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

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

CI-162Rear Yard Setback from Alley
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A, 4-2-110E
Comment Period ends at 5:00pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2020

Animal Retail Sales Including Dogs and Cats
Code Section: RMC 4-4-010K
Comment Period ends at 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Interpretations On Hold

CI-132, Restricted Hours of Operation for Mobile Food Vendors
Code Sections: RMC 4-9-140

Definition of a Hedge
Code Sections: RMC 4-11-080

, Commercial/Office and Residential Thresholds in the COR Zone
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-2-080

Final Interpretations

CI-160Revocable Right of Way Permit Fee Reference
Code Section: RMC 9-2-4
Effective Date: October 30, 2020  

Minimum Dimensions for Open Space
Code Section: RMC 4-2-115
Effective Date: October 30, 2020

Warehousing and Distribution
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-060 and 4-11-230
Effective Date: October 30, 2020

, Nonconforming Structures v. Nonconforming Sites
Code Section: RMC 4-11-140
Effective Date: October 13, 2020

CI-156, Enforcement of Violations of RMC 4-4-085
Code Section: RMC 4-4-085
Effective Date: February 6, 2020

CI-155, Definition of "Townhouse"
Code Section: RMC 4-11-040
Effective Date: January 22, 2020

Special Administrative Fence Permit Eligibility
Code Section: RMC 4-4-040
Effective Date: December 27, 2019

Administrative Fee for the Collection of School Impact Fees
Code Section: RMC 4-1-190 and 4-1-210
Effective Date: September 16, 2019

Applicability of RMC 4-4-055, Short Term Rentals
Code Section: RMC 4-4-055
Effective Date: September 16, 2019

, Slotted Drain Usage
Code Sections: RMC 4-4-080
Effective Date: July 8, 2018

Preschool and Daycare Permissibility
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-080
Effective Date: February 14, 2019

Downtown Window Transparency
Code Sections: RMC 4-3-100.E.5
Effective Date: February 14, 2019

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