|Please see “What permit do I need?” below to begin the permitting process.
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What Permit do I need?
Do I need a construction permit or a land use permit?
What is a Construction permit?
Construction permits cover projects involving site development, construction and renovation of commercial buildings, tenant space construction or remodel for businesses, and construction work for residential buildings.
Construction permits include:
• Public Works (Right of Way)
• Special Events
• Wireless – Construction Permits + Eligible Facilities Modifications.
Please access the Construction Permit Portal above for more information and to submit a Construction permit application.
What is a Land Use permit?
Land Use permits can be required by the city’s Zoning Code to ensure that proposed use and improvement of property meets zoning and other requirements found in the code. Essentially, land use permits are not permits for construction; they are approvals for land development, designs and uses for future building construction.
Land Use permits include but are not limited to the following:
• Critical Areas Permits
• Design Review
• Short Plats/Subdivisions
• Tree Permit
• Wireless – Land Use (Substantial Change + Macrofacilities))
Please access the Land Use Permit Portal above for more information and to submit a Land Use permit application.
Grading may take place under one of two permits:
• Right-of-Way (Public Works) permit
• Construction (Development) permit
Right-of-Way Use (Public Works (PW/PWF)) Permit
Grading that is incidental to a Right-of-Way (ROW) permit (construction of access road, installation of
utilities, common areas, etc.) may be applied for under a ROW permit.
Construction (Development (D)) Permit
Grading that takes place entirely on private property, such as foundation grading, retaining walls, etc., and
will not involve work that would require a ROW permit would be applied for as part of a Construction
permit. This scope of work may be combined with the primary project (such as the construction of a house)
or applied for as a separate permit.
For more information please see our Grading Checklist.
The pre-application process is to provide the City’s Development Review Team an opportunity to review the nature of the proposed development, application and permit requirements, fees, review process and schedule, applicable plans, policies, and regulations. It is not an exhaustive review of all potential issues and shall not bind or prohibit the City’s future application or enforcement of all applicable laws.
The Development Review Committee (DRC) meets every Tuesday afternoon. Two time slots are available for pre-application meetings on a first-come first-serve basis, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Your pre-application must be completed online and submittal documents uploaded eleven (11) days prior to the meeting (Friday, 4:00 p.m. deadline). The application fee must be paid prior to the meeting being scheduled.
Use the Land Use Permits portal to apply for a pre-application.
Here are a few links that may help you:
How to Apply
HOW TO APPLY
- Login to Online Portal
- Choose Permit Types and Subtypes
- Apply Document Standards and Attach Documents
- Make a Payment
- Revision-Deferred Submittal Form
- Correction-Incomplete Submittal Form
- Affidavit in Lieu of Contractor Registration
- Owner Affidavit and Hold Harmless (for use with Planning applications)
- Construction – Development Permit Fees 2023
- Fire Permit Fees
- Land Use Permit Fees 2023
- Public Works (PW) Permit Fees 2023
- Wireless Communication Facility Permit Fees
IMPACT AND CONCURRENCY FEES
Schedule your inspection
Building, Fire, and Public Works Permit Inspections
All Building, Fire, or Public Works inspections must be scheduled online prior to 5:00 PM for next day, or for the next available inspection.
Planning inspections must be requested at least three days in advance. Planning staff will coordinate to confirm the inspection and may request to re-schedule based upon staff availability.
For detailed steps on how to schedule your inspection, please view the instructions below.
To request inspections during OFF HOURS, please fill out this form.
Permit Activity Reports
2023 Permit Activity Reports
Permit Center Hours
Phone, email, and virtual appointment assistance hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
In-person assistance hours
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Permit Center Address
6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188
☏ (206) 431-3670
Fax: (206) 431-3665
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