Kitsap County Zoning

Zoning classifies, designates, and regulates the development of land for agriculture, forest, mineral resource extraction, residential, commercial, industrial, and public land uses for the unincorporated area of Kitsap County. Further, it is the purpose of zoning to provide for predictable, judicious, efficient, timely, and reasonable administration respecting due process set forth in Kitsap County Code Title 17- Zoning and other applicable laws; and to protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare.

​Classification of Zones

Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation​

​Zone Classification

(click  to visit the quick reference
guide to your zone)
​Minimum Density ​Maxiumum Density
​Rural Residential

​Rural Residential

​NA1 dwelling unit/5 acres
​Rural Protection

​Rural Protection

​NA​1 dwelling unit/10 acres
​Rural Wooded

​Rural Wooded

​NA​1 dwelling unit/20 acres
​Forest Resource Lands

Forest Resource Lands

​NA​1 dwelling unit/40 acres
​Mineral Resource Overlay

Mineral Resource Overlay

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​Urban Low-Density Residential

Urban Restricted

​1 dwelling units/acre5 dwelling units/acre
(up to 10 in Gorst)


​1 dwelling units/acre4 dwelling unit/acre

​Urban Low Residential

5 dwelling units/acre​9 dwelling units/acre

Urban Cluster Residential

​5 dwelling units/acre9 dwelling units/acre
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​Urban Medium-Density Residential

​Urban Medium Residential

10 dwelling units/acre​18 dwelling units/acres
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​Urban High-Density Residential

Urban High Residential

19 dwelling units/acre​30 dwelling units/acres
(up to 60 in the Silverdale Regional Growth Center)

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​Urban High-Intensity Commercial


10 dwelling units/acre30 dwelling units/acre​

Regional Center

10 dwelling units/acre30 dwelling units/acres
(up to 60 in the Silverdale Regional Growth Center)

​Low Intensity Commercial​

10 dwelling units/acre30 dwelling units/acre​​
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​Urban Low-Intensity Commercial

​Urban Village Center

10 dwelling units/acre​18 dwelling units/acre

​Neighborhood Commercial

10 dwelling units/acre​30 dwelling units/acre​​
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​Rural Commercial

​Rural Commercial

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​Urban Industrial

​Business Park


​Business Center



​Rural Industrial

​Rural Industrial

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​Public Facilities


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Limited Area of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD) Type I ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​​

Keyport Rural Village​

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Keyport Village CommercialNA5 dwelling units/acre
Keyport Village Low Residential​NA​2 dwelling units/acre
​Keyport Village ResidentialNA5 dwelling units/acre

Manchester Rural Village​ ​

​Manchester Village CommercialNA5 dwelling units/acre
​Manchester Village Low ResidentialNA​2 dwelling units/acre
​Manchester Village ResidentialNA4 dwelling units/acre​

Port Gamble Rural Historic Town​ ​

​Port Gamble Rural Historic Town CommercialNA2.5 dwelling units/acre​
​Port Gamble Rural Historic Town Residential​NA2.5 dwelling units/acre
​Port Gamble Rural Historic WaterfrontNA2.5 dwelling units/acre

Suquamish Rural Village​ ​

Suquamish Village Commercial​NA0
​Suquamish Village Low ResidentialNA2 dwelling units/acre
​Suquamish Village ResidentialNA2 dwelling units/acre​
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​​Limited Area of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD) Type III

Rural Employment Center


Twelve ​Trees Employment Center


​Past Zoning Ordinances

Please note: There is no guarantee or warranty of the completeness of these historical zoning ordinances

1969 Zoning Ordinance

1971 Zoning Ordinance

1976 Zoning Ordinance

1977 Zoning Ordinance

1978 Zoning Ordinance

1983 Zoning Ordinance

1983 Zoning Ordinance (Amended 1988)

1983 Zoning Ordinance (Amended 1990)

1995 Interim Zoning Ordinance (Amended February 27 and July 24, 1995
(26 MB)

1995 Interim Zoning Ordinance (Amended January 8, 1996) 
(24 MB)

1998 Interim Zoning Ordinance

To view Ordinances from 2010 to present click here


(360) 337-5777 

Mailing Address

614 Division Street - MS36
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Office Location 

619 Division Street
Port Orchard, Washington

Planners & Review Staff Available:

Monday - Friday  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Permit Technicians & General Lobby Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm   

Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Related Links:

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