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City Attorney

Roger Baker
Tooele City Attorney

90 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Phone: 435.843.2120
Fax: 435.843.2129


Title 7. Chapter 1. General Provisions

7-1-1. Purpose.

This Title is designed and enacted for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, morals, convenience, order, prosperity and welfare of the present and future inhabitants of Tooele City, including among other things, the lessening of congestion in the streets, or roads, securing safety from fire and other dangers, providing adequate light and air, classification of land uses and distribution of land development and utilization, protection of the tax base, securing economy in governmental expenditures, fostering the agricultural and other industries, and the protection of urban development.

(Ord. 1983-05, 04-20-1983)

7-1-2. Interpretation.

In interpreting and applying the provisions of this Title, the requirements contained herein are declared to be the minimum requirements for the purposes set forth.

(Ord. 1983-05, 04-20-1983)

7-1-3. Conflict.

This Title shall not nullify the more restrictive provisions of covenants, agreements or other ordinances or laws, including this Tooele City Code, but shall prevail notwithstanding such provisions which are less restrictive.

(Ord. 1987-24, 01-02-1988) (Ord. 1983-05, 04-20-1983)

7-1-4. Effect on Previous Ordinances and Maps.

The existing ordinances governing zoning, in their entirety, and including the maps heretofore adopted and made a part of said ordinances are hereby superseded and amended to read as set forth herein; provided, however, that this Title, including the attached map, shall be deemed a continuation of previous ordinances and not a new enactment, insofar as the substance of revisions of previous ordinances is included in this Title, whether in the same or in different language; and this Title shall be so interpreted upon all questions of construction relating to tenure of officers and boards established by previous ordinances and to questions of conforming or nonconforming uses and buildings and structures, and to questions as to the dates upon which such uses, buildings or structures became conforming or nonconforming.

(Ord. 2019-08, 03-20-2019) (Ord. 1983-05, 04-20-1983)

7-1-5. Definitions.

Accessory Building – A structure detached from a principal or primary building located on the same lot and incidental and subordinate to the principal building or use.

Accessory Drive Through Facility – A building element or design feature that permits goods or services to be provided to a customer while occupying a vehicle, without entering the building.

Accessory Dwelling Unit – A subordinate dwelling, containing its own eating, sleeping, and sanitation facilities, which is:

(1) located internal to or attached to a primary dwelling or non-residential structure; or,

(2) a detached dwelling unit on the same lot as a primary dwelling.

Accessory Dwelling Unit for Caretaker – A dwelling unit, occupied only by a caretaker and related family, which must be located within and subordinate to the primary building and not as an independent structure.

Accessory Outdoor Sales and Display – The placement outside of a building of items for display or sale which are ordinarily available for sale at the location within a building or structure.

Accessory Outside Storage – The outside placement of items which are customary and incidental to the principal use of the property but excluding the outside storage and placement of flammable and hazardous materials.

Accessory Outside Storage of Flammable or Hazardous Materials – The outside placement of flammable or hazardous materials which are customary and incidental to the principal use of the property.

Accessory Use – A use of land or structure or portion thereof customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal use of the land or structure and located on the same parcel with the principal use.

Adjacent – All properties immediately contiguous to a development site, including those which are separated from the site only by a road or other right-of-way or easement.

Adult Day Care – A non-medical facility for the daytime care of adult persons, and not exceeding 12 hours, who due to age or disability require assistance, companionship, association and or supervision during the day by staff members.

Agriculture (Forestry/Horticultural) – An establishment devoted to the tilling of the soil, the raising of crops, pasture, horticulture, trees, orchards and gardens, but not including any agricultural industry or business such as fruit packing plants, canneries or agricultural processing facilities. Includes agricultural support housing, including the occupancy of any dwelling unit by the owner or agricultural employees and their families, without regard to duration, which occurs exclusively in association with the performance of agricultural labor.

Agriculture (Livestock) – An establishment devoted to the tilling of the soil, the raising of crops, and livestock, but not including any agricultural industry or business such as fur farms, animal hospitals, feed lots or similar uses, and including such uses as crop farms, dairy farms, livestock farms, poultry farms, general farms, horse farms, and similar uses. Agriculture (livestock production) includes agricultural support housing, including the occupancy of any dwelling unit by the owner or agricultural employees and their families, without regard to duration, which occurs exclusively in association with the performance of agricultural labor.

Agriculture Business – A business or industry involving agricultural products in manufacturing, packaging, treatment, sales, intensive feeding or storage, including commercial greenhouses, feed yards, fur farms, food packaging or processing plants, commercial poultry and egg production and similar uses.

Airport – Areas used for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, and any appurtenant areas which are intended for use as airport buildings or other airport facilities.

Alter or Alteration – To change, rearrange, enlarge, extend, or reduce any structure or part thereof on the same site.

Animal Hospital – Any facility providing medical or surgical treatment, clipping, bathing or other services, including incidental boarding to dogs, cats and other animals.

Apiary – Any structure or area used for the keeping or bees and/or the collection of honey.

Applicant – The property owner, or authorized agent of the property owner who files an application for development approval pursuant to this Code.

Application – For the purpose of this Title, any written request for approval or issuance of a development order, permit, or license including but not limited to Zoning District amendments, subdivision plats, site plans, building and development permits, variances, Conditional Use Permits.

Application for Reimbursement – A completed application for reimbursement filed pursuant to Tooele City Code §7-19-13, as amended.

Asphalt Plant – A facility, structure or area used for the manufacture and mixing of asphalt and asphalt related products, including areas and facilities used for the storage of materials required for asphalt manufacture.

Authorized Agent – Any person with valid authority provided by the Owner, as evidenced by a document, filed with the City, authorizing the Agent to represent the Owner, and acting on behalf of the Owner of land seeking a development permit approval.

Auto Impound Yard, Military Surplus Yard, and Vehicle Storage Yard – Auto Impound Yard – Public or private storage yard for the temporary storage of automobiles under impound as a part of a law enforcement towing and impound rotation program and in compliance with all applicable Utah State laws and regulations.

Automobile Body and Fender Service and Repair – An establishment engaged in the service and repair of body and fender components of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes, or recreational vehicles. Typical activities include patching, grinding, sanding, and painting of body and fender parts of any type of vehicle. This use shall be entirely conducted within an enclosed structure and subject to annual inspection by the Tooele City Fire Department and the Tooele City Building Official.

Automobile Sales and Rental – An establishment primarily engaged in the sales and / or rental of automobiles, trucks less than 10.000 G.V.W., motorcycles, motor homes, or recreational vehicles, including sale and servicing. Typical uses include new and used car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, trailer, or recreational vehicle dealerships, and automobile and light truck rental establishments.

Automobile Service and Repair – An establishment primarily engaged in the mechanical or electrical repair of automobiles, trucks less than 10,000 G.V.W., motorcycles, motor homes, or recreational vehicles. Typical uses include auto repair garages, tire sales and installation, wheel and brake shops, and similar repair and service activities, and where all repair and service activities occur within an enclosed building. This use does not include body and fender shops, and dismantling or salvage of any vehicles.

Bar – An establishment serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. The term “bar” shall also include taverns, discotheques, night clubs, private liquor clubs and saloons.

Base Zoning District, or Underlying Zoning District – the zoning district applicable to a use of land.

Beauty Shop – An establishment for the cutting, styling, and treatment of hair, skin, fingernails, toenails, etc. Includes a barber shop. Excludes tattoo parlors.

Bed and Breakfast Inn – An establishment in which one to six rooms are rented for overnight lodging to travelers, and where one or more meals are provided to the guests only, the price of which may be included in the room rate.

Boarding House – An existing residential structure a portion of which is used to accommodate for compensation, no more than three boarders or roomers, not including members of the owner’s immediate family.

Building – (1) any structure, whether portable or fixed typically enclosed within exterior walls under a roof to form a structure, used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy; or,

(2) the act or process of constructing a structure.

Building Area – The portion of a lot which is within the envelope formed by the required yards or setbacks.

Building Height – The vertical distance on any one two-dimensional building elevation (i.e. front, sides, rear) measured from the lowest point of finished grade of earth at the foundation to either:

1) the midpoint of all pitched areas for sloped roofs; or

2) the top of the vertical building wall for flat roofs or gabled walls, whichever is greatest.

Chimneys may exceed the height limitations to the extent required by applicable fire codes. See Figure 7-1-5(1) for typical examples.

Building Maintenance Services – An establishment engaged in the provision of maintenance and/or custodial services to commercial or residential buildings and structures including window cleaning services, janitorial services, landscaping services and exterminating services.

Business Office – An establishment primarily engaged in the provision of executive, management, or administrative services. Typical uses include administrative offices and services including real estate, insurance, property management, investment, personnel, travel, secretarial services, telephone answering, and business offices of public utilities, organizations and associations, or other use classifications when the service rendered is that customarily associated with administrative office services.

Campground – Any area of ground upon which two or more campsites are located, established, or maintained for occupancy by camping units, including tents, travel trailers, and recreational vehicles, as temporary living quarters for recreation, education, or vacation purposes.

Car Wash – A structure with machine, or hand-operated facilities used principally for the cleaning, washing, polishing, or waxing of motor vehicles using automated equipment operated by one or more attendants or self-service facilities using customer operated equipment activated by a coin, token, card, or other similar means. A facility of this type may be able to accommodate more than one vehicle at the same time.

Carport – A roofed automobile structure open and unobstructed on two or more sides. A carport is subject to all the requirements for the location and construction of a garage.

Chemical Manufacture and Storage – The manufacture, processing and storage of chemical materials that by reason of materials, processes, products or waste may be hazardous or that by the emission of odor, dust, smoke, gases, noise, vibration, glare, heat or other impacts may impact adjoining properties.

Church – A facility principally used for people to gather together for public religious worship, religious training, or other religious activities. One accessory dwelling for the housing of the pastor or similar leader of the church and their family will be considered customary and incidental as a part of this use.

Cluster – A development design technique that concentrates buildings in specific areas on a site to allow the remaining land to be used for recreation, common open space, agriculture areas and for the preservation of environmentally-sensitive and critical areas.

Commercial Center – A group of retail stores with one or more being a major activity on the site and where all buildings are planned and built as one development with off-street parking provided on the property.

Concrete Plant – A facility, structure or area used for the manufacture and mixing of concrete and concrete related products, including areas and facilities used for the storage of materials required for concrete manufacture.

Conditional Use – A use requiring special consideration and review in the manner identified in this Ordinance.

Conference Center – A facility, separate from another principal use and providing meeting rooms and areas for group gatherings, including areas for dining and accessory parking areas and other facilities.

Construction Cost – The actual costs of construction, including mobilization, equipment, labor, materials, and other typical construction contract costs, but not including design, engineering, surveying, financing, third-party administration, and other indirect costs typically associated with construction contracts.

Contractor’s Display/Office – A facility providing for general building repair, service, and maintenance such as, and including installation of plumbing, roofing, signs, electrical, air conditioning, and heating.

Contractor’s Storage Yard – A facility or area used for the outside storage of building materials and contractor’s equipment and vehicles.

Convalescent Care Facility – See Nursing Home.

Convenience Store – Any retail establishment selling consumer products including prepackaged food and household items, having a gross floor area of less than 4,000 square feet.

Cost Differential – The difference between the Construction Cost of the City’s required minimum standards and specifications for the Eligible Public Improvements, and the Construction Cost of the Eligible Public Improvements required by the City as a condition of development approval.

Cultural and Artistic Uses – A building used for the display of artistic, cultural or historic items, for the conduct of human performances and similar activities including, museums, art galleries dance studios, and concert halls.

Day Care/Preschool (Commercial) – A nonresidential facility providing for the care, supervision, and protection of 17 or more children and complying with all the requirements as licensed and monitored by the State of Utah Department of Human Services. For the purposes of this Code Commercial Day Care includes preschools offering educational programs to 17 or more children at any one time. All Nonresidential Commercial Day Cares and Preschools shall follow all standards for site plan development, including parking, landscaping, building setbacks and so forth as required by the GC General Commercial Zone.

Day Care/Preschool (Home Occupation) – The care of children within a dwelling unit that provides care for four to 16 children (including “infant child care” and “family child care” as defined by the Department of Human Services) under 14 years of age and complying with all the requirements as licensed and monitored by the State of Utah Department of Human Services. Home Occupation Day Care/Preschool does not mean care provided to children by or in the homes of parents, legal guardians, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, or aunts.

Dedication – The legal transference of an interest in land without sale by a property owner to a public agency for a public purpose.

Density – The number of dwelling units per acre with respect to residential land uses.

Depreciation Value – The Construction Cost minus a per annum depreciation of the Construction Cost of 5% for roads and 2% for water, sewer, secondary water, and storm water utilities, beginning one year after the date of development approval.

Developer – The owner or authorized agent of land proposed to be subdivided or developed or who is responsible for any undertaking that requires City review and/or approval pursuant to this Code.

Development Parcel – The real property subject to a development application (for purposes of this definition, the “Subject Property”), plus other adjacent properties with a logical nexus to the property subject to the development application, as determined by the City in light of the following factors, among others:

(1) Land ownership relationships between the Subject Property and adjacent properties;

(2) Zoning of the Subject Property and adjacent properties;

(3) Proposed density, use, configuration, and public utility services demands on the Subject Property, including development phasing;

(4) Proposed or anticipated development on the adjacent properties, and the density, use, configuration, and public utility services demands of the proposed or anticipated development.

(5) City-approved planning documents, including the general plan and its constituent master plans;

(6) Proximity of the Subject Property to existing utilities, and the capacity and condition of those utility infrastructures;

(7) The size of the Subject Property in relation to adjacent properties.

Development Permit – Any building permit; conditional use permit; preliminary subdivision plat; final subdivision plat or other plat approval; preliminary site plan; final site plan; rezoning; or any other official action of the City or any state or local government commission, board, agency, department or official having the effect of permitting the development of land located within the corporate boundaries of Tooele City and subject to the provisions of this Ordinance.

Disability – a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities. Disability does not include the current use of alcohol or current illegal use of any federally or state of Utah controlled substance, as defined in Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 802, or in the Utah Controlled Substances Act, U.C.A. Chapter 58-37, each as amended.

Distribution Center – A building used primarily for the inside storage and distribution of goods and materials and the parking and storage of tractor and/or other trailer units.

District – A portion of the city within which certain uses of land and buildings are permitted or prohibited and in which other buildings or land restrictions may be specified as set forth herein.

Dwelling – A building or portion thereof designed for use as the residence or sleeping place of one or more persons or families with cooking and bathroom facilities, but not including hotel, motel, lodge, or nursing home rooms.

Dwelling; Cabin/Seasonal Home – A structure designed to provide housing for the owner, or guests of the owner, on a temporary basis.

Dwelling; Condominium – A structure or group of structures, in which units are owned individually, and the structure(s), common areas and facilities are owned by all the owners on a proportional, undivided basis which has been submitted to condominium ownership under the provisions of the Utah Condominium Ownership Act.

Dwelling; Farm and Ranch Employee Housing – A structure located on an operating farm or ranch and designed to provide housing for employees of the farm or ranch on a temporary or permanent basis.

Dwelling; Manufactured Home – A dwelling unit constructed in accordance with the standards set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and composed of components substantially assembled in a manufacturing plant and transported to the building site for final assembly on a permanent foundation. A Manufactured home shall comply with all the requirements of this Ordinance generally applicable to a dwelling unit located in the same zoning district.

Dwelling; Mobile Home – A structure built on a permanent chassis, and transported in one or more sections, is eight feet or more in width and 40 feet or more in length, and designed to be drawn by a motor vehicle, and used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation and connected to utilities. Pre-manufactured and modular homes not placed on a permanent foundation shall be considered a mobile home.

Dwelling; Multiple-family or Multi-family – A structure designed to be occupied by three or more families, living independently of each other with each unit having its own kitchen, including but not limited to apartments, condominiums and townhouses, but not including motels or hotels.

Dwelling, Primary – A single-family dwelling unit to which an accessory dwelling unit is subordinate.

Dwelling, Single-family – A structure designed to be occupied by one family, the structure having only one dwelling unit.

Dwelling; Townhouse – A single-family dwelling attached in a row of three or more with one or more common walls between each dwelling unit under separate ownership, on their own lot or parcel, with separate private entrances for each unit, and without direct access between units.

Dwelling; Two-family – A structure designed to be occupied by two families, the structure having two dwelling units. Includes a duplex.

Easement – A portion of a lot reserved for present or future use by a person or agency other than the owner of the lot. An easement may be under, on or above the lot.

Eligible Public Improvements – Roads and water, sewer, publicly-owned secondary water, and storm water utilities that are required by the City and that exceed the City’s required minimum standards and specifications for a particular development. Eligible Public Improvements do not include street signs, regulatory signs (e.g. stop signs), street lights, sidewalk, curb & gutter, monuments and markers, landscaping, privately-owned utilities (e.g. telephone, gas, power, cable television, fiber optics), and other similar improvements, as well as features desired by the Developer that exceed the City’s required minimum standards and specifications. Eligible Public Improvements also do not include Public Improvements required as a condition of annexation. The minimum required standards and specifications shall be based on the infrastructure needs of the Development Parcel, as determined by the City.

Extractive Industry – An establishment engaged in the on-site extraction of surface or sub-surface mineral products or natural resources. Typical industries include quarries, sand and gravel quarries, oil and gas extraction, and mining operations.

Family – An individual, or two or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption, or a group of not more than four unrelated persons living in a dwelling unit and using common cooking facilities.

Farm animals – Animals that are domesticated and normally kept on farm or range lands, commonly referred to as livestock, including but not limited to, horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, and fowl, including roosters.

Fast Food Restaurant – An establishment in which food is prepared and served for consumption on the premises, and which includes a facility which allows food to be ordered and taken from the premises without leaving a vehicle.

Financial Services – An establishment primarily engaged in the provision of financial and banking services. Typical uses include banks, savings and loan institutions, stock and bond brokers loan and lending activities.

Food and Beverage Processing – An establishment in which foods, grains, or raw materials are processed or otherwise prepared for human consumption, including dairy manufacturing, canning and preserving foods, grain milling, bakery products and beverage manufacturing.

Funeral Home/Mortuary – An establishment engaged in undertaking services such as preparing the human dead for burial or cremation and arranging and managing funerals.

Garage, Private – A detached accessory building, or a portion of a principal building, used for the storage of motor vehicles for the tenants or occupants of a dwelling or specific building and not by the general public.

Garden Center – An establishment where plants are offered for sale and including the sale of related plant and garden items.

Gardening – The care and raising of crops, pasture, trees, orchards vegetables and fruit.

General Industrial Activity – A manufacturing operation or processing and assembly of goods which are not likely to be obnoxious or offensive by reason of emission of odor, dust, smoke, noxious gases, noise, vibration, glare, heat or other impacts, nor hazardous by way of materials, process, product, or waste. Not to include outside storage or warehousing.

General Plan – A plan for the city, allowed by state law, prepared and adopted by the Planning Commission and City Council, and including maps, texts, charts, and graphs.

Golf Course/Country Club – A facility providing land area and buildings containing golf courses, recreational facilities, a clubhouse, and customary accessory uses, open only to members and their guests.

Grade – The average of the existing ground level at the center of all walls of a building. In case walls are parallel to, and within five feet of, a sidewalk, the ground level shall be measured at the sidewalk.

Gravel Pit – See Quarry.

Greenhouse – A building, structure or place where plants are raised for experimental purposes, for transplanting, or for sale.

Guarantee – Escrow bond in an amount and form satisfactory to the City. All guarantees shall be approved by the City wherever required by these regulations.

Hardware Store and Garden Supply Store – A facility for the retail sale of a number of basic hardware items, such as tools, builders’ hardware, paint and glass, home, lawn, and garden supplies; landscaping materials; brick; lumber; and other similar materials, but excluding commercial greenhouses.

Hazardous Materials Storage – Means the importation of hazardous wastes, materials, or substances for treatment, storage for more than ten days, or disposal, either for profit or non-profit purposes.

Hazardous Waste In-Transit Facility – a facility that transports, stores, handles, or maintains hazardous wastes for periods of ten days or less.

Health Care Facility – General acute hospitals, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, birthing centers, ambulatory surgical facilities, and any other health care facility as defined by the Utah Health Care Facility Licensure and Inspection Act, Utah Code

§26-21-2., excluding offices of Health Care Providers, Nursing Homes or Emergency Care Facilities.

Health Care Provider – An office, clinic, laboratory or any other facility engaged in furnishing medical, surgical or other services including a physician, dentist, dental technician, chiropractor, accupressurist, acupuncturist, therapist, counselor or other similar occupation.

Health Club – A club (athletic, health or recreational), with full service facilities including but not limited to exercise facilities, work-out equipment, showers, lockers, pools and saunas.

Heavy Equipment Sales and Rental – An establishment primarily engaged in the sale or rental of trucks of one ton or greater capacity, tractors, construction equipment, agricultural implements, or similar equipment. Typical uses include truck dealerships, construction equipment dealerships.

Heavy Equipment Service and Repair – An establishment primarily engaged in the service and repair of trucks of one ton or greater capacity, tractors, construction equipment, agricultural implements, or similar equipment.

Heavy Industrial Manufacturing and Assembly – The assembly, fabrication, or processing of goods and materials using processes that ordinarily, and are expected to have, greater than average impacts on the environment, or that have significant impacts on the use of adjoining properties by reason of emission of odor, dust, smoke, noxious gases, noise, vibration, glare, heat or other impacts. This activity generally includes processing of large items, products extracted from raw materials, or products involving flammable or explosive materials or processes which require expansive buildings or land areas.

Heliport – Any designated area used for the landing and taking off of helicopters, including all necessary passenger and cargo facilities, fueling, and emergency service facilities.

Home Occupation – An accessory use consisting of a vocational activity conducted inside a dwelling unit or a structure accessory to a dwelling unit.

Hospital – A building or building(s) for the diagnosis, treatment and care of human illness or infirmity, but not including clinics.

Hotel – A building or group of buildings, other than a motel, boarding house or lodging house, containing individual guest rooms or suites of guest rooms and which furnishes services customarily provided by hotels which may include reception and convention facilities.

In-fill Development – Subject to applicable development standards, the permitting of a primary dwelling upon:

(1) a conforming lot, created by subdivision final plat approved by the Tooele City Council, located within Geographic Area A illustrated in Figure 7-1-5.2; or,

(2) a conforming lot, created by subdivision final plat approved by the Tooele City council, located with Geographic Area B illustrated in Figure 7-1-5.2, exclusive of Geographic Area A; or,

(3) a legal nonconforming lot or parcel of record, existing on the date of building permit application for that lot or parcel, whether or not containing a dwelling.

Junk Yard/Salvage Yard – The use of any lot, portion of a lot, or land for the storage, keeping or abandonment of junk, including scrap metals or other scrap material, or for the dismantling, demolition or abandonment of automobiles or other vehicles, or machinery.

Kennel – Any lot or premises or portion thereof on which four or more dogs, cats, and other household domestic animals, more than six months old, are maintained, boarded, bred, or cared for in return for compensation or kept for sale.

Laundromat – An establishment within which clothes washing and drying machines, and clothes dry cleaning machines, either coin operated or attendant operated, are provided on a rental basis for use by individuals doing their own laundry and dry cleaning. Laundromat does not include outdoor drying facilities.

Light Manufacturing and Assembly – An establishment engaged in the manufacture, predominantly from previously prepared materials, of finished products or parts, including processing, fabrication, assembly, treatment, and packaging of such products, and incidental storage, sales and distribution. Allowed Light manufacturing activities will not be offensive by reason of emission of odor, dust, smoke, noxious gases, noise, vibration, glare, heat or other impacts, nor hazardous by way of materials, process, product, or waste, and where all equipment, compressors, generators and other ancillary equipment is located within a building or structure and any outside storage areas are screened from view from all adjoining properties and streets.

Liquor Store – A facility, authorized by the Utah Liquor Control Commission to sell original packaged liquor or wine for consumption off the premises.

Lot or Subdivision Lot – Any parcel of land which:

(1) has been legally established in the office of the Tooele County Recorder; and,

(2) has been established by way of or included within a subdivision final plat approved by Tooele City.

Medical and Dental Clinic – A building or other facility engaged in furnishing medical, surgical or other services including a physician, dentist, dental technician, chiropractor, acupressureist, acupuncturist, therapist, counselor or other similar occupation.

Medical Cannabis Pharmacy – A medical cannabis pharmacy as defined in UCA 26-61a-102, as amended.

Medical Cannabis Production Establishment – A cannabis production establishment as defined in UCA 4-41a-102, as amended.

Membership Club – A facility owned or operated by a group of people organized for a common educational, service, or recreational purpose. These clubs may be characterized by certain membership qualifications, payment of fees or dues and regular meetings and activities. This use may include hunting and gun clubs but does not include Private Clubs.

Military Surplus Yard – Public or private storage yard for the storage and/or display of military automobiles or equipment. This use may occur outdoors or within an enclosed building.

Mine – An establishment engaged in activities on or below the surface of the land for the exploration, development of, and extraction of mineral deposits including rock, sand and gravel, including transportation, concentration, milling, evaporation and other primary processing operations.

Mobile Home Park – A parcel of land under single ownership, approved by the City, and which is designed to accommodate the placement of mobile, manufactured, or modular homes on leased or rented pads or lots.

Mobile Home Subdivision – A parcel of land subdivided into separate and individual lots which is designed and planned to accommodate the placement of mobile, manufactured, or modular homes on each lot.

Motel – An establishment containing guest rooms or dwelling units, some or all of which have a separate entrance leading directly from the outside of the building with garage or parking space located on the lot and designed, used, or intended wholly or in part for the accommodation of automobile transients with associated restaurants, dining facilities and meeting rooms.

Musical instrument instruction and practice – Musical lessons or other instruction provided by a teacher or instructor to one or more individuals at a time within the same dwelling, on any musical instrument, including mechanical, electronic, and vocal, whether provided in person or virtually. Includes grouplessons, practices, rehearsals, and recitals.

Nonconforming structure – A structure that does not conform to the yard coverage, height, setback or other physical dimensional requirement of the district.

Nonconforming use – An activity which is not an allowed use within the Zoning District and which may not conform to the use standards, including parking, regulations in the district in which it is situated.

Nursery/Plant Nursery – An activity where plants, shrubs, trees, and other horticultural materials and supplies are sold, including both wholesale and retail sales.

Nursing Home – A facility which provides 24-hour residential care to persons who are not related by blood, marriage, or adoption to the owner, operator, or manager of the facility, and who do not meet the definition of family under this Code. A Nursing Home provides some level of skilled nursing or medical service to the residents. Includes Convalescent Care Facility.

Open Space Area – Means and refers to areas preserved due to the presence of a particular natural or environmental setting and which may include conservation lands providing for both active and passive types of recreation activities. These areas may also be provided for the minimization of environmental concerns, including but not limited to, wetlands, steep slopes, areas prone to a high water table and flood area, rock slides and debris flows. These areas may also include natural enhancement areas, nature trails, nature study, and view areas. Roadway areas including rights-of-way, parking lots, lawns, setback areas or other undisturbed portions of building lots shall not constitute open space.

Owner – Any person, or group of persons, firm or firms, corporation or corporations, or any other legal entity having legal title to or sufficient proprietary interest in the land sought to be developed or subdivided under these regulations.

Parcel of Record – Any parcel of land which:

(1) has been legally established in the office of the Tooele County Recorder;

(2) has not been established by way of or included within any subdivision final plat approved by Tooele City; and,

(3) is a conforming parcel to the regulations of the zoning district in which it is located.

Park and Ride Facility – A parking area and transit facility for the parking of motor vehicles with a connection to public transportation or mass transit services.

Parking Space – An area maintained for the parking or storage of a motor vehicle, which is graded for proper drainage and is hard surfaced or porous paved.

Permitted Use – A use of allowed by right under the provision of the Code.

Personal Services – An establishment for the provision of personal services including but not limited to dry cleaners, tanning salon, fitness center, photographic studio, or travel bureau.

Personal Storage Facility (mini-storage) – A facility for storage of personal items in individual units, bins, rooms, or containers. Any unit, bin, room, or container must be a permanent structure.

Pet Shop/Pet Grooming – a retail establishment involved in the sale of domestic animals and/or grooming of such animals, such as dogs, cats, fish, birds, and reptiles, excluding exotic animals and farm animals, such as horses, goats, sheep and poultry. The boarding of domestic animals on the premises would be considered an accessory use and allowed as a conditional use, with limits on the number and type of animals to be boarded.

Plat Amendment – A change in a map of an approved or recorded subdivision plat if such affects any street layout in such map or area reserved thereon for public use, or any lot line; or if it affects any map or plan legally recorded prior to the adoption of any regulations controlling subdivisions.

Preliminary Plat – The preliminary drawing or drawings, described in this Code, indicating the proposed manner or layout of the subdivision.

Preliminary Site Plan – The preliminary drawing or drawings, described in the Code, indicating the proposed manner or layout of a proposed nonresidential, attached residential or mixed-use development.

Premises – Land and/or buildings or other improvements thereon.

Principal Use or Primary Use – The main use of land or a building (as distinguished from an accessory use).

Prior Developer – A Developer that constructs Eligible Public Improvements.

Private Club – A social club, recreational athletic or kindred association which maintains or intends to maintain premises upon which liquor is or will be stored, consumed or sold.

Private Park – An area owned and operated privately for the exclusive use of the owner, the owner’s guests, or for a fee and providing active and passive recreational opportunities including uses such as playgrounds, sporting facilities and commercial recreational facilities.

Private School – An educational institution, not operated by a political entity of the State for which entrance or tuition fees are charged for attendance.

Professional Office – An establishment primarily engaged in the provision of executive, management, or administrative services. Typical uses include administrative offices and services including real estate, legal, accounting, architectural, engineering, insurance, property management, investment, personnel, travel, secretarial services, and business offices of public utilities, organizations, and associations.

Project – A proposal, application, or the construction of improvements to property. This may include clearing and grading of land, construction, alteration or reconstruction of right-of-way improvements, structures and associated ground covers or similar activities resulting from land use approvals or the issuance of a permit.

Public Building, Public Facility – A building or structure primarily used for the provision of services by governmental or public agencies, including the city, state or federal agencies. Typical uses include public administrative offices, maintenance facilities, active open space owned and operated by a public entity, fire stations, police stations, utility buildings and similar services. Does not include Health Care Facility or Health Care Provider.

Public Improvements – Are all public utility infrastructure improvements, whether on- or off-site, including as defined in Section 4-1-5 of the Tooele City Code, and including all sewer, storm water, culinary water, publicly-owned secondary water, street lights and associated electrical, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, alleys, easements and rights-of-way, street signs, monuments and markers, regulatory signs, landscaping (including park strip and trees), and other improvements considered public utility infrastructure improvements in the construction trade which are found within typical subdivision and site plan construction documents

Public or Private Educational Facility – Buildings and uses for educational or research activities which is operated by a public or private entity, and has curriculum for technical or vocational training, kindergarten, elementary, secondary, or higher education, including facilities for faculty, staff, and students.

Public Park – A use operated exclusively by a public body, such use having the purpose of providing active and passive recreational opportunities for the citizens of the city and including uses such as playgrounds and other recreational facilities.

Public School – An educational institution, operated by a political entity of the State of Utah.

Public Use – A use operated exclusively by a public body, or quasi-public body, such use having the purpose of serving the public health, safety, or general welfare, and including recreational facilities, administrative, and service facilities, and public utility facilities.

Quarry – An establishment engaged in activities on the surface of the land for the extraction of mineral deposits including rock, sand and gravel, including the transportation, crushing, loading and other processing operations.

Reasonable Accommodation – a change in a rule, policy, practice, or service necessary to afford a person with a disability equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. As used in this definition:

(1) “Equal opportunity” means achieving equal results as between a person with a disability and a nondisabled person.

(2) “Necessary” means that the applicant must show that, but for the accommodation, one or more persons with a disability likely will be denied an equal opportunity to enjoy housing of their choice.

(3) “Reasonable” means that a requested accommodation will not undermine the legitimate purposes of existing zoning regulations notwithstanding the benefit that the accommodation would provide to a person with a disability.

Reception Center – A facility for the holding of events including but not limited to weddings, wedding receptions, community meetings, and group gatherings.

Recreation Facility, Indoor – A recreation facility located within a structure or building and operated as a business or public entity for use by an admission fee, membership fee or other charge such as a skating rink, bowling alley, mini-golf course, games and activities of skill or amusement arcade or substantially similar uses.

Recreation Facility, Outdoor – A recreational facility operated as a business and open to the general public for a fee such as amusement parks, tennis facility, water park, swimming pool, golf driving ranges and baseball batting ranges or substantially similar uses.

Recreational Facility, Private – A recreation facility or area operated on private property and not open to the public, including recreation facilities owned by a home owner or property owners association for private use by members.

Recreational Vehicle Park/RV Park – See Campground.

Recycling Collection Site – A center for the acceptance and temporary storage of recyclable materials to be transferred to a processing facility. Recycling Collection Centers involve no more than three collection containers up 40 cubic yards in total size. Collection Centers located in parking lots, may not occupy required parking spaces. A collection center must be arranged so as to not impede traffic flow. The operator of the collection enter shall remove products stored at the site at least once a week. The operator of the collection center shall keep the collection center in proper repair and the exterior must have a neat and clean appearance. Automated can recycling machines are limited to two per site.

Recycling Processing Center – A facility where recyclable and organic materials are collected, stored and processed. Processing includes but is not limited to baling, briquetting, compacting, flattening, crushing, mechanical sorting, shredding, and cleaning. Facilities where the sole purpose is to utilize recyclable materials in manufacturing an end product which does not require further processing shall be considered a General Industrial and not a recycling use. Organic materials are limited to tree limbs, leaves, and grass clippings only.

Repair Shop – A establishment providing for the repair and servicing of household, personal and office items with no outside storage of goods, materials or supplies.

Research Facility – A facility that conducts research and development work.

Residential Facility for Elderly Persons – A dwelling unit inhabited by persons who are 60 years old or older who desire or need to live with other elderly persons in a group setting but who are capable of living independently. Does not include a health care facility, nursing home, retirement center, or residential facility for persons with a disability.

Residential Facility for Persons with a Disability – a dwelling in which two or more persons with a disability reside and which is licensed or certified by the Utah Department of Human Services under U.C.A. Chapter 62A-2 (Licensure of Programs and Facilities) and/or the Utah Department of Health under U.C.A. Chapter 26-21 (Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act), each as amended.

Restaurant – A building in which food is prepared and served for consumption within the premises. Typical uses include buffets; cafes; cafeterias; coffee shops; diners; dining rooms; dinner theaters and snack shops.

Retail Store – An establishment for the retail sale of merchandise. Retail store includes but is not limited to antique or art shops, clothing, department, drug, dry good, florist, furniture, gift, grocery, hardware, hobby, office supply, paint, pet, shoe, sporting, or toy stores.

Retirement Center – Any age-restricted development, developed, designed for, and marketed to adults at or near retirement age, which may be in any housing form including detached and attached dwelling units, apartments, and residences, offering private and semi-private rooms. Retirement Center dwelling units are limited to a minimum size of 590 square feet for a one-bedroom dwelling unit, 700 square feet for a two- bedroom dwelling unit, and 850 square feet for a three-bedroom dwelling unit. Buildings fully constructed prior to the effective date of Tooele City Ordinance 2002-21 shall be exempt from the regular height restriction.

Rock, Sand, and Gravel Storage and Distribution – The outdoor storage and sale of rock, sand and gravel in bulk quantities and the storage on-site of necessary loading equipment, facilities and vehicles.

Shooting Range, Indoor – A structure used for archery and/or the discharging of any firearm for the purposes of target practice or temporary competitions.

Site – The land area upon which a Project is proposed, considered, constructed or developed including all associated improvements.

Site Plan – A development plan of one or more lots on which is shown:

(1) the existing and proposed conditions of the lot, including but not limited to topography, vegetation, drainage, flood plains, wetlands and waterways;

(2) the location of all existing and proposed buildings, drives, parking spaces, walkways, means or ingress and egress, drainage facilities, utility services, landscaping, structures, signs, lighting and screening devices;

(3) the location of building pads for all residential and nonresidential buildings; and

(4) the location and extent of all external buffers from surrounding areas.

Sports Field – An area which is developed with recreation and support facilities for the convenience of the user, including, but are not limited to, baseball or softball fields, football or soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds.

Structure – A combination of materials to form a construction for use, installed on, above, or below the surface of land or water including a walled and roofed building, as well as a manufactured home on a permanent foundation. The term includes a building while in the course of construction, alteration or repair, but does not include building materials or supplies intended for use in such construction, alteration or repair, unless such materials or supplies are within an enclosed building on the premises.

Subdivide – The act or process of creating a subdivision.

Subdivider – Any person who: (1) having an interest in land, causes it, directly or indirectly, to be divided into a subdivision; or (2) directly or indirectly, sells, leases, or develops, or offers to sell, lease, or develop, or advertises to sell, lease, or develop, any interest, lot, parcel site, unit, or plat in a subdivision; or (3) engages directly or through an agent in the business of selling, leasing, developing, or offering for sale, lease, or development a subdivision or any interest, lot, parcel site, unit or plat in a subdivision; and, (4) is directly or indirectly controlled by, or under direct or indirect common control with any of the foregoing.

Subdivision – Any land, vacant or improved, which is divided or proposed to be divided or resubdivided into two or more lots, parcels, sites, units, plots, condominiums, tracts or other division for the purpose of offer, sale, lease or development whether immediate or future, either on the installment plan or upon any and all other plans, terms, and conditions. Subdivision includes the division or development of land, whether by deed, metes and bounds description, devise, intestacy, lease, map, plat or other recorded instrument. Subdivision includes resubdivision and condominium creation or conversion.

Subdivision Plat – The final map or drawing, described in this Code, of a plan of subdivision to be presented to the City for approval and when approved, may be submitted to the Utah County Recorder for filing.

Subsequent Developer – A Developer whose development is not derived from the Prior Developer’s development, and whose development benefits from Eligible Public Improvements constructed by the Prior Developer.

Telecommunications Site/Facility – A facility used for the transmission or reception of electromagnetic or electro-optic information, which is placed on a structure. This use does not include radio frequency equipment which have an effective radiated power of 100 watts or less. This use is not required to be located on a building lot, or comply with the minimum lot size requirement for the district in which it is located.

Temporary – Not to exceed a period of 12 months, unless otherwise specified in this Title.

Temporary Construction or Sales Office – A facility temporarily used for a period, not to exceed 12 months, as a construction or sales office.

Temporary Seasonal Use – Activities related to specific seasons, holidays, or times of year which are open to the public and exist for a period of time not to exceed that outlined in Section 7-2-20 of the Tooele City Code.

Temporary Use – Activities which are open to the public and exist for a period of time not to exceed that outlined in Section 7-2-20 of the Tooele City Code.

Theater, Indoor – A facility for showing motion pictures, video, or staging theatrical performances to an audience, inside an enclosed structure.

Theater, Outdoor – A facility for outdoor performances where the audience views the production from automobiles or while seated outside.

Tobacco Product or Tobacco-related Product – Inclusive of the following:

(1) any cigar, cigarette, or electronic cigarette as defined in U.C.A. §76-10-101, including the component parts of and ingredients to electronic cigarettes;

(2) a tobacco product as defined in U.C.A. §59- 14-102, including:

(a) chewing tobacco; and,

(b) any substitute for a tobacco product, including flavoring or additives to tobacco; and,

(3) tobacco paraphernalia as defined in U.C.A. §76-10-104.1.

Tobacco Specialty Store or Retail Tobacco Specialty Business – An establishment in which:

(1) the sale of tobacco products accounts for more than 35% of the total quarterly gross receipts for the establishment;

(2) 20% or more of the public retail floor space is allocated to the offer, display or storage of tobacco products;

(3) 20% or more of the total shelf space is allocated to the offer, display, or storage of tobacco products; or,

(4) the retail space features a self-service display for tobacco products.

Underlying Zoning District – See Base Zoning District.

Use – The purpose or purposes for which land or a building is occupied, maintained, arranged, designed, or intended.

Utilities, Private – Includes power, telephone, natural gas, cable television and private water supply service.

Utility Company, Public – Any company, or municipal department, duly authorized to furnish under public regulation, electricity, gas, steam, telephone, transportation, water, or sewer service.

Utility Service Facility (major) – Any electric transmission lines (greater than 115,000 volts), power plants, or substations of electric utilities; gas regulator stations, transmission and gathering pipelines, and storage areas of utilities providing natural gas or petroleum derivatives; and their appurtenant facilities.

Utility Service Facility (minor) – Any electrical distribution lines, natural gas distribution lines, cable television lines, telegraph and telephone lines, and gathering lines, or other minor service facilities. No buildings are allowed and the use is limited to the following sizes:

(1) gas lines less than 12 inches; and

(2) electric lines of less than 115,000 volts.

Vehicle Storage – Public or private storage yard for the temporary storage of automobiles. This use is intended for the storage of automobiles, recreational vehicles, and trailers in a manner similar to or in combination with a Personal Storage Facility where no part extraction from the vehicles stored is permitted. Vehicle storage shall not include the storage of an individual vehicle on the residential property of owner of the vehicle that is incidental to the residential use of the property.

Veterinary Clinic/Animal Hospital – A facility for the diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, and boarding of animals, which does not include outdoor holding facilities.

Warehouse – A building used primarily for the inside storage of nonhazardous goods and materials and including accessory office facilities.

Zoning District – A mapped area to which a uniform set of regulations applies, and which are designed to implement the goals and policies of the Tooele City General Plan.

(Ord. 2022-04, 03-02-2022) (Ord. 2020-46, 11-04-2020) (Ord. 2020-42, 10-07-2020) (Ord. 2019-29, 12-04-2019) (Ord. 2019-27, 10-02-2019) (Ord. 2019-13,08-21-2019) (Ord. 2019-08, 03-20-2019) (Ord. 2018-24, 12-05-2018) (Ord 2018-08, 09-05-2018) (Ord. 2017-14, 06-07-17) (Ord. 2016-17, 11-02-2016) (2015-25, 12-16-2015) (Ord. 2013-17, 02-05-2014)

7-1-6. Enforcement.

(1) (a) Tooele City or any owner of real estate within the city in which violations of this Title occur or are about to occur may, in addition to other remedies provided by law, institute:

(i) injunctions, mandamus, abatement, or any other appropriate actions; or

(ii) proceedings to prevent, enjoin, abate, or remove the unlawful building, use, or act.

(b) Tooele City need only establish the violation to obtain the injunction.

(2) (a) Tooele City may enforce this Title by withholding building permits.

(b) It is unlawful to erect, construct, reconstruct, alter, or change the use of any building or other structure within Tooele City without approval of a building permit.

(c) Tooele City may not issue a building permit unless the plans of and for the proposed erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, or use fully conform to all regulations then in effect.

(d) The city engineer or the engineer’s designee is authorized as the enforcing officer for this Title. The enforcing officer shall enforce all provisions of this Title, entering actions in court if necessary, but the failure to do so shall not legalize any violation of this Title.

(Ord. 1991-08, 12-12-1991)

7-1-7. Violation and Penalties.

Violation of any of the provisions of this Title are punishable as a class C misdemeanor upon conviction.

(Ord. 2019-08, 03-20-2019) (Ord. 1991-08, 12-12-1991)

7-1-8. Construction.

(1) Words used in the present tense include the future.

(2) The singular number shall include the plural and the plural the singular.

(3) “Used” or “occupied” shall include arranged, designed, constructed, altered, converted, rented, leased or intended to be used or occupied.

(4) “Shall” is mandatory and not directory. The word “may” is permissive.

(5) “Person” includes a firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company or corporation as well as an individual.

(6) “Lot” includes the words plot or parcel.

(7) Words used in this Title but not defined herein shall have the same meaning as defined in any other ordinance adopted by Tooele City, or as defined in Black’s Law Dictionary, current edition.

(Ord. 1992-26, 12-10-1992)

7-1-9. Appeals and variances.

(1) The administrative hearing officer shall hear and decide:

(a) appeals from zoning decisions applying the zoning ordinance; and

(b) variances from the terms of the zoning ordinance.

(2) A person desiring to appeal a zoning decision or apply for a variance from the zoning ordinance shall file the appropriate application, obtained from the Tooele City Community Development Department, with the Department Director. Any applicable fee shall be paid to the Tooele City Finance Department at the time of filing. The Director shall review the application for completeness and fee payment and forward it to the City Recorder who shall set a hearing with the administrative hearing officer. The City Recorder shall notify the applicant of the date and time of the hearing.

(3) The powers and duties of the administrative hearing officer and the standards of review to be followed in deciding appeals and variances are identified in Tooele City Code Chapter 1-28 for appeals and Chapter 2-4 for variances.

(Ord. 2019-08, 03-20-2019) (Ord. 2016-15, 10-19-2016) (Ord. 2006-24, 11-15-2006) (Ord. 1994-56, 01-31-1995)


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