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Information for engineers and surveyors in the preparation and submittal of site plan or survey drawings to the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review is provided below.

Submittal information as well as CAD drawing files are available for downloading. All CAD drawings posted here are compatible to programs that can read AutoCAD Rel. 12 and later. Note: CAD file names have the extension dwg.

PLEASE NOTE: To view PDF documents, free software from Adobe is required. Fill-in MS Word and Excel documents require Microsoft software. For assistance and fill-in instructions, see helpful hints.

If you have any questions regarding the contents or use of these drawing files, please contact the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review, at 206-296-6600.

General information

Specifications for computer aided drafting shall be used which follow standards established by the American Public Works Association (external link).

Please note. If a problem downloading CAD or other files occurs: A browser setting set to "passive" may be required in order to download. For Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced and under Browsing, ensure "Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)" is checked, then try again. See helpful hints for more information.

CAD engineering drawings available for download
Description File Name Size
24" x 36" Standard Engineering Plan Template KCPLAN12.dwg* 792KB
11" x 17" Residential Site Plan Templates SitePlanTemplates.dwg* 191KB
Other available documents
Other available documentsOther available documents

For a download of the current notes that are required on all engineering plan submittals to the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review, see Standard Plan Notes (PDF*, 2.3MB) in Reference 7B of the Surface Water Design Manual.

You can obtain a copy of the checklists used for engineering review to ensure minimum plan requirements are being met. Depending on the time of your application, one of the following checklists apply.

  • Engineering Review Checklist - 1998 applies to projects vested to standards in effect January 1, 1998: PDF* (188KB) or MS Word* (724KB DOC) format
  • Engineering Review Checklist - 2005 applies to projects vested to standards in effect January 1, 2005: PDF* (77KB) or MS Word* (790KB DOC) format

If your project is a plat or short plat, also see the Engineering Review Submittal Checklist for Final Short Plat in PDF* (77KB) or MS Word* (38KB DOC) format.

The Peer Review Program handout, available as a PDF* (89KB) or MS Word* (62KB DOC) file, gives information on this popular program that can shorten the engineering plan approval timelines.

Bond Quantities Worksheet: The Bond Quantity Worksheet is available in two formats: BQW pdf * or spreadsheet* to view or print.

Drainage Documents: Go to the King County Surface Water Drainage Manual for its CAD drawing files and software program requirements.

Traffic and King County Road Standards

The Federal Highway Administration provides text of the 1000 page Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Millennium Edition online. This manual can be found on, and downloaded from, the MUTCD Web site at: (external link). Visit these sites to obtain traffic design information.

King County Road Standards (KCRS): The 2007 King County Road Standards and drawings are available for viewing and printing from King County Department of Transportation engineering services.

Other standards referenced in the King County Road Standards that designers may need are published by and available at the Washington State Department of Transportation site (external link).

Professional Engineers

The Surface Water Design Manual and King County Road Standards, as adopted by Public Rule, require all engineering drawings to be prepared under the supervision of an engineer who is licensed in Washington state.

For information about licensed professional engineers in Washington state, see the state's Web site at (external link).

Survey and recording documents

CAD templates updated for year 2007
CAD recording drawings available for download
Description File Name Size
King County GIS Grid Base Map KCGIS12.dwg* 513KB
Title Page: Final Plat KCFPa12.dwg* 905KB
Final plat sheets KCFPb12.dwg* 87KB
Title Page: Final Short Plat KCSP12.dwg* 1.2MB
Title Page: Short Plat Alteration KCSPA12.dwg* 1.2MB
Title Page: Boundary line Adjustment KCBLA12.dwg* 702KB

Formatting and lettering sizes for the above drawing files conform to the requirements of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC 332-130-050, Survey Map Requirements) and King County's Records and Elections requirements as revised per Ordinance 13694. Please use these templates for preparing final documents to record land surveys in King County.

Other Available Documents: Engineers and surveyors can download the Procedure for Checking of Final Plats (PDF*, 63KB) for help in preparing and submitting documents and plat mylars required for recording.

Construction requirements

Sign Requirements: Subdivisions breaking ground after July 27, 1998, are required to place a Construction Notice Board at the site - see Notice of Construction Activity Sign Requirements . A copy of the latest detail of the Permanent Surface Water Control Pond Sign is also available.

Certificate of Insurance Requirements: If you are working under a clearing or grading permit, OR are required to construct a drainage facility as a condition of your permit approval, King County Code 16.82.090 and 09.04.100(D) requires the applicant to obtain a Certificate of Insurance that names King County as an additional insured. This insurance is required to protect King County from property damage and/or liability caused by any accident, negligence, failure of a drainage facility, or any other liability relating to work on the site and may cover maintenance of required drainage facilities. A contractor may post the insurance on behalf of the applicant, but all contractors, including subs, must also post the insurance.

In order to obtain this insurance, contractors/applicants shall submit to DPER an Acord Certificate of Insurance and a copy of the Additional Insured Endorsement. King County prefers CG2010 (Form B) be used. However, if your insurance company does not use the standard Form B, you may submit a substitute and our Risk Manager will review and either approve or deny the substitute form. For more information, see Grading & Reclamation Liability Insurance Requirement or drainage facilities insurance .


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