PDS Public Records & Information
A public record is any state or local record relating to the conduct of government or the performance of a government function. All public records maintained by Planning and Development Services (PDS) are available for public inspection, unless the law specifically exempts them. You are entitled to access public records under reasonable conditions, and to make copies of those records upon paying the cost of making the copy. Planning and Development Services (PDS) is committed to making its public records easily accessible to the public. There are no fees associated with inspecting records. If you would like copies, Snohomish County has adopted a fee schedule.
What kinds of records are available at PDS?
PDS creates and maintains current and historical records that are related to land and property development in unincorporated Snohomish County, such as applications, site plans, house plans, and permits. Examples include:
- Permit histories organized by Property Tax Account Number
- Land use files (subdivisions, plats, short plats, boundary line adjustments, conditional use permits, zoning adjustments, etc.).
- Permits for commercial construction (townhomes, multifamily and commercial buildings)
- Permits for residential construction (homes, accessory buildings and structures)
- Permits for placement of mobile homes
- Temporary dwellings
- Land development activities (drainage and grading)
- Right of way and driveway access permits
- Bonds for stormwater and drainage facilities
- Flood hazard permits
- Forest practice permits
- Shoreline permits
- Code enforcement complaints
- Permits for underground/above ground storage tanks and removals of storage tanks
- Fire investigation reports
- Certificates of occupancy and fire code annual inspections
PDS only holds records for unincorporated Snohomish County. If you property is within a city's limits, please contact that city. To find if you are in a city or unincorporated Snohomish County, you may look up your property on the PDS Map Portal.
For simple research requests or to review files on paper and microfiche, please complete our Information Request Form. Your request will be sent to the PDS Records Room.
NOTE: The PDS Records Room is currently closed to walk-ins due to the temporary closure of county office buildings. However, PDS staff are fulfilling records and information requests electronically, and strive to review and respond to inquiries within 5 business days. We are experiencing a higher than normal volume of requests and are working as quickly as possible to get you what you need. Please do not submit duplicate requests via phone, email and one of the online forms below. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Public Records Requests
To learn more about completing a Public Records Request at Snohomish County, please visit the county's Public Disclosure Process page.
Other Records and Information
Some records and information related to the development and permitting process are located at other jurisdictions. :
- For general property, permit, or zoning information and questions, please contact Ask Permit Tech.
- For septic permits and as-built drawings for septic and well systems, please contact the Snohomish County Health District. You can search online for records through the Health District's Drainfield Awareness and Vital Education web page. If you are unable to locate the records, contact the Health District at (425) 339-5250. Additional information may be found on the Health District's public records web page.
- For hazardous spills, please contact your local Fire District.
- For sewer systems, please contact your local Sewer District.
- For electrical permits, contact Washington State Department of Labor and Industries at 425-290-1309.
Publicly Available Online Information
The county provides online access to the following resources at no cost:
- Aerial Photos
- Comprehensive Plan
- Critical Area Regulations
- Interactive Permit Map
- Land Use Permit Notices
- Permit Status Update
- Real Property Search
- Recorded Documents
- Shoreline Management Program