Step 6 - Permitting
6.1 KNOW YOUR PROPERTY AND INFORMATION: Before you apply for your permits, you will need to know basic information on land use and permitting constraints.
- Review Zoning to ensure your project is allowed
- Gather your Property Basics so you have the information to submit your permits
- Review Common Considerations to identify issues that may impact your project costs and timelines
Verify that your project is allowed in your zone by reviewing the chart below. Visit Kennewick’s Zoning Map to identify your property zone if uncertain.
|Residential Land Use Categories|
Historic, Mixed Use
uses and structures
* Subject to KMC 18.42 and may require additional reviews and approval.
Use Kennewick’s Parcel Map to identify basic information about your site. You will need this information when you submit your plans and permitting applications. The parcel maps will help you find your:
Most residential projects are impacted by one or more of the below conditions. Review the most common issues that may impact your residential project in the table below and where to find information for guidance.
Structures are typically not approved in easements
Visit the Benton County Auditor’s office or perform a search of their document database for instructions on researching property easements.
Buffers are generally required near critical areas
Review Kennewick Municipal Code Section 18.58.080 to identify if your project may be impacted by critical areas regulations.
Setbacks and Lot Requirements
Determined by the property zoning
Click the Table of Residential Site Development Standards to review setback and lot requirements.
CC & Rs
May include height, fencing, paint color restrictions
Covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC & Rs) are often revealed in a title search through the County Assessor. Most neighborhoods with CC & Rs have these documents on their homeowner’s association website for your review.
Need more help?
In addition to zoning and common considerations, other site conditions may determine which approval or permit is required. Kennewick’s planning division is always happy to help. Contact the City of Kennewick Planning Division at 509-585-4280 for specific questions about your project requirements.
These tools are provided for guidance purposes and should not be used as a substitute for codes and regulations. The user is responsible for compliance with all requirements, regardless of whether they are referred to or contained within these documents.