On May 24, 2017 the Mount Vernon City Council approved Ordinance 3714. This Ordinance adopts new regulations with regard to adult entertainment businesses and uses in the City.

The City’s zoning regulations pertaining to adult uses were first adopted in 1985 and substantively amended just once in 1995. The potential for undesirable impacts, in conjunction with regulations that have not been analyzed in over two decades, as well as changes in the law related to adult entertainment uses, lead to the initiation of a work program to update and amend these regulations.

On October 26, 2016 the City Council adopted two Ordinances that: 1) provide interim development regulations for adult uses until such time that the City is able to study the impacts of these uses and adopt permanent regulations (Ordinance 3698); and 2) adopted regulations regarding lewd conduct (Ordinance 3699). Copies of these two Ordinances can be viewed by clicking on them here: Ordinance 3698, Ordinance 3699

The City Council also adopted a Resolution on October 26, 2016 establishing an Adult Entertainment Zoning and Licensing Committee. A copy of this Resolution can be viewed by clicking on it here: Resolution 920

Following this on December 7, 2016 City Council held a public hearing on the interim regulations adopted on October 26, 2016. At this public hearing Council adopted Ordinance 3705 that ratifies, renews and confirms the interim regulations adopted with Ordinance 3698. Ordinance 3705
 Index to the Legislative Record
ID:Document(s) From: Document(s) Title:
1Adult Entertainment Zoning and Licensing CommitteeAdult Entertainment Zoning and Licensing Committee
1.1City of AmarilloA Report on Zoning and Other Methods of Regulating Adult Entertainment in Amarillo
1.2City of AustinReport on Adult Oriented Businesses in Austin
1.3City of BellevueLocation of Adult Entertainment Uses
1.4Blaine Police
Blaine Book Company Memorandum with Allegations of Rape and Solicitation of a Minor for Prostitution (contains graphic materials, copies can be viewed at City Hall)
1.5City of Des MoinesAdult Use Zoning Analysis, including their Legislative Record
1.6City of Everett, Crime Analysis UnitReport on Crime at Existing Adult Retail Businesses
1.7City of Garden GroveThe Relationship Between Crime and Adult Business Operation on Garden Grove Boulevard
1.8City of Federal WayLegislative record
1.9City of IndianapolisAdult Entertainment Businesses in Indianapolis
1.10Town of IslipStudy and Recommendations for Adult Entertainment Businesses in the Town of Islip
1.12City of KentAdult Use Zoning Study
1.13City of Los AngelesStudy of the Effects of the Concentration of Adult Entertainment Establishments in the City of Los Angeles
1.14Times Square Business Improvement DistrictReport on the Secondary Effects of the Concentration of Adult Use Establishments in the Times Square Area
1.15New YorkAdult Entertainment Study
1.16City of OlympiaLegislative Report on Zoning Regulations of Adult Oriented Businesses
1.17City of Saint PaulAdult Entertainment – a 40 acre Study
1.18City of SpokaneDeclarations from Karen Rel, Dr. Joseph Asterino, Ron Hansen, and Joseph C. Books; also testimony from Karen Roberts to the City Planning Commission (contains graphic materials, copies can be viewed at City Hall)
1.19City of RentonDeclaration of Marilyn Petersen (City Clerk for the City of Renton) submitting exhibits given to the Renton City Council from Phillip Beckley (contains graphic materials, copies can be viewed at City Hall)
1.20City of Federal WayDeclaration of Londi Lindell, City Attorney of Federal Way, submitting photographs from a magazine found by Bob Evans, discarded in a parking lot of an Adult Retail Establishment. (contains graphic materials, copies can be viewed at City Hall)
1.21Spokane CountyDeclaration of Patricia C. Walker, Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Spokane County, submitting copies of items citizens have found near adult (contains graphic materials, copies can be viewed at City Hall)
1.22City of Garden GroveDeclarations from Herbert Hall (customer of adult book stores), Officer Ricardo Bermudez, Officer Todd Elgin, Officer Gary Faust, Officer Mark Hutchinson (contains graphic materials, copies can be viewed at City Hall)
1.23City of BellevueDeclaration from Officer DeVore regarding incident with suspects that met at R & R Adult Toys store. (contains graphic materials, copies can be viewed at City Hall) 
1.24Time.comCanada Stripping Visas for Foreign Strippers
1.25Chron.comHuman Trafficking, Drug Activity at Treasures Strip Club, Alleged by Prosecutors
1.26WBTW.comProstitution and Strip Clubs Often Linked to Human Trafficking, Duputies Say
1.27WBALTV.com3 Baltimore Strip Clubs Raided in Human Trafficking Case
1.28Huffingtonpost.comWhere Strip Clubs Thrive in Portland, So Does Child Sex Trafficking
2City of Mount VernonPlanning Commission Public Hearing Materials
3City of Mount VernonLand Use and Buildable Lands Analysis
Appendix A to this Analysis
4City of Mount VernonAdult Entertainment Overlay Zone Map
5City of SeattleDirector's Report Adult Cabarets
6City of SeattleDirector's Report Adult Entertainment
7City of Saint PaulAdult Entertainment Staff Report
8McCleary, RichardCrime Risk in the Vicinity of a Sexually Oriented Business: A Report to the Centralia City Attorney's Office
9Lindell, LondiAdult Entertainment Legislative Record
10McCord, Eric and Tewksbury, RichardDoes the Presence of Sexually Oriented Businesses Relate to Increased Levels of Crime? An Examination Using Spatial Analysis
11City of SeattleDirector's Report on Adult Cabarets in Seattle
12Keuhl, David and Wilson, Shawn
McCleary, Richard
Secondary Effects of Sexually-Oriented Businesses on Market Values and Secondary Effects of "Off-Site" Sexually-Oriented Businesses
13Everett Adult Use Citizen CommitteeAdult Use Citizens Committee Report to City Council on the Zoning of Adult Use Businesses
14City of New OrleansAdult Live Performance Venues Study
15Donnerstein, Edward and Linz, DanielFinal Report of the Distance and Message Effectiveness Study
16Police Department Incident CallsIncident Calls at Foxy Lady (2626 Henson Road, Mount Vernon) 2011 to 2016
Incident Calls for Foxy Lady (9566 Old Hwy 99 North, Burlington) 2010 to 2015
Incident Calls for Sips Ahoy (7607 Sr 20, Anacortes) 2012 to 2016
17Various New OutletsFoxnews.com: Bare-Chested Baristas May Soon be Outlawed in Washington City, 4.12.2017
NYDailynews.com: Coffee Madam Laundered $2 Million Through Wash. Bikini Baristas, 8.30.2014
Everett Herald: Former Cop Accused of Misconduct with Bikini Baristas (8.2.2014
Everett Herald: Bikini Barista Stand Manager Pleads Guilty to Promoting Prostitution (6.3.2015)
KOMO news: Confessed Coffee Stand Madam Avoids Jail Time in Sentencing (1.11.2016)
NBC News: Three Bikini Baristas ARrested at Washington Espresso Stand (10.30.2013)
KHQ: 5 Everett Binini Baristas Accused of Prostitution (9.25.2009)
KOMO News: Cop Accused of Tipping Bikini Baristas to Police Intestigations (6.25.2013)
18Snohomish County Legislative RecordComments
19Snohomish County Legislative RecordMaterials from the Record
20Federal Way Legislative RecordMaterials from the Record
21Incident Calls and Booking Records from Various AgenciesRecords
22Declaration of Edward DonnersteinDeclaration of Edward Donnerstein
23VariousPublic Comments Received by the City

To initiate the work program to update the City's regulations regarding adult uses the Community & Economic Development Department completed a Planning Study; the full text of which can be downloaded via the links below.

Planning Study on Adult Uses

Appendix A
Appendix B
(this Appendix has been split into four parts due to its size;
 please note these files are still quite large)

Appendix B, Part 1
Appendix B, Part 2
Appendix B, Part 3
Appendix B, Part 4
Appendix C