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Reasonable use exception - Land use permit process

A reasonable use exception (RUE) is used only when all reasonable uses of a site, as allowed by adopted zoning, is denied as result of critical areas.

Important information

Keep final plans and permits displayed on-site

Approved building, fire 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.

Reasonable Use Exceptions

Application information

A pre-application meeting is mandatory prior to filing an reasonable use exception application.

Check our online permits page to see if you can submit these forms through MyBuildingPermit

Pre-Application Meeting Request

Pre-Application Meeting Request

Critical Areas Compliance Affidavit

Form (175KB)

Applicant Status

Individual (1.06MB)

Public Agency, or Public Utility or Private Utility (1.06MB)

Corporation or Business Association (1.05MB)

Consultant Guidance, Ecological

Information (216KB)

Land Use Permit Application Form

Form (218KB)

Pre-application Waiver Request - Short Subdivision, CUP, CAAE and RUE

Form (PDF) (121KB)

Reasonable Use Exception Application: Instructions and Information

Information (93KB)

Reasonable Use Exception: Application

Form (127KB)

SEPA Checklist

Information (212KB)

SEPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Worksheet Instructions (182KB)

Workhsheet (spreadsheet) (211KB)

SEPA Only Submittal Process

Information (176KB)

Sewer Availability

Certificate of Sewer Availabilty (200KB)

Water Service Requirements

Information (867KB)

Schedule a land use inspection

King County inspects work to ensure code compliance and safety requirements.

Learn more about scheduling inspections