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Administrative Policy and Code Interpretations

Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations are binding interpretations concerning land use codes administered by the City's Planning Division.

The numbering system for the Administrative Policy and Code Interpretations (CI) is chronological, showing the number of the document.  For example, CI-01.


For the Administrative Policy and Code Interpretations process, click here.

Pending Interpretations

 CI-96, Modification of Development Standards in the RC, R-1, R-4, R-6, R-8, R-10, R-14, and RMF Zones for Single Family Residential and Residential Multi-family Corner Lots
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A, 4-2-110D, and 4-11-250
For more information, contact Clark Close at or 425-430-7289
Comment Period Ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016.

 CI-95, On and Off Site Services in the R-14 Zone
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080
For more information, contact Paul Hintz at or 425-430-7436
Appeal Period Ends at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Final Interpretations  

CI-94, Franchise Application Fee
Code Sections: 2015-2016 City of Renton Fee Schedule

Effective Date: August 23, 2016  

CI-93, Modification of Development Standards in the R-4 Zone for Small Lot Cluster Developments
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A and 4-2-110D

Effective Date: August 23, 2016  

CI-92, Residential Zone Lot Configuration Requirements and Dimensional Standards Averaging
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110D and 4-2-115

Effective Date: August 23, 2016  

 CI-91, Modifications of Residential Building Height Standards

Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110, 4-11-010, 4-11-190
Effective Date: August 23, 2016 

 CI-90, Critical Area Permit Implementation
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-050 and 4-8-120
Effective Date: July 8, 2016 

 CI-89, Outdoor Storage

Code Sections: RMC 4-2-080
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-88, Required Alley Access
Code Sections: RMC 4-7-150.E
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-87, Legal Descriptions for Lot Line Adjustments
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-120
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-86, Easements as Substitutions for Tracts
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-200
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-85, Tree Density for the RMF
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-130
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-84, Public Notice for Hearing Examiner Hearings
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-090.F
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-83, Modification of Procedure to Allow for Model Homes in Subdivisions
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-240.D

Effective Date: May 31, 2016

CI-82, Modification of Development Standards in the R-4 zone for Small Lot Cluster Developments
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A and 4-2-110D
Effective Date: March 9, 2016

CI-81, Outdoor Retail Vending and Storage Lockers for Package Pick-up
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080A15

Effective Date: February 29, 2016

CI-80, SEPA Exemption for Single Family Residential Construction
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-070
Effective Date: February 22, 2016

 CI-79Applicable front and side yard along a street setbacks to detached accessory structures in residential zones.
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110B
Effective Date: December 8, 2015  

CI-78Fee in Lieu of Street Improvements
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-160C.9
Effective Date: October 16, 2015

CI-77, WCF Minor Alterations Criteria
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-140
Effective Date: October 1, 2015

CI-76, RMF Yard Setbacks
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A
Effective Date: October 1, 2015

CI-75, Clarification as to whether tracts created for native growth protection, stormwater detention facilities, open space, and/or private access are counted towards the total lot count for the purpose of determining whether a proposed subdivision is a short plat or is a plat.
Code Sections: RMC4-7-070A, 4-7-080A, 4-11-160, and 4-11-120
Effective Date: July 27, 2015

CI-74, Amendments to Wireless Communication Facility Regulations
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-4-140
Effective Date: July 13, 2015

CI-73, Residential Building Height (RC thru RMF)
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A, 4-2-110B, 4-2-115.E.3, and 4-11-020, 4-11-180
Effective Date: September 16, 2015  

CI-72, Applicable Landscaping Requirements and Bicycle Parking Requirements in the Center Downtown (CD) zone.
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-070
Effective Date: May 15, 2015 

CI-71, Underground Utilities Exemption Process
Code Sections: RMC 4-6-090G
Effective Date: April 17, 2015 

CI-70, Allowed Projection into Setbacks: Fences/Retaining Walls
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110.D.4.b
Effective Date: March 19, 2015 

CI-69, Fence Height Requiring Building Permit
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-040.B.4.a
Effective Date: March 19, 2015

CI-68, Fence Height for Side Yards Along a Street and Rear Yards Abutting a Street
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-040
Effective Date: March 19, 2015

CI-67, Minimum Front Yard for Alley Accessed Garages
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A
Effective Date: March 16, 2015

CI-66, Minimum Dimensions for Wireless Landscaping/Screening
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-140.R.1.b
Effective Date: March 16, 2015

CI-65, Time Review Period for Minor Alterations
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-140.E5
Effective Date: March 16, 2015

CI-64, Side Yard Setback Requirements adopted under Ordinance 5724
Code Sections: Ordinance 5724 and RMC 4-2-110A
Effective Date: February 27, 2015 

CI-63, Signage located within the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) jurisdiction.
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-100F
Effective Date: February 11, 2015

CI-62, Side Yard Abutting Shared Driveways
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-250
Effective Date: February 4, 2015

CI-61, Title Reports
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-120.C
Effective Date: January 21, 2015

CI-60, Decision Maker for Noise Variances Requiring a Public Hearing
Code Sections: RMC 8-7-8
Effective Date: September 2, 2014 

CI-59, Ability to locate residential uses on the ground floor of mixed-use developments
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-080A
Effective Date: August 5, 2014 

CI-58, Lot Cluster Duplicate Definitions
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-030
Effective Date: August 5, 2014

CI-57, Provisions for the ability to install Micro, Mini, and Macro Facilities on multi-family residential and mixed use buildings
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-140G
Effective Date: August 5, 2014

CI-56, Amount of Payment of Fee in Lieu of Street Improvements
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-060
Effective Date: July 31, 2014

CI-55, Plan review requirement for electrical permits of 400 amperes (amps) or less
Code Sections: RMC 4-5-060
Effective Date: July 1, 2014

CI-54, Adoption of 2014 National Electrical Code
Code Sections: RMC 4-5
Effective Date: June 30, 2014

CI-53, Planned Urban Development (PUD) Public Information Sign Requirements.
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-120C
Effective Date: June 16, 2014

CI-52Clarification of the review process required for Site Plans implementing a previously approved Master Plan.
Code Sections RMC 4-9-200
Effective Date: June 16, 2014

CI-51, Modification of Conditions Associated with Development Standards for Small Lot Cluster Developments in the R-4 zone.
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110D.10
Effective Date: June 11, 2014

CI-50, Allowing application for Variances to Steep Slope and Landslide Hazard Regulations and clarifying applicable variance criteria.
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-050, 4-3-050N, and 4-9-250
Effective Date: April 30, 2014

CI-49, Modification of Urban Design Regulations through the Planned Urban Development Regulations.
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-150B
Effective Date: April 15, 2014 

 CI-48, Applicable setbacks for signs within residential zones.
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-100E and 4-4-100L
Effective Date: April 15, 2014 

CI-47Net density calculations for multi-family residential development in shopping centers.
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-040D and 4-11-190S
Effective Date: April 2, 2014 

CI-46Determination of which fee schedule is used to calculate the School Impact Fees for a building permit.
Code Sections: RMC 4-1-190 and 4-1-160
Effective Date: January 31, 2014 

CI-45, Removal of footnote 11 which provides for reduced lot dimensions in the R-4 zone when subdivisions cannot achieve a density of 4 dwelling units per square acre.
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A
Effective Date: January 23, 2014

CI-44Signature authority for Short Plats and Binding Site Plans
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-120 D.19.x.iv
Effective Date: November 5, 2013

CI-43Determination of minimum pavement width for new private streets
Code Sections: RMC 4-6-060.J 
Effective Date: November 5, 2013

CI-42Adoption of 2012 Building and Fire Codes
Code Sections: RMC Chapters 4 and 5
Effective Date: October 8, 2013

CI-41, Alley Loaded Lots
Code Sections: RMC 4-7-150 and RMC 4-2-110
Effective Date: October 3, 2013

CI-40, Tax Segregation of Legal Lots & Definitions
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-120 and 4-11-200
Effective Date: August 12, 2013 

CI-39Consistency of fence regulations in residential zones 
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-040D.1.a, 4-4-040 D.2.a, 4-4-040D.2.c, 4-4-040D.5, 4-4-040D.6, and 4-4-040D.7
Effective Date: May 28, 2013

CI-38, Landscaping, fencing, pond slopes, and other standards for stormwater tracts and easements and ownership and maintenance responsibility for stormwater facilities. 
Code Sections: RMC 4-6-030
Effective Date: February 4, 2013

CI-37, Consistency of allowed activities in wetlands and wetland buffers in general critical areas regulations and in critical areas within shoreline jurisdiction 
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-050 and 4-3-090
Effective Date: January 29, 2013

CI-36, Tax Segregation of Legal Lots & Definitions
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-120 and 4-11-200
Effective Date: December 12, 2012

CI-35, Zones permitting craft distilleries (also known as a micro-distilleries), micro breweries, artisanal wineries, and similar uses with tasting rooms
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-11
Effective Date: September 27, 2012

CI-34, Applicable Building Setback from Shared Driveways
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-050, 4-11-190, and 4-11-250
Effective Date: September 10, 2012

CI-33, On Hold

CI-32, Revision of Final Short Plat Requirement of Signature and Date Line
Code Section: RMC 4-8-120D.6
Effective Date: September 10, 2012

CI-31, Temporary Use Permit Extensions
Code Section: RMC 4-9-240.O
Effective Date: July 10, 2012

CI-30, Applicable to calculation of residential density for projects with multiple zoning classifications when proposed as part of a Planned Urban Development.
Code Section: RMC 4-9-150.3.b
Effective Date: May 30, 2012

CI-28, Closed Record Appeals to City Council.
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-110F.4 and 4-8-110F.7
Effective Date: March 27, 2012

CI-27, Clarification of conditions necessary for “drive‐in/drive‐through, retail” uses such as coffee stands to be allowed as “accessory uses” in the IL, IM, IH, CN, and CA Zones.
Code Sections: RMC 4‐2‐060 and 4‐2‐050
Effective Date: March 13, 2012

CI-26, Clarification of applicable review process for siting ham radio antennas in residential zones.
Code Sections: RMC 4‐2‐060, 4‐2‐110A, 4‐4‐140, and 4‐11‐230
Effective Date: March 13, 2012

CI-25, Permissibility of adding macro and mini facility antennas to existing conforming wireless support structures as an outright permitted use.
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060.P
Effective Date: December 14, 2011 

CI-24, Permissible zones for limousine service.
Code Sections: RMC 4‐2‐060 and 4‐2‐110A
Effective Date: December 7, 2011 

CI-23, Clarification of the expiration period for the Hawk’s Landing Master Site Plan approved by the Hearing Examiner on September 10, 2009. City File number LUA09-060, ECF, SA-M, SA-H.
Code Section: RMC 4-9-200(L)(1)
Effective Date: November 8, 2011

CI-22, Requirement for Submittal of a Floodplain Habitat Assessment (also known as a “Biological Assessment” or “Critical Areas Study”) and Mitigation Report for projects located within the floodplain that is consistent with the FEMA 2010 Floodplain Habitat Assessment and Mitigation Regional Guidance)
Code Section: RMC 4-8-120
Effective Date: October 17, 2011.

CI-21, Clarification of sign allowances for existing legally non-conforming businesses that are located within residential zones.
Code Section: RMC 4-4-100E
Effective Date: August 3, 2011.

CI-20, Additional address assignment for one building with multiple street frontages.
Code Section: RMC 9-11-2H
Effective Date: June 30, 2011.

CI-19, Requiring a Special Fill and Grade Permit for Public projects where dredging or filling occurs on lands covered by water, when State and Federal permits are also required.
Code Section:  RMC 4-9-080
Effective Date: June 20, 2011

CI-18, Urban Separator Overlays of Soos Creek and Lake Desire.
Code Section: RMC 4-3-100C and 4-3-110C
Effective Date: April 27, 2010

CI-17, Permissibility of "Recreation Facilities, Indoor, New" within the Medium Industrial (IM) Zone within the Employment Area Valley (EAV) Land Use Designation.
Code Section: RMC 4-2-020, 4-2-060, and 4-11
Effective Date: April 7, 2011.

CI-16, Clarification of permit requirements for Tree Removal Activities.
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-130 and 4-9-250
Effective Date: March 4, 2011

CI-15, Clarification of permissibility of indoor small vehicle sales (including boats less than 10,000 pounds) in the CA zone.
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060, 4-2-080, and 4-11-220
Effective Date: November 18, 2010

CI-14, Clarification of the definition of "Density, Net" when fractions result from calculating minimum and maximum.
Code Section: RMC 4-11-040
Effective Date: October 21, 2010

CI-12 (Att A), Clarification of applicable setbacks in the R-10 and R-14 Zones
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110A
Effective Date: August 10, 2010 

CI-11, Clarification of the types of site improvements qualifying as “impervious surfacing”
Code Sections: RMC 4‐2‐110, 4‐2‐120, and 4‐11‐090
Effective Date: August 10, 2010 

CI-09 (Att A and Att B), Allowing "electrical vehicle infrastructure" in accordance with state law within the Renton Municipal Code Title IV Development Regulations.
Code Section: RMC 4-11-210
For more information, please contact Kris Sorensen at 425.430.6593
Effective Date: June 25, 2010

Rescinded Interpretation

CI-29, Applicable building setbacks from utility easements or certain combined access/utility easements, and fire department turnaround (hammerhead) access easements.
Code Section: RMC 4-11-190 and 4-11-250
Note: This draft code interpretation has been withdrawn pending additional analysis and consideration of alternatives.

CI-13, Marinas as a permitted use in the R-1 zone.
Code Section: RMC 4-2-060
Note: This interpretation refers to Lake Desire within the Fairwood PAA.  The failure of the annexation vote renders this interpretation unnecessary. Therefore, on January 5, 2012, the City formally rescinded this interpretation.