Right-of-Way Use

Planning and Development Services is responsible for certain permitting activities in the county right-of-way such as: creating a driveway to a new home, building public roads in a new housing subdivision, or installing utilities such as sewer beneath a heavily traveled road.

Other types of permits and agreements such as temporary road closures, utility franchise agreements, right of way vacations and road establishments, political signs, fences, etc. are administered by the Public Works Customer Service Center.

Development Acceptance & Bond Administration

Any development project, no matter how big or small, which will encompass any work within the public’s right-of-way, is reviewed for compliance with Title 13, Snohomish County Road Ordinance, and Title 30, Snohomish County Unified Development Code. During this review process, it is determined which of these ordinances (or both) govern the project. A bond may be required from the applicant prior to permit issuance to guarantee construction, restoration, and performance of the installed facilities.

Delayed Construction of the Final Lift of Asphalt (HMA)

Applicants can request the delayed installation of the final lift of HMA on a new public or private road per PDS Director’s Rule 18- 02. Note: Delaying the final lift of HMA for frontage improvements is not allowed.

Per PDS Director’s Rule 18-02, the applicant must submit a letter of request (or email) that includes the following:

Bonding requirements are subject to Titles 13 and 30 SCC, specifically SCC 13.10.104 through 13.10.114 (Public Road) and Chapter 30.84 SCC (Private Road). For more information regarding potential project bonding requirements for proposed construction in the public right-of-way, please contact Shawn Toevs at (425) 262-2208.


County Road Utility Construction

Utility Construction Plan Requirements (PDF)

Utility Application Submittal Checklist (PDF) (Updated May 20, 2018)

Right-of-Way Use Utility Application (PDF)
Utility Pre Design Review (PDF)

EDDS Deviation for projects vested on or after September 30, 2010 (PDF)

Small Project Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

Erosion Control BMPs

Driveway (Access) Permits and Culvert Enclosure Permits

  • For work within the public right-of-way only. This permit type does not provide approval for construction on private property
  • If your property fronts on a county right-of-way and you wish to create a driveway that will connect to the public road, you must obtain a county access permit
  • If you have an existing, non-permitted driveway and no structures on your property, and are coming to the department for development permit(s), you will be required to obtain a permit to bring your driveway access up to current standards
  • If you, or a commercial logger, are performing a logging activity and the logging truck(s) will access onto a county road
  • If you will be accessing from a private road that does not exist, a right-of-way use construction permit will be required to construct the private road intersection to the county road
  • Not if you access your property from an existing private road
  • Contact 425-388-3385 for an Access / Culvert Enclosure Permit Application, the permit fee is $82.40

County Road Access Application (PDF)

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