Here is a quick reference guide to your zone. This information is intended to supply you with a summary of your zones purpose, allowed uses, density, dimensions, and setbacks.
All information must be verified by the Official Kitsap County Code.
This zone is intended to encourage the preservation of forest uses and agricultural activities, retain an area’s rural character and conserve the natural resources while providing for some rural residential use. This zone is further intended to discourage activities and facilities that can be considered detrimental to the maintenance of timber production. Residents of rural wooded (RW) residential tracts shall recognize that they can be subject to normal and accepted farming and forestry practices on adjacent parcels.
(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)
All plats, short plats, development permits and building permits issued for land development activities on or within five hundred feet of designated, undeveloped forest resource lands (FRL) shall contain the following notice:
The subject property is within or near land in which resource activities are permitted and encouraged, including a variety of activities which may not be compatible with residential development for certain periods of limited duration. In addition to other activities, these may include noise, dust, smoke, visual impacts and odors resulting from harvesting, planting, application of fertilizers, herbicides and associated reclamation and management activities. When performed in accordance with state and federal law, these resource activities are not subject to legal action as a nuisance.
Allowed primary agricultural uses and accessory agricultural uses or agritourism are defined by the Agricultural Code
The following letters and symbols have the following meanings when they appear in the box at the intersection of the column and the row.
Accessory dwelling unit, attached
17.415.010 Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) located in an Urban Growth Area
17.415.015 Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) located outside an Urban Growth Area.
17.110.740 Veterinary clinic
17.110.763 Wildlife shelter
1. The use is subject to special provisions in Chapter 17.415 ‘Special provisions’ that may change to the level of permit review indicated above. All applicable requirements shall govern a use whether specifically identified in this chapter or not.
2. Parcels located within the boundary of the Port Gamble Redevelopment Plan approved pursuant to Section 17.360C.030 shall refer to Appendix F to determine allowed uses, permits required, and definitions. All development of these uses must be consistent with town development standards pursuant to Section 17.360C.020. All other chapters of Kitsap County Code or an approved development agreement not included in Appendix F shall still apply.
3. Pets and Exotic Animals. The keeping of pets, nontraditional pets and exotic animals is subject to the following conditions: a. Pets which are kept inside of a primary structure as household pets in aquariums, terrariums, cages or similar containers shall not be limited in number by this section. Other pets, excluding cats, which are kept indoors shall be limited to five; b. Pets which are kept outside of the primary structure shall be limited to three per household on lots less than twenty thousand square feet in area, only one of which may be a nontraditional pet; five per household on lots of twenty thousand to thirty-five thousand square feet, only two of which may be nontraditional pets; with an additional two pets per acre of site area over thirty-five thousand square feet up to a limit of twenty; and c. No feeding area or structure used to house, confine or feed pets shall be located closer than the minimum yard setbacks for the zone in which they are located. No feeding area or structure used to house, confine or feed nontraditional pets or exotic animals shall be located closer than fifty feet from any residence on adjacent property.
4. Storage of junk motor vehicles on any property outside of a legally constructed building (minimum of three sides and a roof) is prohibited, except where the storage of up to six junk motor vehicles meets one of the following two conditions: a. Any junk motor vehicle(s) stored outdoors must be completely screened by a sight-obscuring fence or natural vegetation to the satisfaction of the director (a covering such as a tarp over the vehicle(s) will not constitute an acceptable visual barrier). For the purposes of this section, “screened” means not visible from any portion or elevation of any neighboring or adjacent public or private property, easement or right-of-way; or b. Any junk motor vehicle(s) stored outdoors must be stored more than two hundred fifty feet away from all property lines. c. Environmental Mitigation Agreement. The owner of any such junk motor vehicle(s) must successfully enter into an environmental mitigation agreement with the department of community development (the “department”) regarding the property where such vehicle(s) will be located or stored. i. An environmental mitigation agreement between a property owner and the department is required before the outdoor storage of up to six screened junk motor vehicles will be approved. A property owner may enter into such agreement with the department for a one-time fee of $10.00 per vehicle, the proceeds of which shall be used to assist with clean-up costs associated with the administration of Chapter 9.56. ii. In order to mitigate any potential environmental impact from the storage of these junk motor vehicles, the property owner must agree to institute one of the following two preventative measures: (a) Each junk motor vehicle must be drained of all oil and other fluids including, but not limited to, engine crankcase oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and radiator coolant or antifreeze prior to placing the vehicle on site; or (b) Drip pans or pads must be placed and maintained underneath the radiator, engine block, transmission and differentials of each junk motor vehicle to collect residual fluids. (c) Either preventative measure shall require that the owner of such vehicle(s) clean up and properly dispose of any visible contamination resulting from the storage of junk motor vehicles. The agreement will require the property owner to select one of the two preventative measures and to allow for an initial inspection of the property by the department to assure that the preventative measure has been implemented to the satisfaction of the department. By entering into the agreement, the property owner further agrees to allow the department entry onto the property on an annual basis for reinspection to assure compliance with the approved agreement. If a property is found to be in compliance with the terms of the agreement for two consecutive inspections, the department may waive the annual inspection requirement. A property owner found to be in violation of the agreement may be issued a civil infraction pursuant to this section and could later be deemed a nuisance in accordance with Chapter 9.56.
17.420.052 Density and Dimensions table
Maximum density (du/acre)
Minimum lot size
Maximum lot size
Minimum lot width (feet)
Minimum lot depth (feet)
Maximum height (feet)
Maximum impervious surface coverage
Maximum lot coverage
Minimum front (feet)
Maximum front (feet)
Department of Community Development
Planning and Environmental Programs
(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap 1)
614 Division Street - MS36Port Orchard, WA 98366
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