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Development Services

Permitting services provided by Development Services include:

  • Building and site development such as residential and commercial building permits, sign permits, demolition permits, re-roof permits, plumbing permits, mechanical permits, and clearing and grading permits;
  • Land use permits such as rezones, variances, conditional, temporary and special uses; critical area permits;
  • Right-of-way permits;
  • Platting permits such as preliminary and final short plats and formal plats, and lot line adjustments

The permit review process may entail public notification, preapplication meetings, public hearings, plan reviews, decisions, and inspections. Please note: All electrical permits for the City of Kenmore are issued and inspected by Labor and Industries.

If you have any questions, contact the permit specialist at permittech@kenmorewa.gov or 425-398-8900. The permit counter is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 



New Single-Family Residence
Below are the forms that may be needed for a single-family residence.

Single-Family Addition
Below are the forms that may be needed for a single-family addition.

Single-Family Remodel
Below are the forms that may be needed for a single-family remodel.

New Commercial or Multi-Family Building
Below are the forms that may be needed for a new commercial or multi-family building.

After the preapplication conference you may need:

*Other land use approvals may be required. This will be determined at the preapplication conference.

Commercial Tenant Improvement
Below are the forms that may be needed for a commercial tenant improvement.

Short Plat Subdivision
*9 lots or less

Subdivisions
*10 lots or more

Right-of-Way Permits
*The following are types of right-of-way permits issued by the City:

  • Type A Permit:
    This permit type is for surface or sub-surface alterations. Examples include open cut trenching, culver installation, above ground pedestal or utility box, paving operations, driveways, sidewalks, landscaping improvements and beautification.
  • Type B Permit:
    This permit type is for temporary use that will not alter the surface or sub-surface (24 hours or less). Examples include a parade, block party, temporary parking, and temporary storage of a dumpster or storage container. Please note that parade and block parties may also require a special events permit.
  • Type C Permit:
    This permit type is for temporary use which does not change the surface or sub-surface. Includes activities that require a traffic plan and traffic plan review (more than 24 hours). Examples include street closures, commercial activities, extended storage, structures or when a right-of-way is used as a construction site for a private development.
  • Access Permit:
    This permit type is to authorize the use of unopened City right-of-ways for a subdivision or property access, typically for a period of time exceeding one year in duration.
  • Encroachment Permit:
    This permit type is for structures permanent in nature erected or maintained in, over, or under any right-of-way, typically for a period of time exceeding one year in duration. Examples include fences, stairways, marquees, building extensions, railings, retaining walls or artwork.
  • Franchise Utility Permit:
    The City of Kenmore administers Franchise Utility Right-of-Way Permits. King County, who had performed this function since the City's incorporation, is no longer issuing or inspecting the permits.

Forms Library
The forms are divided into the following categories:

  • 100 Series: General
  • 200 Series: Planning
  • 300 Series: Engineering
  • 400 Series: Building

100 Series: General

200 Series: Planning

300 Series: Engineering

400 Series: Building