Ideas for your Declaration: Language to Live By provides practical information excerpted from actual declaration language.  Please consider these concepts for your next amendment or restatement.  Also view the Example Declaration below.  Want help with a restatement?  Click here.

Ideas for your Declaration: Language to Live By

Amending and Restating your Declaration / CC&Rs & Bylaws

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Declarations / CC&Rs, bylaws, rules and regulations and more will never be perfect, but they can be significantly improved in a number of ways.  Amending and restating these documents is often prudent and even necessary.

WHY Restate Your Governing Documents?

ABOUT Restating your Declaration & Bylaws

STEPS to Amend and Restate your Declaration & Bylaws

EXAMPLES: What's in the Declaration / CC&Rs?


N.B.  Use restrictions are recorded in dedicatory instruments (Declaration / CC&Rs).  Modifying restrictions to the use of units (smoking, rental caps, keeping pets, conducting certain kinds of business, etc.) typically requires a super-majority of owners (from 67% to 90% or more) to agree to amend or restate governing documents.

(4) Except to the extent expressly permitted or required by other provisions of this chapter, no amendment may create or increase special declarant rights, increase the number of units, change the boundaries of any unit, the allocated interests of a unit, or the uses to which any unit is restricted, in the absence of the vote or agreement of the owner of each unit particularly affected and the owners of units to which at least ninety percent of the votes in the association are allocated other than the declarant or such larger percentage as the declaration provides.


Many state statutes directly establish the hierarchy of governance like this: If a conflict exists between the declaration and the organizational documents, the declaration prevails except to the extent the declaration is inconsistent with this chapter. 

Seattle Condominium Declaration Examples