Business Park Zone

Quick Reference Guide

Here is a quick reference guide to your zone. This information is a summary of your zone’s purpose, allowed uses, density, dimensions, and setbacks. The tables below do not include prohibited uses. 

This information summarizes Kitsap County Code and is subject to change. For full information about your zone, please see the Official Kitsap County Code.

In all permit-related decisions, the Official Kitsap County Code governs.

​   Purpose

This zone is intended to provide for integrated grouping of small to medium size businesses within an attractive park-like setting. The business park (BP) 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.

(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)

   Special Provisions

A.    Site Requirements.

1.    Fences. 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 constructed in a required yard adjacent to a public right-of-way.

2.    Signs. Signs shall be permitted according to the provisions of Chapter 17.510.

a.    Site Signs. No signs shall be constructed or installed above the highest point of a building roof; any perimeter signs adjacent to residential zones shall not be illuminated.

b.    Tenant Signs. Tenant signs shall be wall mounted.

3.    Site Landscaping and Design Plan. Development within this zone shall be subject to review and approval by the director of a site landscape and design plan. In addition to the requirements of Chapter 17.500, the following requirements shall apply:

a.    All required landscaping shall be installed prior to occupancy, unless installation is bonded at one hundred fifty percent of the cost of materials and labor (or other method) for a period not to exceed six months.

b.    Required rear and side yard setback areas abutting a residential zone shall provide and maintain a dense evergreen buffer which attains a mature height of at least eleven feet, or other screening measure as may be prescribed by the director.

c.    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.

d.    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.

e.    All mechanical, heating, and ventilating equipment shall be visually screened whether on grade or building mounted.

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 be 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.

(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)

Classification of zones​

​Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation

​​Zone Classification

​Map Symbol

​​Minimum Density

​Maximum Density

Urban Industrial

​​Business Park​BPNot applicable
​0

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 17.410​

​(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

Allowed Uses and Density and Dimensions Table

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.

  Use Table - Permitted (P)

​RESIDENTIAL USES

​Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​Adult family home

(41) Adult family homes serving one to six residents (excluding proprietors) are permitted uses. Adult family homes serving more than six applicable residents (excluding proprietors) require an administrative conditional use permit (ACUP).

​Caretaker’s dwelling

​Dwelling, existing

​COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

​Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​Day-care center

(14) In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thousand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.
(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Day-care center, family

(14) In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thousand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.
(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Engineering and construction offices

(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Espresso stands

(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

(58) In addition to the other standards set forth in the Kitsap County Code, espresso stands are subject to the following conditions:
a.    Drive aisles/stacking lanes shall be designed to accommodate a minimum of three vehicles per service window/door (i.e., eight and one-half feet in width and sixty feet in length) with direct access to the service window. The drive aisles/stacking lanes shall be designed to prevent any vehicles from interfering with public or private roadways, pedestrian circulation, traffic circulation, parking areas or other required development amenities.
b.    Subject to provisions set forth in Chapter 17.490, drive aisles and parking areas must also be paved in urban growth areas and include, at minimum, hard compacted surfaces in rural areas. Such surfaces must be addressed with required drainage facilities. A joint parking agreement shall be required if parking cannot be accommodated on site.
c.    All structures must be permanently secured to the ground.
d.    Restroom facilities must be available for employees. Portable or temporary restroom facilities shall not be used to meet this requirement.
(72) Must be accessory to an immediate primary use.

​Equipment rentals

​Financial, banking, mortgage and title institutions

(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​General office and management services – less than 4,000 s.f.

​General office and management services – 4,000 to 9,999 s.f.

​General office and management services – 10,000 s.f. or greater

​General retail merchandise stores – less than 4,000 s.f.

(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Laundromats and laundry services

​Research laboratory

​Restaurants, high-turnover

(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Tourism facilities, including outfitter and guide facilities

​RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

​Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​Parks and open space

​INSTITUTIONAL USES

​Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​INDUSTRIAL USES

​Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).
Air pilot training schools
​​Manufacturing and fabrication, light
​​Storage, indoor

​Warehousing and distribution

(68) In the RI zone, warehousing and distribution should be focused on agricultural, food, or forestry uses only.

​RESOURCES LAND USES

​Footnotes

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I).

​Forestry


   Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP)

​RESIDENTIAL USES

​Footnotes

​Adult family home

(41) Adult family homes serving one to six residents (excluding proprietors) are permitted uses. Adult family homes serving more than six applicable residents (excluding proprietors) require an administrative conditional use permit (ACUP).

​COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

​Footnotes

​Ambulance service

​Auction house

​(55) Auction house and all items to be auctioned shall be fully enclosed within a structure.

​Automobile repair and car washes

(65) No car washes allowed in RCO or RI.

​Brew pubs

​(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Clinic, medical

​Kennels or pet day cares

(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Recreational vehicle rental

​Veterinary clinics/animal hospitals

​RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

​Footnotes

​Movie/performance theaters, outdoor

​Museum, galleries, aquarium, historic or cultural exhibits

(67) No aquariums are allowed in the RCO zone. Galleries, museums, historic and cultural exhibits should be geared toward the character of the rural area, rural history, or a rural lifestyle

​INSTITUTIONAL USES

​Footnotes

​Private or public schools

(20) Site plans for public schools shall include an area identified and set aside for the future placement of a minimum of four portable classroom units. The area set aside may not be counted towards meeting required landscaping or parking requirements.

​Public facilities and electric power and natural gas utility facilities, substations, ferry terminals, and commuter park-and-ride lots

(16) The erection, construction, alteration, or maintenance of overhead or underground utilities by a public utility, municipality, governmental agency, or other approved party shall be permitted in any zone; provided, that any permanent above-ground structures not located within a right-of-way or easement shall be subject to the review of the director. Utility transmission and distribution lines and poles may exceed the height limits otherwise provided for in this title. Water towers which exceed thirty-five feet in height, solid waste collection, transfer and/or handling sites in any zone shall be subject to a conditional use permit. These provisions do not apply to wireless communication facilities, which are specifically addressed in Chapter 17.530.

​INDUSTRIAL USES

​Footnotes

​Boat yard

​Cold storage facilities

(69) In the RI zone, cold storage facilities are only allowed for agricultural and food uses.

​Food production, brewery or distillery

​Manufacturing and fabrication, medium


  Use Table - Hearings Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

​COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

​Footnotes

​Automobile service station

(6) Where permitted, automobile service stations shall comply with the following provisions:​
a.    Sale of merchandise shall be conducted within a building, except for items used for the maintenance and servicing of automotive vehicles;
b.    No automotive repairs other than incidental minor repairs or battery or tire changing shall be allowed;
c.    The station shall not directly abut a residential zone; and
d.    All lighting shall be of such illumination, direction, and color as not to create a nuisance on adjoining property or a traffic hazard.
​(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Drinking establishments

​(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​Restaurants

​​(33) Must be located and designed to serve adjacent area.

​RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

​Footnotes

​Race track, major

​Recreational facilities, private

​Recreational facilities, public

​INSTITUTIONAL USES

​Footnotes

​Hospital

​INDUSTRIAL USES

​Footnotes

​Transshipment facilities, including docks, wharves, marine rails, cranes, and barge facilities


   Density, Dimensions, and Design

Standard

Density and Dimensions table

Footnotes

​Minimum density (du/acre)​NA
​(57) Mixed use projects are not required to meet the minimum density requirements.
​Maximum density (du/acre)​NA
(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 17.410​
​Minimum lot sizeNA
​Maximum lot size7 acres​
​(49) Minimum project size applies to the initial land use application for the property such as master plan, PBD or other mechanism. Subsequent subdivision through platting or binding site plan consistent with scope and conditions of the land use approval is not required to meet this minimum size.
​Minimum lot width (feet)​NA
​Minimum lot depth (feet)​NA
​Maximum height (feet)​35
(17) A greater height may be allowed as set forth below and in accordance with the procedures in Title 21. Such approval must be consistent with the recommendations of the fire marshal/fire district and compatible with surrounding uses and zones. Such approval shall result in a decrease in building coverage, an increase in public amenities, and/or a more creative or efficient use of land. The maximum building height approved by the director shall not exceed:
a.    In the NC and P zones: forty-five feet.
b.    In the UH and C zones: sixty-five feet.
c.    In the UM, BP, BC, and IND zones: fifty-five feet.
d.    Height and density requirements for urban high and regional center reflected in Section 17.420.058, Silverdale regional center and design district density and dimension table.

​(40) Height limitations set forth elsewhere in this title shall not apply to the following: barns, silos, or other farm buildings and structures, provided they are not less than fifty feet from every lot line; chimneys, spires on places of worship, belfries, cupolas, domes, smokestacks, flagpoles, grain elevators, cooling towers, solar energy systems, monuments, fire house towers, masts, aerials, elevator shafts, and other similar projections; and outdoor theater screens, provided said screens contain no advertising matter other than the name of the theater. The proponent seeking exception to the height limitation shall certify that the object being considered under this provision will not shade an existing solar energy system which, by the determination of the director, contributes substantially to the space- or water-heating requirements of a building.
​Maximum impervious surface coverage​50%
​Maximum lot coverageNA
​Setbacks
​Minimum front (feet)

​20

(23) The minimum site setback shall be seventy-five feet for any yard abutting a residential zone, unless, based upon a site-specific determination, berming and landscaping approved by the director is provided that will effectively screen and buffer the business park activities from the residential zone that it abuts; in which case, the minimum site setback may be reduced to less than seventy-five feet but no less than twenty-five feet. In all other cases, minimum site setbacks shall be twenty feet.
(26) No service road, spur track, or hard stand shall be permitted within required yard areas that abut a residential zone.

(​29)  One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

(41)  The following exceptions apply to front yard requirements for dwellings:
a.    If there are dwellings on both abutting lots with front yards less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard for the lot need not exceed the average front yard of the abutting dwellings.
b.    If there is a dwelling on one abutting lot with a front yard less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard need not exceed a depth of halfway between the depth of the front yard on the abutting lot and the required front yard depth.
c.    If a modification to the front yard requirement is necessary in order to site dwellings in a manner that maximizes solar access, the director may modify the requirement.
d.    On lots with multiple front yards, the front yard setback(s) in which the lot does not receive access may be modified by the director. Based upon topography, critical areas or other site constraints, the director may reduce these front yard setbacks to a minimum of twenty feet for properties requiring fifty feet and ten feet for properties requiring twenty feet. The director may not modify front yard setbacks from county arterials or collectors. Such reductions shall not have an adverse impact to surrounding properties.

(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a.    Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b.    Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.

(46) A front porch and associated steps shall meet a minimum five-foot setback from the front property line and the following requirements:
a.    Porches shall be at least forty percent open on each of two sides.
b.    Porches shall be a minimum of four feet by six feet.
​Maximum front (feet)​NA
(41)  The following exceptions apply to front yard requirements for dwellings:
a.    If there are dwellings on both abutting lots with front yards less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard for the lot need not exceed the average front yard of the abutting dwellings.
b.    If there is a dwelling on one abutting lot with a front yard less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard need not exceed a depth of halfway between the depth of the front yard on the abutting lot and the required front yard depth.
c.    If a modification to the front yard requirement is necessary in order to site dwellings in a manner that maximizes solar access, the director may modify the requirement.
d.    On lots with multiple front yards, the front yard setback(s) in which the lot does not receive access may be modified by the director. Based upon topography, critical areas or other site constraints, the director may reduce these front yard setbacks to a minimum of twenty feet for properties requiring fifty feet and ten feet for properties requiring twenty feet. The director may not modify front yard setbacks from county arterials or collectors. Such reductions shall not have an adverse impact to surrounding properties.

(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a.    Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b.    Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.
​Minimum Side (feet)​20
(23) The minimum site setback shall be seventy-five feet for any yard abutting a residential zone, unless, based upon a site-specific determination, berming and landscaping approved by the director is provided that will effectively screen and buffer the business park activities from the residential zone that it abuts; in which case, the minimum site setback may be reduced to less than seventy-five feet but no less than twenty-five feet. In all other cases, minimum site setbacks shall be twenty feet.
(26) No service road, spur track, or hard stand shall be permitted within required yard areas that abut a residential zone.

​Minimum Rear (feet)​20
(23) The minimum site setback shall be seventy-five feet for any yard abutting a residential zone, unless, based upon a site-specific determination, berming and landscaping approved by the director is provided that will effectively screen and buffer the business park activities from the residential zone that it abuts; in which case, the minimum site setback may be reduced to less than seventy-five feet but no less than twenty-five feet. In all other cases, minimum site setbacks shall be twenty feet.

(26) No service road, spur track, or hard stand shall be permitted within required yard areas that abut a residential zone.