Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Local (Seattle) Laws Regarding Nudity


There is nothing in the Seattle Municipal Code relating to nudity, naked or unclothed other than the regulations affecting the operation of "adult entertainmant" businesses. Therefore, it is presumed that simple nudity (that devoid of lewd and lisivious nature and content), is not an offense in Seattle.

King County

Title 12 - PUBLIC PEACE, SAFETY AND MORALS I could find nothing in the King County Code on nudity other that a section relating to 'obscene material' and the 'communicating of nude materials to a minor'. Among the definitions, though, is this interesting prohibition:
"Nudity" means the showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than a full opaque covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple, or the depiction of covered male genitals in a discernible turgid state. (emphasis mine . . . teenaged boys beware, LOL)
These definitions apply only to the prohibition of communication with a minor and do not apply to simple nudity. The offense requires both knowledge and monetary compensation and is aimed at preventing minors from buying adult magazines or paying admission to adult-venue places. That would seem to let simple, accidental nudity off the hook as far as King County is concerned.

State of Washington
The only reference I find to nudity within the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) is the prohibition against nudity in state parks:

WAC 352-32-100 Disrobing.
(1) No person shall disrobe in public in any state park area.
(2) Clothing sufficient to conform to common standards shall be worn at all times.
(3) Any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.

While simple nudity, per se, does not seem to be illegal in the three jurisdictions above, it must be observed that 'lewd' conduct has a tenuous definition and has been used in the past to cite nudity.

Disclaimer: While I offer this material, please remember that I am not a lawyer and that I am not giving legal advice. I offer this material as educational only. Please do your own research or consult a qualified legal professional if need be.

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