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What is the purpose of a zoning code variance?

The zoning code variance application process allows adjustments in the application of standards of the zoning code to a particular property.

Typically, variance requests may include reduced setbacks, lot coverage and height.

Note: As of January 1, 2005, zoning code variance applications no longer include variances to critical area buffers. See critical area alteration exception for information related to modifying critical area buffers.

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How much will it cost?

See the current fee schedule for an estimate.

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Where can I get an application?

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How do I submit my application?

A pre-application meeting is mandatory prior to filing an application for a preliminary plat or short plat. Pre-application meeting packet

See also criteria for approval in Section 21A.44.030 of the King County Code

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Legal authority

Title 21A of the King County Code

Administered by

The Department of Local Services, Permitting Division. For questions, please contact customer service at 206-296-6600 or email

Schedule a land use inspection
  • Schedule a land use inspection or if you have questions, call 206-296-6600
Keep final plans and permits displayed on-site!

Approved building and land use permits must be displayed prominently on construction and development sites.

Maintaining these records on-site is the responsibility of the applicant and/or contractor.

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