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You have the right to live free of discrimination based on a disability.
If you have a question for, a request of or an issue with the City of Mount Vernon under ADA Title II, please contact:Michele Myers, City of Mount Vernon ADA Coordinator1024 Cleveland AvenueMount Vernon, WA 98273
Email ADA Coordinator(360) 336-6204City Council Meetings:Hearing assistance equipment is available for use by the hearing impaired at City Council meetings.Please let us know at least 48 hours in advance if you will need any special accommodations to attend a meeting. Contact the ADA coordinator at the phone number, email or address above to arrange any special accommodations that you require.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (49.60) prohibit state and local government agencies from discriminating against people with disabilities. In addition, the City of Mount Vernon must provide reasonable modifications to existing policies, practices and procedures to ensure equal access to programs and services.
If you feel that the City of Mount Vernon has failed to accommodate your disability or provide you with equal access to a City activity, program or service, you have the following options:
Please click on the link below:
Public Records Request
Police Public Records Request
Claim for Damages forms and instructions are available in the City Finance Department, Attorney's Office, or you may use the Claim for Damages form provided on this web site. PLEASE MAKE COPIES FOR YOUR RECORDS PRIOR TO SUBMITTAL TO THE CITY.
For information regarding felony cases, misdemeanors that occur outside the city limits of Mount Vernon and juvenile cases please contact the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney's Office at 605 S. 3rd Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 336-9460.
Signs, maps, decals, and neighborhood issues will be discussed.
1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses that are 200 square feet or less. (A planning permit is still required)
2. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
3. Sidewalks and Driveways (may require an Engineering permit)
4. Water tanks supported directly on grade less than 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
5. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
6. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 30 inches deep.
7. Swings and other playground equipment.
8. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
9. Fences less than 7 feet in height from adjacent grade that do not have masonry or concrete elements above 6 feet only when a fence permit is obtained from the Development Services Department.
10. Decks, associated platforms and steps accessory to residential buildings constructed under the provisions of the IRC which are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade plain and not over any basement or story below when a permit authorizing the location of said improvements is obtained from the Development Services Department.
11. Residential re-roof with only one existing layer and no roof decking repair.
12. Window and door replacement in-kind window replacement where no alteration of structural members, window U-value meets prescriptive requirements of the energy code, safety glazing is provided where required, fall protection is provided where required, and egress requirements are maintained.
Repairs and maintenance: A permit shall not be required for minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
1. Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
2. Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
3. Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
1. Portable heating appliances.
2. Portable ventilation appliances.
3. Portable cooling units.
4. Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
5. Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
6. Portable evaporative coolers.
7. Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
8. Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
9. The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.
10. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.
Please find your property on our Zoning web map. Please note that Skagit County Assessor information does not include your City of Mount Vernon zoning district. Also feel free to email our Permit Technicians at: PermitTech@mountvernonwa.gov, or call staff at the Development Services Department and they can assist you, (360) 336-6214.
Many properties in the City are located in the 100-year floodplain. You can look up your property on FEMA’s Map Service Center, https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search, or you can contact us and we can provide both the flood zone and what that means.
Here is a link so you can search for your plat or survey. You may be able to find property pins, or you may need to work with a surveyor to locate your lines.
The first step is to contact a Permit Technician to discuss your project. You can email, call or visit us in person at City Hall. firstname.lastname@example.org 360-336-6214
Yes, permits are required for all new fences and fence replacement. Planning permits are for fences under 7 feet in height, building permits for fences 7 feet or taller. You can apply for a fence permit through the permit portal or in person at City Hall.
Sheds up to 200 sq. ft. require shed permits, called site plan for minor improvements. One shed is allowed on a residential property. If the shed is larger than 200 square feet a building permit is required. You can apply for the permit through the permit portal or at City Hall.
Duplexes are allowed on any lot of record zoned R-1, as long a there is no adjacent duplex. There is no minimum lot size, but please keep in mind there are minimum off-street parking requirements. Each duplex requires a two-car garage for each unit.
One ADU is allowed on any residentially zoned property. It can be attached or detached but cannot be larger than 1000 sq ft and the owner must reside in one of the units. Contact staff for additional requirements.
Tiny homes on wheels are considered recreational vehicles and must meet those standards. They cannot be used for habitation. Tiny home with a foundation can be constructed with a building permit.
Short term rentals are not regulated in the City of Mount Vernon. However, in the R-1 zone, rooms can only be rented to two people.
Mount Vernon’s code updates for these bills is not currently required to be adopted until the end of 2025. Please look out for public meetings about these bills in the lead up to the 2024 Comprehensive Plan update and the code adoption deadline.
Yes, permits are required for all signs and sign refaces. The sign regulations vary by zone. Please contact staff about the requirements for your property. No signs are allowed in Residential zones without additional permits.
C-L with limitations. Here is a link to our zoning map and a link to the MVMC with additional regulations.
The C-2, C-3, C-L, and M-1 districts all allow automobile repair garages. Here is a link to our zoning map.
The C-L zone allows for open RV and/or Boat storage with a Conditional Use Permit. In building storage is allowed in other zones, please contact staff.
Mini-storage units are allowed as an accessory use in the C-2 and C-L zones. Accessory use means a use incidental and subordinate in area, extent, and purpose to the principal use.
The R-1 Single Family Residential zone allows for operation of a day nursery, as defined in Chapter 17.06 MVMC; provided, it are state-licensed and care for more than six but less than 12 children, exclusive of the child care provider’s own children, at one time.
When you apply for your Washington State business license through the Department of Revenue (https://secure.dor.wa.gov/), apply for a City of Mount Vernon endorsement or Home Occupation. The DOR will forward your information to the City.
The 2019 population estimates from the Office of Financial Management are as follows:
Permit turnaround times will vary depending on how complex a project is, how many corrections of plans are needed, and how quickly and completely responses are submitted back to the City when corrections are needed. Following are average time frames for the listed permit types:
6.5% State0.85% City of Mount Vernon0.15% Skagit County0.4% PTBA (Skagit Transit)0.3% Public Safety (Jail) – Effective 1/1/20140.1% Criminal Justice (distributed to Cities and County based on population)0.1% Skagit 9110.1% Skagit County Mental Health Sales Tax Distribution
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides the official maps that show if a property is located within a floodplain; and if so, which category of floodplain that particular property is within. Click in the following link to be directed to FEMA's website where you can type in a property address to see if it is within the floodplain.
This depends, in large part, on whether or not your lending agency requires it. If you are renting you can get flood insurance to cover the contents of your home or business. Below is a link to the National Flood Insurance Program where you can find additional information.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) contracts with private insurance companies to provide flood insurance. Click on the link below to be directed to the NFIP website where a list of these companies can be found.
Visit the Staff Directory to find all department and staff contact information.
Click on the link and follow the website instructions.
Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services administration office is located in Hillcrest Park at 1717 South 13th Street. Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm. We are closed Saturdays, Sundays, and all major holidays. We can be reached at (360) 336-6215 or via email at email@example.com.
Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8am to 5:00pm. We are closed Saturdays, Sundays, and all major holidays. We can be reached at (360) 336-6215 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parks & Enrichment Services accepts credit and debit cards with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover logo.
You can find our program listing on our registration website at https://apm.activecommunities.com/mvparks/ . If you are looking for something specific or need help locating an appropriate program, please call our office at (360) 336-6215. Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services invites individuals with special needs to participate in our programs. Please call in advance if accommodations are necessary for successful participation.
Unless otherwise posted, all recreation programs through Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services do require preregistration. Most programs do require a minimum number of participants. If a program does not receive the required minimum number of participants, the program may be rescheduled or canceled. In order to register for a program, a program registration form must be completed and signed either by a legal guardian or program participant if over 18 years of age. The registration fee, if applicable, must be paid in full at time of registration. You can register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/mvparks/ , or in our office at Hillcrest Park (1717 South 13th Street) or over the phone at (360) 336-6215, with a VISA, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard.
-Hillcrest Park (1717 South 13th Street) hosts 2 large outdoor rental facilities; the Gazebo and Daylight Kitchen, 2 small outdoor rental facilities; the North View Shelter and the South Side Shelter and the Hillcrest Lodge, a large indoor facility. -Bakerview Park (3101 East Fir Street) is home to the Vaux Retreat Center, a smaller indoor facility. -Indoor rental facilities are available for rent year round. -Outdoor facilities are available for rent April 15th to September 30th of each year. -Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. -Rental fees must be paid in full at time of reservation. To check availability of any of the above mentioned facilities, please call our office at (360) 336-6215.
The Sports Center at Bakerview Park (3101 East Fir Street) is operated by the YMCA. The Skagit Valley Family YMCA can be reached at (360) 336-9622.
The uniform patches of the Mount Vernon Police Department are restricted and for security reasons are only issued to our employees. In addition, they are purchased with City funds so unfortunately, we cannot supply them free of charge and they are currently not available for purchase.
We thank you for your understanding in this matter.
In 2023, the Mount Vernon Police Department will host its 27th annual Citizens Academy class. Citizens Academy is a 12-week program, starting in early February and running until late April or early May. Students are required to attend class from 6:30p - 9:30p every Thursday night during the academy, with a Saturday afternoon mock scene day in early April. If you're interested, applications are now available online or at the Mount Vernon Police Department.
Please click the links to view answers to frequently asked questions related to noise from train horns and the establishment of quiet zones:
Train Horns and Quiet Zones
Railway Quiet Zones - 2/17/21 Presentation to City Council
Snow Removal - Frequently Asked Questions
Full programming can be found on Comcast Channel 10. You can watch TV10 if you live in Skagit County (except Anacortes) and have at least a basic Comcast cable subscription. View the TV10 Schedule.
Spanish programming can be found on our sister station Canal 26, which can be viewed on Comcast Channel 26. View the TV26 Schedule.
Live Streaming is available for some public events and meetings. To view these please click the "Live Events" link on our department webpage or subscribe to the City of Mount Vernon, WA - Government Television YouTube Channel for updates on when Live Events will occur
Watch TV10 produced shows online and on-demand via our YouTube page.