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Administrative Policy and Code Interpretations

Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations are binding interpretations concerning land use codes administered by the City's Planning Division.

The numbering system for the Administrative Policy and Code Interpretations (CI) is chronological, showing the number of the document.  For example, CI-01. As Code Interpretations are codified in the Renton Municipal Code, they will be removed from this list.

Process

For the Administrative Policy and Code Interpretations process, click here.

Pending Interpretations

Public comments are being received for the following Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations:

CI-115, Vehicle Storage in IM and IH Zones within the Valley
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436
Comment Period Ends at 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017

CI-116Definition of a Legal Lot
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-120
Staff Contact: Jill Ding at jding@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-6598
Comment Period Ends at 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017

CI-117Commercial/Office and Residential Thresholds in the COR Zone
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080
Staff Contact: Paul Hintz at phintz@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7436

Comment Period Ends at 5:00 p.m. on June 7, 2017  


Final Interpretations  

The following Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations are approved and will be placed on the City's docket list:

CI-114 (Att A), Expansion of Automall Area "A"
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-040
Effective Date: April 11, 2017

 
CI-113Extended Approval for Conditional Use Permits (CUPs)

Code Section: RMC 4-9-030
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-112, Exemption Valuation for New Construction or Additions
Code Section: RMC 4-6-060D
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-111, Residential Front Yard Setback Averaging
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-109, Assisted Living Footnote Cleanup
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

CI-108, Lot Types and Measurements
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-120, 4-7-170, 4-11-250
Effective Date: March 24, 2017

The following Administrative Policy/Code Interpretations are approved and are currently being reviewed by the Planning Commission & Council:

CI-107, Live Work Units
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-030
Effective Date: December 6, 2016

CI-106, Definition of Rate Study
Code Sections: RMC 4-1-190
Effective Date: December 6, 2016
 

 CI-105, Roof Pitch Design
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-115
Effective Date: December 6, 2016

CI-104, Recessed Garage and Primary Entry
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-115
Effective Date: December 6, 2016 
 
CI-103, Open Space Requirements for Planned Urban Developments
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-150
Effective Date: December 6, 2016
 
CI-102, Site Plan Review Requirements
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-200
Effective Date: December 6, 2016
 
 CI-101, Landscaping Sureties
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-070
Effective Date: December 6, 2016
 
 CI-100, Offsite Tree Protection Measures During Construction
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-130

Effective Date: December 6, 2016

 CI-99, Common Open Space Requirements in the R-10 and R-14 Zones
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-115
Effective Date: December 6, 2016 

CI-98, Signage for Multi-Building Complexes
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-100E.5

Effective Date: December 6, 2016

CI-97, Shared Driveway Landscape Requirements
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-070, 4-4-080, and 4-6-060
Effective Date: December 6, 2016

CI-96, Modification of Development Standards in the RC, R-1, R-4, R-6, R-8, R-10, R-14, and RMF Zones for Single Family Residential and Residential Multi-family Corner Lots
Effective Date: December 6, 2016 

 CI-95, On and Off Site Services in the R-14 Zone
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080

Effective Date: October 11, 2016.  

CI-94, Franchise Application Fee
Code Sections: 2015-2016 City of Renton Fee Schedule

Effective Date: August 23, 2016  

CI-93, Modification of Development Standards in the R-4 Zone for Small Lot Cluster Developments
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A and 4-2-110D

Effective Date: August 23, 2016  

CI-92, Residential Zone Lot Configuration Requirements and Dimensional Standards Averaging
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110D and 4-2-115

Effective Date: August 23, 2016  

 CI-91, Modifications of Residential Building Height Standards

Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110, 4-11-010, 4-11-190
Effective Date: August 23, 2016 

 CI-90, Critical Area Permit Implementation
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-050 and 4-8-120
Effective Date: July 8, 2016 
 

 CI-89, Outdoor Storage

Code Sections: RMC 4-2-080
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-88, Required Alley Access
Code Sections: RMC 4-7-150.E
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-87, Legal Descriptions for Lot Line Adjustments
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-120
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-86, Easements as Substitutions for Tracts
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-200
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-85, Tree Density for the RMF
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-130
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-84, Public Notice for Hearing Examiner Hearings
Code Sections: RMC 4-8-090.F
Effective Date: June 23, 2016

CI-83, Modification of Procedure to Allow for Model Homes in Subdivisions
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-240.D

Effective Date: May 31, 2016

CI-81, Outdoor Retail Vending and Storage Lockers for Package Pick-up
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080A15

Effective Date: February 29, 2016

CI-80, SEPA Exemption for Single Family Residential Construction
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-070
Effective Date: February 22, 2016

 CI-79Applicable front and side yard along a street setbacks to detached accessory structures in residential zones.
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110B
Effective Date: December 8, 2015  

Rescinded Interpretation 

CI-110, Definition of a Legal Lot
Code Section: RMC 4-11-120

Note: This code interpretation has been withdrawn based on public comment. A revised code interpretation will be forthcoming.

CI-82, Modification of Development Standards in the R-4 zone for Small Lot Cluster Developments
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A and 4-2-110D

Note: This code interpretation has been rescinded as it is similar to CI-93.

CI-29, Applicable building setbacks from utility easements or certain combined access/utility easements, and fire department turnaround (hammerhead) access easements.
Code Section: RMC 4-11-190 and 4-11-250
Note: This draft code interpretation has been withdrawn pending additional analysis and consideration of alternatives.

CI-13, Marinas as a permitted use in the R-1 zone.
Code Section: RMC 4-2-060
Note: This interpretation refers to Lake Desire within the Fairwood PAA.  The failure of the annexation vote renders this interpretation unnecessary. Therefore, on January 5, 2012, the City formally rescinded this interpretation.