Rural Protection 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 promotes low-density rural development and agricultural activities that are consistent with rural character and protects environmental features such as significant visual, historical and natural features, wildlife corridors, steep slopes, wetlands, streams and adjacent critical areas.

​ ​ ​ ​Classification of zone

​Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation

​​Zone Classification

​​Map Symbol

​​Minimum Density

​Maximum Density

​​Rural Protection​​​Rural Protection​RP​​NA​1 dwelling unit/10

(101) Transitory accommodations allowed only pursuant to Chapter 17.505

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.

   Use Table Permitted (P)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

​Accessory living quarters

(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 Section 17.105.090(I).

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(18) One piece of heavy equipment may be stored in any single-family zone; provided, that it is either enclosed within a permitted structure, or screened to the satisfaction of the director.

(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 Section 17.105.090(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).

​Dwelling, duplex

​(3) When located within urban growth areas (except UR), duplexes shall require five thousand square feet of minimum lot area. Duplexes located in the UR zone or outside of urban growth areas shall require double the minimum lot area required for the zone.

​Dwelling, existing

​Dwelling, single-family detached (includes manufactured homes)

​(43) 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.

​Guest house

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

​Mobile homes

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 Section 17.105.090(I).

​Day-care center, family

(14) In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thousand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.

​Kennels, hobby

​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 Section 17.105.090(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 Section 17.105.090(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 Section 17.105.090(I).

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 Section 17.105.090(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).

​Bed and breakfast house or vacation rental

(34) Bed and breakfast houses or vacation rentals with one to four rooms require an administrative conditional use permit; bed and breakfast houses with five or more rooms require a hearing examiner conditional use permit. Bed and breakfast houses serving meals to patrons other than overnight guests require a hearing examiner conditional use permit.

​Home business

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(53) Commercial or industrial uses otherwise prohibited in the zone may be allowed as a component of a home business subject to the requirements of Section 17.410.060(B).

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​Temporary offices and model homes

(27) Subject to the temporary permit provisions of Chapter 17.105.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Recreational facilities, public

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

​Government/public structures

INDUSTRIAL USES

Footnotes

RESOURCE LAND USES

Footnotes

   Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

​Accessory dwelling units

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

​Bed and breakfast house or vacation rental

​(34) Bed and breakfast houses or vacation rentals with one to four rooms require an administrative conditional use permit; bed and breakfast houses with five or more rooms require a hearing examiner conditional use permit. Bed and breakfast houses serving meals to patrons other than overnight guests require a hearing examiner conditional use permit.

​Dwelling, single-family attached

​Day-care center

(14) In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thousand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​Kennels or pet day-cares

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(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.

​Nursery, retail

​Veterinary clinics/animal hospitals

​(8) A veterinary clinic or animal hospital shall not be located within fifty feet of a lot line in the rural protection (RP) or rural residential (RR) zones. In addition, the applicant may be required to provide additional measures to prevent or mitigate offensive noise, odor, light and other impacts.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Club, civic or social

(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.

​Golf courses

(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.

​Recreational facilities, private

​(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

​Recreational vehicle camping parks

​(46) Allowed only as an accessory use to a park or recreational facility greater than twenty acres in size.

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

​Places of worship

(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

​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

​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.

​Contractor’s storage yard

​(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.

(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.

​Top soil production, stump grinding

(22) Stump grinding, soil-combining and composting in rural protection and rural residential zones must meet the following requirements:
a.    The subject property(ies) must be one hundred thousand square feet or greater in size;
b.    The use must take direct access from a county-maintained right-of-way;
c.    A fifty-foot natural vegetation buffer must be maintained around the perimeter of the property(ies) to provide adequate screening of the use from neighboring properties;
d.    The subject property(ies) must be adjacent to an industrial zone or a complementary public facility such as a sewage treatment plant or solid waste facility;
e.    The proposed use must mitigate noise, odor, dust and light impacts from the project; and
f.    The use must meet all other requirements of this title.

RESOURCE LAND USES

Footnotes

​Aggregate extractions sites

​Aquaculture practices

   Density, Dimensions and Design

Standard

Density and Dimensions table

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Minimum density (du/acre)​NA
Maximum density (du/acre)​NA
Minimum lot size

​10 acres

Maximum lot size​NA
Minimum lot width (feet)

​140

Minimum lot depth (feet)

​140

Maximum height (feet)

​35

(2) Except for silos and other uninhabited agricultural buildings.

(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 NA
Maximum lot coverageNA 
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)

​50

​(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.
Maximum front (feet)​NA
Side (feet)

​20 feet; 5 feet for accessory structures

​(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.
Rear (feet)

​20 feet; 5 feet for accessory structures

​(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.




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