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Community Development
From the Director
“To many in the community, the Department of Community Development is ‘the office that makes plans, issues permits, and enforces codes.’ To the staff, the department exists primarily to create opportunity, promote healthy social, physical and economic environments, and help the community achieve its quality of life expectations. Our mission is to enable the community’s well-being and to help our citizens be successful in all ways.”

Chris Hugo
Director of Community Development

The Department of Community Development provides a broad and diverse range of services to the community, ranging from everyday needs such as animal control to managing the community’s planning activities that determine Sequim’s long-term growth and development. Whether the topic is neighborhood character, economic development, environmental preservation, housing, efficient means of moving about, or just about any other aspect of the community’s development and activity, the Department of Community Development likely has some degree of responsibility.

Our Responsibility to You
Like all city departments, the department holds a high value in customer service. Everyone who walks in the door, calls, or emails is a customer. Staff members see it is their duty to provide a helpful response to every customer inquiry, request, and application received.

If we know something that will answer a need, solve a problem, or help a project application, it is our responsibility to offer it - and we do so with a smile!

Services Provided
  • Comprehensive Planning
    • Growth / Long-Range Planning
    • Subarea and Neighborhood Planning
    • Environmental Planning, Including Shorelines and Critical Areas
    • Topical Planning Such as Economic Development, Parks, and Pathways
  • Development Services
    • Land Use Permits: Rezones, Conditional Uses, Variances
    • Special Event and Temporary (Seasonal) Use Permits
    • Subdivisions
    • Environmental Review
    • Shorelines Use Permits
    • Site Plan Review
    • Building Permits and Inspections
    • Design Review
  • Code Compliance
    • Nuisance Abatement
    • Zoning Code Enforcement
    • Animal Control
  • Education and Information

Chris Hugo

Chris Hugo

Director of Community Development

152 W. Cedar Street
Sequim, WA 98382

Ph: (360) 683-4908
Fx: (360) 681-0552

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm