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Short Platting Your Property
This page outlines the Short Plat process, when it can be used, and how to apply.  A Short Plat (also referred to as a short subdivision) is used to divide land into four or fewer parcels or lots, any one of which is less than five acres, for the purpose of sale, lease, or other transfer of ownership.  Everyone who shares an ownership interest in the property with you (spouse, partner, real estate contract holder, etc.) must agree to the short plat and sign the application.
WHY IS SHORT PLATTING REQUIRED TO SUBDIVIDE LAND?
Short Platting is regulated by the State Subdivision Law, RCW 58.17 and Kitsap County Short Subdivision Ordinance #108-E-1991. State and County laws require short platting for several reasons:
  To make sure that the new lots are acceptable building sites.
  To solve or prevent water drainage problems
  To ensure legal and safe access.
  To ensure compliance with County land use policies.
  To plan wisely for continued community growth.
  To maintain reliable public ownership records.
  To promote accurate and precise legal description of each lot to protect the consumer.
WHAT DIVISIONS AND TRANSFERS OF LAND ARE EXEMPT FROM SHORT PLATTING?
  When ALL new parcels created are 1/128th of a section of land (five acres) or larger. In this case, a Large Lot Subdivision would be required.
  When you are making a property line adjustment, provided that no new lots or building sites are created.
  When the property is divided (with specific legal descriptions) and transferred as a result of executing a will.
  If you are creating and transferring five or more lots.
  Division of land for the purpose of public benefit, such as a government entity.
CAN A LOT WITHIN A SUBDIVISION BE SHORT PLATTED?
Subdivision lots may be further divided, into four or fewer lots, using the short plat process. An environmental checklist is required in addition to the short plat application.
CAN I SHORT PLAT A PREVIOUSLY SHORT PLATTED LOT?
You must wait at least five years to short plat a lot(s) that has been created by short platting, and in this situation an environmental checklist is required. As an alternative, you may use the regular subdivision (also known as long plat) process to further divide a parcel anytime.
CAN A SECOND DWELLING BE PLACED ON A LOT OR PARCEL WITHOUT SHORT PLATTING THE PROPERTY?
In order to place a second dwelling unit on an existing lot, that lot must be short platted. (However, accessory living quarters, accessory dwelling units, and/or special care mobile homes, are permitted under certain conditions, see Title16.48 of the Kitsap County Code, or contact DCD Staff  (360) 337-7181.
Details on the Kitsap County Short Plat Process
Last Updated:  September 23, 2014
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