Q: What’s the zoning of my property?
A: You can use CityMap, an interactive mapping tool, to find out the zoning designation, future land use designation, and other property information for parcels in Yakima. CityMap allows you to search by parcel number, site address, property owner last name, or organization name.
Q: I own property in Yakima and want to know how I can use it. What uses are allowed on my property?
A: Please review the Permitted Land Uses chapter of the Yakima Municipal Code (YMC 15.04). Once you know what zoning district your property is in, you can examine Table 4-1 in this chapter to see what uses are allowed in that district and what level of review would be required. Uses that are not permitted in that district will have a blank box. We encourage you to submit a pre-application meeting request to better understand what the requirements may be for the land use that you have in mind.
Q: What are the dimensions of my lot and where are my property lines?
A: The Planning Division does not keep record of exact property lines and lot dimensions for properties within the city. This information should be obtained through a title report or by hiring a professional land surveyor to mark where the property lines are. For estimations of lot sizes, you may use the measuring tool on CityMap. The County Assessor’s website also has estimated lot size information.
Q: I’m putting up a fence on my property – how tall can it be?
A: Fence height and location are governed by the Site Design and Improvement Standards chapter of the Municipal Code (YMC 15.05). Contact us if you need any clarification of these requirements.
- Figure 5-1 Typical Residential Fence Location (click on picture to view larger image)
Q: I want to add on to my home or other structure, or want to build a new structure on my property – what are the setback requirements?
A: Requiring structures to be set back a certain distance from property lines, easements, and right-of-ways helps to ensure safety and privacy. These regulations can be found in the Site Design and Improvement Standards chapter of the Municipal Code (YMC 15.05). Please contact the Code Administration for questions related to building permits.
Q: What regulations do I need to follow for putting up an accessory structure?
A: Setback requirements for accessory structures such as garages and sheds can be found in the Site Design and Improvement Standards chapter of the Municipal Code (YMC 15.05). Accessory dwelling units are addressed in YMC 15.09.045. Contact the Code Administration to see if a building permit is required based on the size of the structure.
Q: What kind of animals can I have on my property and how many am I allowed to have?
A: Please review the definitions that are provided in Title 15 of the Yakima Municipal Code for terms such as “pet” (see also YMC 15.04.060 (D)), “animal husbandry” (see Table 4-1 Permitted Land Uses and YMC 15.09.070), “domestic farm animal”, and “domestic farm animal – pet”, to help determine what the regulations are for the types of animals you wish to keep on your property.
Q: How does the City of Yakima regulate marijuana uses?
A: Regulations for marijuana retail, processing, production, and research are outlined in the Special Development Standards chapter of the Yakima Municipal Code (YMC 15.09).
Q: Can I have a well on my property?
A: The Yakima Municipal Code imposes lot size requirements that must be met in order to have a well (individual water system). See the table in YMC 15.05.030 for these requirements. If your lot does in fact meet the requirements in the table, you will need to contact the Yakima County Health District, who ultimately makes the decision. The Health District may determine that a larger area is necessary for the safe installation of approved water supply.
Yakima County Health District: (509) 575-4040
You may also find the resources on the Yakima County Health District’s website to be helpful in regards to wells: http://www.yakimacounty.us/340/Drinking-Water
Q: Can I have my own septic system on my property?
A: The Yakima Municipal Code imposes lot size requirements that must be met in order to have your own septic system. See the table in YMC 15.05.030 for these requirements. If your lot does in fact meet the requirements in the table, you will need to contact the Yakima County Health District, who ultimately makes the decision. The Health District may determine that a larger area is necessary for the safe installation of the sewage system.
Yakima County Health District: (509) 575-4040
You may find the information about septic systems on the Yakima County Health District website to be useful http://www.yakimacounty.us/335/Septic-Systems
Q: How can I report a zoning code violation?
A: Contact Code Compliance at (509) 576-6657, stop by the Codes/Permitting counter during business hours to make a complaint in person, or submit a Yak Back request. See the Code Compliance webpage for more info.
Note regarding other permits and licenses:
For questions related to business licenses (and renewals) or permits not referenced here, please visit the Code Administration website or contact them at (509) 575-6126 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (509) 575-6183 or email to email@example.com for any questions you may have.
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