Land Use Submittals, Preapplication Conference Requests, Consultations & Building Permit Submittals

City facilities, including City Hall, Municipal Court, and the Police Station, will remain closed to the public through at least April 10 pursuant to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. 

Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures March 25 to combat COVID-19 and released additional guidance for construction in his ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Under the Governor’s order, “construction is not considered to be an essential activity.” As a result, all construction – residential and commercial – is not authorized while the order is in place and is subject to limited exceptions. Please see the Building Department Update for more information about what activities can occur under the order and how it is impacting other essential facilities such as parks and schools on the City’s COVID page.

The City has implemented changes to its processes to allow residents to access as many City services as possible through electronic submittals, email and phone.

The Planning and Community Development Department can be reached by phone at 206-780-3750 (general line) or 206-780-3770 (planner of the day).

Appointments for submitting building and land use permits are no longer required. To schedule a consultation appointment via Skype, please email

All building and land use permits should be submitted at Additionally, planners and inspectors can continue to be reached by email and phone (see staff directory).

Emergency building inspections can be scheduled by calling 206-780-3789.


  • Consultations
  • Land Use Applications and Preapplication Conference Requests
  • Building Permit Applications

Permit specialists, planners and building inspectors are available in-person for general questions, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Staff is available by appointment only in the afternoon.  Permit submittal and consultation appointments may be made online for either a.m. or p.m. appointments.  All other types of appointments must be made directly with a staff member.