Land Use

Community Development's Land Use division administers the land use regulations. San Juan County Code contains the standards and permit requirements for the use of property in the County.

Most land use regulations are in Title 18 (Unified Development Code, UDC), with some in Title 16, Land Use and Development.


The professional planners in the Land Use division process land use applications, provide staff support to the County Council, Planning Commission, Hearing Examiner, and facilitate committees working on amendments or new regulations.


Chapter 36.70 RCW      Planning Enabling Act

Chapter 36.70A RCW   Growth Management

Chapter 36.70.C RCW  Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions

Chapter 90.58 RCW      Shoreline Management Act of 1971 

Chapter 58.17 RCW      Plats -Subdivisions -Dedications 

WAC 197-11                  SEPA

SJCC 18.35                   Critical Areas References


San Juan County Code Title 18 UDC Unified Development Code
SJCC 18.30.200           Doe Bay & Westsound Interim Controls
SJCC 18.30.245 - 247  Olga Hamlet Plan
SJCC 18.30.250 - 370  Deer Harbor Hamlet Plan
SJCC 18.30.380 - 440  Orcas Village Activity Center
SJCC 18.30.450 - 453  Country Corner Island Center Plan
SJCC 18.30.460 - 700  Eastsound Subarea Plan
SJCC 18.35                  Critical Areas
SJCC 18.35.                 Fairgrounds Overlay District
SJCC 18.40.590           Personal Wireless Service Facilities
SJCC 16.36      Waldron Island Limited Development District
SJCC 16.45      Shaw Island Subarea Plan
SJCC 16.50      Open Space Program
SJCC 16.50.265  Open Space Program, Farm Ag Conservation Land