Zoning and Land Use Applications

Getting Started


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)

Type A-1:

Type B:

Type C-2:

Building and Site Construction Permits


Comprehensive Plans

Sign Permits

Type C-1:

Rezones of general applicability

Boundary Line Adjustments

Major use permits

Standalone administrative interpretations

Minor amendments to planned residential developments

Shoreline permits

Dedications and vacations of public easements and rights-of-way

Home Occupations

Type C-2:

Acceptance of public improvements

Street Uses

Special uses/essential public facilities

Ordinances and other land use regulations

Endangered Species Act, shoreline, and wetland exemptions

Conditional Use Permits (CUP)


Administrative Interpretations

Major amendments to planned residential developments


Type A-2:

Preliminary Subdivisions


SEPA Threshold Determinations

Preliminary binding site plans


Endangered Species Act, shoreline, and wetland permits

Site-specific re-zones*


Preliminary Short Subdivisions

Plat alterations/vacations


Design Review

Street vacations*


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)!