Development Services

Development Services Overview

Development Services administers the development codes adopted by City Council. These codes include the Subdivision, Zoning, Shoreline, Environmental, and Building Codes and are essentially the City’s “contract” to develop within the City. The development codes implement policies found in the Comprehensive Plan, Downtown Plan, Shoreline Master Program, Parks Master Program and Transportation Plan.

Development Services includes Planning and Building staff. Development Services staff provide customer service for all permit activities (related to these codes) throughout the development review process. Development Services staff are also available to the public regarding any and all questions concerning the different development code requirements.

Development Services processes over 30 different types of land use actions and permits, the most requested including:

  • Building and sign permits
  • Minor and major subdivisions
  • Boundary line adjustments 
  • Shoreline permits
  • Environmental review (under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  • Home occupation permits 
  • Temporary activity permits 
  • Special events permits 

Applications for all permits and land use actions can be found at Permit Center.

Development Services staff also participate with other staff in formulating new code provisions to implement policies as adopted by the Council and constantly researches new ways to streamline the development review process and provide friendly customer service. Development Services staff can be reached at (360) 683-4908.