RV Campground Zones
Both King and Snohomish Counties require that recreational vehicle permanent residence campgrounds be at least 2 acres, have a maximum gross density of one recreational vehicle space per 1,000 square feet of land area, and the recreational space shall be at least 8% of the total site area. All recreational vehicle campgrounds in King and in Snohomish Counties are expected to comply with the rules and regulations of the Washington State Board of Health. Snohomish County permits recreational vehicles in zones RD, RRT-10, R-5, F, F&R, A-10, SA1, RC, and RU.
Conditions: King County & Snohomish Counties
- Approvals for the building of a recreational vehicle permanent residence campground in King County and Snohomish Counties are done by several entities, including the city’s development review committee, the planning commission, and the city council.
- Both Counties require that recreational vehicle permanent residence campground should be at least 2 acres, have a maximum gross density of one recreational vehicle space per 1,000 square feet of land area, and the recreational space shall be at least 8% of the total site area.
- The recreational space should be easy to access and well-managed to provide sufficient recreational facilities for the residents of the campground. The minimum side-to-side spacing between units shall be at least 8 feet and the end-to-end spacing between units shall be at least 10 feet.
- There shall be at least one off-street parking space for each recreational vehicle space and for each three recreational vehicle spaces, there shall be one guest parking. The campground shall provide for pedestrian walkways of at least 4 feet width and the walkways will be hard-surfaced, well-drained, and well lighted.
- Campground owners shall be required to beautify the ground by landscaping and they will also be required to minimize noise and visual problems. Recreational vehicles shall be allowed on a given campground for at most 90 days per year and no external appurtenances shall be attached to any recreational vehicle while it is in the campground.
- The campground owners shall be expected to establish a solid waste disposal system and provide several utilities, including water supply, sewage disposal system, sanitary stations, and electrical supply system.
- All recreational vehicle campgrounds shall comply with the rules and regulations of the Washington State Board of Health.
- Campground owners will ensure the camp is quiet between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and manage dogs running at large outside of the campground. Each campground will be expected to have a full-time resident manager on site.
- The recreational vehicle park application procedure can be found here.
Permitted Zones in King County
- Information on the zones in King County where recreational enterprises, including RV campgrounds, are permitted can be found here.
- The list of open spaces in King County that are potential sites for recreational vehicle permanent residence campground can be found here.
Permitted Zones in Snohomish County
- Information provided on Snohomish County’s website indicated that recreational vehicles are permitted in zones RD, RRT-10, R-5, F, F&R, A-10, SA1, RC, and RU. The map showing the zones can be found here.
To find the zoning maps that show where the permitted zones are located in King County, your research team made an in-depth search on various websites, including the King County website and the Code Publishing website. The team was not able to locate the zoning map for King County and we thought this was because this information was not publicly available. We decided to use maps showing open spaces and recreation sites in King County as an indication of the permitted zones