Kitsap County Current Code Update Projects

Please note that the Kitsap County Department of Community Development has postponed updating parking area requirements to allow for additional public engagement and to develop additional alternatives.

The Board of County Commissioner Special Projects division is developing policies regarding Vacation Rentals in Kitsap County.  Please view the project website here.


Kitsap County needs your help to streamline the requirements for what can be built in your neighborhood and the process to obtain approval to build. Do you want to see a coffee shop or grocery store in your neighborhood? What about a factory or tavern next door to your home? Some things are compatible, some are not. We want to understand where you feel housing, businesses, and services should be built across the county.  Your feedback will help the Department of Community Development draft proposed changes for further review later this year.

For more information, please click here



The Board of County Commissioners adopted an interim zoning ordinance (temporary ordinance) on February 6, 2019 to regulate Group Residential Facilities - Secured High Risk. Group Residential Facilities - Secured High Risk house one or more civilly committed Sexually Violent Predators (SVP). A civilly committed individual has completed a criminal sentence, but once they complete their sentence, they must enter a program for treatment and supervision in a secure facility operated by the State. Superior court can order the use of a community-based living facility to carry out these programs. These community-based facilities are known as a less restrictive alternative living arrangement (LRA). A LRA still requires court ordered supervision and treatment.

Federal and state court decisions require cities and counties to allow these secured community-based living facilities. Prior to this ordinance, there were no local regulations for where these types of facilities could be located. The Board is allowed under state law to pass a temporary ordinance to protect the public's safety and welfare. The temporary ordinance is a starting point to ensure neighborhood compatibility when considering the placement of these facilities across the County. The Department will develop a final code over the next six months for the Board to consider. The public is encouraged to participate through this important process.


​Meeting Type​Meeting Date​Meeting Materials
​Board of County Commissioners Briefing​2/6/2019Agenda Packet
​Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting​2/25/2019​Agenda Packet
​Planning Commission Briefing​3/19/2019Agenda Packet
​Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing​3/25/2019Agenda Packet
​Planning Commission Work Study Session​04/16/2019Agenda Packet
​Planning Commission Public Hearing​05/14/2019

Agenda Packet

Staff Responses to Public Comments

​Planning Commission Deliberations​05/21/2019Executive Summary
​Board of County Commissioners Work Study Session​6/12/2019
​Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing​6/24/2019
​Board of County Commissioners Work Study Session​7/10/2019

Executive Summary

Attachment A - Public Comment Matrix

​Board of County Commissioners Deliberations​7/22/2019Agenda Packet


Program and Project Information

In late December 2018, the Kitsap County Department of Community Development introduced draft changes to Kitsap County Code (KCC) Chapter 18.16 Timber Harvest. The proposed changes will enable Kitsap County to assume sole regulatory authority from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over Class IV-General Forest Practices in accordance with RCW 76.09. Assumption of authority through permitting and enforcement will help to ensure forest practices in the County adhere to the requirements of the Forest Practices Act, the State Environmental Policy Act, and implement the County Comprehensive Plan. Additionally, the program will streamline permitting and monitoring practices.


The proposed amendments, staff reports, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determinations, and other information regarding these amendments are available for your consideration.

Proposed Code Amendment

​The comment period is open until noticed otherwise in the Review and Consideration Schedule below.  Notices for comment and testimony periods will also be sent out via GovDelivery and NextDoor messages.

SEPA Programmatic Determination of Non-significanceComment period closed on January 16, 2019
SEPA Environmental Checklist

How can I submit comments about these amendments?

Written comments may address the proposed amendments and staff reports; the SEPA Determination will be noticed and published as required under law. To be included in the official record, written comments must be submitted to the Department of Community Development.    Comments may be:

  • Emailed to Scott Diener at:
  • Mailed to Kitsap County DCD, 614 Division Street, MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366;
  • Dropped off at the Permit Center on the 2nd Floor at 619 Division Street, Port Orchard;
  • Submitted during the Planning Commission public hearing (see Review and Consideration Schedule below)
  • Submitted using our Smartsheet Comment Page

Public Hearing (Planning Commission, TBD)

Oral and written testimony may be made to the Kitsap County Planning Commission during the public hearing once scheduled.  The Board of County Commissioner public hearing is also yet to be scheduled.

Tips for preparing comments

  • Organize your comments so that general comments and comments regarding particular amendments can be easily distinguished.
  • Be as concise and clear as possible.
  • Explain how the amendment will benefit or affect you.
  • If you plan to provide oral testimony at a public hearing, submitting a written version at the hearing can be very helpful. Please note that oral testimony may be limited to 3 minutes per person/group to ensure everyone wishing to testify can be heard.
  • Including contact information is not required but is very helpful if additional information or clarification regarding your comment is needed.
  • Written comments and oral testimony at public hearings are the only ways for your comments to be part of the official record.

Click here to comment on-line using our SmartSheet Comment Page

Review and Consideration Schedule

Meeting Type

Meeting Date

​Meeting Materials

​Written Comment Deadline

​Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee​02/05/2019Draft Code Fact SheetWritten Comment period is open
Kingston Citizens Advisory Council​02/06/2019Draft Code Fact SheetWritten Comment period is open
​Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee​02/07/2019Draft Code Fact SheetWritten Comment period is open
​Kitsap Environmental Coalition​02/27/2019Draft Code Fact SheetWritten Comment period is open
Central Kitsap Community Council​03/06/2019Draft Code Fact SheetWritten Comment period is open
Planning Commission Work Study 05/14/2019

Staff Report

Written comment period is open
​Planning Commission Work Study​07/02/2019Staff Report

Memo re: Meeting with Timber Landowners
Written comment period is open
​Planning Commission Work Study and Public Hearing​08/20/2019

Update to Kitsap County Code Chapter 18.16 Timber Harvest and 21.04 Project Permit Application Procedures

Written comment period is open
Planning Commission Recommendation TBD
Planning Commission Finding of Fact TBD ​​
Board of County Commissioner Briefing TBD
Board of County Commissioner Work Study TBD
​Board of County Commissioner Public Hearing TBD
​Board of County Commissioner Decision and Adopt Final Draft Ordinance ​TBD



Wireless communication facilities support the infrastructure system that serves wireless devices (eg. smartphones, tablets, autonomous vehicles, and emergency services).  New or expanded facilities help to maintain or increase system performance, speed, and reliability. Kitsap County must review development permits for these facilities against federal and local standards.  New Federal Communication Commission declarative rulings that support 5G technologies are prompting Kitsap County to update Kitsap County Code Chapter 17.530 Wireless Communication Facilities. 

The proposed code update will balance the need to:

  • expand existing or construct new wireless facilities.
  • ensure compatibility between wireless facilities and surrounding land uses.
  • ensure public health, safety, and welfare. 

The proposal changes Kitsap County Code regarding:

  • Definitions.  The update aligns Kitsap County Code with industry terms and definitions.  
  • Required permits by the type of facility proposed.  Factors that affect the type of permit needed for development include:

        • Built form (tower vs non-tower vs small wireless facilities).
        • Location (ROW vs private land).
        • Existing facilities (collocation vs new facility).
        • Substantial changes to an existing facility.
        • Maintenance, repair, abandonment, removal.

  • Permit review times and duration.
  • Exemptions from State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) and the permit process.
  • Prohibited location and structure types.
  • General development standards (height, visual appearance, lighting, noise, agreements)
  • Development standards for non-tower facilities vs. tower based facilities

To view comments that have been submitted - Click Here

Submitted comments include Planning Commission comment period that closed on February 26, 2019 and Board of County Commissioner comment period that closed May 13, 2019.

Meeting Type

Meeting Date

​Meeting Materials

Board of County Commissioners Briefing 10/24/2018 Materials
Planning Commission Briefing 11/20/2018 N/A
Planning Commission Work Study Session #1 12/18/2018

Revised Workplan 12/18/2018

Power Point Presentation Slides

​Board of County Commissioner Briefing​1/7/2019Executive Summary
​Planning Commission Work Study Session #2 ​1/8/2019

Executive Summary

Preliminary Draft Code

​Planning Commission Work Study Session #3


Study Session #3 presentation

​Executive Summary

Staff Report

Attachment A - Existing Facility Map

Attachment B2 – State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Checklist

Attachment C1 – Draft Code for Planning Commission Review

Attachment C2 – Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Regulatory History

Attachment C3 – Preliminary Feedback and Staff Response

​Planning Commission Public Hearing and Open House


​​Planning Commission Public Hearing and Open House​2/19/2019

​Staff report and attachments provided in 1/22/2019 meeting materials

Open House Posters

Due to technical issues the county cannot provide an audio recording of this meeting.  Meeting notes will be available soon.

​Board of County Commissioner Briefing​2/27/2019Executive Summary
​Planning Commission Deliberation​3/19/2019

Executive Summary

Attachment C4 - Draft Code Feedback and Department Response Matrix

Attachment C5 - Department Suggested Changes to the Proposal

Board of County Commissioners

Work Study #1

Executive Summary

Presentation Slides

Planning Commission Recommendation 4/16/2019 Attachment D - Findings of Fact

Attachment D - Findings of Fact Appendix A - Planning Commission Recommended Code

​Board of County Commissioners

Work Study #2
5/1/2019 Executive Summary
​Department of Community Development Open House 5/13/2019

​Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing, Deliberation, & Decision

5/13/2019 ​See meeting materials for Board of County Commissioners Work Study #2
​Board of County Commissioners

Work Study #3

​Board of County Commissioners

Deliberation Only & Decision


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Department of Community Development
Planning and Environmental Programs

(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap 1)

Mailing Address

614 Division Street - MS36
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Office Location 

619 Division Street
Port Orchard, Washington


Related Links:

Kitsap County Code
​Board of County Commissioners
​Planning Commission
​Kitsap County Code Updates