Right of Way Permit for Trails
Authorized in 2004, Kitsap County County
Code requires a Right of Way Permit for creating public trails and
amended Ordinance was adopted to assist organized non-profit community
groups to develop soft-surface, low impact bike/pedestrian/equestrian
access for trail purposes within unopened county rights-of-way.
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Adopting Ordinance #322-2004
"Right of Way" is defined as all property in which the County has any form
of ownership, interest or title, and which is held for the purpose of
public roads and associated features such as, median, sidewalks, bicycle
facilities, and public utilities. This definition applies regardless of
whether or not any road exists thereon or whether or not it is used,
improved, or maintained for public travel.
Kitsap County recognizes unopened rights-of-way as a potential asset in
community trail planning. The original trail ordinance allowed pedestrian
trail improvements within unopened rights-of-way, however, the improved
trail ordinance specifies:
1.) Right of Way Permit Category 5 - guideline and procedures as relates
directly to bike/pedestrian/equestrian trail improvements by community
groups, clubs and organizations.
2.) Neighborhood trail improvements are good for the community and allows
the Board of County Commissioners the latitude and discretion to waive
fees associated with the application.
3.) Technical assistance to community groups by allowing the Department of
Public Works to provide centerline field survey work as an in-kind
contribution to the neighborhood effort.
Blackwood, Lead ROW Inspector
Kitsap County Public Works
(360) 337-5777 or (800) 825-4940