Permitting

Snohomish County Planning and Development Services (PDS) is responsible for reviewing and issuing a wide variety of permits and land use applications, including: residential and commercial building permits, boundary line adjustments, subdivisions, driveway aprons to the right-of-way, clearing and grading, public events, firework stands, and others. PDS strives to make the permitting process as painless and as easy to understand as possible.

The permit(s) you will need depends on what you are trying to do, as there are many factors to consider for different types of land use and construction. Click on the links below for more detailed information about each topic area. Once you know what forms and checklists you will need, you can begin your permit process.

How do I apply for a permit?

PDS is now paperless! This means that all application materials should be submitted electronically, if possible.  There are two ways you can apply for permit at PDS:

  1. Submit online at My Building Permit.com. For more information, refer to our online permitting page.
  2. Submit in our office on a first-come first-serve basis.  Please bring electronic documents on a flash drive, or you can bring in paper which we will scan for you.  

First time submitting? Need help?

Figuring out which permit and/or which materials you need to submit can be challenging. PDS is committed to helping its customers through the submission and review process.  If you would like help figuring out what permit(s) and materials you will need, please complete the online Ask Permit Tech form or call 425-388-3311 and we will respond to you with guidance on how to proceed.