is a quick reference guide to your zone. This information is a summary
of your zone’s purpose, allowed uses, density, dimensions, and
tables below do not include prohibited uses.
information summarizes Kitsap County Code and is subject to change. For full
information about your zone, please see the Official Kitsap County Code.
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This zone is intended to provide for integrated grouping of medium to large size businesses within an attractive park-like setting. The business center (BC) zone allows flexibility in the amount of space within each business dedicated to office use, warehousing, and/or light manufacturing operations. Permitted businesses are intended to support the creation, development and retention of primary wage employment in the professional and technical fields, and not intended for the general retail commercial needs of the area
A. Site Landscaping and Design Plan. As a component of permit and/or land use review, development within this zone shall be subject to review and approval by the director of a site landscape and design plan based on conformance with Chapter 17.420, any design standards associated with this zone and/or design standards associated with a particular subarea, whichever is most restrictive. In addition to these requirements, the following shall apply:
1. All required landscaping shall be installed prior to occupancy.
2. Required rear and side yard setback areas abutting a residential zone shall provide and maintain a dense evergreen screening buffer which attains a mature height of at least eleven feet, or other screening measure as approved by the director.
3. Required setback areas adjacent to streets and those abutting a residential zone shall be continuously maintained in plantings, with such live ground cover and trees or shrubs established and maintained in a manner providing a park-like character to the property.
4. Areas which are to be maintained in their natural setting shall be so designated on a landscape plan, and subject to the review and approval of the director.
5. All mechanical, heating, and ventilating equipment shall be visually screened whether on grade or building mounted.
6. Fences, walls and hedges will be allowed inside of a boundary planting screen where it is necessary to protect property of the industry or business concerned; or to protect the public from a dangerous condition. Fences may not be located in or adjacent to a required yard adjacent to a public right-of-way.
B. Performance Standards. No land or structure shall be used or occupied within this zone unless there is compliance with the following minimum performance standards:
1. Maximum permissible noise levels shall be in compliance with the Kitsap County noise ordinance.
2. Vibration, other than that caused by highway vehicles, trains, and aircraft, which is discernible without instruments at the property line of the use concerned is prohibited.
3. Smoke and Particulate Matter. Air emissions must meet standards approved by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Authority.
4. Odors. The emission of noxious gases or matter in such quantities as to be readily detectable at any point beyond the property line of the use causing such odors is prohibited.
5. Heat and Glare. Except for exterior lighting, operations producing heat and glare shall be conducted within an enclosed building. Exterior lighting shall be designed to shield surrounding streets and land uses from nuisance and glare.
C. Administration. As a condition for the granting of a building permit and/or site plan approval, at the request of the director, information sufficient to determine the degree of compliance with the standards in this title shall be furnished by the applicant. Such request may include continuous records of operation, for periodic checks to assure maintenance of standards or for special surveys. Maximum permissible noise levels shall be in compliance with the Kitsap County noise ordinance.
(31) Uses permitted only if consistent with an approved master plan pursuant to Chapter 17.440. Where a master plan is optional and the applicant chooses not to develop one, all uses shown as permitted require an administrative conditional use permit.
(42) All business, service repair, processing, storage, or merchandise display on property abutting or across the street from a lot in any residential zone shall be conducted wholly within an enclosed building unless screened from the residential zone by a sight-obscuring fence or wall.
(101) Transitory accommodations allowed only pursuant to Chapter 17.505.
Allowed primary agricultural uses and accessory agricultural uses or agritourism are defined by the Agricultural Code
Please note that the tables below only include what is allowed in the corresponding zone and does not include prohibited uses.
Use Table - Permitted Use (P) = This table shows allowed uses that are permitted within the zone with the appropriate permit from the Department of Community Development (DCD). Click here to explore DCD project/permit types.
Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP) = This table shows the allowed uses that are permitted within this zone, but will require an Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP).
Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C) = This table shows the allowed uses that are permitted within this zone, but you will be required to apply for an Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to establish conditions to protect public health, safety and welfare and subject to approval by the hearing examiner.
Parks and open space
Density and Dimensions table
(19) This zone is not intended to accommodate population growth
and therefore do not have allowed density. However, limited new
residential uses may occur in these zones which support the intent of these
zones to provide employment and services. Therefore, up to one dwelling
unit may be allowed per existing parcel for the limited residential uses
allowed in Kitsap County Code Chapter
60% building coverage or as determined by master plan process
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