Rural Industrial 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 provides for small-scale light industrial, light manufacturing, recycling, mineral processing, and resource-based goods production uses that are compatible with rural character and do not require an urban level of utilities and services.

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

   Special Provisions

In any industrial zone, an industrial park, as further described, may be permitted. An industrial park is intended to provide centers or clusters of not less than twenty acres for most manufacturing and industrial uses under controls which will minimize the effect of such industries on nearby uses. Industrial parks are intended to encourage industrial activities to occur within a park-like environment. Any use permitted outright in industrial zones or by conditional use review when located in an industrial park is subject to the following provisions:

A.    Lot Requirements.

1.    Lot Setback. Minimum lot setback shall be one hundred feet for any yard abutting a residential zone, unless berming and landscaping approved by the director is provided which will effectively screen and buffer the industrial activities from the residential zone which it abuts; in which case, the minimum setback shall be fifty feet.

a.    Front Yard. Minimum front yard setback shall be forty feet.

b.    Side Yard. Minimum side yard setback shall be twenty-five feet.

c.    Rear Yard. Minimum rear yard setback shall be twenty feet.

2.    Lot Coverage. Maximum lot coverage by buildings shall be consistent with provisions set forth in Section 17.420.054, Commercial, industrial, and parks zones density and dimensions table.

a.    No service roads, spur tracks, hard stands, or outside storage areas shall be permitted within required yard areas adjacent to residential zones.

b.    No yards are required at points where side or rear yards abut a railroad right-of-way or spur track.

3.    Fences, walls and hedges will be allowed inside of a boundary planting screen where it is necessary to protect property of the industry concerned, or to protect the public from a dangerous condition with no fence being constructed in a required yard adjacent to public right-of-way.

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

5.    Off-street parking and loading shall be provided as required by Chapter 17.490. In addition, no off-street parking or loading shall be allowed within fifty feet of an adjacent residential zone, unless the director finds that a buffer will exist that effectively screens the parking and loading from the adjacent residential zone, in which case, no off-street parking or loading shall be allowed within thirty feet of an adjacent residential zone. Off-street parking or loading may be permitted within the side yard but not within a required front yard area. Off-street loading shall not be permitted in a required side or rear yard setback abutting a residential zone. No off-street loading may be permitted within fifty feet of a public right-of-way or access easement.

6.    Site Landscaping and Design Plan. As a component of land use review, 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 and any required design standards for the area, the following requirements shall apply:

a.    All required landscaping shall be installed prior to occupancy.

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.    Areas which are to be maintained shall be so designated on a landscape plan, and subject to the review and approval of the director.

d.    All mechanical, heating and ventilating equipment shall be visually screened.

7.    Performance Standards. No land or structure shall be used or occupied within this zone unless there is compliance with the following minimum performance standards:

a.    Maximum permissible noise levels shall be in compliance with the Kitsap County noise ordinance.

b.    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.

c.    Air emissions (smoke and particulate matter) must be approved by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Authority.

d.    The emission of noxious gases (odors) 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.

e.    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.

8.    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 zone ​ ​ ​

​Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation

​Zone Classification

​Map Symbol

​Minimum Density

​Maximum Density

Rural IndustrialRural Industrial​RI​Not 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​
​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.

   Footnotes

​ (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.

(42) Where a family member is in need of special, frequent and routine care and assistance by reason of advanced age or ill health, a manufactured home or mobile home may be placed upon the same lot as a single-family dwelling for occupancy by the individual requiring or providing such special care subject to the following limitations:

a.    Not more than two individuals shall be the recipients of special care;

b.    No rent, fee, payment or charge in lieu thereof may be made for use of the single-family dwelling or manufactured/mobile home as between the recipients or providers of special care;

c.    The manufactured/mobile home must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is situated;

d.    A permit must be obtained from the director authorizing such special care manufactured/mobile home. Such permit shall remain in effect for one year and may, upon application, be extended for one-year periods, provided there has been compliance with the requirements of this section;

e.    The manufactured/mobile home must be removed when the need for special care ceases; and

f.    Placement of the manufactured/mobile home is subject to applicable health district standards for water service and sewage disposal.

(101) Transitory accommodations allowed only pursuant to Chapter 17.505.

   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 Section17.105.090(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 Section17.105.090(I).
​Fitness center​(100)
​Nursery, wholesale

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 Section17.105.090(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 Section17.105.090(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 Section17.105.090(I).
​Storage, outdoor​(75)
​Storage, self-service​(75)

RESOURCE 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 Section17.105.090(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

​Engineering and construction offices

​(72)
​Espresso stands
(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
​(73) Heavy construction, farming and forestry equipment only.
​Lumber and bulky building material sales

INDUSTRIAL USES

Footnotes

Contractor’s storage yard

​(21)   Outdoor contractors’ storage yards accessory to a primary residence shall be limited to not more than ten heavy equipment vehicles or heavy construction equipment. The use shall be contained outside of required setbacks within a contained yard or storage building. The storage yard and/or building shall be screened from adjacent properties with a screening buffer a minimum of twenty-five feet in width and capable of providing functional screening of the use. Minimum lot size shall be one hundred thousand square feet.
​Helicopter pads
​(13) Heliports for the purpose of medical emergency facilities may be permitted in certain zones subject to a conditional use permit. All private landing strips, runways, and heliports shall be so designed and oriented that the incidences of aircraft passing directly over dwellings during their landing or taking off patterns are minimized. They shall be located so that traffic shall not constitute a nuisance to neighboring uses. The proponents shall show that adequate controls or measures will be taken to prevent offensive noise, vibrations, dust, or bright lights
​Storage, indoor
​Top soil production, stump grinding
​Warehousing and distribution
​(68)  In the RI zone, cold storage facilities are only allowed for agricultural and food uses.


   Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​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.
​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.
​Farm and garden equipment and sales
​Kennels or pet day cares
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.
​Research laboratory

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Marinas

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

Government/public structures

​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

​Assembly and packaging operations

​Boat yard
​Cemeteries, mortuaries, and crematoriums
​(10) A cemetery, crematorium, mausoleum, or columbarium shall have its principal access on a county roadway with ingress and egress so designed as to minimize traffic congestion, and shall provide required off-street parking spaces. No mortuary or crematorium in conjunction with a cemetery is permitted within two hundred feet of a lot in a residential zone.
​Cold storage facilities
​(69) In the RI zone, cold storage facilities are only allowed for agricultural and food uses.
​Food production, brewery or distillery
​Fuel distributors
​Manufacturing and fabrication, light
​Manufacturing and fabrication, medium
​Recycling centers
​Rock crushing
​Slaughterhouse or animal processing
(70) In the RCO and RI zones, slaughterhouses and animal processing may have a retail component not to exceed four thousand square feet.
​Storage, hazardous materials
(75) All storage must be screened from public view by a twenty-five-foot buffer in order to meet rural compatibility. Applicant must also demonstrate how the storage would serve the immediate population.
​Storage, vehicle and equipment
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(75) All storage must be screened from public view by a twenty-five-foot buffer in order to meet rural compatibility. Applicant must also demonstrate how the storage would serve the immediate population.
​Transshipment facilities, including docks, wharves, marine rails, cranes, and barge facilities
​Uses necessary for airport operation such as runways, hangars, fuel storage facilities, control towers, etc
​(13) Heliports for the purpose of medical emergency facilities may be permitted in certain zones subject to a conditional use permit. All private landing strips, runways, and heliports shall be so designed and oriented that the incidences of aircraft passing directly over dwellings during their landing or taking off patterns are minimized. They shall be located so that traffic shall not constitute a nuisance to neighboring uses. The proponents shall show that adequate controls or measures will be taken to prevent offensive noise, vibrations, dust, or bright lights.

(74) Allowed for existing airports only.
​Wrecking yards and junk yards
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

RESOURCE LAND USES

Footnotes

Aggregate extractions sites
​Aquaculture practices
​Shellfish/fish hatcheries and processing facilities

  

   Density, Dimensions and Design

Standard

Density and Dimensions table

​ ​
Minimum density (du/acre)​NA
​(57) Mixed use projects are not required to meet the minimum density requirements.
Maximum density (du/acre)​NA
Minimum lot size​NA
Maximum lot size​NA
Minimum lot width (feet)​NA
Minimum lot depth (feet)​200
Maximum height (feet)​35
​(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 85%
Maximum lot coverage NA
Setbacks
(34) Development abutting a street for which a standard has been established by the Kitsap County arterial plan shall provide a special setback from the centerline of said street or a distance adequate to accommodate one-half of the right-of-way standard established by the arterial plans for the street. The building setback required by the underlying zone shall be in addition to the special setback and shall be measured from the edge of the special setback line. The special setback area shall be treated as additional required yard area and reserved for future street widening purposes.

(48) Shoreline properties are subject to Title 22 and may have additional buffers and setbacks requirements not listed in the density and dimension tables. Properties constrained by critical areas are subject to Title 19 and may have additional buffers and setbacks requirements not listed in the density and dimension tables. Cornices, canopies, eaves, belt courses, sills, bay windows, fireplaces or other similar cantilevered features may extend up to twenty-four inches into any required yard area. In no case shall a habitable area be considered for encroachment into a required yard through any land use process. Additionally, fire escapes, open/uncovered porches, balconies, landing places or outside stairways may extend up to twenty-four inches into any required side or rear yards. Open/uncovered porches, balconies, landing places, or outside stairways shall not extend more than six feet into any required front yard and shall be a minimum of five feet from the front property line.
Minimum front (feet)​20
(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
Minimum Side (feet)

20,

50, when abutting residential zone 

​(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.

(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 Rear (feet)

​20,

50, when abutting residential zone 

​(27) As approved by the director, wherever an industrial zone abuts a residential zone, a fifty-foot screening buffer area shall be provided. This screening buffer is intended to reduce impacts to abutting residential uses such as noise, light, odors, dust and structure bulk. No structures, open storage, or parking shall be allowed within this area. The director shall only approve screening buffers that improve the compatibility between the proposed use and the residential zone. The director may reduce this buffer to a minimum of twenty-five-foot width only when based upon a site-specific determination that topography, berming or other screening features will effectively screen industrial activities from the residential zone. Conversely, based upon a similar site-specific determination, the director may increase the buffer width from fifty feet to ensure adequate buffering and compatibility between uses.
(29)  One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

(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.