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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Code Enforcement Update: Portable Signs, Tents, and Outdoor Spaces

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With the lifting of COVID-19 indoor capacity restrictions, the City will soon resume proactive enforcement of all regulations pertaining to the use of portable signs, tents, and the establishment of outdoor spaces. These regulations are in place to balance business interests with public safety and accessibility requirements, such as ensuring adequate parking and sidewalk access.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Governor and King County issued orders restricting the indoor capacity of business establishments. In an effort to support business during this time, the City of Woodinville established a program temporarily relaxing certain regulations pertaining to portable and temporary signs as well as temporary tents and uncovered outdoor dining areas. As we approach the busy summer tourism season, the City has a duty to once again require permits to ensure outdoor areas adhere to public safety and accessibility requirements.

If your business is located in Woodinville and you've taken advantage of the relaxed code provisions, please be sure to remove all signs, tents, and other non-permitted structures or take the steps necessary to bring these into compliance with existing City regulations by obtaining a permit. The deadline for removal or compliance is 5:00pm, Tuesday July 8, 2022.

Learn more about the City's portable sign code regulations and the steps your business can take to obtain a sign permit by visiting the City's new Portable and Temporary Sign webpage. For updated guidance related to tents and outdoor dining spaces, the City has created a brief handout (PDF) with additional information. Businesses wishing to establish a permanent outdoor space for uses such as dining, wine tasting, and more may apply online for a building permit.

For questions, please contact the Woodinville Development Services Department at (425) 489-2754 or email


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