The purpose of this Section is to designate, preserve, protect, enhance, and perpetuate those sites, buildings, districts, structures, and objects which reflect significant elements of Renton’s cultural, ethnic, social, economic, political, architectural, aesthetic, archaeological, engineering, historic, and other heritage; to foster civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past; to stabilize and improve the economic values and vitality of landmarks; to protect and enhance Renton’s tourist industry by promoting heritage-related tourism; to assist, encourage, and provide incentives to public and private owners to preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and use landmark buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects; and to work cooperatively with other jurisdictions to identify, evaluate, and protect historic resources in furtherance of the purposes of this chamber.


No historic resource may proceed through the nomination procedure of King County Code 20.62.050 until the City has approved the historic resource for nomination. Approval shall be from the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Council. Documentation of City approval shall be provided as part of the nomination submitted to King County.


The City may require payment from the property owner or applicant for fees paid by the City to King County for service(s) conducted on behalf of a property owner or applicant by King County.


The following sections of Chapter 20.62 King County Code (“KCC”) are incorporated by reference herein and made part of this chapter:

1. KCC 20.62.020, Definitions, except as follows:

a. Subsection H is changed to read: “Director” is the Administrator of the Department of Community and Economic Development, or designee.

b. Add subsection Z: “Council” is the City of Renton City Council.

2. KCC 20.62.040, Designation Criteria, except that the reference to King County is changed to read City of Renton.

3. KCC 20.62.050, Nomination Procedure, except that subsection A is amended to add a sentence at the end of the paragraph to read: All nomination requests shall include property owner written consent and City of Renton approval, without such consent and approval King County will not accept the nomination request.

4. KCC 20.62.070, Designation Procedure, except that references to King County are changed to City of Renton.

5. KCC 20.62.080, Certificate of Appropriateness Procedure, except the last sentence of subsection A.

6. KCC 20.62.100, Evaluation of Economic Impact.

7. KCC 20.62.110, Appeal Procedure, except that appeals shall be filed with the City of Renton City Clerk for decision by the Renton Hearing Examiner.

8. KCC 20.62.130, Penalty for Violation of Section 20.62.080.

9. KCC 20.62.140 Special Valuation for Historic Properties, except that the reference to King County in subsection C is changed to City of Renton.


1. The King County Landmarks Commission (“Commission”), established pursuant to Chapter 20.62 KCC, is hereby designated and empowered to act as the landmarks commission for the City of Renton pursuant to the provisions of this section.

2. The Mayor with Council confirmation shall appoint the special member of the Commission, provided for in KCC 20.62.030. The special member shall have a demonstrated interest and competence in historic preservation. The appointment shall be made for a three (3) year term. The special member shall serve until his or her successor is duly appointed and confirmed. In the event of a vacancy, an appointment shall be made to fill the vacancy in the same manner and with the same qualifications as if at the beginning of the term, and the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold the position for the remainder of the unexpired term. The special member may be reappointed but may not serve more than two (2) consecutive, three (3) year terms. A special member shall be deemed to have served one full term, if that special member resigns at any time after appointment or if the special member serves more than two (2) years of an unexpired term. The special member of the Commission shall serve without compensation (except for out of pocket expenses incurred in connection with Commission meetings or programs). The City will reimburse expenses incurred by the member.

3. The Commission shall file its rules and regulations, including procedures consistent with this section, with the City Clerk. (Ord. 5855, 8-14-17)