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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.

How much will it cost?

See the Permitting Department's current fee schedule for an estimate.

Where can I get an application?

  • Refer to the Zoning Code Variances Packet for application materials
  • Request an application packet by mail by calling the Permitting Department's customer service at 206-296-6600 or
  • Pick up an application packet at the Permitting Department in Snoqualmie (see map and directions).

How do I submit my application?

See information on pre-applications as a pre-application meeting is required prior to filing an application for a zoning code variance. For more information, refer to the individual application forms in the packets above and to Applying for a Permit at the Permitting Department.

What is the timeline for processing a zoning code variance?

Decision type 2: 120 days.

Notes / Comments

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Legal authority

Title 21A of the King County Code

Administered by

The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review. For questions, please contact customer service at 206-296-6600.