King County streamlines some building permits

April 19, 2011

By Staff

King County is taking steps to remove some of the hassle out of applying for building permits.

The county Department of Development and Environmental Services is launching a program called Pre-Submittal Services for permits too complex for over-the-counter service.

The process provides direct customer service to applicants before they submit an application by providing feedback to identify technical issues or red flags, and set expectations for the process ahead. In turn, department staffers can immediately initiate or review an application, rather than having to go back to the applicant to request clarity or more information.

The service is set up for 12 types of mid-sized permit applications, including new dwellings, small commercial buildings, grading, and additions, remodels and accessory structures.

Starting April 25, applicants with a Pre-Submittal Services-qualifying project can pay $357 up front. The fee is then credited to the cost of the application after the final paperwork is submitted. The total processing time is expected to drop significantly.

Find hours and location information on the agency’s website,

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