I have a buddy (HSM) who lives in Seattle proper. His neighbor phoned in a complaint and my buddy got a violation notice that he was in violation of Seattle ordinance 23.84.020 "junk storage". I looked it up and was horrified to see that you can't store wood, metal, or non-functional machines outdoors in a lot zoned residential in Seattle:
Here's Seattle's definition of "junk": (23.84.020)
"Junk storage" means the temporary or permanent storage outdoors of junk, waste, discarded, salvaged or used materials or inoperable vehicles or vehicle parts. This definition shall include but not be limited to the storage of used lumber, scrap metal, tires, household garbage, furniture, and inoperable machinery.
I lived in Seattle for many years and was certainly in violation of this ordinance for virtually all of that time. Now I live in Kirkland (a suburb). Here's Kirkland's definition of "junk":
Old or scrap copper; brass; rope; rags; batteries; paper; trash; rubber debris; wastes; machinery; scrap wood; junked, dismantled or wrecked automobiles, or parts thereof; iron; steel; and other old or scrap ferrous or nonferrous material.
Hoo boy. I'm a lawbreaker over here too. Guess I'll have to build a storage shed! Dang - then I'll have to get a permit .. can't win ..
Grant Erwin Kirkland, Washington