Hearing Examiner


Before the pandemic, hearings and proceedings were conducted in person in the hearing room on the first floor of the Robert J. Drewel Building on the county campus, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, Washington. During most of the pandemic, hearings and proceedings were conducted electronically on the Zoom platform. Conducting proceedings in this way not only allowed hearings to be conducted safely from a public health perspective, but also allowed witnesses and community members to participate or view the proceedings more conveniently, without having to travel to the hearing room, taking time off from work to travel, or arranging for child-care.

The Hearing Examiner will conduct most hearings in a hybrid format. In other words, proceedings will be conducted simultaneously in-person and on Zoom. This hybrid format will maximize the public’s opportunity to view or participate in the proceedings. The county upgraded the audio/visual systems in the hearing room to allow people to watch or participate in person and on Zoom.


Always check this page or the notice issued by the Planning and Development Services Department for information regarding a specific hearing. Unanticipated circumstances may require us to vary from this normal process. 


If you have suggestions, ideas, or comments, please let us know by dropping a note to Hearing.Examiner@snoco.org or calling 425.388.3538. 


Information for each event, including Zoom links, will be posted one week prior.

When: Feb 29, 2024 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: 23-112014 CUP Venema Family Garage

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Or Telephone:  206 337 9723 US (Seattle)

Webinar ID: 867 1837 2234

Passcode: 130249

About the process for public comment:

Public comments may be made by email or at the hearing. Emailed comments should be sent to hearing.examiner@snoco.org

Please note that all public comments are public records subject to disclosure per the Public Records Act. Commenters’ contact information is also a public record and may be subject to disclosure upon request. We will assume you wish to receive future notices from the Office of Hearings Administration at the email address you used to log in to the hearing. If you wish, you may: (1) ask that we send you notices by US mail instead of email or (2) give us a email address to use different from the one with which you logged into the hearing.


The Hearing Examiner reads and listens carefully to all public comments. Comments repeating points made by others should be brief (e.g., “what they said about this issue—me too!” is sufficient.) This is not an election, comments are not votes, and the decision will not turn on how many public comments support a particular position. Commenters should be considerate of other people wishing to comment by keeping their comments brief and to the point. A few minutes should be sufficient for most speakers. The Hearing Examiner prefers not to establish a hard time limit for all parties, but will manage the time to maximize public participation without repetition.


Although you do not have to do so, you may an email the Clerk before a hearing at hearing.examiner@snoco.org to request that you be placed on the list to comment. You will be added in the order received. The Hearing Examiner will call witnesses from this list first then call others who have indicated they wish to testify. Everyone who wants to comment will be heard.


IMPORTANT: Only emails and attachments sent to Hearing.Examiner@snoco.org will be added to the record. Emails and attachments will NOT be added to the record if sent to an individual person in the Office of Hearings Administration. Emails and attachments sent to individual clerks are difficult to track and process efficiently and accurately.

We are available by email at hearing.examiner@snoco.org or phone 425-388-3538 to serve you! 


The Hearing Examiner’s primary responsibility is to provide a fair, impartial, and independent fact-finding and decision-making service within county government. The hearing examiner has jurisdiction over a wide range of subject matter, including many types of land use applications and appeals, such as:

  • Most rezones
  • Subdivisions
  • Planned residential developments
  • Conditional use permits
  • Code enforcement appeals
  • Administrative permit appeals
  • State Environmental Policy Act appeals
  • False alarm notice appeals
  • Business and animal license appeals
  • Violations of the animal code (title 9 SCC)
  • Solid waste enforcement appeals

Rules of Procedure

Proceedings before the Hearing Examiner are governed by a combination of county code provisions and a set ofRules of Procedure (PDF). The rules cover topics such as pre-hearing procedural requirements, exhibit handling, hearing procedures, withdrawal of applications and appeals, etc.

Persons unfamiliar with the hearing examiner system will benefit from reading the rules prior to participating in a hearing.