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.
The intent and function of the rural commercial zone is to permit the location of small-scale commercial retail businesses and personal services which serve a limited service area and rural population outside established UGAs. The rural commercial zone permits small-scale retail, sales and services located along county roads on small parcels that serve the immediate rural residential population. Rural businesses, which serve the immediate rural population, may be located at crossroads of county roads, state routes, and major arterials.
(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)
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
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.
12. All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts. 64. When a component of development is located within the rural commercial or rural industrial zone and involves the conversion of previously undeveloped land, land developed with a residential use, or land developed with a less intensive use which abuts a residential zone, it shall be treated as a Type III hearing examiner decision. 101. Transitory accommodations allowed only pursuant to Chapter 17.505.
Accessory use or structure
Adult family home
Nonmotorized recreation rentals
Parks and open space
Bed and breakfast house or vacation rental
Engineering and construction offices
Farm and garden equipment and sales
General office and management services – less
than 4,000 s.f.
General retail merchandise stores – less than
Personal services – skin care, massage,
Pet shop – retail and grooming
Tourism facilities, including outfitter and
Veterinary clinics/animal hospitals
Recreational facilities, public
Auto parts and accessory stores
Automobile repair and car washes
Automobile service station
Boat/marine supply stores
Custom art and craft stores
General office and management services – 4,000
to 9,999 s.f.
General retail merchandise stores – 4,000 to
Club, civic or social
Movie/performance theaters, outdoor
Museum, galleries, aquarium, historic or
Places of worship
Private or public schools
Public facilities and electric power and natural
gas utility facilities, substations, ferry terminals, and commuter
Cemeteries, mortuaries, and crematoriums
Cold storage facilities
Food production, brewery or distillery
Slaughterhouse or animal processing
Storage, hazardous materials
Top soil production, stump grinding
Aggregate extractions sites
Density and Dimensions table
Maximum density (du/acre)
Minimum lot size
Maximum lot size
Minimum lot width (feet)
Minimum lot depth (feet)
Maximum impervious surface coverage
50 when abutting residential zone
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