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State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and Environmental Review
WHAT IS A SEPA REVIEW?
Kitsap County has adopted an ordinance, Ordinance No. 99-A and 99-B-1992, which implements the State Environmental Policy Act, RCW 43.21C.120 and the Washington Administrative Code 197-11. The State Environmental Policy Act (also called SEPA) requires a review of various activities or projects in order to assess the proposal's impact on the environment. "Environment" means the land, air, water, plants/animals, as well as impacts of noise, traffic, utilities, aesthetics, recreation and housing. This Ordinance is separate from the County's Critical Areas Ordinance, which establishes buffer and building setback requirements from environmentally sensitive areas such as streams, wetlands, steep slopes and shorelines.
WHEN DOES AN ACTIVITY REQUIRE A SEPA REVIEW?
The SEPA process is triggered only when a permit or approval is required by County Code. If you are applying for any of the following, you must file an environmental checklist:
  Planned Unit Development
  Conditional Use Permit
  Rezone
  Shoreline Substantial Development Permit
  Shoreline Conditional Use Permit
  Residential Subdivisions of 5 or more lots
  Short Plats on lands which are partly or completely covered by water
  Re-subdivision of a short Plat
  Grading of more than 500 cubic yards of material
  Grading of more than 50 cubic yards of material when the land is partly or completely covered by water, including wetlands.
  Site Plan Review
  Variance
  Review and Approval
If your project meets any of the following conditions, you will also need to file an environmental checklist:
  Non-farm building over 4,000 square feet of gross floor area (including any expansion of the structure)
  Farm building over 10,000 sq. Feet
  Parking for more than 20 automobiles
  Construction which would occur on land which is partly or completely covered by water. This includes: streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands and saltwater shorelines
This is a partial listing. Please check with the Community Development Staff (360) 337-5777 to see if your project requires environmental review.
WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKLIST?
 
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Last Updated:  June 23, 2017
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