Hearing Examiner

BSRE Pt. Wells Hearing Information

November 4, 2020 – 11-101457 Pt. Wells Hearing - Public Comment – choose from the following two sessions (2 pm or 6 pm):

2:00 p.m. Zoom link:


Meeting ID: 913 0817 1535

Passcode: 470734

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6:00 p.m. Zoom link:


Meeting ID: 951 8386 0054

Passcode: 932069

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November 5, 2020 - 09:00 AM -11-101457 Pt. Wells Hearing Open Record Hearing Continued on Remand


Meeting ID: 958 6916 6536

Passcode: 894629

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November 6, 2020 – 09:00 AM - 11-101457 Pt. Wells Hearing Open Record Hearing Continued on Remand


Meeting ID: 924 6882 2415

Passcode: 737907

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November 12, 2020 – 09:00 AM - 11-101457 Pt. Wells Hearing Open Record Hearing Continued on Remand


Meeting ID: 983 6541 4659

Passcode: 110700

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November 13, 2020 - 09:00 AM - 11-101457 Pt. Wells Hearing Open Record Hearing Continued on Remand


Meeting ID: 944 8800 8807

Passcode: 609911

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About the process:

Public comments may be made by email, at the Zoom hearing, or both. Emailed comments should be sent to hearing.examiner@snoco.org and will be accepted on or before 11:59 pm on November 4, 2020.

​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 the vast majority of 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.

​Anyone interested in testifying November 4, 2020 at the 2 p.m. or 6 pm. hearing can send an email ahead of time to the Clerk at hearing.examiner@snoco.org and request to be put on a list to testify (please specify either the 2 p.m. or the 6 p.m. lists) and you will be added in the order as they are received. The Hearing Examiner will call witness from this list first then call others who have “raised their hand” during the Zoom hearing. There will be plenty of time for everyone to be heard.

The Hearing Examiner’s Office will send out the Zoom link to the parties of record for whom we have an email address. Anyone can email us requesting to be added as a party of record and to receive the Zoom links.

Until further notice, we are available by phone or appointment to serve you!
Call the clerk at 425-388-3538 with questions or to make an appointment.

The County Council appoints the administrator of the Office of Hearings Administration who also serves as the county hearing examiner. The hearing examiner provides an independent fact-finding and decision-making service for county government.


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

Land Use Division

The Land Use Division of the Planning and Development Services Department reviews and processes applications for most major land development proposals including subdivisions, rezones, conditional use permits, variances, and shoreline permits which require a hearing before the hearing examiner.

Rules of Procedure

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

Persons unfamiliar with the hearing examiner system who will be involved in a case before the examiner would benefit from reading the rules. Read the Important Notice to Hearing Participants (PDF) for more information.