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What is the purpose of a special use permit?

The special use permit process assures that a proposed use is reasonably compatible with adjacent and nearby properties. This process requires a public hearing before a Hearing Examiner and ordinance adoption by the King County Council.

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What activities require this permit?

A special use permit is required to establish most regional land uses (for example, jails and land-fills) and some other types of proposed land uses.

Note: Not to be confused with the special use permit (King County property) required by King County Real Estate Services.

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How much will it cost?

See the Permitting Department's current fee schedule for an estimate.

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Where can I get an application?

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Legal authority

Title 21A of the King County Code

Administered by

The Department of Local Services, Permitting Division. For questions, please contact customer service at 206-296-6600 or email

Schedule a land use inspection
  • Schedule a land use inspection or if you have questions, call 206-296-6600
Keep final plans and permits displayed on-site!

Approved building and land use permits must be displayed prominently on construction and development sites.

Maintaining these records on-site is the responsibility of the applicant and/or contractor.

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