The use of city streets and rights-of-way by trucks or vehicles during construction, forestry, or mining activities, and the like, can damage city streets at any time of the year, and/or create unsafe conditions.
A. The use of city streets by trucks in excess of 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, or 40 feet in length, whichever is more restricting, must obtain a city hauling permit or similar authorization, unless determined to be exempt or otherwise authorized by the city.
B. The following activities and uses may be determined to be exempt by the mayor or his/her designee:
1. Deliveries of materials, supplies, and products to and from commercial and industrial uses in commercial or industrial zones.
2. Government vehicles, emergency vehicles, school buses, public utility vehicles, and solid waste vehicles.
C. The delivery of materials, equipment, and supplies to construction sites within the city may be permitted through the issuance of a building permit or land use permit by the city. The issuance of a permit by the city does not relieve a contractor, truck operator, or project sponsor from the responsibility of repairing any damage that may occur from their authorized or unauthorized use of city streets.
D. The project sponsor of any construction, or other land use or development activity that is located outside of the city, or any forestry, mining, or similar activities that are located inside or outside of the city, that may require the use of city streets by vehicles that exceed the weight and size limitations of this chapter, shall obtain a hauling permit from the city before using any city streets.
1. A permit or approval issued by another jurisdiction, such as Kittitas County or the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, does not relieve a project sponsor from the obligation to obtain a city hauling permit.
2. The city shall establish and maintain a hauling permit application form and checklist that identifies the information that must be submitted for city review and approval. This may include, but is not limited to:
a. Identification of the proposed haul route;
b. The proposed period and nature of hauling activities;
c. The size and weight of hauling vehicles;
d. The projected number and frequency of trips;
e. Proposed measures to protect the public health and safety such as signage, flaggers, and measures to ensure unimpeded access by emergency vehicles;
f. A recent SEPA checklist that specifically addresses the proposed use of city streets and rights-of-way;
g. Proposed measures to mitigate potential adverse impacts on city streets, rights-of-way, and associated infrastructure;
h. An assessment of existing conditions along the proposed route; and
i. A signed statement committing to repair any damage to city streets that may occur because of authorized and unauthorized uses. This may include, but is not limited to, filling potholes, resurfacing streets, repairing or replacing signs, repairs or replacement of stormwater facilities, and the repair or replacement of damaged curbs, sidewalks, and streetscapes.
3. The fee for a city hauling permit shall be set by resolution of the city council and may include the recovery of all costs incurred by the city associated with the review, processing, issuance, monitoring, enforcement, and administration of such permits.
4. The failure to obtain a hauling permit before using a city street shall be subject to civil and criminal penalties and each unauthorized trip shall be considered a separate violation.