Reasonable use exception (RUE)
What is the purpose of a reasonable use exception?
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.
How much will it cost?
See the Permitting Department current fee schedule for an estimate.
Where can I get an application?
- Refer to the Reasonable Use Exceptions Packet for application materials.
- Request an application packet by mail by calling the Permitting Department 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 a reasonable use exception application. The application must be filed in person at the Permitting Customer Service Center. An appointment with Permitting staff is required to file the application. Call 206-296-6797 to schedule the appointment. For more information, refer to Applying for a Permit at the Permitting Department.
What is the timeline for processing a reasonable use exception?
Decision type 2: 120 days.
Notes / Comments
For more information:
Section 21A.24.070* of the King County Code
The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.
For questions, please contact Permitting Department customer service at 206-296-6600.
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