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The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review's Permit Center provides up to 15 minutes of free information to walk-in customers on a first-come, first served basis.

More complex and detailed inquiries may require a pre-application/feasibility meeting, for which fees are charged at the department's current rate. Pre-application/feasibility meeting forms are available online or by mail by calling the Permitting Department's Permitting Services Center at 206-296-6600.

A great deal of property and zoning information is also available via the Permitting Department's Web site at: www.kingcounty.gov/permits. Property specific information including zoning, mapped critical areas and districts (schools, water, fire, sewer) can be located using property research tools. Also helpful are the Permitting Department's customer information bulletins on a wide variety of permit process topics.

The Permitting Department has computer terminals in the Permitting Services Center for customer use. The Permitting Department's Web site can be accessed from these terminals, providing much of the zoning information listed below.

Outlined below are types of information available for our customers.

Photo of zoning materials being reviewed

Related topics

Property zoning: How is my property zoned?

Resources include:

Zoning setbacks: What areas of my property cannot be developed because of setback requirements?

Resources include:

  • Permitting Department's frequently asked questions (FAQ) on property issues.
  • King County Zoning Code, Title 21A.12 (PDF*, 111KB). The King County Code is online at www.kingcounty.gov/council/legislation/kc_code.aspx and available at all King County Libraries. See Permitting Department's Codes and policies for more information.
  • Walk-in customer service at the Permitting Department's Permitting Services Center, limited to 15 minutes of service free of charge.
  • Permitting Department's customer phone service at 206-296-6600.
  • Pre-application/feasibility meeting with Permitting Department staff for research needs exceeding 15 minutes, billed to the customer at the department's current rate.

Permitted uses: What can I do with my property?

Resources include:

  • Permitting Department's frequently asked questions (FAQ) on property issues.
  • King County Zoning Code, Title 21A.08 (PDF*, 141KB). The King County Code is online at www.kingcounty.gov/council/legislation/kc_code.aspx and available at all King County Libraries. See Permitting Department's Codes and policies for more information.
  • Walk-in customer service at the Permitting Department's Permitting Services Center, limited to 15 minutes of service free of charge.
  • Permitting Department's customer phone service at 206-296-6600.
  • Pre-application/feasibility meeting with Permitting Department's staff for research needs exceeding 15 minutes, billed to the customer at the department's current rate.

Mapped critical areas

King County Code requires special protection for: wetlands, streams, steep slopes, flood hazard areas, coal mine hazard areas, erosion hazard areas, landslide hazard areas, seismic hazard areas and volcanic hazard areas.

Resources include:

Permit submittal requirements

Permits include subdivisions, lot line adjustments, clearing and grading, critical areas review, shorelines review and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process.

Resources include:

  • Please note: Most permit applications are submitted by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to submit a permit application, please call 206-296-6797.
  • Permitting Department's permit information, permit forms, handouts and application materials and customer information bulletins.
  • Walk-in customer service at the Permitting Department's Permitting Services Center, limited to 15 minutes of service free of charge.
  • Permitting Department's customer phone service at 206-296-6600.
  • Pre-application/feasibility meeting with Permitting Department staff for research needs exceeding 15 minutes, billed to the customer at the department's current rate.

Pre-application requests

Resources include:

Subdivision of land

The number of lots that your zoning will permit, minimum lot size, and the subdivision process.

Resources include:

  • Permitting Department's frequently asked questions (FAQ) about subdividing.
  • Walk-in customer service at the Permitting Department's Permitting Services Center, limited to 15 minutes of service free of charge.
  • Permitting Department's customer phone service at 206-296-6600.
  • Pre-application/feasibility meeting with Permitting Department staff for research needs exceeding 15 minutes, billed to the customer at the department's current rate.