Administrative Policy & Code Interpretations

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

Draft interpretations will be posted online and public comments may be provided during a 14 day comment period following the posting. Interpretations will be issued at the end of the comment period, subject to comments received.  To appeal a determination, a written appeal accompanied by the required filing fee must be filed with the City's Hearing Examiner no more than 14 days from the date of issuance.

As Code Interpretations are codified in the Renton Municipal Code, they will be removed from this list.  If you have any questions, please contact the Staff Contact by email or (425) 430-7200.

Pending Interpretations


Interpretations On Hold

Final Interpretations

CI-184: Nonconforming Structures
Code Section: 4-10-050

CI-183: Applicability and Definitions for Building/Lot Coverage
Code Section: 4-2-110E, 4-11-020, 4-11-120

CI-169: Townhome Development in the RMF Zone 
Code Section: 4-2-110B
Effective Date: July 5, 2023

CI-182Permits Waiver Procedures 
Code Section: 4-9-250, Variances, Waivers, Modifications, and Alternates
Effective Date: March 24, 2023

CI-181: Shoreline Master Program
Code Section: 
RMC 4-3-050- Critical Areas Regulations
RMC 4-3-090- Shoreline Master Program Regulations
RMC 4-9-190, Shoreline Permits
Effective Date: February 22, 2023

CI-180: Impact Fees Applicable to Vacant Structures
Code Section: RMC 4-1-190, Impact Fees 
Effective Date: February 20, 2023

CI-179: Development Standards for Residential Zoning Designations (Primary Structures)- Minimum Tree Density
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110A, Development Standards for Residential Zoning Designations (Primary Structures)
Effective Date: February 17, 2023

CI-178: Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Siting

 RMC 4-2-110.C, Development Standards for Residential Development (Accessory Dwelling Units)
Effective Date: July 1, 2022

CI-177 Exemption for Street Standards 

Code Section: RMC 4-6-060.D.1, Street Standards
Effective Date: June 21, 2022

CI I76: Compliance with RCW 35A.21.430

Code Sections:                                         

RMC 4-2-060, Zoning Use Tables – Uses Allowed in Zoning Designations                         

RMC 4-2-080, Conditions Associated with Zoning Use Tables       
RMC 4-11-040 Definitions D       
RMC 4-11-080 Definitions H 
RMC 4-11-110 Definitions K

RMC 4-11-160 Definitions P 

RMC 4-11-200 Definitions T

Effective Date: May 23, 2022

CI-169Townhome Development in the RMF Zone
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110B
Effective Date: September 23, 2021

Residential Rental Registration and Inspection Program
Code Section: RMC 4-5-125, Residential Registration and Inspection Program
Effective Date: February 23, 2021

Enforcement of Violations of RMC 4-4-085
Code Section: RMC 4-4-085, Parking of Vehicles on Residential Property
Effective Date: February 6, 2020

pecial Administrative Fence Permit Eligibility
Code Section: RMC 4-4-040, Fences, Hedges and Retaining Walls
Effective Date: December 27, 2019

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