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City facilities, including City Hall, Municipal Court, and the Police Station, will remain closed to the public through July 20th 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).

Beginning Monday, May 4, Planning and Community Development (PCD) will require appointments for consultations, as well as, the submittal of building and land use permits to make the process more efficient for staff and applicants. Phone appointments for consultations and submitting building and land use permits can be made here.

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The Citizen Self Service Center allows you to do the following online:

  • Check the status of a permit
  • Apply for a permit (some restrictions apply)
  • Schedule an inspection
  • View inspection schedule
  • Pay permit fees

Adopted Codes

Please note that both the 2015 Building Code (PDF) and the 2015 Fire Code (PDF) are effective July 1, 2016. The complete list of adopted codes are:

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2012 International Fire Code (IFC)
  • 2015 International Fuel and Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)


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