shelters could support students and families who are homeless.
Everett is updating its 2016 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan to guide its park system to meet community needs. The PROS Plan is a locally-prepared plan that will contain Everett’s vision, goals, service objectives, and a program for both park capital investment and park system operation. Every six years, the PROS Plan is updated to meet Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) guidelines so Everett can be eligible for grant funding.
The PROS Plan will also create a capital plan with revenues and costs that can fold into the City’s Comprehensive Plan and budget, as well as support a parks impact fee so that as the City grows, the park system can be improved and sustained.
The project will be developed over 2021 with adoption by March 1, 2022 to meet RCO requirements.
At each stage we will seek public engagement through surveys, interviews, meetings, outdoor pop-up activities and walk shops, online open houses and more.
Everett manages about 780 acres of property. This includes: more than 50 parks and green spaces throughout the city, golf courses, playgrounds, boat launches, sports courts and ball fields, contracted sports leagues, facility rentals, a community garden, ranger services and volunteer opportunities. Explore Everett parks and create your own adventure!
Everett’s focus is on providing and maintaining parks and recreation facilities for community enjoyment. Everett now contracts with recreation entities to bring programming to the community. For more information on the change in recreation resources see this page.
Other park and recreation providers in Everett include Snohomish County and the Port of Everett. School Districts also have assets that may be available after school hours. The PROS Plan Update will address the full range of park assets available in Everett from City and non-city providers. Understanding Everett’s niche and gaps in parks and recreation resources can help the City effectively focus its limited resources.
The City’s 2016 PROS Plan will be updated to reflect new community needs. The PROS Plan Update will also build on City directives and plans including, but not limited to:
The PROS Plan is intended to help the City develop a vision and guiding principles, and achieve:
Take our vision survey surveymonkey.com/r/EverettParksViz to share your ideas! Help us rethink community wellbeing and create a sustainable and inclusive park system.
When you take the survey, sign up to be on our contact list for future opportunities to share your ideas at meetings, online surveys and community events.
Share the news about the PROS update with your neighbors. Your ideas can shape the vision for Everett parks, community wellbeing, and equitable investments.
Check to the project webpage to see future opportunities to share your ideas to make this a great plan: everettwa.gov/PROSplan
For more information, contact Cory Rettenmier, Recreation and Golf Manager, Everett Parks and Facilities via email CRettenmier@everettwa.gov or telephone 425-257-7314.
Visit Everett Permit Services' webpage to learn about the permitting procedures, requirements, and process for the specific type of construction you are proposing. If you have further questions, email Everett Permit Services or call 425-257-8810 during the listed phone hours.
Please refer to our Permitting Process page for a detailed step by step outline of the complete permitting process and what to expect.
In brief, you need a permit for most work done to your property. Click through the pages for the type of construction you wish to perform. If you still have questions or would like to discuss your construction project further, email Permit Services or call 425-257-8810 during our listed phone hours. A permit is required before any construction or work is legally allowed to begin. Refer to the Applications, submittal checklists, & fees page to get started with your permit.
Permit fees vary depending on the type of construction, square footage, and/or valuation of your project. Refer to the permit fees tab on our Applications, submittal checklists, & fees page to view the permit fee schedule that is applicable to your project.
A Public Works permit is not needed for removal of the tree itself. However, a Public Works permit is needed for additional construction in the right-of-way such as replacement of damaged sidewalk, etc. A Traffic Street Use (TSU) is required if you need temporary closure of the right of way in order to accomplish the removal of the tree (sidewalk closure, parking lane closure, vehicular travel lane closure, or need of a dumpster). Always check with the Planning Division to determine if the tree can be removed. In some cases, you may need an assessment and/or the tree may be a required landscaping in order to meet code and may need replacement planting. If required by code, a Public Works permit is typically issued for code compliance and inspection. When removing a tree, always take precaution when there are powerlines or other utilities in the area. Call 8-1-1 before you dig.
If the fence is going up within a public right-of-way, you will need to obtain a Public Works Permit. Please refer to our Fence Handout for detailed information about fence requirements. For fences constructed on private property, they still need to comply with all of the requirements listed in the Fence Handout. Always call 8-1-1 before you dig.
To establish an Adult Family Home in your Single-Family Residence, you will need to submit a Building Permit application (PDF), construction plans and site plans, and a completed WABO Adult Family Home Checklist packet (PDF).
To get a WABO inspection, you will need to apply for and obtain a Building Permit (PDF). You will also need to complete a WABO Adult Family Home Checklist packet (PDF).
You can use MapEverett to view the utilities at your address. Use the search bar at the top left to type in your property address. Then use the toolbar at the top right, click on the layer list (looks like a stack of papers) and toggle the checkbox to turn on the Utilities layer. The solid lines are mains and the dashed lines are services to properties. A side sewer will appear as a dashed green line connecting from a structure to a main. Any green text that is labeled on that line is data associated with that side sewer. In some cases, the sewer may be served by a jurisdiction other than City of Everett, and will be labeled with the sewer jurisdiction if that is the case. You can view the sewer jurisdiction under the boundaries layer for more information.
Please refer to our Espresso Stand Submittal Checklist (PDF) for more information. In addition to the building permits required, you will also need to obtain a permit from the Snohomish Health District. Contact them at 425-339-5200.
If you are applying for a residential mechanical permit, you can apply online through the Online Permitting Portal. Commercial mechanical permits will require plan review and you will need to complete a paper application. Drop off your application and plans to our upstairs lobby Drop-Box, located at 3200 Cedar St, 2nd Floor, Everett, WA 98201. Note that if you apply online, you will be required to submit your supplemental plans in hard copy to the Drop-Box and your application will not be considered complete until all required items have been submitted.
For a residential electrical permit, you can apply online for an electrical permit through the Online Permitting Portal. Commercial electrical permits can be applied for online as well, but in some cases, will require drop off of (2) sets of hard copy plans to the Permit Services 2nd Floor lobby Drop-Box. Please refer to page two of our paper version Electrical Permit Application (PDF).
You can apply online for a plumbing permit through the Online Permitting Portal. If you are applying for plumbing in a commercial kitchen, please refer to our Commercial Kitchen Plumbing Permit Submittal Checklist (PDF).
Submit a Fire Alarm permit application, with drawings per the commercial tenant improvement checklist, identifying all new and existing areas of work. This includes alarm locations in each unit, and type, with manufacturers catalog cuts. Refer to the applications, submittal checklists, & fees page for more information.
You can use MapEverett to view the approximate locations of your property line. The information from MapEverett is helpful for planning or preliminary purposes, however the exact location is not guaranteed as the line is a shape file imported from Snohomish county overlaid on an aerial image of the property. For an exact location of property line, that must be determined in the field by a licensed surveyor.
Permit applications are reviewed in the order received and by multiple review disciplines for code compliance. The status each discipline's review is viewable through the Online Permitting Portal. For more information about the review process and current review timelines, refer to our Permitting Process page and click on Step 3: City Review for Compliance.
IRC and IBC requirements:
IRC only—Seismic category-D1. Frost depth-12 inches minimum for decks and porches.IBC only—Seismic category-D, E, or F, subject to soil, location, risk category and building characteristics.
Each type of building or project has separate permit submittal requirements, which have been summarized on checklists. Refer to the submittal checklists tab on our Applications, submittal checklists, & fees page for more information.
The plans for most small residential projects, additions, garages and remodels can be done by the homeowner, provided that the drawings comply with the prescriptive requirements of the codes listed on the residential checklist for permit application. Residential or commercial buildings that require engineering, exceed 4 residential units, or exceed 4,000 square feet require a licensed Washington State architect. Additionally, engineering calculations are required for single family residential plans that do not meet the prescriptive requirements for lateral bracing, have other than conventional wood frame construction, are of unusual shape, or have complex supporting structure or site conditions.
Size and height restrictions are part of the Uniform Development Code (Zoning Code) administered by the Planning Division, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-257-8731. The allowed size of a garage is determined by many factors, including: the size of your lot, the location of the proposed garage (or accessory building), and whether you have an existing garage or other accessory buildings on the site.
Setbacks may be different in different zones and for different structures. Contact the Planning Division to determine the setback requirements for a specific location. The building codes also have restrictions on property lines and construction requirements. Refer to the zoning code for more information.
Refer to the change of occupancy checklist (PDF) for more information. For residential structures, a change of use (also called occupancy in the building code) occurs when either converting a house to a nonresidential use or adding units (i.e. conversion of SFR to duplex). In a commercial structure, a change of use (occupancy) occurs when converting from a historical non-conforming use or permitted occupancy. If the use is approved by planning, the building revisions need to comply with the code requirements in the checklist for a change of occupancy.
For some permit types, an owner can act as the General Contractor and /or perform work on their own property. Check with Permit Services to confirm that your permit type qualifies.
For permits requiring Plan Review, reviews are performed by each department in the order the permit applications are received. The status each discipline's review is viewable through the Online Permitting Portal. For more information about the review process and current review timelines, refer to our Permitting Process page and click on Step 3: City Review for Compliance.
Approved permits must be issued within 180 days of the approval date. After permit issuance, work must commence or continue with required inspections within 180 days in order to keep the permit active. Each inspection extends the permit an additional 180 days. To keep your permit valid, continue to request the required inspections through the Online Permitting Portal throughout construction. If work has not begun or is paused, request a Permit Extension in the inspection request drop-down menu with a valid reason for the extension listed in the notes field.
You may obtain an electrical permit for a temporary power pole. Once the temporary power pole is in place and has been inspected and approved, you will need to contact Snohomish County PUD to connect the power. Apply for an electrical permit for temporary power online through the Online Permitting Portal.
Contact Puget Sound Energy.
You can find the zoning and/or overlay designation of your property by viewing the online zoning map by clicking here. The Map Everett Online Map Viewer that includes zoning and other information such as utilities can be found here.
In some cases, yes, as explained below.
Tree cutting or pruning proposed in critical areas or their buffers.
Critical areas include streams and wetlands and their buffers and steep slopes (geological hazardous areas). An application to remove hazardous trees or prune trees in critical areas can be found here. Trees can be pruned up to 33% of the tree’s crown. No topping is allowed unless underneath power lines. If trees are deemed hazardous by a certified arborist or by city staff, they can be removed after city approval. The city requires two replacement trees for every tree cut down. In other cases, a limited number of non-hazardous trees in the outer half of a buffer may be removed through a public review process.
Tree removal outside a critical area but within any development where the zoning code or condition of approval of a development requires landscaping.
This includes all commercial and industrial developments, multiple family developments, and usually short subdivisions or subdivisions built after 1990. Tree removal is allowed but the tree must be replaced if it is required by code. Pruning does not need city approval but topping or pollarding is prohibited. Landscape standards can be found here in Chapter 36 of the City of Everett Zoning Code.
To determine whether your proposed home business complies with the Home Occupation regulations, see EMC 19.41.080 of the Everett Zoning Code. If you are in compliance with the home occupation regulations, apply for a business license by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 425-257-8610 or visiting their offices at 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Everett.
Your property must be large enough for proposed lots to meet the minimum lot area, width, depth and frontage standards of the City’s Zoning, Title 19, and Land Division, Title 18, codes.
Placement on the Everett Register encourages preservation of our heritage and honors those who have cared for Everett’s old buildings. Any person may nominate a building, structure, site, object or district for placement on the Everett Register; however, placement on the register requires owner approval.
Please see the Everett Register page for application information.
No, rooming houses are only allowed in multi-family and commercial zones, however the code does allow the following when living together as a single, not-for-profit housekeeping unit:
a. A group of not more than four related and unrelated adults and their related minor children, but not to exceed a total of eight related and unrelated persons; or
b. Not more than eight disabled persons, whether adults or minors, living together in a consensual residential living arrangement, but not to exceed a total of eight persons; or
c. State licensed adult family homes as defined by RCW 70.128.010; or
d. State licensed foster family homes and group care facilities as defined in RCW 74.15.020.
A recreational vehicle or tiny house may not be used as a residence within the city except as otherwise allowed below.
A recreational vehicle or tiny house may be used as a primary residence in a manufactured/mobile home community which was legally in existence before June 12, 2008 as set forth in RCW 35.21.684 if the recreational vehicle or the tiny house meets the following requirements:
The recreational vehicle or tiny house meets fire, safety and other requirements of the City Building Official and Fire Marshal;
The recreational vehicle or tiny house contains at least one internal toilet and at least one internal shower, or the manufactured/mobile home community provides toilets and showers for use of the recreational vehicle or tiny house’s occupants.
(See EMC 19.08.210)
A recreational vehicle or tiny house may be used as temporary shelter for temporary outdoor encampments, safe parking area or tiny home community which may be approved for a period not to exceed four consecutive months or six months during any calendar year. The requirements to establish an outdoor encampment include notice to adjacent property owners, meeting setback, fencing, lighting, parking, resident restrictions, code of conduct and management requirements. Where these temporary outdoor encampments are allowed are limited unless operated or hosted by a religious organization.
(See EMC 19.08.200 and EMC 19.05.080)
You may not park an RV or tiny home in required setbacks, except as follows:
1- or 2-unit dwelling. Parking may be located within the front or street side setbacks on a driveway that meets city design standards unless on an easement access lot, in an historic overlay zone or in the front setback for alley access lots.
Multiple family. Parking may be located within the rear setback when access is from an alley, or within the rear setback when meeting outdoor and communion area requirements, landscaping and screening requirements, and when not abutting a single-family zone.
(See EMC 19.34.100)
Parking that is located outside of the front and street side setback areas may use surface materials in accordance with city design standards, provided, however, that parking in the area between a street-facing façade and the street must be on a paved surface. (See EMC 19.34.120)
A minimum of 60% of the required front setback fronting a public street and a required street side setback shall be landscaped exclusive of any type of impervious surface or gravel or any other similar material. If a permitted driveway or off-street parking area is within the setback, the required landscaped area can be reduced to 40%. Landscaping shall consist primarily of grass or other living ground cover, shrubs, and/or trees. (See EMC 19.35.050.D)
No person shall allow on property outside of a fulling enclosed structure any vehicle parts or other articles of personal property which are discarded or left in a state of partial construction or repair, or any utility trailers or unmounted camper tops located in a front yard or side yard abutting a public or private street unless it is located on a lawful driveway. (See EMC 8.20.020)
Click here to find the sign regulations in Chapter 36 of the City of Everett Zoning Code. Each zone has a sign category that determines the amount of signage allowed.
Land Use Projects can be found here by searching under project number, address, tax parcel number, or owner or developer name. Prior to construction, some projects require notice be given to neighboring property owners. Notices are sent by mail to the property owner, and a "Pending Land Use Action" sign is posted at the project site. The notice will describe the project, the project location, the applicant’s name and address, the project planner and their phone number and the deadline for submitting public comments. In cases of a public hearing, notice is published in the Herald.
To find out about the SEPA process, please select the following link.
Yes, if you propose a development on a property that is within the special flood hazard area shown on the National Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The maps can be found at msc.fema.gov. Development can include buildings, structures, dredging, filling, grading, paving, or storage of equipment or materials.
The Department uses Community Crime Map by LexisNexis which is updated daily. Not all calls for service are entered into the database, only calls where a report is written.
Reduce crime and improve public safety.LexisNexis’s public crime map, Community Crime Map, connects law enforcement with the community to reduce crime and improve public safety. Crime mapping helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe.
Community Crime Map goes beyond crime mapping by automatically alerting the public about recent crime activity and by improving communication between the public and law enforcement through anonymous tips. Community Crime Map empowers the public to make better decisions about crime by putting the same technology used by law enforcement to analyze and interpret crime activity into the hands of the public.
Law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about each incident that occurs in their jurisdiction. When an incident happens, the officer that responded to the incident writes a detailed report with information about the event including the location, people involved, related vehicles and other useful information. This information is stored in large secure databases within each law enforcement agency, which can make it difficult for two neighboring cities to share crime data and benefit from being able to analyze events and offenders that cross city boundaries. LexisNexis helps centralize and standardize this information to improve regional data sharing analysis.
The information found on Community Crime Map (LexisNexis) is updated daily. Not all calls for service are entered into the database, only calls where a report is written.
No! Some sensitive crimes or cases under investigation are not included in the data. We work hard to provide information to the public but cannot immediately provide information in all instances. Additionally, responses to calls that do not generate a written incident or arrest report are not included in the data.
General information can be obtained on the map, but a Public Records Request is needed to get additional information.
Data is collected, modified to protect victim privacy, and displayed so the public can be aware of events that occur within the City of Everett.
Tattoos must be appropriate for the workplace and approved by the Chief of Police.
City of Everett Human Resources
Wall Street Building2930 Wetmore AveEverett, WA 98201
Before the background check is complete, your current employer will be contacted. If this is a concern, applicants must let the investigator know so reasonable steps can be taken to postpone employer contact until later in the process.
An alarm is presumed to be false if police units were dispatched to a location reporting an alarm activation, and the resulting investigation at the location finds no evidence of either intrusion, the commission of or an attempt to commit a crime, or a situation that warrants an emergency police response.
Everett Police responds to about 5,000 alarm activations every year. More than 90% of them are found to be false. Additionally, many alarm sites generate repeated false alarms due to poor maintenance or improper use.
Alarm responses are a high priority for police and preempt many other 911 calls for service. When the alarm turns out to be false, it wastes time and valuable public resources, and can also delay responses to other important calls. By charging a fee, the police department expects to see a meaningful reduction in the number of false alarms, improved service delivery and enhanced public safety.
Fees are billed to the alarm company, or to the alarm user if there is no alarm company monitoring the alarm system.
National and local statistics show that fines paid directly by homeowners and businesses do not always have a significant impact on reducing the number of false alarms. Alarm monitoring companies have benefited from police response to their customers’ alarms without any accountability for the accuracy or reliability of those alarms.
Everett Police expects our False Alarm Reduction Program to reduce false alarms and the number of unnecessary police responses to alarm activations by holding both alarm monitoring companies and alarm users accountable for reporting alarms which are determined to be false.
There will be no fee if the call is cancelled before police are dispatched to the alarm. Once officers are dispatched, a fee will be assessed if it is determined the alarm was false.
If you feel that a false alarm fee has been assessed incorrectly, you can request a review of the incident. Instructions for requesting a review are included with the false alarm notice. Instructions for review and appeals may also be found at everettwa.gov/AlarmAppeals.
You will need to provide the police department with a reason for the dispute along with evidence that there was an actual crime, attempted crime, or emergency (example: evidence of a burglary or attempted burglary). The police department will take a written statement for the investigation of any incident where it is determined there was an actual crime or emergency.
False alarm penalties will not be waived for accidental activations or human error.
If you have been notified that your alarm will be assessed a false alarm fee and you have questions, you may contact Central Square Technology at 866-683-0824 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday or by email.
Additional information about the False Alarm Ordinance, tips to reduce false alarms, and data about false alarm responses can be found at everettwa.gov/FalseAlarms.
For public records requests, visit the City of Everett website to obtain a copy of the police incident, or go to the Everett Police Department public records counter located at 3002 Wetmore Ave., Everett, WA 98201.
Companies providing alarm monitoring services for sites in the City of Everett are required to have an alarm company operator license:
Alarm companies are also required to provide updated subscriber information to the City of Everett monthly, among other requirements.
Operator licenses are available online. Central Square Technologies will assist alarm companies by phone at 866-683-0824 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, by email or mail at PO Box 35146; Seattle, WA 98124-5146.
If you use a false alarm monitoring company, false alarm response fees will typically be paid by the monitoring company, and the monitoring company may add the fee to your monthly bill.
If you do not use a false alarm monitoring company and received an invoice for a false alarm response fee, instructions for making payment are included with the invoice. You may pay the invoice online or by mail at: PO Box 35146; Seattle, WA 98124-5146. Fees paid online by credit card are subject to a $3.00 convenience charge for amounts of $100.00 or less, or a 3% convenience charge for all amounts over $100.00.
Please contact Central Square Technologies at 866-683-0824 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, or by email for assistance with billing.
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, fingerprinting services are CLOSED to the public until further notice.
THE RECORDS UNIT IS CURRENTLY OPEN - see listed times and use requirements.
Although no fingerprinting services are available, the Records Unit continues processing CPL applications.
To apply for a CPL, you must be fingerprinted at a business other than Everett Police. (An internet search should locate open/available services.) Bring a completed Concealed Pistol Application and fingerprint card to the North Precinct during business hours.
INITIAL APPLICATION:You must be a resident of the City of Everett or live outside the state of WA to obtain a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) from the Everett Police Department. Applications may be picked up during normal business hours but are only processed when fingerprinting is available.
Permits are valid for 5 years.
The cost of an initial CPL is $45.25.
RENEWAL:The fee for renewal of a CPL by the expiration date is $32.00. A CPL may be renewed up to 90 days after the expiration date by paying a late fee. The late renewal fee is $10.00, making the total fee $42.00.**If not renewed within these time limits, the process starts over with the initial CPL application to include new fingerprints.**
REPLACEMENT:The cost to replace a lost CPL is $10.00 but it must have been originally obtained through the Everett Police Department.
ARMED FORCES RENEWAL - OUT OF STATE DEPLOYMENT:Currently deployed members of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves, who are deployed out of state, can renew their CPL by mail. This must be done within 90 days of the expiration of the existing CPL. The fee for this type of renewal is $32.00 plus a late fee of $10.00, making the total fee $42. The license in this circumstance is only valid for a period of one year.To renew the CPL in this circumstance, contact the Everett Police Department Records Unit at 425-257-8400 or via email. We will send the application electronically or by standard mail. Completed applications must be submitted with a copy of your original order, designating the period of deployment, a copy of a valid government issued ID. Payment must be made via phone with a debit/credit card for the renewal fee.The law also allows for members of the Armed Forces to renew their license within 90 days of the expiration if they were deployed but have since returned to the state. A copy of the original deployment order is still required. In this case, the late fee is waived and the standard renewal fee of $32.00 applies.
Complete the Public Records Request process to get a copy of an Everett Police report.
The Washington State Patrol can provide collision reports.
Always call 911 for emergencies!
Officers may not be available as they work varied schedules but residents can call the non-emergency Snohomish County 911 number at 425-407-3999 to request an officer contact them.This phone line routes directly into the 911 call center.
The Parking Enforcement Unit enforces city parking ordinances. The unit is staffed Monday - Friday and supported after-hours by patrol officers.
Parking tickets are paid at the Everett Municipal Court
The Online Reporting System is designed for citizens to provide crime tips and saves time for victims of non-emergent crimes. Crime tips are routed to the appropriate unit for processing while Online Reports are reviewed by an officer who generates and returns a case number (typically within 72 hours).
Washington State Accident Reports are only required if no police report was taken at the scene AND the damage exceeds $1,000. Traffic accident reports can be completed & requested from the Washington State Patrol.
No. All alley parking is prohibited as they provide access for emergency vehicles and service vehicles. However, they may be used while actively loading or unloading.
Citizen volunteers provide a valuable service by checking the homes of residents who are out of town. Volunteers inspect enrolled residences several times a week to make sure all entrances are secure. If something unusual or suspicious is found, patrol officers are called to investigate.
Get more information on the Vacation Crime Watch program
Based on a multitude of studies, scholars note that youth may be “pulled” and/or “pushed” into gang membership. Pulls are features that attract youth, such as the perception of increased reputation and social status, the desire to be with friends and/or family who are already gang-involved, the promise of money, drugs, and/or excitement, and cultural pride and identification with one’s neighborhood. In contrast, because of the high levels of neighborhood crime and violence, some youth perceive gangs as providing protection and/or are fearful of the consequences if they do not join.
It is important to note that the pushes and pulls of gang membership are not necessarily mutually exclusive, in that they may simultaneously impact a youth’s decision to join a gang. However, by and large, numerous studies have found that youth themselves are more likely to report being “pulled” into the gang. This is especially evident in widespread accounts of youth who report joining the gang based on the social desire to be around gang-involved friends and/or family. In comparison, youth less frequently report being coerced or actively recruited to join the gang. This finding is important to note, since the latter is commonly (though erroneously) believed to be the primary reason youth join gangs, with many states developing legislation to criminalize and punish active recruitment.
Finally, it is also important to point out that the process of joining a gang is a gradual one. Youth may begin at a “gang-marginal status” by hanging around other gang members or having older family members in the gang, leading some to join later and others to remain in a marginal status or to disassociate entirely. For those who join, some may become increasingly embedded within the gang life, while others remain at the periphery. That is, gang membership patterns are dynamic and multilayered and are not reliably reducible to a simple gang-versus-nongang perspective.
It is commonly repeated that once a person joins a gang, he or she can never get out (the so-called “blood-in, blood-out” assertion). However, for many youth membership in a gang is a fleeting occurrence, with a large proportion remaining in the gang for only a relatively short period of time (i.e., for a year or two). The processes by which youth leave gangs, often referred to as “desistance,” are similar to the “push” and “pull” processes by which youth join gangs, although the specific reasons are often very different. The reasons individuals report for leaving the gang include growing out of the gang life; disillusionment with the gang life; settling down, getting a stable job, and/or family needs; unanticipated aspects of the gang life; gang violence experienced by the individual or someone close to the individual; and a constant future risk of being a victim of gang violence. While the topic of gang desistance is relatively newer across the field of gang research, preliminary evidence indicates that youth are more likely to be “pushed” out of the gang life because of the very same factors that “pulled” them into the gang in the first place—fear of the consequences of violence and victimization.
How youth leave a gang is also instructive in understanding the gang process. Similar to the gang-joining process, desisting from gang membership is best described as gradual, taking place over an extended period of time. This is understandable, after all, since desisting from gangs involves disassociating and severing social ties with friends and/or family members who are gang-involved and may entail many attempts, both cognitively and behaviorally. Also, this process may be interrupted or entirely negated because of outside influences, such as the perception by rival gangs and/or law enforcement that the individual is still an active gang member. Importantly, although it is commonly repeated otherwise, the available evidence demonstrates that most individuals stated that they left the gang without the fear or experience of physical consequences from the gang.
In order to properly assess changes in the national gang problem over time, reliable indicators of the gang problem must be collected from a large and representative sample of law enforcement agencies across the United States. Between 1996 and 2012, the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS) provided the only national data source for assessing long-term and annual changes in the gang problem across the following areas: (1) the emergence, presence, and stability patterns of gang problems within jurisdictions over time (prevalence measures); and (2) the relative size of the problem across such indicators as the number of gangs, the number of gang members, and the number of gang-related homicides and other crimes (magnitude measures).
In terms of the prevalence measures, the latest estimate from the NYGS finds that gangs are present in approximately 30 percent of the jurisdictions across the United States. This figure represents a sizeable drop from the mid-1990s, when 40 percent of jurisdictions reported a gang presence. Following a steady decline throughout the late 1990s, the gang prevalence measure reached its lowest point in 2001, steadily increased in subsequent years, and has remained relatively stable in recent years. The least amount of change occurred in the largest cities and suburban counties, where gang activity remains most prevalent, while the greatest amount of change has occurred in rural counties and smaller cities—especially the latter, where the gang prevalence rate fell nearly 10 percentage points from 2010 to 2012. Further, gang activity in smaller cities and rural counties is more likely to be transitory and unstable in nature, such that gang activity may emerge and dissipate in just a few years’ time. The frequency of this transitory pattern suggests that the emergence of gang activity does not necessarily indicate a protracted presence over time.
While prevalence measures provide a straightforward and simplified assessment of the gang problem, a better measure pertains to the size, or magnitude, of the gang problem in terms of the number of gangs and gang members, as well as the number of gang crimes (discussed separately below). From the latest NYGS estimate provided by law enforcement agencies, there are approximately 30,000 gangs and 850,000 gang members across the United States. Compared with the previous five-year average, the estimated number of gangs has increased 8 percent and the estimated number of gang members 11 percent. Accounting for the largest share of these increases are larger cities—more than 50 percent of the net increase in gangs and gang members over the past five years was due to overall increases in larger cities.
The decline in gang prevalence rates across smaller cities and rural counties, coupled with increases in the number of gangs and gang members in densely populated areas (especially larger cities), suggests that the gang problem is becoming more concentrated nationally in urban areas. While local reports to the contrary are not uncommon, it must be remembered that these results are based on a nationally representative sample of all law enforcement agencies across the United States, which is the only appropriate method to assess nationwide changes in gang activity.
As has been observed and written about extensively, the racial/ethnic composition of a community’s gang problem is largely a reflection of the racial/ethnic composition of the community itself, once socioeconomic factors are taken into account. Gangs tend to emerge in the most disadvantaged areas and thus naturally attract the disadvantaged youth residing in those areas. Therefore, a discussion of the racial/ethnic composition of gangs is largely a discussion of the socioeconomic variables of that area.
Reflecting the racial/ethnic divide along socioeconomic lines across the country, the largest percentage of gang members in the New York Gang Study belong to minorities, with around half reported as Hispanic/Latino and approximately one-third as African American/black. Around 10 to 15 percent of gang members are reported as white/Caucasian. A multisite study of school-aged youth finds comparable proportions. In contrast, a national survey of youth reports a much lower percentage of blacks (25 percent) and Hispanics (19 percent). Clearly, there is much variation across cities, counties, and states in the racial/ethnic composition of gangs, but ultimately, this descriptive characteristic of the gang problem is best regarded as a reflection of the social and economic inequalities that persist across the United States.
There is no agreed-upon gang typology. Numerous attempts at classifying the various types of gangs have been made. Two common features of these attempts are: (1) classifying gangs by the type of criminal activity they are involved in; and (2) classifying gangs based on their names and whether they are derived from national gang names or localized, neighborhood gang names. Both of these methods are subject to a critical flaw frequently observed regarding street gangs. In terms of the first type of classification, by and large, gangs as a group are involved in a variety of criminal activities. During active periods of membership, the offending rate of youth and young adults involved in gangs increases for a multitude and wide range of offenses. The phenomenon is referred to as “cafeteria-style offending,” serving as a reminder that reducing gang types to one offense or another is substantially misleading. The method of classifying gangs by their names is also inherently flawed, since many gangs with national-sounding names have little if any connection to the larger, long-standing gangs from which their names are derived. In many instances, the connection between local and national gangs based on the similarity in names is merely assumed rather than conclusively demonstrated and documented. Local gang members state that they typically adopt larger gang names to project a more widespread and powerful presence in their area. Gangs frequently adopt a mixture of cultural signs and symbols based on their appeal to local gang members, resulting in what has been referred to as a “hybrid gang” culture.
The types of gangs that often receive the most attention from media are characterized as gangs with nationally recognized names, portrayed as highly organized, extremely violent, and focused on one criminal operation, such as drug trafficking. The public is often left with the impression that all gangs, and their gang members, are excessively violent and out of control. These characterizations do more than enough to promote fear and little to help develop successful responses to the gang problem in any given community. In reality, there are a variety of gangs across the United States. Understanding how gangs and their members are both different and similar is essential in developing and implementing appropriate prevention and intervention programs, as well as targeted control strategies.
Due to inherent limitations in law enforcement data and ethnographic studies, determining the proportion of adolescents and young adults who join street gangs is best accomplished through self-report studies of a specified target population. Based on a national study properly weighted to be representative of all youth, recent research finds that approximately 8 percent of all youth have joined a gang by their twenties. This estimate is also highly dynamic. In a multisite study in cities with known and significant gang problems, the percentage of youth who joined a gang peaked in the early teens and declined precipitously thereafter. These estimates, of course, vary across localities and are highly contingent on the type of gang problem observed in a given community. Studies conducted in some urban cities with long-standing gang problems have found that 15 percent or more of youth joined a gang at some point during their adolescent and youth-adult years.
A common misconception surrounding gangs is that once a person joins, he or she stays in the gang for an extended period of years. By following subjects over time, longitudinal research studies provide the only reliable method to determine the duration in which a person remains in a gang. Based on multiple studies, in multiple cities, across multiple research projects, it is repeatedly found that most youth who join a gang do not remain in it for an extended period of time. For the majority of youth who join a gang, the average amount of time they remain active in the gang is one to two years, and fewer than 1 in 10 gang members report involvement for four or more years. However, the more embedded a person is in a gang—e.g., the more his or her self-identity is derived from the gang—the longer that person will remain in the gang, which negatively impacts efforts at severing gang ties.
In sum, joining a gang is not a rare event, relatively speaking. However, a corollary finding also emerges from these systematic studies: Even in the most gang-ridden areas across the United States, most youth do not join a gang. Comparatively, law enforcement agencies report older, more adult-aged gang members in the New York Gang Study (in 2011, approximately two-thirds were 18 and over), reflecting the tendency of agencies to focus primarily on the more embedded (hard-core) members of gangs. This is especially the case in urban areas with long-standing gang problems, where adult-aged members make up a clear majority; in newer gang-problem areas outside the larger cities, this proportion is noticeably smaller.
A common assertion regarding all gangs is their involvement in drug trafficking, distribution, and/or sales. However, while the overlap of gangs and drugs is well-documented, the proportion of gangs that are centered around drug distribution and that effectively control the operations thereof is relatively small. To be sure, gang members are significantly more likely to be involved in drug sales, but numerous research projects have revealed that these members rarely reinvest drug-sale profits into the gang as a whole; rather, they typically keep the profits for themselves. This finding, replicated over time and place, suggests a more nuanced description of the gang-drug connection, such that gangs provide an entrance into drug sales, primarily in street-level distribution, which when viewed superficially perpetuates the assertion that gangs control the distribution of drugs.
A related topic is the gang-drug-violence connection. Incidents involving gangs and drugs, resulting in the use of violence, attract greater coverage by the media, thus reinforcing this connection to the public. Gang violence, however, entails both expressive crimes and instrumental crimes. Expressive crimes pertain to incidents arising from ongoing conflicts and rivalries between gangs (e.g., disrespect, symbolic dominance), while instrumental crimes pertain to incidents surrounding economic functions (e.g., drug sales). While it is difficult to determine with precision the proportion of gang violence related to each, it has been demonstrated convincingly that instrumental-type incidents are much rarer than widely believed. In multiple studies over the past 25 years, a repeated finding is the lack of a drug component surrounding gang-related homicides. That is, in a large majority of these cases, the motives for the events pertained to the expressive and not the instrumental nature of gang violence. Thus, similar to drug sales, while the connection between gangs and violence is well-known, it is important to remain aware of the form this violence typically takes and not overgeneralize based on a few incidents, which can jeopardize the development of effective responses to local gang activity.
Risk factors are variables increase the likelihood of the outcome in question—in this case, gang membership. Gang research scholars have discovered a multitude of risk factors that are statistically linked to gang joining. These individual risk factors span the many dimensions in a youth’s life and are typically grouped into five categories (called “domains”): individual, family, school, peer, and neighborhood/community. Importantly, however, these extensive research studies have demonstrated that there is no one risk factor (or even domain) responsible for gang joining; rather, it is the accumulation of multiple risk factors across multiple domains that greatly increases gang joining. Thus, put another way, gang joining is not reducible to a single risk factor (e.g., single-parent household), since some youth with the risk factor may not join a gang, and some youth without the risk factor may join. It is far more profitable, then, to assess (and ultimately address) the collection of risk factors across the five social domains to prevent gang joining.
Gangs and gang violence have become increasingly complex, lethal, and resistant to prevention and control over the years. Overreliance on one strategy is unlikely to produce fundamental changes in the scope and severity of a community’s gang problem. Instead, communities should adopt a comprehensive, multifaceted, collaborative approach that involves prevention strategies for youth at risk of gang joining, intervention strategies for youth and young adults who are gang-involved, and suppression strategies in areas where gang violence threatens the public safety of a community.
A community’s responses to its gang problem must be based on a solid theoretical understanding of gangs—their social patterns and individual member behaviors—as well as programs and practices supported by systematic research and successful experience in the field. Once a community acknowledges that a youth street gang problem exists, a thorough assessment is needed to identify specific components of the problems, analyze the causes, and identify the resources currently available, as well as the resources needed. Such an assessment can reliably measure the scope and depth of the youth and street gang problem in a given community.
Community stakeholder participation should ideally include active engagement from law enforcement agencies, schools, grassroots organizations, youth agencies, government agencies, and civic organizations. Using the assessment as a foundation, key stakeholders can develop a plan to respond to their gang problem that is tailored to the unique needs and resources of that community. Ideally, a community should develop a continuum of developmentally appropriate programs and strategies to target gang-involved individuals at all ages and risk levels. A community should implement strategies that have been demonstrated to work.
There is no quick, easy fix when responding to street and youth gang problems in a community. Both emerging and entrenched gang problems are the consequence of years of compounding, complex factors. A comprehensive, systematic approach to address these complexities will take focused determination and hard work.
Youth often report joining a gang for protection. However, as numerous research studies have shown, the risk and rate of victimization, especially violent victimization, increases substantially while youth are in a gang. This finding is notably similar to that of the increase in the criminal offending rate during periods of active gang membership. Thus, there is a seemingly paradoxical relationship between the expectation that joining a gang will provide protection from violence and the fact that actual rate (and risk) of victimization while in a gang increases. Research specifically examining this issue points to a compelling explanation: Given the “choice” between seemingly random acts of street violence when not in a gang versus the more structured and less random acts within the gang culture (including the sense of group protection that being part of a gang engenders), individuals are more likely to choose to belong to a gang. That is, the source of the risk of violence is qualitatively different (e.g., from a rival gang) while in a gang, which individuals cognitively perceive as being more predictable and manageable, and thus preferable. This explanation is important to consider when developing effective interventions with current gang members, since increased levels of neighborhood street violence may counteract incentives for individuals to leave the gang.
Following individuals over time (i.e., longitudinally) has also afforded researchers the opportunity to examine the long-term consequences of gang membership. The effects of gang membership, especially for members who remained in the gang for longer periods and/or were deeply embedded in the gang life, have been shown to negatively impact individuals well after leaving the gang. Some of the negative outcomes linked to prolonged gang membership include dropping out of school, early parenthood, and lack of or unstable employment. These long-term consequences are supplemental to the increased risk of being arrested, having a criminal record, and incarceration—which stems from the increased involvement in criminal offending while in a gang—which further reduces the probability of a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Further, in a recent study specifically examining this issue, researchers found that adolescent gang membership was linked to other public health issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse and/or dependence, poor general health, and poor mental health during adulthood. Thus, gang membership, especially long-term membership and/or increased embeddedness in the gang, exacts a toll that extends far beyond periods of active membership.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides comprehensive civil rights protections for people with disabilities. Title II of the ADA requires state and local governments to ensure that their programs, services and facilities are accessible to people with disabilities by developing an ADA Transition Plan.
Everett Public Works developed a Public Right-of-Way ADA Transition Plan to address the requirements of Title II of the ADA that apply to pedestrian facilities. The transition plan is required to maintain Everett’s eligibility for federal funding. The plan specifies the steps that Public Works will take to address accessibility barriers within Everett’s right of way. The plan is meant to be a living document that will be updated annually as we complete projects, identify new projects and as we get public feedback. This process involves multiple work groups and funding sources and will continue to be a priority for Public Works.
Pedestrian facilities are those intended for pedestrian travel, such as sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, shared paths and pedestrian signals. The public right of way is land acquired or dedicated for public roads and streets.
A barrier is something that prevents unhindered travel along a pedestrian facility within Everett’s right of way. Examples of barriers include sidewalk obstructions, such as utility poles or overgrown vegetation; cracked or uneven sidewalks; curb ramps that are missing or don’t meet current ADA standards; and existing pedestrian signals where the pushbutton is inaudible, inaccessible or missing.
In 2011, Everett Public Works began a self-evaluation of our pedestrian facility inventory, and we have been working on our draft transition plan for many years. To create the self-evaluation inventory, crews travel 733 lane-miles of streets covering over 3,326 individual road segments and 1,536 intersections. In 2018, we made the draft Public Right-of-Way ADA Transition Plan available on our website.
This year, we are conducting a major public outreach process before we finalize the 2021 transition plan, to get as much feedback as possible to incorporate into the plan. We are required to have a final plan by April 2021. After we finalize the 2021 plan, we will continue to take public input through our regular feedback procedures.
The transition plan and the evaluation of pedestrian facilities was completed by Public Works staff. Projects outlined in the plan will be completed by the City streets department, contractors who work on City projects or private developers who have projects that impact the City right of way.
Public input from the open house will help us identify and prioritize barrier removals. It is an important way to inform the community about our Public Right-of-Way ADA Transition Plan and to encourage communication between the City and the public we serve.
We have a procedure for the public to submit feedback about barriers and to contact the ADA compliance team. People can submit service requests and feedback by email, phone and on the City website. Providing a public feedback procedure is a requirement of the transition plan.
People can read about the plan and participate at Everett’s online open house. We sent flyers and emails to local advocacy groups, providing information about the online open house and the various ways to provide feedback online or by phone.
The online open house includes the current draft version of the transition plan; an interactive mapping tool and form to report barriers; a PowerPoint presentation about the plan; and a link to attend a public meeting where we will be answering questions about the plan. There is also contact information provided for the ADA Compliance Team.
Feedback we get will be included in the final 2021 version of the plan. Our main goal for this feedback is to get public input on barriers and priorities. We welcome other feedback on the plan and will consider it when finalizing the current plan and future plans.
Everett Public Works uses multiple methods to fund ADA improvements, including regular pavement maintenance, capital, and transportation improvement projects. Here are a few examples of how Everett funds barrier improvements. Sewer replacement or water main projects may also build new curb ramps during construction. Our Streets budget and Traffic Operations budget include barrier removals. In 2019, our Streets division installed 80 curb ramps and responded to 380 customer requests for sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs.
Everett will incorporate public feedback in the 2021 plan and continue to do so in future plans. We will review and update the plan annually. The public feedback forms will continue to be available so people can contact us at any time to report a barrier or ask questions.
Making pedestrian facilities compliant with ADA requirements is part of our everyday work. Each Public Works project is reviewed to ensure we meet ADA requirements. All transportation projects have ADA components. For example, ADA improvements are an important part of safe routes to school and active transportation projects. City staff take regular training courses on ADA requirements.
Constructing new sidewalk is not part of the ADA transition plan. Sidewalk construction is typically accomplished through three methods: as a condition of private development, as part of a grant funded transportation project and by the adjacent property owners. If someone with a need reports missing sidewalk as a barrier, they can report it through the standard feedback procedure, and we can direct them to an accessible route.
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View Everett's webpage, Backwater device program.
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To schedule a tour of Everett's wastewater treatment plant, called the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility, view Everett's Sewer webpage and go to the "Arrange a tour" tab. To schedule a tour of Everett's drinking water treatment plant, also called the water filtration plant, view Everett's Water system webpage and go to the "Arrange a tour" tab.
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Rubatino Refuse Removal serves the following Everett zip codes:
• 98201 • 98203 • 98204
Waste Management Northwest serves the following areas in Everett:
• South of 112th Street SE • Eastmont • Silver Lake including the 75th Street Overpass
• Phone 425-259-0044 • Website Rubatino Refuse Removal
• Phone 1-800-592-9995 • Website Waste Management Northwest
Contact your service provider directly and inform them you have a missed pick-up.
Residential customers must use the service provider assigned to the area where they live. Commercial businesses may contract with the service provider of their choice.
Contact your service provider directly and attempt to address your concerns. If you are unable to resolve the issue, contact the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). The Washington UTC regulates the rates and services of utility companies and can be reached at 1-888-333-9882 or email@example.com. You may also use the online complaint form.
No, the City of Everett does not have a contract with Rubatino Refuse Removal. Rubatino has a franchise or right to be the waste hauler in a specific area.
Contact your service provider. Recycling is included with garbage service and compost collection is a nominal charge.
Everett uses a dual stream recycling system, separating paper from commingled containers. Choose one color bin for mixed paper and cardboard, and use the other for bottles and cans. The bin color you use for each doesn't matter.
Yes, you can choose to haul your garbage and recycling to a Transfer Station. For locations, hours, and accepted items, visit the Snohomish County Solid Waste Management website.
Bulky items can be picked up curbside by your service provider for an additional charge. Call your hauler a week in advance to receive a cost estimate. Only set your items out for pickup on the agreed upon date.
For information on how to recycle or dispose of items not collected curbside, view our Beyond the Curb Guidelines (PDF).
Household hazardous waste can be disposed of at the drop-off station located at 3434 McDougall Ave, Everett. For information, visit the Snohomish County Solid Waste Management website.
Some vehicle components and parts can be recycled locally. Please see the Snohomish County Solid Waste Management website for more information on local companies accepting components and parts. Vehicles may also be donated to local nonprofits or disposed of through the Snohomish County Junk Vehicle & Boat/RV Disposal Program.
We are not able to say with certainty the exact cause of most water main breaks. We do know that there are several factors that contribute to water main breaks: age of pipe, type of pipe, soil and construction conditions when the pipe was installed, and temperature.
Pipe age and type: We find that post World War II cast iron pipes in our system made between 1945 and 1955 have a higher occurrence of failure. Cast iron pipes accounted for 70 percent of our repairs and breaks since 1992, but made up 80 to 85 percent of our repairs and breaks in the past five years. Other cities with similar pipe vintage have similar pipe failure rates.
Temperature: As temperatures move in and out of freezing, it’s not uncommon to see breaks occur.
Nov 2015: 7 / Nov 2016: 1 Dec 2015: 2 / Dec 2016: 10 Jan 2016: 2 Feb 2016: 1 Mar 2016: 2
Since 1992 we’ve averaged 23.3 breaks or repairs per year. In 2015 we had 23 breaks; in 2016 we also ended with 23.
Depending on the type of break, it may be repaired or a section of pipe may be replaced completely. Once the break is repaired or replaced, crews will backfill the excavated site, pouring fill material from a dump truck and evenly distributing and compacting it on the work area. We will watch the repair site for a couple of days, and, then Streets crews will restore sidewalks and road surfaces to original condition. Cleanup of debris on yards and roadways is usually the same day as the break, provided we do not have freezing conditions.
The water in the pipe gets flushed through and is then disinfected for delivery. We do have a distinct process for bringing a main back in service to meet our water quality and purity standards. We flush and also provide contact time with a chlorine disinfectant. We will not reopen customer services until our water has no turbidity and meets the appropriate water quality standards.
The Public Works budget accounts for the need to staff unexpected events. The nature of our work involves responding to unplanned circumstances that demand immediate attention. Crews are accustomed to responding on an on-call basis.
The City has a two-prong plan to proactively address potential water main breaks. We gather and analyze data on main breaks to project what sections show a propensity to break and prioritize replacement based on that. Our Maintenance division performs routine pipe replacement, blocks at a time and uses city crews and small works contractors. Our Engineering division develops those projects with a larger scope, fitting them into our Capital Improvement Program. The current Water Main Q project project from Pacific to 35th on Broadway Avenue is an example of one of these larger water main replacement projects.
The Transportation Advisory Committee, a volunteer citizen advisory board, completed a public hearing process and made recommendations redefining the RPZ boundaries. This recommendation was based on citizen requests and input.
Maps of the previous RPZ boundaries (Zones 1 through 9), as well as the new RPZ boundaries (Zones A through E), are available online.
If you wish to implement an RPZ time limit on your block, please contact Traffic Engineering at (425) 257-8810 and press 7.
The first two RPZ parking permits will be available to each residence free of charge. A $20 fee will apply for each additional permit.
The holder of a residential parking zone permit may apply for a temporary visitor permit for guest vehicles. This permit is valid for ten days and is free of charge. If you have more than one visitor in one month, the fee for an additional permit is $10 per vehicle. To apply for a visitor permit, please visit the Everett Parking Permit Portal.
Residents in student housing do not qualify for RPZ parking permits.
You may apply for a residential parking permit online on our Everett Parking Permit Portal.
The Reusable Bag Ordinance (3643-18) prohibits retail establishments from providing thin, single-use plastic carryout bags (less than 2.25 mils in thickness) to consumers and requires that retailers charge a minimum of 5 cents for each carryout bag provided. The ordinance was approved by the Everett City Council on December 5, 2018, in an effort to reduce waste and protect the environment.
The ordinance became effective on September 30, 2019.
Any retail establishment that sells a product and provides carryout bags to consumers is subject to the ordinance. This includes retail stores, restaurants, businesses and vendors.
Under the ordinance, retail establishments may provide consumers large paper bags and durable “reusable” plastic bags as carryout bags. To qualify, paper carryout bags (1/8 barrel or 882 cubic inches or greater in size) must contain at least 40% recycled paper. Plastic carryout bags must be at least 2.25 mils thick.
Small paper bags (less than 1/8 barrel or 882 cubic inches in size) are not subject to the ordinance and may be provided to consumers to hold or protect items.
Yes, single-use plastic bags may be used to protect food, provided it is placed in a qualifying carryout bag. This is to protect public health and safety.
Yes, bags provided in-store for such items as bulk foods, meats, produce, bakery goods and flowers are still allowed. Only thin, single-use bags used for “carryout” are prohibited.
Retailers can continue to use thin, single-use bags that were on site before September 30, 2019. Another alternative is to donate excess bags to an organization exempt from the ordinance, such as a food bank.
Retailers are required to charge a minimum of 5 cents for each carryout bag provided to a consumer. This fee is kept by the retailer and intended to defray the cost of implementing the ordinance.
Yes, retailers can choose to charge carryout bag fees for other bags provided to consumers.
The carryout bag fee does not apply to bags available for purchase.
Yes, the carryout bag fee is subject to sales tax and must be shown on the customer’s sales receipt.
Yes, the following carryout bags are exempt from the ordinance: newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, tire bags, laundry/dry cleaning bags and bags sold in packages containing multiple bags for uses such as food storage, garbage, pet waste or yard waste.
Yes, to ease the impact on low-income customers, retailers must waive the carryout bag fee for customers paying with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under:
Yes, food banks may provide any type of bag without charging carryout bag fees.
These activities are considered retail establishments under the ordinance and are subject to the same requirements.
The ordinance describes enforcement options, including fines, for violations of the ordinance. However, the initial focus will be on helping businesses and consumers transition.
Yes, the City will provide information and downloadable signage for retailers online at everettwa.gov/BringYourBag. The City will also conduct outreach to the community.
The Reusable Bag Ordinance (3643-18) prohibits retail establishments from providing thin, single-use plastic carryout bags (less than 2.25 mils in thickness) to consumers and requires that retailers charge a minimum of 5 cents for each large paper or durable “reusable” plastic carryout bag provided. The ordinance was approved by the Everett City Council on December 5, 2018, in an effort to reduce waste and protect the environment.
September 30, 2019
Retail establishments may provide consumers large paper bags and durable “reusable” plastic bags as carryout bags with a minimum 5-cent fee.
Small paper bags are not subject to the ordinance and may be provided to consumers to hold or protect items.
Bags provided in-store for such items as bulk foods, meats, produce, bakery goods and flowers are still allowed. Only thin, single-use bags used for “carryout” are prohibited.
Yes, thin single-use plastic bags may be provided for takeout food, if it is placed in a qualifying carryout bag (large paper bag or durable plastic bag). This is to protect public health and safety.
By charging a carryout bag fee, the city is incentivizing consumers to switch to reusable bags to reduce waste.
The retailer retains the carryout bag fee to help defray the cost of implementing the ordinance.
Yes, retailers can choose to charge carryout bag fees for other bags provided to consumers at their discretion.
All residents are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags, however, to ease the impact on low-income customers, retailers must waive the carryout bag fee for customers paying with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under:
Wash your bags regularly for your health and safety. Consider designating specific bags for carrying meat, seafood, produce, and cleaning products to avoid contamination. Likewise, consider having some reusable bags for non-food purchases like books and household items that won’t need to be washed as often.
Plastic bags are accepted for recycling at many grocery stores. Visit plasticfilmrecycling.com for locations.
Visit everettwa.gov/BringYourBag for resources and information. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-257-7205.
If this is your first time visiting or you are a guest, please park in our parking garage underneath our building.
The main entrance to the parking garage is on Wall Street between Lombard and Broadway, across from the south side of the Angel of the Winds Arena. Use the elevator or the ramp leading from the double doors to get to our main floor.
When you become a member of the Senior Center you may purchase a parking sticker for $5.00 to display on your vehicle. This allows you to park on Lombard Avenue during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and in our parking garage in spaces 8-55 during business hours. Please bring your license plate number with you to purchase your sticker at the front desk.
During the hours when the Senior Center is closed, parking in our garage for events at the Angel of the Winds Arena is paid parking only ($5).
We serve lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. We request that you be at the center no later than 11:15 a.m. to obtain your ticket and help us to get an accurate count for the meal being served. There is no need to make an advance reservation for lunch. Alternative salad entrees are available each day. Advance sign-up is required for the salad entrees between 9:00-11:00 am with the kitchen.
To participate in the lunch program, a registration card must be completed. Seniors age 60 and over and spouses (of any age), or anyone living at home with you who is younger and disabled, can enjoy the meal for just $3.00 suggested donation. Other family and friends who join you can eat for a nominal fee of $7.50 (paid at the kitchen window). Donations are confidential and may be made with cash, check, or Basic Food Program voucher (food stamps).
Contact Homage Senior Services at 425-347-1229 or 800-824-2183, visit their website at www.homage.org/nutrition/ or email at email@example.com.
Membership is open to individuals 50 years and older and is required to participate in programs at the Carl Gipson Senior Center. The annual fee for membership is $30. Membership forms are available for download here, or at the front desk.
We also provide scholarships to those who might not be able to participate because of income. This program is based on available funds, and applicants will be funded on a first come, first served basis. The scholarship application form is available for download here, or at the front desk.
To make a donation to the Membership Scholarship Fund please call 425-257-8780
If you are unsure if your event qualifies as a special event, or need assistance in identifying the appropriate category for your event, please contact the City Clerk's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-257-8610.
If you are interested in hosting a Special Event in Everett, first visit our webpage to review event types, guidelines, fees, . You may then contact Tyler Chism, Placemaking Coordinator, to set up a pre-application meeting.
A Special Event Permit is a non-construction related full closure of any portion of a right of way. A right of way permit, or street use permit, is issued directly from Traffic Engineering, and is typically for a partial closure of a right of way, street, parking lane or sidewalk for a short-term basis, and typically for a construction project. If you have any questions about which permit to obtain, you may contact Traffic Engineering for more information and they can assist you.
Applicants may request a pre-application meeting with city departments to discuss matters related to a possible special event with a particular focus on matters necessary for the submittal of complete application. The city may require such a meeting after determining an application is incomplete. By way of example only, such discussions may include traffic control, traffic barriers, security, first aid, clean up, special event dates, and special event routes. You may contact Tyler Chism, Placemaking Coordinator, to set up a meeting.
Except for shorter time frames that are authorized for expressive activity special events and spontaneous special events, a completed application for a special event permit must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office pursuant to the following schedule:
Special event permit fees are found on our webpage under the event type. Late filing fees may apply if application is submitted after the required time frame.
Special Event Permit fees may be paid after an application is submitted. All special event permit fees must be paid prior to or upon the issuance of the special event permit, but in no case later than 10 business days prior to the date of the special event.
Fees charged from the special event fee schedule are refundable if the special event is cancelled after the permit is issued and written notice is received by the City Clerk’s Office 15 days prior to the date of the event.
The City’s Risk Manager will inform you of if insurance is required for your event. You will be informed of any specific or additional insurance requirements for your event. Additional information can be obtained by contacting your insurance provider or the City's Risk Manager, Chris Muth- Schulz, 425-257-8702.
This model has been adopted by hundreds of communities across the United States as the most effective approach to reducing chronic homelessness.
CHART (CHronic-Utilizer Alternative Response Team) is a team of criminal justice, emergency response, and research partners who collaborate in an effort to reduce the impact of chronic utilizers on those systems. By taking a systemic approach, our goal is to create an individualized plan that will have a positive and measurable impact on the use of those resources without simply shifting costs from one partner organization to another. The primary goal of CHART is to decrease the system impacts associated with the disproportionate overlapping service utilization by these individuals; however, we anticipate that our efforts will also positively impact the lives of those identified for participation in CHART. Learn more
By addressing the needs of frequent utilizers, criminal justice and emergency response resources are better able to respond to short-term health and safety issues and dangerous crime within our City.
We would use the tool to evaluate individuals as they enter the criminal justice system: at arrest or booking, at arraignment on charges, or during a review of potential charges to determine whether an individual should be charged or diverted.
Supportive housing facilities come in many sizes, from single, scattered-site apartments to controlled-access facilities with more than 100 units. We identified 70 units as an ideal size based on both the financial cost/benefit of developing the apartment complex and the efficiencies of service delivery and building a therapeutic community for the residents. Catholic Housing Services and Catholic Community Services have a long history of providing supportive housing and the expertise to scale services to this community.
Below are some examples of other similar facilities across the state and country:
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County provides a wide range of services to victims of domestic violence including a 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter for individuals and families who are in imminent danger, legal advocacy, supportive housing, a thrift store, community outreach, domestic violence prevention work and healthy dating and relationship classes.
Everett Gospel Mission is the largest homeless services center in Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties and provides comprehensive life recovery programs, meals and shelter for 174 men, and 100 women and children.
Snohomish County Legal Services is a free legal aid program serving Snohomish County Residents experiencing poverty. Staff, pro-bono attorneys and volunteers provide information, advice and legal representation to ensure meaningful access to justice regardless of individual barriers and needs:
Andrew recently asked Lauren to accompany him on a tour of a sober living house, to get her input on whether or not she thought it would be a positive environment for him. Lauren also arranged for Andrew to get a chemical dependency (CD) assessment, and escorted him to the facility for the assessment. He started intensive outpatient treatment soon after his CD assessment. Andrew is doing great, and Lauren plans to continue to support him. (November 2015)
During the 4-month FareStart program, Angela will be housed and receive culinary training. She has also received a 12-step meeting list for the downtown Seattle area, which will allow her to start planning her support schedule. Both Andrew and Angela are supportive of each other in recovery, and both acknowledge that they each need to work on themselves before they can join again in sobriety. Lauren is looking forward to the next step of Angela’s progress when she is released and can begin her journey through FareStart and beyond. (November 2015)
We love it too! Our first installation (phase 1) at 41st St – Colby Ave was a maintenance test to see if we can reduce graffiti tagging by use of decorative wraps and it was a success. Our signal maintenance crew is under-staffed by industry standards. This is a trial to update infrastructure in a way that leads to reduced graffiti call outs to more efficiently use our small crew.
Our next round of installations (phase 2) at Evergreen Way – Madison St and Evergreen Way – Holly Dr are at locations that had been tagged with graffiti earlier this year. This test will again run 6 months from the beginning of September 2018 and we have no plans to install more until we at least have a 6-month track record of positive results in discouraging tagging. Please check back in March 2019 for an update.
We love it too! We have no plans to install more installations until we have at least a 6-month track record of positive results for our phase 2 installations (Evergreen Way – Madison St and Evergreen Way – Holly Dr) in discouraging graffiti tagging. Check back in March 2019 and see FAQ 1 for more information.
We love it too! We have no plans to install more installations until we have at least a 6-month track record of positive results for our phase 2 installations (Evergreen Way – Madison St and Evergreen Way – Holly Dr) in discouraging graffiti tagging. Check back in April 2019 and see FAQ 1 for more information.
The designs are chosen from stock photos on Shutterstock.com. If the trial installations are successful we may set up a process to allow community feedback utilizing the photos available on Shutterstock.com.
Wraps on suitable cabinets cost approximately $2,000 to $2,900 depending on the size of the cabinet. Unsuitable cabinets require replacement before a traffic wrap could be installed. The cost to replace a traffic signal cabinet is approximately $16,500 to $18,000, including the Traffic Wrap installation.
No, many cabinets are unsuitable. Any cabinet that has been painted is unable to have a traffic wrap installation for manufacturing reasons. Any cabinet that is nearing its end of service life, or no longer meets the current standard specifications is also an unsuitable cabinet, because they need to be replaced before a Traffic Wrap can be installed.
There are a total of 177 signal cabinets in Everett and at least 93 of them are not suitable cabinets for one or more of the reasons listed in FAQ 6. Of those 93 unsuitable cabinets, 34 are unsuitable only because they have been painted. This number is large enough that if the phase 2 tests are successful we will consider a phase 3 test where we work with the Manufacturer and wrap a painted cabinet to see if we are okay with the quality of a wrapped painted cabinet to try and reduce the number of unsuitable cabinets.
Please fill out our online form, which will be e-mailed for you when you submit it.
Please visit the Federal Railroad Administration’s Blocked Crossing Incident Reporter. There are three public roadway grade crossings:
Please fill out the form link below, and e-mail it to OversizeLoadPermit@everettwa.gov
Important: If your services are in the process of being shut off you cannot use this service as a method of preventing it, payment needs to be made in person or via phone. Please pay at the Utility Billing office located at 3101 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201 or over the phone at 425-257-8999 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Therefore, we recommend that you instruct the Services to initiate each payment to us at least 4 business days before the actual due date. Business days are Monday through Friday, except for federal banking holidays. If you use the Services to send us your payment instructions after 9 p.m. (PST) on a business day, then the Services will treat your instructions as if it was received on the following business day. It is the day we receive payment from you, and not the day we receive your instructions, that determines whether your payment was timely received.
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The results from monitoring conducted by the City of Everett for hexavalent chromium Everett water averaged 0.25 parts per billion (ppb). In California, one of the few places chromium-6 is regulated (it’s not regulated in Washington state), the regulatory level is 10 ppb—40 times the amount detected in Everett’s water.
Everett’s 2019 Water Quality Report contains details and results about all of the contaminants, regulated and unregulated, that the City of Everett looks for in our drinking water.