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We realize that our customers are not always familiar with the terminology used within the land use and development industry. If you encounter an unfamiliar term, we are hopeful that you will find this abridged Good-To-Know list helpful.  


When you click on a term below you will be directed to the Kitsap County Code's (KCC) definition for that term. If a definition is not listed within KCC, you will be directed to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition.

To search, please scroll through the terms, or use the "Click To Search" below to select the first letter of the word. The page will open to that alphabetical section.


Click to Search:  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L   M  N O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  X  Y  Z


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A

Abutting 

Access

Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) 

Accessory living quarters 

Adjacent

Adjoining

Adult family home

Alley

Alluvial soil

Applicant

Appurtenances 

Aquifer recharge areas

Arterial

Awning

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B

Baffle

Bed and breakfast house

Berm

Best management practice (BMP)

Bioretention facilities

Bioswale

BMP 

Boarding house

Breezeway

BSBL (building setback line) 

Buffer or buffering

Building

Building coverage

Building height

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C

Carport

Channel

Clearing

Compensation

Complete Application

Compost

Comprehensive plan

Conditional use

Contractor’s storage yard

Conversion option harvest plan

Covenant

Critical Areas

Culvert

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D

Danger Trees

Density

Density, maximum

Density, minimum

Detention facility

Development

Discharge

Diversion

Drainage plan

Dwelling unit

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E

Easement

Enhancement

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F

Feasible

Fence, sight-obscuring, or sight-obscuring fence

Fill or Filling

Footprint

Forestry

Frontage

Functional soils

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G

Garage, private

Geologically Hazardous Areas

Grade or grading

Gross floor area

Grubbing

Guesthouse

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H

Habitable area

Hardscaping

Hard surface

Hearing examiner

Heavy equipment 


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I

Immediate vicinity

Impervious surface

Infill development

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K

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L

Land Disturbing Activity

Landscaping

Large on-site sewage system (LOSS)

Livestock

Lot

Lot area

Lot coverage

Lot line

Lot line, front or front lot line 

Lot line, rear or rear lot line

Lot line, side or side lot line

Lot of record

Low impact development (LID)

Low impact development best management practices (LID BMPs)

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M

Maintain

Manufactured home

Manufacturing and fabrication

Master plan

Mixed-use development

Mobile home

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N

Native growth protection easement

Native vegetation

Net developable area

Nuisance

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O

Open space

Ordinary high water mark

Owner

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P

Parcel

Parking space

Parking space, compact or compact parking space

Pedestrian-friendly street

Pedestrian walkways

Performance-based development (PBD)

Permeable pavement

Permitted use

Pier

Porch

Premises

Prohibited use

Project permit or project permit application

Public facilities

Public sewer system


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Riparian Area