Street & Storm Drainage Ordinance

Ordinance No. 1060

An ordinance adopting by reference Street and Storm Drainage Standards for construction of extensions to the Town of Friday Harbor street and storm drainage systems and repealing Ordinance Number 1025.

Be it ordained by the Council of the Town of Friday Harbor;

Section 1. Adoption of Document

The Town of Friday Harbor Street and Storm Drainage Standards as published by the firm of Gray and Osborne, Inc., is hereby adopted as the conditions and construction standards to be adhered to in any and all extensions to the Town of Friday Harbor street and storm drainage systems.

Section 2. Copies on File

The publication entitled Town of Friday Harbor Street and Storm Drainage Standards shall be available for review in the office of the Town Clerk.

Section 3. Applicability

The standards described in Section 1, above, shall apply to all construction, reconstruction and remodeling where the value of the construction, reconstruction or remodeling exceeds a total cost of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) as described on the face of the Town building permit, with the exception of single family residences.

The standards as described in Section 1, above, shall apply to all construction or reconstruction of land surfaces, to include, but not be limited to, grading or paving of land surfaces for parking, landscaping and/or drainage where the value of the construction or reconstruction exceeds Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000), with the exception of single family residences.

In the event a series of building permits are issued over a period of 24 months which, in total exceeds Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000), the terms of this Ordinance shall apply.

Street frontage improvements required by this Ordinance shall be installed prior to the issuance of any building or grading permit; provided that the Administrator shall have authority to authorize issuance of a building or grading permit prior to installation upon posting of a bond or other security to insure compliance. The amount of the bond or security shall be determined by the Town, based on an estimate for the cost of such improvements.

Section 4. Administrator

The Town Administrator or his/her designee shall administer the provisions of this Ordinance.

Section 5. Permit Required

No person or any other entity shall commence construction, alteration, or repair within the public right-of-way without a right - of-way permit having first been obtained from the Town.

The non-refundable right-of-way permit fee shall be reviewed annually by the Town Council who shall direct the Town Clerk to adjust the fee appropriately and post said permit application fee in a conspicuous place within Town Hall and make such a list available to the public upon request.

Section 6. Sidewalk Reconstruction - Town Responsibility

In the event the Town has raised or lowered an existing street so that the existing sidewalk does not match the sidewalk level, in accordance with adopted street and storm drainage standards, the Town shall be responsible for the reconstruction of the sidewalk.

Section 7. Improvement Construction Contracts

Pursuant to the authority granted in RCW 35.72.010, et.seq., as amended from time to time, the Town may enter into and contract with the owner or owners of real estate within the Town for the construction or improvement of street projects, to include design, grading, paving, installation of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drainage, street lighting, traffic controls, and other similar improvements. All such construction or improvements shall be performed in full compliance with the minimum standards established under Section 1, above.

Any contract authorized under this section may provide for the partial reimbursement of the property owner or owners, or their assigns, following the procedures set forth in Chapter 35.72 RCW, as amended from time to time.

Any contracts authorized under this Section shall contain provisions similar to those set forth in the form Water and/or Sewer Facility Contract set forth as an appendix to the Town of Friday Harbor Water System/Sewer System Extension Requirements adopted by reference in Chapters 13.08 and 13.24, FHMC.

Section 8. Violation & Enforcement

A violation of this Ordinance shall be and hereby is declared both a public nuisance and a Class I civil infraction, as defined in Ordinance Number 1053 as amended from time to time. Each day that a violation of this Ordinance exists may be treated as a separate infraction.

Except in circumstances where there is a serious and imminent threat to public health or safety, prior to filing a public nuisance abatement action in San Juan County Superior Court, the Town shall attempt to gain compliance by use of the civil infraction procedures set forth in Ordinance Number 1053.

The penalty for committing a civil infraction under this Ordinance shall be as set forth in Ordinance Number 1053.

Section 9

Ordinance Number 1025 is hereby repealed in its entirety.

Section 10

Effective Date. This Ordinance shall become effective following publication in accordance with State law.


  • Adopted this 5th day of February, 1998.
  • Town of Friday Harbor
  • Gary G. Boothman, Mayor
  • Seal of the Town of Friday Harbor
  • Attest: Steven Dubail, Town Clerk