Zoning and Land Use Applications
Be advised, these pages are under construction. Please contact staff for specific questions.
Now that you have discussed your project with Staff, you probably have a broader understanding of what to expect. The question now is, what's next?
As outlined in step 1, we will let you know which type of application is needed for your project. From there it is up to the applicant to submit a complete application.
Administrative (Department Director)
Quasi-Judicial (Hearing Examiner)
Legislative (City Council and/or Planning Commission)
Rezones of general applicability
Major use permits
Standalone administrative interpretations
Minor amendments to planned residential developments
Dedications and vacations of public easements and rights-of-way
Acceptance of public improvements
Ordinances and other land use regulations
Endangered Species Act, shoreline, and wetland exemptions
Major amendments to planned residential developments
Endangered Species Act, shoreline, and wetland permits
Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP)
*Can recommend only. Final decision is made by City Council in accordance with RCW 35A.63.170 and 35.79.030
Determining fees can be a complicated process. There are multiple fees associated with the project along the way, and from this point on, there will be fees. Please see SMC 3.68 for our fee chart.
Applications for subdivisions is one of our most common cases, so as an example, here is what the process would look like after the pre-application conference:
- Once the application is received (and before it gets reviewed by staff), you will be invoiced. Fees for a subdivision and other planning cases are outlined in SMC Chapter 3.68 and include:
- $3,000 +$75 per lot
- $1,170 + hourly after 18hrs for Engineering review
- Actual cost for noticing in the newspaper and mailings
- $4,000 Hearing Examiner
- $350 SEPA/EIS (if applicable)
- Third party review fees (as applicable)
Your application and submittals would be reviewed by Community Development and Public Works staff in accordance with SMC 17.12.020.
If the subdivision application is approved, you are ready to start applying for your site construction permit (step 3)!