Permits handled by the planning department, called land use permits, range from new subdivisions to sign permits to construction in critical areas. As a general rule of thumb, you probably need a land use permit or need to comply with the land use codes if your project involves any of the following activities. If you call the department at (253) 851-6170, a planner will help you determine if a land use permit is needed.
Land use permits or compliance with City codes are most likely required for:
- Adding floor area
- Adding or changing signs
- Altering or modifying a façade of a building or any other visible element of a building
- Building a deck, retaining wall, gazebo, trellis, swimming pool, etc.
- Changes of use; establishment, expansion or alteration of the use of land or building
- Creating, combining, removing, or modifying property lines (lots of record)
- Doing any exterior work within 200 feet of the shoreline
- Establishing a new business; expanding a business
- Installing a heat pump, fence, storage shed, etc.
- Installing impervious surfaces (sidewalks, plazas, parking lots, etc.)
- Installing or changing a telecommunication device
- Modifying critical areas and their buffers
- Modifying landscaping, common areas, plazas, or vegetation retention areas
- Modifying parking lot layouts or parking lot landscaping
- Modifying stormwater facilities/ponds
- Planning an outside event on private commercial property
- Remodeling a building
- Removing a building
- Removing of trees or ground cover from, or grading any undeveloped or partially developed land, public or private in the city
To submit a Planning/Land Use Permit
Online Permit Services
Please view the Public Permit Portal for permit information, to check permit status and schedule inspections.