Seattle Municipal Code Table of Contents

Title 23  LAND USE CODE

This title is intended for those provisions of the Code which relate to the regulation of land use.
  • Chapters:
  • Subtitle I General Provisions
  • 23.02      Title and Purpose
  • 23.04      Applicability
  • 23.06      Amendments to the Land Use Code
  • Subtitle II Platting Requirements
  • 23.20      General Provisions
  • 23.22      Subdivisions
  • 23.24      Short Plats
  • 23.28      Lot Boundary Adjustments
  • Subtitle III Land Use Regulations
  • Division 1 Land Use Zones
  • 23.30      Zone Designations Established
  • 23.32      Land Use Maps
  • 23.34      Amendments to Official Land Use Map (Rezones)
  • Division 2 Authorized Uses andDevelopment Standards
  • 23.40      Compliance With Regulations Required—Exceptions
  • 23.41      Design Review
  • 23.42      General Use Provisions
  • 23.43      Residential Small Lot
  • 23.44      Residential, Single-Family
  • 23.45      Multi-Family
  • 23.46      Residential—Commercial
  • 23.47A    Commercial
  • 23.48      Seattle Mixed
  • 23.49      Downtown Zoning
  • 23.50      Industrial
  • 23.51A    Public Facilities in Residential Zones
  • 23.51B    Public Schools in Residential Zones
  • 23.52      Transportation Concurrency Project Review System
  • 23.53      Requirements for Streets, Alleys, and Easements
  • 23.54      Quantity and Design Standards for Access, Off-Street Parking, and Solid Waste Storage
  • 23.55      Signs
  • 23.57      Communications Regulations
  • 23.58A    Incentive Provisions
  • Division 3 Overlay Districts
  • 23.59      General Provisions
  • 23.60      Shoreline District
  • 23.61      Station Area Overlay District
  • 23.64      Airport Height Overlay District
  • 23.66      Special Review Districts
  • 23.67      Southeast Seattle Reinvestment Area
  • 23.69      Major Institution Overlay District
  • 23.71      Northgate Overlay District
  • 23.72      Sand Point Overlay District
  • 23.73      Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District
  • 23.74      Stadium Transition Area Overlay District
  • Division 4 Master Planned Communities
  • 23.75      Master Planned Communities
  • Subtitle IV Administration
  • Division 1 Land Use Approval Procedures
  • 23.76      Procedures for Master Use Permits and Council Land Use Decisions
  • 23.78      Establishment of Criteria for Joint Use or Reuse of Schools
  • 23.79      Establishment of Development Standard Departure for Public Schools
  • 23.80      Essential Public Facilities
  • Division 2 General Terms
  • 23.84A    Definitions
  • 23.86      Measurements
  • Division 3 Implementation
  • 23.88      Rules; Interpretation
  • 23.90      Enforcement of the Land Use Code
  • 23.91      Citation—Hearings—Penalties
Severability: The Land Use Code is declared to be severable. If any section, subsection, paragraph, clause or other portion of any part adopted by reference is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of the remaining portions of the Land Use Code. If any section, subsection, paragraph, clause or any portion is adjudged invalid or unconstitutional as applied to a particular property, use, building or other structure, the application of such portion of the Land Use Code to other property, uses or structures shall not be affected.
(Ord. 110381 § 1(part), 1982.)
Introduction: User Information
The Land Use Code contains provisions typically associated with determining what use may be made of a person's property. It is organized in subtitles which describe the general provisions of Title 23 (Subtitle I), incorporate City approvals necessary for the division of land (Subtitle II), detail the establishment of zones and the use regulations and development standards applicable within zones (Subtitle III) and coordinate the administrative and enforcement procedures necessary to implement the land use regulations (Subtitle IV).
While the provisions of Title 23 are integrated and extensive, they do not include all requirements conceivably related to development. For example, with the exception of the coordination of environmental review requirements in the Master Use Permit process, those regulations detailing construction specifications, i.e., building, grading, drainage, etc., are set forth in Title 22, "Building and Construction Codes." Landmark districts and landmark preservation provisions are found in Title 25. The City's SEPA ordinance and environmentally critical areas ordinance are also set forth in Title 25.
(Ord. 110381 § 1(part), 1982.)