Critical area alteration exception
What is the purpose of a critical area alteration exception?
This application process allows adjustments in the application of zoning code standards related to critical area buffers to a particular property.
How much will it cost?
See the current fee schedule for an estimate.
Where can I get an application?
- Refer to the Critical Area Alteration Exception packet for application materials.
- Request an application packet by mail by calling customer service at 206-296-6600 or emailing DPERwebinquiries@kingcounty.gov
- Pick up an application packet at Permitting Department in Snoqualmie (see map and directions).
How do I submit my application?
See the Pre-Application Meeting Information and Application handout. A pre-application meeting is required before filing a critical area alteration exception application.
The critical area alteration exception application must be filed in person at the Permitting office in Snoqualmie. You must have an appointment with Permitting staff to file the application. Call 206-296-6797 to schedule the appointment.
What is the timeline for processing a critical area alteration exception?
- Permitting staff will schedule a pre-application meeting within 30 days from the date of the request.
- Permitting staff has 28 days from the date the application is filed to determine whether the application is complete.
- After Permitting staff determines that the application is complete, a Notice of Application is issued. The minimum public comment period is 21 days.
- The process to make a final decision on a critical area alteration exception generally takes 120 days provided no appeals are filed or substantial additional information is required.
What is the appeal process?
Refer to permit type 2. There is a 14-day appeal period whereby an aggrieved person can file an appeal together with an appeal filing fee to the King County Hearing Examiner.
- Type 1-4 Applicant Designation
- See also criteria for approval in 21A.44.030 of the King County Code (KCC).