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A. Purpose. Encourage the convenient location of child care service uses throughout the City where compatible with surrounding land uses and development.

B. Applicability. This section applies to each child care service use within the City. The requirements of this section shall be imposed at the initiation of any child care service use, or upon any addition or modification to a child care service use or structure housing that use.

C. Family Child Care Home in a Residence. Family child care providers must obtain an operating license from the Department of Early Learning. Minimum licensing requirements can be found in Chapter 170-296 WAC. Family child care providers also must obtain a Registration Certificate from the City of Bellevue as required by Chapter 4.03 BCC (Tax Administrative Code). All family child care homes must comply with applicable building and fire codes, the Sign Code, Chapter 22B.10 BCC, and LUC provisions governing lot size, building dimensions, setbacks and lot coverage requirements for the zone in which they are located.

D. Child Day Care Center.

1. General. The requirements of subsection D of this section apply to each child day care center unless located in a private residence or a community facility. For the requirements for a child care service use in a residence or community facility, see subsections C and E of this section, respectively.

2. Review or Registration Required.

a. If located in an R-10 or R-15 Land Use District, a child day care center requires a Conditional Use Permit prior to the initiation of the use.

b. If located in a land use district in which the use is a permitted use, each operator of a child day care center must register with the Bellevue Development Services Department by filing a signed Child Care Registration Form as provided by the Department prior to the initiation of the use. The operator must certify compliance with all applicable use requirements and conditions of this subsection as listed on the Registration Form.

3. Use Requirements. The following requirements apply to each child day care center.

a. An on-site vehicle turnaround or separate entrance and exit points, and passenger loading area must be provided. The City shall specifically consider the location and appearance of the proposed turnaround or access in determining compatibility with surrounding uses.

b. The child day care center use must have received all necessary permits or approvals from the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

c. The child day care center use must have been inspected by the Bellevue Fire Department, and the operator must have committed to implement all required corrective measures within the stated time period.

d. The operator must have granted the City of Bellevue permission to enter the property, and to inspect the child day care center use for compliance with the requirements of the Land Use Code, and other applicable City ordinances.

e. The operator must have obtained a Registration Certificate as required by Chapter 4.02 BCC (Tax Administration Code).

f. If located in an R-10, R-15, R-20, or R-30 Land Use District:

i. A solid fence at least six feet high compatible with neighborhood character must be installed along each side and rear lot line.

ii. One sign, not exceeding four square feet and five feet in height, is permitted to identify the use notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 22B.10 BCC. The sign may not be lighted. The City shall review the color, materials, design, location and character of the sign in determining compatibility with surrounding uses.

4. Conditions.

a. The City may impose conditions to mitigate any potential adverse impact on surrounding uses.

b. The City shall specifically consider the need to limit the hours of operation of the use.

c. The City shall establish the maximum number of children permitted in the child care service use at any one time.

E. Child Care Service Use Located in a Community Facility.

1. General. The requirements of this subsection apply to each child day care center use located in a community facility.

2. Review or Registration Required. Each operator of a child day care center housed in a community facility must register with the Bellevue Development Services Department by filing a signed Child Care Registration Form as provided by the Department prior to initiation of the use. The operator must certify compliance with all applicable use requirements and conditions of this subsection as listed on the Registration form.

3. Use Requirements. The following requirements apply to each child day care center use located in a community facility:

a. The child day care center use must have received all necessary permits or approvals from the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

b. The child day care center use must have been inspected by the Bellevue Fire Department, and the operator must have committed to implement all required corrective measures within the stated time period.

c. The operator must have granted the City of Bellevue permission to enter the property, and to inspect the child day care center use for compliance with the requirements of the Land Use Code, and other applicable City ordinances.

d. The operator must have obtained a Registration Certificate as required by Chapter 4.02 BCC (Tax Administration Code).

e. The child day care center use may not display any sign in excess of the maximum number of signs and the maximum sign area allowed for the community facility in which the child care service use is housed.

4. Conditions.

a. The City may impose conditions to mitigate any potential adverse impact on surrounding uses.

b. The City shall specifically consider the need to limit the hours of operation of the use. (Ord. 6197, 11-17-14, § 10; Ord. 5089, 8-3-98, § 12; Ord. 4654, 6-6-94, § 28; Ord. 4086, 11-27-89, § 2; Ord. 3095, 5-24-82, § 3)

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