Planning Department

Water System Plans

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Code Enforcement

Mission Statement The City of Dayton's Code Enforcement is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Dayton by providing public service in the enforcement of Public Nuisance, Animal Control, Street, Building, and Zoning Ordinances. We are committed to working with both citizens and businesses in a professional and effective manner. Enforcing City codes protects the values and aesthetics of property. What is Code Enforcement? Code enforcement is used for addressing violation of codes and/or public health and safety issues. Code Compliance actions are taken by priority, both proactively and reactively in response to Requests for Action received from citizens. The following are a few of the most common code violations:  Junk Vehicles or Vehicle Parts: Vehicles which are inoperable or wrecked and vehicle parts visible from private or public streets.  Overgrown Vegetation: Accumulation of weeds and/or tall grasses and berry vines.  Household Items: Furniture and appliances intended for indoor use stored or used outdoors. For the purpose of this section, decks, carports and open garages are considered outdoors.  Nuisances: Trash or debris on private property which constitutes any discarded, broken or disabled material including, but not limited to furniture, appliances, discarded lumber or other discarded items that are not in a functioning condition.  Animal Noise: Barking of dog(s) or noise from other animals which limits the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties. Page 10 of 18  Home Businesses: Businesses conducted in a residence must comply with certain conditions of Zoning (DMC 11-03.060) and other city codes.  Residential Parking: Vehicles must be parked on concrete, asphalt or gravel.  Fences: Fences are limited to four feet in height in the front yard for the first 20 feet of the property and six feet in the side and rear yards. How Do I Notify the City of a Possible Code Violation? Complaints can be filed by using the Request for Action Form, and sending it by email, by mail, by fax, or you may come in person and fill out a request form. A completed form must be included with the following information: your name, phone number and address, the exact street address where the possible violation has occurred and specifics regarding the violation before city enforcement officer will investigate.

Code Enforcement Complaint Form

If you have any questions, or would like any further information, for violations of: City Streets, Sidewalks, Animal Control, City Property - Phone: (509) 382-4571 Private Property, Nuisance, Zoning, Critical Areas - Phone: (509) 540-6747 Address: 111 S 1st Street, Dayton, WA 99362 Fax: (509) 382-2539 Email How Is a Complaint Processed? If an ordinance or regulation is being violated, the Code Enforcement Officer will contact the homeowner or tenant in person to discuss the violation. The Officer requests the violation(s) be corrected within a certain time frame. The amount of time depends on the seriousness of the violation. If the property remains in violation the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a Notice of Violation and Order to Abate; or, a civil violation notice of an Infraction. Civil violations are prosecuted as a misdemeanor. If the violation(s) are not corrected, the City may abate the property by removing the violation(s), bill the cost to the property owner and seek recovery of the costs. 

SMP Documents

The Comprehensive Update to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) was adopted by the City Council under Ordinance 1910, May of 2017.  

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“This SMP update is being funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. GRANT # G1400540”

Shoreline Master Plan

As required by the state, the City of Dayton has completed a comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), consistent with the State of Washington Shoreline Management Act (SMA;RCW 90.58) and its implementing guidelines (WAC 173-26). Dayton’s SMP is a planning policy document as well as a regulatory tool, establishing development standards for the City’s Touchet River shoreline, including adjacent upland areas within 200 feet of designated shorelines.

The primary policy objectives of the Shoreline Management Act are to:
• Protect shoreline areas so there is "no net loss" in ecological function,
• Provide for the enjoyment of and access to shorelands and waters, when appropriate, and
• Prioritize water-dependent uses.

The City of Dayton has adopted the SMP as an Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The Shorelines Management Code (SMC) has been adopted as part of the Dayton Municipal Code, Title 15.  View these documents on the Shoreline Document Page.  

The Overview of the SMP Update answers frequent questions of shoreline property owners.

SMP Timeline - Project Complete                                 

Mar. 20, 2014
Kickoff Meeting at City Hall
Meeting Held
Sept. 9, 2014
Community Open House 
and Visioning Public Workshop(s) 
Meetings Held
April 2, 2015
April 14 -
May 19, 2015
SMP Update discussion, Planning Commission Public Meetings, Open House, Comments on Draft, Public Hearings & Planning Commission Recommendation
Meetings & Hearings Held
July 27 -
Sept. 14, 2015
City Council Public Meetings, discussions, Adoption of SMP for Ecology, see Ord. 1882
Completed & Council Approval
Feb.-March 3 2016
May 1, 2017
Ecology Final Approval 
May 8, 2017
Final City Adoption Ord. 1910
May 15, 2017
 Effective Date of SMP & SMC

“This SMP update was funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. GRANT # G1400540”

Agendas & Minutes


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Development Regulations Draft Updates

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Historic Preservation Policy, Code and Process Project (HPP– 2016)
The city is in the process of assessing the needs for revisions to the Historic Element of the Comprehensive Plan and Historic Preservation Code.
The city welcomes all ideas and comments for updating historic preservation policy, code and processes.  For more information please go to the project webpage (external link) -EZview Historic Preservation Update Project .
Dayton Dog Park Project by Friends of Dayton Dog Park (FDDP) 
Get ready for the grand openning ... soon!
A number of local citizens formed an organization - FDDP and raised funds in support of a dog park in Dayton. Now there only remains a few final touches to complete the park before the grand openning.
The location is just south of the fish pond in the Pietrzycki (Dayton) City Park.  The City revised it's code to allow the off-leash dogs park and owners may now walk with their dog on a leash from S. 2nd St. and also the Levee Path to the dog park, see map
If you would like to become involved with FDDP, please contact Carol Rahn, Co-Chair of FDDP at 509-520-8922  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
Sign & Sidewalk Use Code Update Project  ON HOLD
Workshops were held in Feb & March of 2015. However with the June 2015 Supreme Court Ruling of Reed v. Gilbert, the city has chosen to take a slower approach allowing for the development of new “best practices” to emerge.  If you are interested in being added to the contact list for updating the City’s Sign Code, please contact the Planning Department.


Comprehensive Plan Draft Updates

2019 Comprehensive Plan (CP) and                                 Development Regulations (DR) Work Project

Workshops held April 27th and May 4th-... read more
Public comment requested on the Draft Vision for Dayton. Forward comments to the Dayton Planning Department. 

BACKGROUND:  The City of Dayton is performing a Periodic review and update of its Comprehensive Plan and development regulations by June 30, 2019. The State Growth Management Act (GMA) mandates the update to ensure the plan and regulations factor in changed conditions and are current with State law. Dayton last completed a comprehensive update in 2007-2008. Development regulations to implement the 2008 Comprehensive Plan were adopted in 2013.  Since then the City has completed two "annual" updates for years 2014 and 2015. Both Comprehensive Plan (CP) and development regulation (DR) were adopted.

1n 2017, the City intends to amend the Historic Element of the CP and DR's associated with historic preservation through the annul process. Additionally, the City anticipates final adoption of the Shorelines Master Program adding policies to the CP and DR's to the City's municipal code.

The Periodic Comprehensive Plan and development regulations review and update is a substantial project which typically takes about two years to complete (with substantial outside consultant support). The Dayton work program for the review and update will primarily rely on City staff and the staff support of state and local governmental agencies. However, it is recognized that there is a need for technical and legal support to fully address the requirements under GMA, analyze the city's capital facilities and transportation system. The city will be seeking grants to cover these costs so to complete this effort by June 2019.




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