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Zoning Code Interpretations

What is an interpretation?

This page contains official administrative interpretations of the City of Auburn’s code by the Planning Director in accordance with Auburn City Code (ACC) Section 18.02.060. An interpretation is a formal decision made by the Planning Director who is authorized to interpret words, phrases, and sentences in order to determine the meaning, application, or intent of any development regulation in the city code. Interpretations can be initiated by staff or through an application process and are made in accordance with the intent and purpose of zoning regulations and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. 

Previous Interpretations

MIS10-0015 – 2010-12-15 – ACC 18.69 (PDF)
Interpretation of the definition of “lot coverage” as it applies to alley access (alley-loaded) lots of less than 2,900 square feet within the approved Planned Unit Development (PUD) zone.

MIS12-0004 – 2012-3-30 – ACC 18.04.914 (PDF)
Interpretation of the Wireless Communications Facilities (WCF) code in relation to existing non-conforming wireless communication facilities and the ability to add additional antennas and up to a 50 percent expansion of ground equipment. 

MIS13-0005 – 2013-08-08 – ACC 18.21.010(F) (PDF)
Interpretation of the zoning code provision for “Lot Averaging”, and specifically the ability to apply this code section to other R-1 zoned properties not located within the “Lea Hill (zoning) Overlay”.

MIS14-0003 – 2014-05-09 – ACC 16.10.100(E)(2)(A) (PDF)
Interpretation of the critical areas code for prohibiting alteration of Class IV landslide hazard areas.

MIS14-0004 – 2014-06-20 – ACC 18.23.030 (PDF)
Interpretation of the uses allowed in the City's C-1 Light Commercial zone, specifically the regulations regarding educational uses allowed in the C-1 zone. 

MIS14-0012 – 2014-12-17 – ACC 18.23.030 (PDF)
Interpretation of the zoning code for permitted uses in the C-2 Central Business District Zone and whether a warehousing and distribution project proposal is a permitted use.

MIS15-0008 – 2015 -09-30 – ACC 18.07 (PDF)
Interpretation of the City's R-7 Residential Zone regarding multiple dwelling units.

MIS16-0009 – 2016 -04-01 – ACC 18.04.810, 811, 818 & 18.31.070 (PDF)
Interpretation of allowances for HVAC equipment and property setbacks on residential developed properties.

MIS16-0020 – 2016-12-07 – ACC 18.07 (PDF)
Interpretation of the zoning code provisions for "Enhanced Services Facility" in the R-5 Residential Zone. 

MIS16-0021  - 2016-10-12 - Title 15, Title 18, & Title 13 (PDF)
Interpretation to establish the method of reviewing and when appropriate, authorizing the placement of storage containers.

MIS16-0026 – 2016 -12-07 – ACC 18.04 & 18.23 (PDF)
Interpretation of the City's various commercial and industrial zones that can be utilized for commercial vehicle storage as a stand-alone use.

Submittal Process

To file an interpretation submit the Master Land Use Application form and a written justification letter. The review process may take up to 30-60 days. The master land use application can be obtained from the City of Auburn Forms page.

The request should clearly identify the related project, the code provision subject to interpretation, and the specific question you want the City of Auburn to address.

Please submit the form and payment according to the instructions on the form.  For payment fees and schedules visit the City of Auburn Forms page.

Still need help?

If you have any questions, City of Auburn Planning Services staff are an excellent resource for help. We can be reached via email or at 253-931-3090. Please put the nature of your inquiry in the subject line, and include the parcel number or address of the site (if applicable) and your contact information in the email.