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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. As Code Interpretations are codified in the Renton Municipal Code, they will be removed from this list.

Process

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

Pending Interpretations

Public comments are being received for the following Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations:

CI-125 , Unit Lot Subdivisions in the CV Zone
Code Section: RMC 4-7-090
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436

Comment Period Ends at 5:00pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017  

CI-124, Exception for Shared Driveways and Eligibility of Joint Use Driveways
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-080 and 4-6-060
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436
Comment Period Ends at 5:00pm on Monday, August 28, 2017

CI-123Fee In-Lieu for Replacement Trees
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-040 and 4-3-100
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436
Comment Period Ends at 5:00pm on Friday, August 25, 2017

CI-122, Critical Areas Variances
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-250
Staff Contact: Matt Herrera at mherrera@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-6593
Comment Period Ends at 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The appeal period for the following Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations ends at 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017:

CI-121, Incorrect Code Reference in Lowest Floor Definition
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-120
Staff Contact: Angie Mathias at amathias@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-6576

CI-120Interior Parking Lot Landscaping Requirements
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-070
Staff Contact: Angie Mathias at amathias@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-6576

CI-119Automall Uses, Street Frontage Landscaping Applicability, and Design District D Exceptions
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-040 and 4-3-100
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436

CI-118Correcting Condition #29 & References within the Use Table
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436

Interpretation On Hold

CI-117, Commercial/Office and Residential Thresholds in the COR Zone
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436

Final Interpretations  

The following Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations are approved and will be placed on the City's docket list:

CI-116Definition of a Legal Lot
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-120
Effective Date: June 2, 2017

CI-115Vehicle Storage in IM and IH Zones within the Valley
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080
Effective Date: June 2, 2017

CI-114 (Att A), Expansion of Automall Area "A"
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-040
Effective Date: April 11, 2017

CI-113Extended Approval for Conditional Use Permits (CUPs)

Code Section: RMC 4-9-030
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-112, Exemption Valuation for New Construction or Additions
Code Section: RMC 4-6-060D
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-111, Residential Front Yard Setback Averaging
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-109, Assisted Living Footnote Cleanup
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-108, Lot Types and Measurements
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-120, 4-7-170, 4-11-250
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

Rescinded Interpretation 

CI-110, Definition of a Legal Lot
Code Section: RMC 4-11-120

Note: This code interpretation has been withdrawn based on public comment. A revised code interpretation will be forthcoming.

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

Note: This code interpretation has been rescinded as it is similar to CI-93.

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.