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 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-175Open Space Standards – Cottages 
Code Section: RMC 4-2-115
Effective Date: January 19, 2022

Definition of Adult Family Home

Code Section: RMC 4-11-010, Definitions

Effective Date: September 23, 2021

CI-169: Townhome Development in the RMF Zone
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110B

Effective Date: September 23, 2021

 CI-168, Reasonable Accommodations and Reasonable Modifications in Residential Housing
Code Section: RMC
Effective Date: June 21, 2021

Secondary Front Yards for Residential Accessory Structures
Code Section: RMC 4-2-110B
Effective Date: June 21, 2021

Design Districts Applicability
Code Section: RMC 4-3-100B
Effective Date: April 2, 2021

Lot line Adjustment Principles of Acceptability
Code Section: RMC 4-7-060B
Effective Date: April 2, 2021

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

Shared Driveway Standards
Code Section: RMC 4-6-060J
Effective Date: February 19, 2021

Rear Yard Setback from Alley
Code Sections: RMC 4-2-110A, 4-2-110E
Effective Date: March 1, 2021

Revocable 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
Resolved by Docket #D-192

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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