The Right-of-Way Use members of the Permitting Division are responsible for permitting activities in the county's road rights-of-way such as: creating a driveway to a new home, building future public roads in a new housing subdivision, or installing miles of sewer main deep beneath a heavily traveled paved road.
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
Developers who choose, and receive County approval, to delay the construction of the final lift of asphalt on a new public or private road are required to post a Performance Security in conformance with County code and PDS Director's Rule 18-02. Delaying the final lift for frontage improvements is not allowed. The amount of the Performance Security is based on the County's anticipated cost of having to complete the work and is determined by completing a worksheet.
- Snohomish County Worksheet for Determining Final Lift Bond Amount (PDF)
- Temporary Construction Easement (PDF)
- PDS Director's Rule 18-02
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 Application Submittal Checklist (PDF) (Updated May 20, 2018)
EDDS Deviation for projects vested on or after September 30, 2010 (PDF)
Small Project Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
- SWPPP for Small Projects (PDF)
- Preparing a Small Project SWPPP (PDF)
- Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Small Project SWPPP (PDF)
- Small Project SWPPP Narrative Submittal Form (PDF)
- Small Project SWPPP BMPs (PDF)
- SWPPP BMPs – Do's and Don'ts (PDF)
- Snohomish County Drainage Manual (PDF), Appendix I-F. SWPPP submittal requirements for Small Projects Pursuant to SCC 30.63A.810.
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